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Call to Action:
The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus in California has worked to pass a bill (Senate Bill No. 871 Chapter 54) that aims to decrease whitewashing historically rampant in Hollywood.
Roles and characters specifically meant for Asian Americans are often re-cast and given to white actors. Recent examples of this are “Death Note”, released in 2017, where the main protagonist Light Yagami was given to white actor Nathaniel Marvin Wolff, and “Ghost in the Shell”, where the leading role of Motoko Kusanagi (listed as “Major”) was given to white actor Scarlett Johansson in 2017.
This bill serves as a monumental first step meant to open doors for Asian Americans and other minorities as well as women in the entertainment industry by requiring production companies to submit diversity reports about their own projects when they apply for a budget tax credit. They will no longer have the excuse of saying they were unaware of their lack of diversity, will feel pressure to institute diversity programs that are inclusive of Asian Americans, and will be open more vulnerable to consumer criticism. This lays the groundwork for future legislation that can ensure we have the representation and opportunities that have long been denied to us.
Please take the time to contact the office of Rob Bonta, head Chair of the API Caucus, and show your support for the bill. Let’s raise our voices to hold them accountable for pushing real action in the future.
Here is the contact information for Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s office:
The full details of the bill are linked below: