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Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong call on British government to recognize ESEA Heritage Month

  • Actors Gemma Chan and Benedict Wong have called on the British government to officially recognize East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month. 
  • A campaign launched by beasea.n, Britain’s East and South East Asian network, sent a letter to the government requesting ESEA Heritage Month’s official recognition.
  • Several other celebrities, including comedian Phil Wang and “Harry Potter” actor Katie Leung, have also shown their support for the campaign.
  • Beasea.n first launched ESEA Heritage Month in September 2021.

Actors Gemma Chan and Benedict Wong have called upon the British government to officially recognize East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month.

In a campaign launched by the grassroots organization besea.n, Britain’s East and South East Asian Network, a letter was sent to the British government asking for ESEA Heritage Month to be officially recognized in the country. 

UK government admits to forcibly deporting Chinese sailors who served the nation in WWII

  • An investigation conducted by the United Kingdom's Home Office revealed that Chinese sailors who served in the British Merchant Navy during World War II were forcibly deported.
  • Based on the findings of the 22-page report, sailors who had married and had children with women in Liverpool were deported without notice.
  • During the period, the Chinese sailors and other foreign men who married British women were not given a legal path or opportunity to live in the U.K.
  • The Home Office investigation comes over a year after a parliamentary debate on the matter was raised by opposition lawmaker Kim Johnson.
  • According to Johnson, the report “debunks the myth parroted by successive British governments that these repatriations were all voluntary. The conspiracy between the state and the shipping companies to maintain a cheap pool of labor along racial lines is in many ways the story of empire, and the story of Liverpool."

Chinese sailors who served in the United Kingdom’s Merchant Navy during World War II were forcibly deported by the government, its own Home Office has admitted in its investigation.

According to the department’s 22-page report about the deportations, some of the sailors who had built their families in Liverpool, England, were separated from their wives and children without warning. 

Gemma Chan and Harry Shum Jr. to star in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ spinoff

Gemma Chan
  • Warner Bros. has greenlit a “Crazy Rich Asians” spinoff that centers on Gemma Chan’s character Astrid Young Teo and her relationship with Charlie Wu, played by Harry Shum Jr.
  • The untitled project is currently in early development, with Emmy-nominated TV producer and screenwriter Jason Kim slated to write the script.
  • Both the spinoff and the official “Crazy Rich Asians” sequel will be based on “China Rich Girlfriend,” the second book in author Kevin Kwan’s best selling trilogy.
  • In the books, Astrid and Charlie were forced by Astrid’s parents to break up their engagement. A mid-credits scene in the original film, however, hints at a rekindling of their romance, following Astrid’s separation from her cheating husband.

A “Crazy Rich Asians” spinoff centered on Gemma Chan’s character Astrid Young Teo is now in early development.

Warner Bros. greenlit the project pitched by Emmy-nominated TV producer and screenwriter Jason Kim, who is set to pen the project. 

‘Heartbreaking and enraging’: Gemma Chan calls for official UK apology to Chinese seamen

  • British Asian actor Gemma Chan recently penned an essay about her father’s life as a Chinese seaman working for the British merchant navy.
  • The 39-year-old actor touched on the hardships her father experienced, drawing comparisons to the abuse other Chinese seafarers endured under the British in the 1940s.
  • Chan learned that her father was instrumental in fighting for his fellow crew members’ rights during his maiden voyage as a seaman.

“Eternals” star Gemma Chan recently wrote a heartfelt essay about her Chinese seaman father after learning about the hardships that seafarers like him endured under the British in the 1940s.

In her piece, which was published in The Guardian on Jan. 8, the 39-year-old actor wrote about the sacrifices her father made, working “for years on ships – mostly oil tankers – at sea for months at a time” and sending “money home to pay for his siblings’ school fees.”

Asian celebrities slay the red carpet at Met Gala 2021

Met Gala had Asian celebrities

This year’s Met Gala featured a number of first-time appearances by Asian and Asian American celebrities, from world-renowned female K-pop stars to record-breaking athletes. The event was much more of an intimate gathering — it had only about a third of the normal guest list size due to the ongoing pandemic — but the stars showed up and turned heads nonetheless.

With the theme “American Independence,” here are some of our favorite looks and what fans had to say about them. 

‘I’m much more aware’: Gemma Chan reflects on ‘orientalist trope’ role in BBC’s ‘Sherlock’

Gemma Chan in BBC's Sherlock

If given the chance, Gemma Chan may refuse to play the role she had taken in BBC’s “Sherlock” back in 2010.

The controversy: Chan, best known for her roles in “Crazy Rich Asians” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played a Chinese pottery expert in “Blind Banker,” the second episode in the first season of “Sherlock.” The controversy lies around the character’s use of a thick Chinese accent, involvement in smuggling activities and overall portrayal of a damsel in distress.

Kevin Feige Highlights the Importance of Gemma Chan’s Character in ‘Eternals’

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently discussed the casting of the “Eternals” and revealed the importance of Gemma Chan’s role in the movie.

In an interview with Variety, Feige shared how critical the casting was for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film as the characters were modified from the original comics to allow for a more diverse representation.

Gemma Chan, Susie Lau Call Out British Newspaper for ‘Trivializing’ Prince Philip’s ‘Casual Racism’

Fashion blogger and journalist Susie Lau and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan have called out the Sunday Times for playing down the “casual racism” in its tribute article to the late Prince Philip, who died earlier this month at 99 years old.

The Sunday Times published a front page report one day after Prince Philip’s funeral on April 18, saying the British public “secretly enjoyed” the late Duke of Edinburgh’s racist comments, according to Insider.