Not all Asians, or even Chinese Americans, are the same

Washington Examiner, September 25, 2018

Sometimes, Hollywood unwittingly reveals important but little-noticed political chasms.

This summer, “Crazy Rich Asians” did precisely that. A rare Hollywood production with an all-Asian cast and attractive Asian-Americans in leading roles, this blockbuster hit earned rave reviews and was broadly hailed as historic.

But there was a small Hollywood pretense, a little white lie that went largely unnoticed.

The pretense, however, is a reminder that the success of this movie in America has been fueled in part by identity politics. “Asian-American” in many ways is a made-up political construct, and inevitably, a movie touted to serve that construct is built on flimsy foundations.

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