The Last Jedi Press Event Will Make Star Wars History for My Asian Daughter. I’m on my way to LA to meet Kelly Marie Tran! This post is sponsored by Disney. All of The Force induced opinions are my own.
The Last Jedi Press Event Will Make Star Wars History for My Asian Daughter #TheLastJediEvent
“This is the press event you’re looking for.”
Confession: The first time I saw the released photos of Rose, I cried. Unlike the other amazing Disney and Star Wars press trips I have attended over the years, The Last Jedi Press Event hits a bitter part of my childhood. I’m on my way to L.A. to meet Kelly Marie Tran – aka Rose the Rebel mechanic aka the first lead Asian female actress in Star Wars franchise history.
In case you don’t realize how BIG this milestone is, imagine me watching the Star Wars trilogy hundreds of times over my childhood, not once seeing anyone in the whole Star Wars universe that looked like me. As a person with a multicultural Asian background, we don’t say it but we definitely look for inclusion in all aspects of our lives, especially movies. Here is where there are heroes that save the day, inspiration and hope for tomorrow and most of all role models for kids to look up to. I didn’t have an female Asian hero to look up to. And I wish I did.
I had no idea the depth of how much this Asian exclusion in Star Wars affected me until I had my own kids. But times are changing. As the new movies started to roll out, I was highly impressed with how changes in the Star Wars universe were breaking barriers and creating new “firsts.” More diversity. More inclusion. More strong and empowering female women. I remember nodding my head in approval as Rogue One came out and I saw my son wanting to be Chirrut. But what about my daughter? My heart hurts for her. But after 30+ years, I have tears in my eyes. My daughter will not grow up like I did. She will grow up with a strong Asian female that looks like her in Star Wars. This is HUGE. Everything she knows about Star Wars will change with The Last Jedi. And I couldn’t be more excited.
Star Wars has been a huge movie franchise in not only bringing entertaining family action movies to the forefront, but in challenging important topics like race, diversity, inclusion and acceptance. And now, I get to witness Star Wars history in the making. And in this very moment, I’m traveling to meet the future role model for my Asian daughter. This may be the single most important movie of my life. Check out what’s in store for this very special #TheLastJediEvent press conference and who else we get to meet from the Star Wars universe.
Disneyland & Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Hello, Disneyland; it’s been a few years! Can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since my last trip to Disneyland. So happy to be back and just in time. Only fitting that for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Press Event that we would make a lightspeed trip over to the Happiest Place on Earth to ride the all-new Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. Cannot wait to experience the new lands and new surprises with the updated The Last Jedi extras! It’s going to be a whirlwind after that as I get my first taste of the holidays at Disneyland (all of the Christmas decorations!) and a VIP guide to take us on the best rides!
“Hold it. Hold it. Are you trying to trick me? Where’s the sports? Is this a kissing book?” Remember good ole Fred Savage? He’s back! I’ll get to interview Fred Savage, the new host of the primetime game show, Child Support. This new series will feature adult contestants and priceless interactions between Golden Globe®- and Emmy® Award-winning funnyman Ricky Gervais and a group of five kids who say the most unpredictable things.
See the one-hour premiere of Child Support on Friday January 5th, 2018 at 8 pm EST.
New shows are popping up everywhere on ABC! And coming mid 2018 is the new mysterious drama, “The Crossing” featuring an all-star cast including Steve Zahn, Natalie Martinez, Sandrine Holt and more. We will get a special sneak peek of the new show and exclusive interview with Executive Producers & Showrunners Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie.
Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America – and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here — both the townspeople and these newcomers — will never be the same.
Look for the new show, The Crossing, coming to ABC mid-season 2018.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Press Event
Ok, ok. Let’s get to the good stuff. Sunday December 3rd is DEFINITELY when you’re going to want to follow #TheLastJediEvent hashtag, as it is The Last Jedi Press Event day. Packed with Star Wars goodness is an understatement as I get to breathe the same air as legend Mark Hamill, as well as few other household names.
- Attending the global press conference with Star Wars Legend Mark Hamill (“Luke Skywalker”), Daisy Ridley (“Rey”), John Boyega (“Finn”), Oscar Isaac (“Poe Dameron”), Adam Driver (“Kylo Ren”), Domhnall Gleeson (“General Hux”), Gwendoline Christie (“Captain Phasma”), Andy Serkis (“Supreme Leader Snoke”), Laura Dern (“Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Rose Tico”) and Director Rian Johnson
- Attend The Last Jedi Press Event with access to the newest in tech, games, toys, apparel, consumer products and more from the movie.
- Exclusive Interview with Gwendoline Christie (great name by the way)
- Exclusive Interview Kelly Marie Tran
- Exclusive Interview Laura Dern
- Exclusive Interview Domhnall Gleeson
I’m sure there’s a ton of other surprises on this press trip, but you’ll have to follow along to see them all. Be sure to follow the hashtag #TheLastJediEvent starting today 12/2 – 12/4. And be sure to be following me on Twitter, Instagram (LOTS of stories!), Facebook, and Snapchat at raisingwhasians for the latest Star Wars insider updates. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming December 15, 2017 and is already making Star Wars history. Cannot wait.
Are you excited for Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
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