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Wizard World Panel: Where are the Asian-American Movie Stars? Whitewashing in Geek Culture

August 19, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

In the last few months, Hollywood’s longstanding practice of whitewashing Asian characters has made headlines with casting decisions in Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Ghost in the Shell, where characters who were originally Asian in comics and anime were replaced with white actors for movie adaptations. Soon after, performers like Margaret Cho set Twitter aflame with the hashtag #whitewashedOUT, detailing their experiences being erased by mass media and calling for change.

Join a panel of Asian-American creators, writers, and performers for an interactive discussion on representation in popular culture, the effect it has on creators and fans, and what we can do to change the media landscape so that diversity is a reality rather than a buzzword. Panelists include Dawn Xiana Moon, founder and director of the bellydance and fire performance company Raks Geek, which made waves throughout the world with a video of a Wookiee bellydancing a four-piece Klingon band, and an award-winning singer-songwriter who originally hailed from Singapore, and Wesley Sun, writer and founder of Sun Bros Studios, which has released multiple comic titles and raised over $40,000 on Kickstarter. We will talk about how we’re working to change the stories we consume from the inside out, and what geekdom as a whole can do to encourage more diverse media.


August 19, 2016
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Raks Geek
(708) 462-2481


Donald E Stephenson Convention Center
5555 N River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018 United States
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