One to Watch: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Showcases Diversity Within Asian Communities

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One has only to look at the AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) 2017-18 report, State of Asia America, to see evidence of the strong diversity within the Asian American community. According to the report, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is the fastest growing demographic in the United States, both in terms of natural born citizens and immigrants. Six ethnic groups within the Asian community number over one million each and over eight million people in the US speak either Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean or Hindi. These numbers are perhaps one reason the film Crazy Rich Asians coming to theaters this coming Wednesday, August 15th is generating tons of breathless excitement.

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Number of Female Protagonists in Film Down 5 Percent

Films with female protagonists have been box office hits this past year—”Wonder Woman” and “Lady Bird” are just a couple honorable mentions—and more talented women on-screen and off-screen are being recognized at the upcoming Oscars on March 4, 2018. At the same time, the number of female protagonists in the 100 top films fell 5 percent in 2017, according to study on women and film from San Diego State University.

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