Jeannie Mai Talks Asian American Portrayals in TV on ‘The Real’

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Jeannie Mai Talks Asian American Portrayals in TV on ‘The Real’
Diversity and inclusion are vital for ensuring that all peoples feel represented in the media that they consume, but Jeannie Mai is tired of the “Crazy Rich Asians” stereotype being the only Asian American portrayal she’s been watching on TV.

On Friday’s episode of “The Real,” Mai and her co-hosts Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton and Garcelle Beauvais, the latest addition to the Emmy-winning talk show distributed by Warner Bros., got into a discussion on racial representation in movies and television spurred by a recent article penned by HuffPost culture reporter, Marina Fang. In “‘A Sugar & Spice Holiday,’ ‘House of Ho’ and Accepting Mediocre Attempts at Asian Representation,” Fang argues that while the tropes in the cheery Lifetime holiday rom-com and the exorbitant HBO Max reality show are “decidedly mediocre,” that’s okay because with every run-of-the-mill and highly commercialized genre featuring Asian Americans, there’s “a little
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