Crazy Rich Asians, released in 2018, was a global phenomenon that raked in $238 million at the box office and reinforced the idea that diversity could also mean good business.
As Awkwafina’s opportunities have increased, so have those of many other Asian Americans in film and TV.
Over the past decade, Asian Americans have become showrunners, studio executives, lead agents and producers; they have formed tight-knit groups to champion one another and their stories.
“It was that cynicism that these doors were closed to me.”Other writers were similarly galvanized in the wake of Crazy Rich Asians.
And a slew of Asian-led pilots that were created after Crazy Rich Asians failed to find homes.