It’s no secret that Asian actors make up a very small percentage of Hollywood (only 1% of leading roles to be exact), but there are trailblazers leading the way in the quest for equal representation. Even if the industry still has a long way to go — for instance, the major issue of whitewashing or casting white actors in Asian roles — it’s comforting to watch these young stars kill it on the big screen.
From Fresh Off the Boat‘s modern Asian family to this year’s majority-Asian cast in Crazy Rich Asians, the importance of appealing to all audiences is finally starting to become a priority for producers. And it’s about time. Representation matters, and it’s up to more than just the creators of the hashtags like #StarringJohnCho and #StarringConstanceWu to make a difference. Hollywood, are you listening? We have a few suggestions for you.