It’s no secret that there is a lack of representation of minorities in Hollywood.
The success of Crazy Rich Asians over the past couple of weekends has proved that audiences of all backgrounds love a good story, regardless of the ethnicity of the characters. But, with the success, comes controversy.
I am not Asian or Asian American, but I understand where those who are criticizing the film are coming from.
It’s as if saying that Fiddler on the Roof does not represent the full Jewish experience. For those who are unaware, Fiddler On The Roof is the story of Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman and his family living in Russia in the early 20th century. Life is changing for Tevye and those in his immediate circle. He has five daughters, three of whom are of an age to marry. Each daughter, when it comes time to marry, moves farther and farther away from what is expected of her.
Fiddler is one of the handful of films that over the last few decades that represents Jews in a manner that is positive. None of the characters are token characters or strictly based on stereotypes. While it is certainly one of the most iconic Jewish films, it does not represent all Jews. Jews come from all over the world and are as varied as any group of people.
When it comes down to it, it’s about representation and fair representation. Crazy Rich Asians may not be perfect and may not represent the Asian ethnicity as a whole, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction that is a long time coming.
Crazy Rich Asians is presently in theaters.