For Australian-based independent filmmaker Joy Hopwood, the moment meant the world.
The experience “traumatized” her and she stayed home for the next two weeks.
More than 30 years later, Everything Everywhere All at Once depicts a Chinese-American family, but its success has made it a much broader global phenomenon for anyone who identifies as Asian. It is a sign that things are changing.
“I think the more we see Asians appearing on television, in movies, and in theater, the more people feel that Asians are part of the community.”
Hopwood said she wasn’t sure how her first film, The Script of Life (2019), would be received because Asian actors made up about half of the cast, but Amsterdam International Film After winning the Best Romance award at the festival, she continued. She creates her one of her first Asian-Australian rom-coms, Rhapsody of Love (2021).
“Before, only Jackie Chan films were shown…and I met journalist Alison Huang in Perth. She was the only Asian face I ever saw on screen. “
“It took decades for this change to happen. Politics, culture, even the arts need representation for change to happen.”
Australian writer and broadcaster Benjamin Lo, who was born to parents from Hong Kong and Malaysia, said the film’s award season success means a lot to Australians in Asia.
“I think Everything Everywhere All At Once represents a new milestone…an Asian diaspora film that hits the Oscars,” he said.
“If you think about Ke Huy Quan’s story…his whole story is one that Asians have erased from Hollywood,” he said.
“It’s not just K-pop, we’re starting to see K-movies and K-dramas and how they’re winning Oscars. I am watching.”
According to 2021 Census data, the top five countries born in Australia are, in descending order, the United Kingdom, India, China, New Zealand and the Philippines.
“They also contribute significantly to Australia’s economy and society, but are often portrayed as victims, helpless victims and highly vulnerable people in the media.”
“Although the main agenda for Asian Australians is often too focused on racism and anti-racism campaigns, we can actually overcome such ‘bamboo ceilings’ and become socially active. There are many Asian Australians who are part of the ”
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