A romantic comedy featuring an all-Asian cast pulled in over $25 million in ticket sales
this weekend, easily making it the top film at the box office. “Crazy Rich Asians,” based off the 2013 book of the same name, is the first major Hollywood film since “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993, to be led by an Asian-cast. The film’s success has been compared to that of the superhero film “Black Panther,” a film featuring a predominantly black cast. Jon M. Chu, the man who directed “Crazy Rich Asians,” doesn’t believe that is an apt comparison. Chu says
, “I mean it’s tricky because it’s hard to compare anything to ‘Black Panther.’ It’s an amazing piece of work that has changed the landscape…We are on the beginning of a journey and I think this cracks the door.” In a 2017 PRRI/MTV survey
of young people aged 15-24 years old, 40 percent of respondents believed that the entertainment industry promoted negative stereotypes of Asian people, while 60 percent believed that it portrayed a fair and accurate representation of Asians. However, among Asian or Pacific Islander young people, a striking 71 percent say the media promotes negative stereotypes of Asian people.