Rational mature middle-class Asians talk Crazy Rich Asians

December 30th 2018

  • Ying-Di Yin & Justin Tam :: Interview with Darren Lesaguis on Race Matters

With the release of Crazy Rich Asians and the subsequent landslide of think-pieces, Race Matters asks: does Asian representation in the media today cut it?

Publicist and actor Ying-Di Yin and writer and producer Justin Tam joined Darren Lesaguis to explore Asian identities in pop culture and the way they shape representation.

“This is not the first movie that has represented an Asian cast… we need more and more of these stories. If East Asians can do that, we should support that – we shouldn’t try and cut ourselves down” – Justin Tam
“As I’ve gotten older, I’m thinking more deeply about what I will and won’t take. Whether it’s correcting someone on email when they spell my name wrong when it’s really just right there – all you have to do is copy and paste it – or whether I don’t want to be the token Asian. Or whether I don’t always want to be known as Ying-Di who is Asian-Australian, I just want to be known as Ying-Di.” – Ying-Di Yin

Itching for more Race Matters? Starting in late January 2019, you’ll be able to hear Darren Lesaguis, Sara Khan, Rhyan Clapham and Georgia Mokak chat race, culture and representation every Monday from 5:30pm.

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