‘Big Hero 6′ shows that an Asian American cast can top the box office

Mixed American Life


Big Hero 6is a robotic sci-fi tale that revolvesaroundHiro Hamada, Disney?s first explicitly mixed-heritage protagonist. Hamada is voiced by Ryan Potter, who is of Japanese and Caucasian descent himself (our friends at CAAM dida great interview). In fact, the entire film is placed in a ?Hapa environment? of sorts, set in San Fransokyo, an architectural and culturalhybrid of the cities the name references.

Casting Asian Americans isn?t new to Disney, whoseMulan in 1998 was voiced by Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong and George Takei, among others. Still, the studio has been inconsistent when it comes to this matter ?the lead role inLilo & Stitchwasn?t voiced by a Hawaiian (or an Asian Pacific American, for that matter), and we?d have to go as far back asAladdinor even The Jungle Book to locate another Disney animation starring characters from a broader Asian origin (let?s pretend the Siamese Cats fromLady and the Tramp never…

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