Here’s the episode description:
It’s been a long time since we have seen an Asian male as a lead in a romantic comedy. In fact, I can’t recall a movie where an Asian male was a love interest since the Harold and Kumar franchise — but that is more of a stoner comedy. Nonetheless, Henry Golding has flipped the script on the desexualization of the Asian male with his starring role in Crazy Rich Asians.
The Jon M. Chu-directed film comes nearly 15 years after Better Luck Tomorrow and 25 years after the Joy Luck Club. Crazy Rich Asians brings a glimmer of hope that major Hollywood studios will no longer have these significant gaps of films that focus on an Asian American narrative — or other underrepresented voices for that matter. The film marks Golding’s feature debut and he sat down with the New Hollywood Podcast to talk about what he hopes Crazy Rich Asians will do for the culture and the industry when it comes to inclusive storytelling. He also dropped some knowledge about Asian and Asian American representation in entertainment (there is a difference).
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