Susan Cheng over at Buzzfeed has an article up on The Winners And Losers Of Asian Representation In Hollywood In 2015.
Among the winners: Constance Wu from Fresh off the Boat, Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black and Priyanka Chopra from Quantico.
I was surprised to see Into the Badlands on the Meh list. It’s one of the few shows where a minority character is the hero, but she felt it was too stereotypical of the martial arts genre to have a hero who is an “emotionless killing machine.” I think consider Sunny emotionless, but I’m not Asian either, so I’ll agree to disagree on this one.
No surprise to see blonde, blue-eyed Emma Stone’s casting as a part Chinese, part Native Hawaiian character on Fail list. I was surprised to see Chiwetel Ejiofor from The Martian on the Fail list, I was unaware the character was Venkat Kapoor in the book, not Vincent Kapoor as he is in the movie. Needless to say she was unimpressed that they swapped one minority for another. I can’t really blame her, especially since they cast a white girl to play a character of Korean descent on top of it. The movie basically had none of the Asian characters from the book. Not cool, but not a shock either.
However there is good news – the Win list is longer than the Meh and Fail lists combined. That feels like some progress has been made.