Crazy Real Slaysians
Posted on September 10 2018
Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians,” is the first studio movie in a quarter of a century to feature an almost entirely Asian-American cast. It achieved the best opening for a romantic comedy in years. The success of the movie proved that true diversity matters.
"As a result, “Crazy Rich Asians” was seen as a watershed moment by many Asian-Americans, echoing the emotional manner in which African-Americans responded in February to “Black Panther,” which was rooted in black culture," states the New York Times.
In the US 38% of ticket buyers were Asian and 68% of the audience was female. Read below our interviews of people who finally saw their stories being told on the big screen.
"Growing up in South Africa I was the only Asian in my town, and boy was I painfully aware of it. Something I remember vividly is being paired up with a pen pal from a different school, someone who had no idea what I looked like. For once I felt confident because I could hide behind pen and paper. I could pretend to be white. Do you have blue eyes? The girl would ask, and I would say yes. Do you have blonde hair? And again I would say yes.
Something else I remember is going with friends to public events. Everytime, without fail someone would yell "Ching chong!" Or "shushiiii". Being so young I was unequipped to defend myself so I would run. I wish I could tell my younger self how silly their words were, and how much bigger and better life would be beyond them. I wouldn't say I've mastered the craft of self confidence, but I've never been more proud to be Asian African. What I do know is that it is a gift to belong to both cultures, and although things started with a young girl lost in-between the two, I think I'm finally forging my own path; and I couldn't be more excited about it."
"I didn't expect Crazy Rich Asians to effect me as much as it did. It felt so surreal to see characters that look like me in a big budget Hollywood film. No more are we just the side kick, the perpetual foreigner, the ninja, the nerd. We can now be the main characters - in our own story. I was overwhelmed with joy and this is just the beginning."
"Recently my father said to me "Again, you are not so smart." Growing up he never uttered the words, "I am proud of you." Asian parents can be harsh, but they do it out of love.
Growing up Asian American I am constantly struggling to breakdown the stereotypes of being Asian, while still respecting the Asian traditions of my family. I was raised to play it safe, get a stable respectable job, and always follow the rules. As an entrepreneur with a lingerie company, I break all the expectations of my father.
I cried when I saw Crazy Real Asians because I finally saw people who looked like me, people with stories like mine absolutely crushing it on the big screen. My heart filled with pride that it never felt before. The movie proved that we could all find a way, no matter which path we choose."