According to an article in Paste magazine, an anonymous casting director gave sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen this reason for why Asian-Americans are so sparse in the film industry.
“I work with a lot of different people, and Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive,” the casting director said. “They’re very shut down in their emotions … If it’s a look thing for business where they come in they’re at a computer or if they’re like a scientist or something like that, they’ll do that; but if it’s something were they really have to act and get some kind of performance out of, it’s a challenge.”
Naturally, people were pissed.
Yeah, this nonsense has to stop.