‘Loopy Wealthy Asians’ had ‘collateral harm’ for Asian American initiatives


Daniel Dae Kim believes that the large success of “Loopy Wealthy Asians” got here with a value, as it could have set expectations for future Asian American initiatives.

Talking at a Variety-sponsored panel on the Sundance Movie Competition this week, Kim, 54, mentioned one of many negative effects of the movie’s huge success was that such initiatives have been restricted to those who portrays Asians as rich.

One of many collateral harm results of ‘Loopy Wealthy Asians’ was that everybody needed to do extra Asian initiatives so long as they have been simply ‘Loopy Wealthy Asians,’” Kim mentioned on the Selection x Audible Cocktails and Conversations panel.

The 2018 Jon M. Chu-directed movie, based mostly on the collection of novels by Kevin Kwan, was a crucial success on the field workplace, grossing nearly $175 million domestically and $64 million internationally.

Whereas the film, which stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding, has solely obtained 6.9 out of 10 stars on IMDB, the rom-com was rated 91% on the American review-aggregator web site Rotten Tomatoes.

Wu revealed in June 2022 {that a} sequel to the hit movie was “gearing up and ready to film.” Reviews in March additionally revealed that earlier writers Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli is not going to return for the sequel and can as an alternative get replaced by Australian Chinese writer Amy Wang.

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Kim additionally referred to as out the trade for its method of dealing with inclusivity.

[Inclusive storytelling] can’t simply be a class or a checkbox and say, ‘Now we have our Asian venture, we now have our Black venture, and so we’re good. We’re being numerous,’” Kim mentioned.

Different individuals of the Selection panel included Colman Domingo of “Euphoria,” “Harlem” creator Tracy Oliver and “Sorry to Trouble You” director Boots Riley, together with Audible’s EVP and Head of U.S. Content material Rachel Ghiazza.

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