Revisiting questionable Asian portrayals in film: A cultural sensitivity expert weighs in
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Jeremiah Abraham, founder of Tremendous Communications, makes it his mission to elevate AAPI narratives in film and TV, helping studios and networks navigate around stereotypes and potential tropes when depicting Asian characters. Whether that means leading cultural sensitivity workshops for PR teams, identifying red flags in screenings, ensuring that the AAPI community is included in PR & marketing efforts, or providing script notes, Abraham — whose projects include Crazy Rich Asians, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and the upcoming Nope and Easter Sunday — wants to ensure that films are "not only culturally sensitive, but also inclusive to the diaspora of Asian Americans and not just a monolith."
We asked Abraham about some questionable film portrayals of Asians from the past, and what advice he'd give to filmmakers and studios if he were working on these projects today.