Asians are among the smallest minority groups in the Magic City. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Asians in Miami-Dade County was 1.6 percent in 2010. The national percentage of Asians is approximately 5 percent. So representation of Asians in Miami is lacking, to say the least.
The film Crazy Rich Asians
Asians in Miami, such as myself, might be feeling that excitement even more intensely. We're hoping for the film’s box office success to show Hollywood that our stories matter. This isn’t to say the film is perfect. There are issues with stereotyping that perpetuate the myth of the model minority. But what’s at stake here is representation in Hollywood and popular media. Nuanced characterization and innovative story can come later.
And, really, who can resist an escapist guilty-pleasure rom-com about the lifestyles of the crazy rich? That's just one of the many reasons Miamians should show up to see Crazy Rich Asians this weekend.
1. The Miami connection. To promote the film, Crazy Rich Asians stars Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Jimmy Yang visited the Wynwood food hall 1-800-Lucky this past July 31. The location was chosen presumably because Miami lacks an Asian neighborhood such as a Chinatown, Koreatown, or Japantown. So if you’d like to have another Asian experience in Miami outside of dining at 1-800-Lucky, Tropical Chinese, and sushi restaurants, go see the film on the silver screen.
2. We'll be there.Because of the sparse 1 percent population, it’s rare to encounter Asians in Miami (unless they’re tourists). But you know we'll pack the theaters for opening weekend. In addition to seeing the Asians onscreen, you'll have the chance to mingle — respectfully, please — with people of diverse backgrounds and traditions who probably aren't usually part of your social circle.
4. Star power. See amazing Asian actors such as Constance Wu, Awkwafina, and Ken Jeong crush it in lead roles that shatter Asian stereotypes. They’ll play complex characters other than the token Asian mathlete, computer programmer, prostitute, vapid love interest,
5. Be an ally
6. End #HollywoodSoWhite. Send a message to Hollywood that you care about diversity in popular media. Combat whitewashing and systemic bias against Asians by giving your time and money to see this film with a nearly all-Asian cast. Support the film by watching it and participating in sustaining a dialogue about it beyond its release.
7. You might learn something
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8. Awkwafina! Have you seen the trailer? You need to see how rapper and actress Awkwafina
9. Witness the bling
10. Help make history. All races and ethnicities deserve a voice in the United States and throughout the world. We’d appreciate if you’d support Asians being heard in a country where we’re often made to feel like perpetual foreigners. Let’s get Crazy Rich Asians to break box office records this weekend.
Crazy Rich Asians