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Bananas: Learning to Love Being Asian Growing Up in a Whitewashed Society

Editor’s Note: The following piece was chosen as the runner-up of NextShark’s personal Essay Contest 2019. The views expressed in story are the writer’s own.

My Granddad loved bananas. Whether they were pale yellow just blossomed from green or a golden yellow with black and brown freckles, it didn’t matter. He said it was because he had a full set of false teeth, and that bananas were easy to chew. So he would ride on his Frankenstein bicycle made up from parts of different bikes that he had salvaged to the nearest fruit shop and buy bananas.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Will Make Thai Rescue Movie to Avoid Hollywood ‘Whitewashing’

Jon M. Chu, director of “Crazy Rich Asians” which premieres next month, is set to direct a film based on the Thai cave rescue that captured massive attention from international media to tech tycoons.

Its a bit early 2truly discuss but the biggest lesson I learned frm making #CrazyRichAsians is that we must tell our stories especially the important ones so history doesnt get it wrong.This one is too important 2 let others dictate who the real heroes are

Disney Makes White Extras Darker in ‘Aladdin’ Film Because Apparently Brown Actors Don’t Exist

Is it really that difficult to find ethnically-appropriate actors that Disney had to “brown up” its White extras in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin?

The highly-anticipated film, which stars Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the titular hero Aladdin and British-Indian actress Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, is currently being filmed in Surrey, in southeast England.

Taiwan’s Live-Action ‘Dragon Ball’ Is Cringe AF But Still Better Than ‘Dragonball: Evolution’

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated that “Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins” was a Thai movie; it has been changed to reflect the fact that “Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins” was a Taiwanese production.

Years before the controversial, whitewashed “Dragonball: Evolution”, Taiwan released its own version of Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball” series in live-action format in 1991.

‘Hellboy’ Reboot Becomes Latest Victim of Hollywood Whitewashing

The “Hellboy” reboot recently announced that Ed Skrein has been cast as former U.S. Marine Benjamin Daimio. The problem? This character is Japanese-American, with plot-twisting backstory that alludes to his Japanese heritage. The 34-year-old actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the villain Francis “Ajax” Freeman in the box office hit “Deadpool”, may not understand the long and storied history of Whitewashing; nevertheless, he now joins other non-Asian actors who have taken the very few roles written for characters of Asian descent away from talented and deserving Asian actors.

Ben Daimio’s heritage is quite significant to his character development; his grandmother is the infamous Japanese war criminal known as Crimson Lotus. When their familial ties are revealed, his patriotism and loyalty is questioned, adding a lot of depth to not only his character but the story as a whole. According to Reappropriate, Ben Daimio’s Japanese descent has major implications to the “Hellboy” plot, which aids in the character’s significance in the movie.

‘Death Note’ Producer Clears Up Comments on Asian Actors Who Couldn’t ‘Speak Perfect English’

Japanese producer and actor Masi Oka has stressed that the live-action remake of “Death Note”, slated for release on Netflix in August, will have “a lot of core principles” despite the fact that almost no Asian actor is part of the cast.

Responding to allegations of whitewashing, Oka previously explained that the film’s casting directors “did an extensive search to get Asian actors” but simply “couldn’t find the right person.”

Why Netflix’s Upcoming ‘Journey to the West’ Adaptation is Making Chinese Fans Angry

A treasured epic folklore from China is about to get a new adaptation in the form of a miniseries for ABC, TVNZ, and Netflix and it has so far stirred some mixed responses from netizens.

The show, which is a New Zealand-Australian co-production, will be another retelling of “Journey to the West”, a renowned Chinese fable about a 7th-century monk and three fallen gods with mystical powers. The original story, attributed to Ming Dynasty novelist and poet Wu Cheng’en, is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

Jordan Peele Might Direct The Live-Adaptation of Akira. Here’s Why I’m HYPED

Editor’s Note: Ranier Maningding is a copywriter and mastermind behind the social justice page “The Love Life of an Asian Guy“. The opinions expressed in this piece are solely his own.

After years of unapologetic whitewashing from Hollywood, I was beginning to think that the Asian-American community would never see a faithful adaptation of a Japanese anime. But then, like Black Jesus descending from the heavens in a gold stitched robe, Jordan Peele curled his lips towards the universe and said, “bring me Akira.”

Scarlett Johansson Still Has No Clue Why Asians Are Upset She’s in ‘Ghost in the Shell’

In the wake of controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s casting in “Ghost In The Shell”, the actress herself spoke to clarify her position against allegations of “whitewashing.”

The live-action movie adapted from the popular manga drew flak when its first trailer was released. Simply put, some could not accept the fact that a white actress was chosen to play an originally Asian lead role.

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer is Full of White People Pretending to Be Asian

The full trailer for the highly-anticipated yet controversial live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” has finally arrived, but some still can’t get over the sheer “whiteness” of the trailer.

Fans of the popular manga can finally watch actress Scarlett Johansson as she runs up a wall in slow-motion shooting enemies as Major Motoko Kusanagi (though the in the film she’s only addressed as “The Major”), a human-cyborg soldier who leads the special-operations task force Section 9, devoted to stopping criminals and corrupt officials.