Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran stands up to racism in powerful op-ed
The star is speaking out for the first time since leaving Instagram due to online harassment. "Yes, I have been lied to. We all have."
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"It wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them," Tran leads off, speaking of various experiences throughout her life of being marginalized for her Vietnamese-American heritage.
"The same feeling I had when at 9, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me. Or at 17, when at dinner with my white boyfriend and his family, I ordered a meal in perfect English, to the surprise of the waitress, who exclaimed, 'Wow, it's so cute that you have an exchange student,'" Tran writes.
Tran says that every time she picks up a script or a screenplay, she thinks about telling stories that can show a world where people aren't wishing they were white and that show equality among races, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities.
Tran doesn't mention any specific Instagram posts in her editorial, but instead speaks to the larger issue of being compromised in American society for her Asian heritage, including mentioning that she and her parents adopted American-sounding names to make them easier for others to pronounce. Tran's real first name is Loan.