About a Pakistani-American who only dates White women, but fails to tell his parents and keeps wasting his parent’s time and wasting the time of all the Pakistani-American women who visit in an attempt for an arranged marriage. Based on a true story.
Best line in the movie said to the Pakistani parents:
“Why did you move us to America if you didn’t want me to be American.”
Issues with the movie
Seems to support the doctrine of White supremacy because Kumail Nanjiani only dates White women in the movie, even if the Pakistani-American women are better looking. Nanjiani doesn’t give the Pakistani-American women a chance, not even a date.
Last night I went on a mini Twitter-rant when I discovered that Pocahontas was on Netflix. It wasn’t the fact that the move was just on the site, it was the description that they had assigned it. Oh the description:
“It’s 1995 and 11-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang has just moved with his family from Chinatown in Washington D.C. to suburban Orlando. They quickly discover things are very different there. Orlando doesn’t even have a Chinatown…”
The belief in the social construct of race is not up for debate. Clearly, we have believed in it for hundreds of years, sacrificed the identity of our children to it. Race is a god that takes our will, our ability to self- determine. We are who race says that we are and we will do what race says that we will do. Consequently, it is my task here and through my life’s witness to inspire unbelief. I want to make persons race atheists, race eliminativists.
Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.
Carmen Ejogo grew up in London. Ejogo’s television career began in the UK in the early 1990s, where she presented the children’s series Saturday Disney. Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the US. She has appeared in Metro with Eddie Murphy, What’s the Worst That Could Happen with Martin Lawrence, and Love’s Labour’s Lost with Kenneth Branagh, among other films, and also presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show – her own video show on BSB’s Power Station channel. She starred as Thomas Jefferson’s [en]slave[d] concubine in the television drama Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal as Sally Hemmings and also as Sister Anderson in the remake version of the cult classic original film Sparkle.
Big Hero 6 is a robotic sci-fi tale that revolves around Hiro Hamada, Disney’s first explicitly mixed-heritage protagonist. Hamada is voiced by Ryan Potter, who is of Japanese and Caucasian descent himself (our friends at CAAM did a great interview). In fact, the entire film is placed in a “Hapa environment” of sorts, set in San Fransokyo, an architectural and cultural hybrid of the cities the name references.
Casting Asian Americans isn’t new to Disney, whose Mulan in 1998 was voiced by Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong and George Takei, among others. Still, the studio has been inconsistent when it comes to this matter – the lead role in Lilo & Stitch wasn’t voiced by a Hawaiian (or an Asian Pacific American, for that matter), and we’d have to go as far back as Aladdin or even The Jungle Book to locate another Disney animation starring characters from a broader Asian origin (let’s pretend the Siamese Cats from Lady and the Tramp never happened). Among those mentioned films, the only voice actor of Asian descent was Lea Salonga for Princess Jasmine’s singing parts. So while Big Hero 6 is a fictitious metropolis which never reveals what country it’s actually in, its cultural mash-up of settings, characters and themes means it could very well be Disney’s first Asian/American film that actually stars Asian American actors.
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