Movie news website Birth.Movies.Death. (a subsidiary of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas) posted a video looking back at the history of Asian American cinema. With the assistance of the Austin Asian American Film Festival, ths video was obviously made to time it with the upcoming release of CRAZY RICH ASIANS.


This is by no means comprehensive, but the fact that the entirety of Asian American representation in Hollywood cinema can be compressed down to a seven-minute video is disheartening in its own right, especially considering that many of those minutes are spent recounting instances of white actors portraying Asian American characters, Asian American characters being whitewashed, or Asian American actors portraying stereotypical versions of their cultures of origin. However, when given the opportunity to thrive, Asian Americans have made seminal contributions reaching back to the silent era, from THE CURSE OF QUON GWON to the Oscar-nominated musical FLOWER DRUM SONG to the deservedly beloved THE JOY LUCK CLUB. Behind the camera, BMD-favorite Justin Lin of FAST AND FURIOUS fame got his start making films like BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, and performers like Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani, Dani Pudi, Dwayne Johnson, and Ali Wong have pushed Asian Americans into the highest echelons of Hollywood prominence.

Hey, it’s just like what YOMYOMF is all about! Anyway, check out the video above, which showcases the rich, although not as varied, history of Asian American cinema. The time is now and it’s never too late to get our stories on the big screen soon.