The Joy Luck Club, directed by Amy Tan in 1993, held the position of first Asian-American movie for 25 years.
Following the movie’s release, viewers had high hopes for Asian representation in Hollywood.
The Joy Luck Club was held as an exception to Hollywood’s typical cast and remained alone in its category until the last two years.
Several factors influenced the 25-year gap between the release of The Joy Luck Club and Crazy Rich Asians.
Starting in Sept. of last year, the popular Facebook group “Subtle Asian Traits”, founded by a group of high-school seniors from the Melbourne area in Australia, went viral.