Listen: Hollywood, Chris Rock, Janet Yang discussed on Awards Chatter
"And so I think the experience of working on this story every interview we conducted with John chew with the cast members was quite a unique revelatory. Experience? I would say on both sides because for once we were speaking sort of on two levels, both, you know, exchanging the professional content of of how this film was made, but also just having personal conversations with members in your own community was really quite special. The seems like this moment has also brought together Asian entertainment journalists here in Hollywood. I've noticed in your guy, social media that there have been some gatherings and is this coincidental or is it also tied to this movie? I think it started before this movie. I think there's been a lot of discussion about the whitewashing issues with other stories that have been made in the last couple years in Hollywood. And I think I would say that's when discussion sort of started with Asian journalists in in Hollywood, about the stories that are being told in the way they're being reported on and discussed, especially on things like Twitter. So I think you know, we're seeing that happen with journalists, but also executor. Gives in Hollywood seem to be talking a lot more about how to sort of have more inclusive stories told. So overall just feels like in the last couple years, there's been a banning together between different groups to make sure there's a variety of stories being told. So let's talk now about the climate into which crazy rich Asians is being released. As you reference little earlier, there have been several controversies over the last few years that involved the role of Asians, the depiction of Asians in Hollywood. That seems like maybe one of the turning points was at the eighth Oscars ceremony in two thousand sixteen when on the night that everyone was talking about the oscarssowhite issue, the hosts, Chris rock made a joke about PW. See the accountants, not knowing that the real joke was a year away, but this one featured Asian children posing as these accountants and the centrally being mocked. And then he said, if you take offense to this bit tweet about it on your phone, which they also. Probably made this did not go over well with a lot of people, but it did sort of galvanize the Asian community in Hollywood, didn't it? Yeah. I've been speaking to various Asian producers and executives who who really pointed that moment as in retrospect, what really brought them together. Finally, for the first time, you know, after the Oscar jokes that year, Janet Yang a member of the kademi George Tocchet angrily about twenty or so members. The academy got together and wrote a group letter to Don Hudson, the kademi leadership, and and you know, they said that prior to that, they had never the Asian members of the academy who were sort of scattered and disparate had never really met and had never really formed an intentional conscious community. And since then they host mixers at least once or twice a year just to celebrate the new Asian academy members to celebrate the accomplishments that you know that the group has has had and it's really formed. Sense of community, and it kind of came out of that collective sense of outrage and looking around and saying like, hey, you aren't, you mad about this to, you know, type back, Janet Yang who produced the Joy Luck Club. You know, she has been one of the informal consultants that Warner Brothers has been speaking with in order to sort of mobilize community support for the movie. Crazy rotations in many ways is the spiritual descendant of her movie a quarter century ago. And also just to note one of the first people to react to the Chris rock situation there with the Asian children was Constance. Woo Hoo tweeted quote to parade. Little kids on stage with no speaking lines merely to be the butt of racist joke is reductive and gross close quote only to people of Asian descent have one acting Oscars Yoshi Mekki for nine hundred fifty seven."