"Growing up, I didn’t see many faces like mine on television and film. And because I wanted to be an actor it was really hard to believe that I could ever be one. Only women who had a certain skin color and eye shape were really allowed on screen, right? To this day white people are cast as Asians, deepening the message that Asians just aren’t wanted."
Looking at film specifically, Mimi recreates characters who are Asian, but were played by white actresses.
It's remarkably wonderful! And I would love it if she continued to do more of them. Below are just several of my favorites.
Katharine Hepburn in Dragon Seed
"Why should white girls get to wear all the fun Asian costumes? This one sent me to Chinatown in search of a badass headdress."