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    What Movie Posters Would Look Like If Asian-Americans Got Lead Roles In Hollywood

    "I just really wanted to see Asians being represented."

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    It seems like mainstream media consistently whitewashes leading roles instead of providing equal opportunity. So, with the help of Yukina Mitsuhashi we decided to photoshop a few Asian-American people as leads in famous movie posters to prove there is a spot in Hollywood for everyone.

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    According to the University of Southern California, only 4.4% of speaking roles were given to Asians in 2013.

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    And the lack of representation recently sparked outrage on Twitter, inspiring hashtags such as "#StarringJohnCho" and "#StarringConstanceWu," in which people photoshopped high-grossing movie posters with Asian leads.

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    Steven and Maggie recreated the iconic Mr. and Mrs. Smith movie poster.

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    Maggie was looking forward to finally seeing faces on posters that looked like her loved ones.

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    And Steven was ready to challenge the stereotypes people associated him with.

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    So they turned this…

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    ...into this:

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    DAYUM.

    Next was Sean, who was photoshopped into the Jurassic World poster.

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    According to the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, only 5.3% of characters in the top 100 films of 2014 were Asian. So, Sean was excited to finally see himself shown in mainstream media.

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    Because even in the roles Asians were given... they were typically cast as harmful stereotypes.

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    But Sean was about to challenge those stereotypes...

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    …and he made the poster even more badass:

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    Safiya, Kevin, and Kane photoshopped themselves into the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster.

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    All three of them were super excited to be doing it.

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    Each of them remembered how it felt to grow up with limited representation for them.

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    And they recognized the impact they felt in the rare instances when they did see an Asian lead.

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    So, they hoped that recreating this poster would make a difference for the next generation.

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    And they nailed it.

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    Last but certainly not least, Niki would be in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

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    She talked about how excluding an entire race from such an important conversation puts the rest of the world at a disadvantage.

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    Niki hoped that one day there would be more diversity and this was just a step in the right direction.

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    So, with a little photoshop magic...

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    ...Niki gave all of us googly eyes. 😍

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    Everyone agreed that there needed to be equal opportunities for Asian actors, directors, and writers in Hollywood; and that didn’t mean that other people would be excluded.

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    And it may not be today or tomorrow, but soon enough, there will be a diverse set of faces and stories to represent all walks of life.

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