From one of our Seattle members, Nikki Chau:
With the exception of Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger TV show in the 90s –– every Vietnamese woman I can remember on screen or on stage is in the Vietnam war.
Their role is often demeaning: a prostitute, a kidnapped & rape victim, an incoherent villager, a conniving enemy. They're usually physically and mentally brutalized.
They don't exist to affirm themselves –– even if their role is a "good person". They exist to reaffirm a certain brand of masculinity as the only right and legitimate agency.
So, I'm excited to see Kelly Marie Tran in the new Star Wars movie. I know I'm getting my hopes up too high, but I'm looking forward to December 15th!