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— by Meilan Solly: All too often, the history of Asian Americans in film is one of stereotypes. The Washington Post’s Ada Tseng has a roundup of relevant examples, from white actress Luise Rainer’s 1935 casting as a Chinese American over actual Asian film star Anna May Wong to the more recent whitewashing controversy surrounding Scarlett Johannson’s casting in Ghost in the Shell.
That’s what made Crazy Rich Asians, a 2018 romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name—and the first major Hollywood film to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club—a landmark achievement in representation. Now, the Cinderella-esque sky blue gown worn by Constance Wu’s character in the film’s climactic wedding scene is set to the join the ranks of such pop culture treasures as Judy Garland’s ruby slippers, a Kermit the Frog puppet and original cartoons by Peanuts creator Charles Schultz, all of which are housed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History…
Image: Constance Wu’s character, Rachel Chu, wears the gown to a wedding, courtesy of Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC
May 17, 2019