Emma Stone is Half-Asian. Just Kidding, She’s Just Playing One in a Movie

Emma Stone to play a half-Asian? I mean, obviously.

An impressively tanned Stone plays Allison Ng in Cameron Crowe’s new movie, Aloha. Ng is a quarter-Chinese/quarter-Hawaiian hula expert. If you heard that description and didn’t immediately think, “YES. Obviously choose Emma Stone!”, let me give you Entertainment Weekly‘s classification of the character:

“(Allison Ng is a) Hula dancing expert with a functional knowledge of Hawaiian folk guitar who rhapsodizes about the islander spiritual energy mana when she isn’t attempting to save the archipelago from a creeping military-industrial complex.”

Uhh duh, pick a ginger; that complexion looks like it dropped straight out of Asia. And if anyone has that cool, laid-back, island style, it is totally Emma Stone. First choice.

While the movie has been bashed for having a whitewashed cast, we have to make the point: it would be just wrong to have a love story with not all white people! Plus, that’s a totally underdone format and the actual Asian actors were way too busy acting in the one media format that hires Asian actors, Off the Boat. Somehow, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) was still touchy that the film has almost no non-white actors and absolutely no non-white principal characters despite being set in a state that’s over 70% Asian.

With the plot summary, “[a] celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him,” Aloha has been described as, “not even worth a hate watch.”

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8 years ago

Also, the movies they make in Asia have very few white people in them. Movies are made to make money. not promote diversity.

8 years ago

If you don’t like the casting, make your own movie.