#TBT: Kelly Marie Tran as “Full Asian” Representative

Originally published on December 14, 2017

I’m not sure how common it is for people to have first learned of Kelly Marie Tran through the following video, but this is how she first came onto my radar at least.

In 2015, two short months before THE FORCE AWAKENS was released, College Humor laid down the law for mixed race Asians in their sketch, ARE YOU ASIAN ENOUGH? In it, a man whose great grandfather was Korean is told in very specific detail by the Tribunal of Mixed Asian Heritage exactly when he is and isn’t allowed to declare his Asian heritage. Tran is the “Full Asian” representative of the trio.

Since its release, it’s been viewed over 4 million times, and if you’ve seen it, you’ll see why. While I generally don’t feel comfortable with dividing up a mixed race person’s heritage into fractions, I do appreciate the humor presented in this sketch. Tran, without a doubt, adds to it.

It’s remarkable to be watching her in this YouTube video, knowing that tonight she will be seen as Rose Tico in the very first public screenings of THE LAST JEDI. Tran’s life and career are about to change forever now that she’s a part of the STAR WARS universe, and so to look back on this hilarious sketch she was in is mind blowing to see just how far she has come.

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