UPDATE: As Offender Philip has noted in the comments, there have been other Asians and Asian Americans who made this prestigious list!~ This update has been added at the end of this post.
Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu makes the list for Time’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People’, and rightly so considering she has been extremely outspoken on all issues whitewashing of Hollywood. Despite her Asian *ahem* specific gender (0.01%) critics who bang on about her having a non-Asian partner and therefore dismisses all the good she has done for all Asians, I say – STFU and STFD. Let’s celebrate this win as one for Asian women as well as Asians overall. Here is the justification for why she is listed this year according to Time, written by Lena Dunham:
Constance Wu is a great actor. The anxious, steely, often lost-in-translation young matriarch she plays on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat is an invention as sharp and expansive as Lucille Ball’s alternative persona (only could Lucy do the accent?). But Constance also knows that—as one of the only actors to portray Asian-American womanhood on television—she is tasked with being more than just an actor. And she takes this second gig just as seriously. On the road with her for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, I was not only able to access a glint of Constance’s humor (the girl is very wicked) but also witness her giving nature, her monstrously big heart, her passion for change and the careful way she lets everyone around her share the challenges of their own identity. This year—when she spoke out against Hollywood’s knack for dismissing sexual misconduct in our great men—she chose honesty and fight over the neutrality so many think they need to maintain in order to further their careers. It was a hallelujah moment.
Also, we need to acknowledge the other Asians who made the list which include Riz Ahmed, Yuriko Koike, Jean Liu, Fan Bingbing and even Kim Jong Un… and yes there are others, but I may be slightly bias as Constance is one of my favourite people, but it is refreshing to see many other Asians on the list too!
I am so proud of Constance and so should all of you!
Images via Time by Jessica Chou
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