It’s Time for Hollywood to Stop Whitewashing Asian Characters
.”..According to the petition, a recent survey found that Asian characters made up only 4.4 percent of speaking roles in top-grossing Hollywood films in 2013…
…As Japanese manga and anime have become more popular, there have been other examples, like “Dragonball: Evolution” and “Speed Racer.”
“Animation and anime are these interesting contexts, because casting directors, producers and directors can say, ‘Well, the anime character is fictional and not a real live body … and to cast them as another race is OK,’” Ono explains. As a result, there are fewer opportunities for Asian and Asian-American actors who want a shot at a powerful role.
Racebending.com, an international grassroots organization founded to protest the whitewashing of film roles, makes a good point that even in an American film, a “totally American” cast shouldn’t necessarily be entirely white.
“Certainly changes will be made to the story in adaptations, such as setting a story in the United States instead of Japan,” Racebending.com states. “What disappoints us is that when these adaptations are reset to America, they do not reflect the diversity of the United States. Many people are of Asian descent but are also totally American… (Complete article with links to petitions at the source.)