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‘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.

Gemma Chan Becomes the Face of the World’s Biggest Beauty Brand

“Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan will launch her first global campaign for L’Oréal Paris this month after becoming the French cosmetic company’s new partner.

The 35-year-old actress joined L’Oréal Paris after the company announced the news on Nov. 17. She is joined by other Hollywood A-listers, including Eva Longoria, Viola Davis and Helen Mirren, according to US Magazine. L’Oréal currently tops the list of the world’s biggest beauty brands with annual sales of just under $30 billion.