Lea Salonga and Sandara Park among HuffPost’s ‘Asian Don’t Raisin’ list

Gil Cadiz

The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is currently the toast of Tinseltown.

Aside from being a certified blockbuster, it also got a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

According to ABC reporter Juju Chang, “Crazy Rich Asians is doing for rom-coms what Black Panther did for superhero movies, which is proving that a non-white cast can have mainstream appeal and bring in the bucks.

In celebration of the success of the film and this pivotal moment for Asian representation in Hollywood, American news and opinion website HuffPost listed 27 Asian Celebs Who Prove That Asian Don’t Raisin.

Asian Don’t Raisin” is Asians’ version of “Black Don’t Crack.” It simply means that Asians generally look younger than their age. #Truth

Disney Legend Lea Salonga and K-pop royalty Sandara Park made it to HuffPost’s list along with Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr., Sandra Oh and other Asian celebs who seem to have cracked the code to aging gracefully.


In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Crazy Rich Asians leading lady Constance Wu mentions Lea Salonga as one of the first Asian talents that inspired her to pursue a career in entertainment.

I remember some of the Asian-American faces I saw on TV, like Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan, were figure skaters. I loved them so much. If I’m sad and I need to be inspired, I’ll go on YouTube, and I’ll look at Michelle Kwan videos. She’s so expressive and beautiful. And then when I saw Lucy Liu on Ally McBeal, and then I saw Sandra Oh in this movie called Guinevere with Sarah Polley, and I really responded to that, because Sandra Oh fucking kills it in that role. Her role was messy. She was filled with contradictions and emotions. And then I was a theatre girl, and I think everybody Asian in theatre probably remember the first time they heard Lea Salonga.

Well, we can’t not agree with that – the K-pop star that’s beloved by Filipinos does look like a teenager.

Crazy Rich Asians is now showing in Philippine theaters. Go see it if you think diversity on the big screen matters. Enjoy!

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