You might as well call this month “Asian August”: On Wednesday, “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast, was released in theaters ― but it’s not the only Asian-led movie we have to look forward to in the coming weeks.
Later this month, “Searching,” an indie thriller centered on an Asian-American family hits theaters. (It also stars John Cho, your criminally underrated pretend boyfriend.) And next week, Netflix is set to release “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” a rom-com with an Asian-American teen as the lead.
Clearly, Asian-Americans are killing it in film ― and that’s a welcome change given how bleak Asian representation in media has been up to this point: According to a 2016 diversity study, Asian actors nabbed only 3.9 percent of speaking roles in film, a stark contrast from the 73.7 percent white actors receive.
Maybe rom-coms like “Crazy Rich Asians” aren’t generally your cup of tea, but it’s still worth celebrating a movie that puts Asian and Asian-American stories at the forefront in a nuanced, heartfelt way.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered up 21 tweets that capture how sweet this pop culture moment is for Asian-Americans, and how important it is to build on this momentum.
PS is it just me? Or is it REALLY FUCKIN’ cool to be Asian right now?!!!! 💪😎🤜— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) August 15, 2018
Perhaps I'm the token Asian friend but all my non-asian friends want to watch Crazy Rich Asians with me... but there can only be one.— natalie tran [bring them here] (@natalietran) August 15, 2018
Who will it be?
I'm the fucking Bachelor.
Crazy Rich Asians currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and that's nice because if there is one thing we love more than anything else, it's an A+— irene choi (@irenechoi) August 11, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians beating a Mark Wahlberg film at the box office is vengeance.— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) August 14, 2018
Why am I #ProudToBeAsian? I'm #ProudToBeAsian because all of my life, I've been told to hide my food, speak louder, hold my tongue, go back where I came from, break out of my box and now I literally DGAF what you have to say if you're not coming with respect for me and my people.— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) August 8, 2018
y’all say representation doesn’t matter but let me tell you if it wasn’t for mulan i probably would have never learned to embrace the asian side of my ethnicity. her movie helped me embrace myself and my culture and i will never forgot how important she is to me.— miss honeybunchesofoats🏳️🌈 (@healbtch) August 12, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians cements that this feels like a moment, and I wanted to celebrate it making this shirt featuring badass women. Thank you @IamSandraOh, @MindyKaling, @ConstanceWu, @AliWong, @LucyLiu (among others) for making history and paving the way for all of us. ❤ pic.twitter.com/flY2n7GKlh— Jaime Woo (@jaimewoo) August 13, 2018
Hello, if you cannot afford to see Crazy Rich Asians opening weekend because you are actually a very poor Asian, DM me a pic of your ticket receipt and I will Venmo you the cost of the ticket. Honor system, you better be broke. I’ll stop doing this when I decide to.— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) August 11, 2018
going to see crazy rich asians 100 times (bc as my mom always told me, a 99 doesn't get you into college)— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) August 15, 2018
Today I sold a network TV drama set in Hawai'i whose LEAD (not supporting) characters are ALL Asian/Pacific Islander/hapa. Thank you, #CrazyRichAsians, for opening today on the big screens. We're coming for your small screens too. This is just the beginning. #AsianAugust— Lisa Takeuchi Cullen (@LisaCullen) August 16, 2018
So, okay, I watched @CrazyRichMovie yesterday, & I was fighting tears the whole time. I'd expected it to be meaningful, fun, joyful, but I hadn't at all expected what amounted to a lifetime of sorrow & longing, an onslaught of feelings I hadn't even known I was suppressing.— R.O. Kwon (@rokwon) August 16, 2018
As an Asian-American kid growing up in the 70s - now... Lemme say just how wonderful it feels to see this on screen vs. what I grew up on (and was told by the media how they thought of me). Representation matters. I'm thankful for all the artists paving the way. #CrazyRichAsians pic.twitter.com/CeWzUfQCYk— Gary King (@grking) August 15, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians is important. Representation matters. Not just for actors but for everyone who wants to see someone that looks like them in a big Hollywood movie. I hope this movie smashes records & shows young Asian Americans they can be the heroes of their own story. /end— Erika Ishii (@erikaishii) August 16, 2018
As I celebrate/support @CrazyRichMovie this wk as the 1st major studio film to have an all AsianAm cast in 25 yrs, let’s also recognize that our community wasn’t dormant during that time. I wanna also celebrate the amazing progress that happened in those 25 yrs leading to now.— philipwang (@philipwang) August 14, 2018
I will definitely be supporting ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ today and i have nothing smart to say about it. There’s a gang of Asians in the movie so i fucks with it!— dummie (@dumbfoundead) August 15, 2018