happy about Kelly Marie Tran being cast in Episode VIII (with a few caveats, which I'll touch on in a second). Asian people are massively underrepresented in media, and even when they're there they tend to be villains, wise old mystics, or, most cringe-inducing of all, bumbling Engrish-speaking comic relief characters.
I still remember how happy I was when I saw TFA, and there were not one, not two, not three, but four Asian characters in the film. (Note to self: learn the names of the two gangster guys who showed up in that one scene, because then I'll know the names of every single Asian character who's ever been in Star Wars. All five of them.)note
I do have a handful of...reservations, though, about the future handling of Asian characters in SW. Largely just fears and speculation on my part, so hopefully none of them will be problems once the films in question are out.
To give voice to my current one, Kelly Marie Tran is mainly known for her comedic work. Until someone suggested it to me, though, it didn't even occur to me that she might be given a purely comic relief role.
I really hope this doesn't happen. To clarify, I would have nothing against Tran being given the opportunity to showcase her comedic talents, but to relegate her entirely to the role of comic relief would be a massive disappointment.
I'm probably being paranoid here. The diversity in TFA was exceptionally well handled, and there's no evidence that this will change in VIII. I've just been disappointed so many times, I've started expecting it.
And, while I'm here...Disney, please don't make both of the Asian guys in Rogue One
martial artists. One is okay.
"We'll take the next chance, and the next, until we win, or the chances are spent."