Nancy Wang Yuen is an associate professor of sociology at Biola University in La Mirada, California, USA.
Dr. Phil: Nancy Wang Yuen, author of Reel
Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism (Rutgers University
Press, $99.95, 9780813586304).-- "Shelf Awareness"
"Reel Inequality provides a vital critique of the entertainment industry's discrimination in the context of its far-reaching influence.... Yuen provides clear ways that the industry can move forward, if enough of its stakeholders choose to take action."-- "Journal of Cinema and Media Studies"
Nancy Wang Yuen points out in Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, that actors of color generally have fewer acting opportunities, all as a result of the homogeneity of the directors' chairs and writers' rooms of Hollywood. Her study found that 77 percent of casting calls specify a white actor. Her book is filled with other firsthand accounts from anonymous Hollywood sources that seem to reinforce the sad truth that a mostly white industry is going to advance the interest of mostly white actors. In one interview, a Latina actor told Yuen that a casting director friend asked for her opinion on a Latino casting decision, since the director only knew "maids and gardeners" who were Latino.--Kenneth Lowe "Paste Magazine"
Social media is not happy about a quote regarding Asian-American actors not being expressive enough. At the heart of the controversy is a story told by Nancy Wang Yuen, sociologist and author of the book "Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism." In the book, published last year, Yuen quoted an unnamed casting director who provided an explanation behind the challenges of casting Asian actors. "Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they're not very expressive," the casting director said... The quote stirred a backlash on Twitter, with some taking the opportunity to show just how expressive Asian-Americans can be... The discussion comes at a time of increased criticism of Hollywood for "whitewashing" or casting white actors in roles where the characters are another race.--Lisa Respers France "CNN"