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Crazy Rich Asians and Why It Matters

For some of us, Crazy Rich Asians is just a great excuse to get the NLC-Orlando family together but the film, that marks the first in nearly three decades to feature an all Asian cast means so much more. Though the film, based off of the wildly properly books by Kevin Kwan, feels familiar to any rom-com lover, featuring many of the same tropes, Crazy Rich Asians portrays Asian characters in a way not often seen in Western media. The breathtaking visuals and culturally relevant and representative inclusions paint a picture we don't often see in the white-dominated, Western film industry. Though this is just one small step towards elevating the stories of the AAPI community, it has shown to be a successful one, taking the top spot at the box office during its debut weekend. 

As progressives, we must work hard to lift these voices - our wallets are a powerful way to do so. If you haven't seen Crazy Rich Asians yet, we encourage you to do so! 

Pictured (L-R): Aubrey Kuperman, Bryant Santana, Kadie Hayward Mullins, and Danielle Groves

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