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3 May – Lea Salonga recently described her upcoming Hollywood movie, "Yellow Rose" as a "Black Panther moment" for the Asians and Asian Americans.
As reported on Rappler, the musical star, who plays the role of an immigrant in the new movie, said that it is now the time for the Pinoys and people of colour to shine.
"It seems to be our time... When film studios are recognising that stories from people of colour actually do well at the box office because they are going to be people of colour who are going to want to see themselves represented onscreen and are going to want to hear stories from people just like them," she said.
Salonga added that it is great to be a part of a project that enables the younger generation of Asian Americans to see faces that look like them on the big screen.
She also hopes that everybody, whether they are people of colour or not, could relate to the story.
"It's a very human story, but it does show the process of what happens when somebody is deported, when somebody gets arrested by ICE – even with the officers from ICE, we see human beings. Nobody's a two-dimensional caricature," she said.
The upcoming film co-stars fellow Broadway star Eva Noblezada, who plays the titular character - a Filipino teenager who dreams of becoming a country music star while facing deportation.
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