There’s been a lot of outrage in the Asian American community over the whitewashing of Emma Stone’s character Allison Ng in the Cameron Crowe movie Aloha. However, an open letter published in the Daily Kos wonders if Asian Americans have misdirected their rage.
Sure Hollywood is to blame and it was Cameron Crowe who bears ultimate responsibility for the casting choice, a choice for which he has since issued an “heartfelt apology.”
The letter written by Beverly Murray openly questions whether those complaining need to do a bit more soul searching.
Are you one of those Asian parents that pushes violin lessons and piano recitals on your kid, yet discourages any sort of creativity when it comes to career choice? Have you or would you freak out if your child wanted to start a punk rock band, become an artist or maybe a filmmaker?
Are you one of those Asian kids who’s flocked to pre-med, engineering or computer science? Nothing wrong with that, if that’s what truly inspires you. But if you’re making the safe choice, when your passions are somewhere else, then perhaps you’re selling yourself short.
Is Beverly being too harsh or does she have a point? Does anything she say hit close to home for you? Read her letter in the Daily Kos and let us know what you think.