Simu Liu will soon be join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, and the Canadian actor took to Twitter to share some gratitude about Hollywood’s evolving portrayal of Asian characters.
In his Twitter post, the “Kim’s Convenience” star shared several images from Hollywood films depicting Asians, including Mickey Rooney’s wildly offensive Mr. Yunioshi from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu, both white actors portraying Asian stereotypes.
He wrote, “of all the reboots in the last 10 years i’m most thankful that we rebooted asian.”
Liu did made one correction, following up to point out the cartoon character she showed is actually intentionally offensive, drawn by Asian-American artist Gene Luen Yang as an example of a typical Asian stereotype.
Liu’s post received plenty of support, with Twitter users also offering their own examples, including Emma Stone’s controversial portrayal of an Asian-American in “Aloha” and Scarlett Johansson’s character in “Ghost in the Shell”.