The trend of whitewashing roles for people of color, especially Asian roles, is very common in Hollywood.
Roles Dr. Robert Stonehill in Extraordinary Measures or even the more recent film, ALOHA, where Emma Stone plays the hapa Allison Ng, are examples of the ways that Hollywood uses white actors to fill the already slim number of roles dedicated to POC.
Recently, Paste Magazine published an article on this very trend.
In the article, Paste quotes an interview from the book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, in which author Nancy Wang Yuen shares a preposterous reason why many Asian actors are not cast to play Asian characters.
A casting director told her,I work with a lot of different people, and Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though theyre not very expressive,
As you can imagine, a lot of readers were like "whaaaaat?"
In response to this, people took to Twitter to embark on the ultimate comeback, and author Maurene Goo had the perfect idea.
She started the trending hashtag #ExpressiveAsians
you: asians aren't expressive— wild wild S. ??? (@sqiouyilu) September 8, 2017
me, an intellectual: pic.twitter.com/vgCKaRdmPA
#ExpressiveAsians Apparently casting directors think Asians aren't expressive. They've clearly never met one before— Eugene (@cheekyseraph) September 9, 2017
You can check out more expressive Asians here. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading :)