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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest incarnation from the Star Wars universe, is the most Asian of all the episodes produced so far.

I’m excited that the Disney production sees fit to include Asians in prominent roles in the universe.

Star Wars takes place in a universe a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but George Lucas, the Star Wars creator, has drawn heavily from our Earth, specifically Asia: From the Samurai-like appearance of villain Darth Vader, to the style of sword-fighting that (at the time) was new to western audiences more attuned to the fencing style of Europe; to the existence of The Force, what martial artists refer to as the “chi” or “ki,” the inner spirit, or force, that can be focused into a powerful punch or mind-over-matter state.

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