Woman’s Powerful Twitter Thread Highlights Just How Important ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Truly Is

Crazy Rich Asians opened this weekend with a staggering $34 million at the box office, taking the top spot.

Crazy Rich Asians is the first movie with a predominantly Asian cast to come out of Hollywood in 25 years—the last being 1993’s The Joy Luck Club.

According to CNN, this is also the first time since 2014 that a romantic comedy has topped the box office.

One user, Kimberly Yam, took to Twitter to share a personal story about just how impactful and important the movie Crazy Rich Asians truly was for her and millions of others.

She started her thread as her 8 year old self:

Moved through adolescence:

And all the stuff that child buried bubbles up:

“But you know you rejected your culture a long time ago. You know you refused to speak Chinese & you remember calling your mother’s food ‘disgusting’. It’s f*cked. It clicks.” 

“It’s a race to reclaim everything you’ve hated about yourself. For the 1st time, you want to be Chinese.”

Until the moment of truth, when she’s in the movie theater watching Crazy Rich Asians:

And Twitter rose to the occasion to impress upon everyone just how important representation is to people who for decades never saw themself on television or in mainstream movies. 

It is a message that was shared when Black Panther and Coco and Rogue One did well at the box office. Diversity does not equal box office poison. 

We as white people—this writer included in that we—have been spoiled.  Cinema primarily features our stories.  

We’ve fallen in love with people who look like us on big and small screens our entire lives.  We’ve felt we can become those people and live those stories.  

But people like Kimberly are only just now getting that privilege that we had since birth.

Accurate representation of minorities in mainstream culture matters.  

Full stop.

H/T: CNN, Twitter