Rowling has failed to justify 'exotic Asian' stereotype

By Yuan Ren, journalist
As Harry Potter fans reeled at a surprise twist behind one of the stories’ characters, Yuan Ren explains why she feels the casting of this new character is controversial.
The trailer for the new Fantastic Beasts movie has revealed that Voldemort's pet snake Nagini, is in fact, an east Asian woman trapped in a snake's body and that the part in the film is played by South Korean actress Claudia Kim.
While I have nothing against Asian women playing sexy seductresses in Hollywood or any other part for that matter, do we really need to see another one of these?The introduction of Nagini as a lace-wearing east Asian woman in the latest JK Rowling adaptation is once again playing to the hyper-sexualisation depiction we all know so well.
The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology, hence the name ‘Nagini.’ They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-human, half-snake. Indonesia comprises a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi. Have a lovely day ?— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 26, 2018
For when the reality is that so many good roles are not going to Asian actors, giving them yet another part that perpetuates a stereotype needs serious justification - particularly in a movie as influential as one penned by Rowling, which is certainly not short on choice.Some have commented that Nagini's casting was an afterthought on Rowling's part, given that the cast, which includes Johnny Depp and Jude Law, is what you might expect for from a classic adaptation of a children's book - very white.But instead of bringing "diversity", Kim's appearance as a snake woman seems to be as much about adding exoticism to a very British film about magic and beasts as a sense of integration.On Twitter, Rowling has supposedly defended her decision by explaining the origins of Nagini.
Rowling has failed to justify 'exotic Asian' stereotype

Yuan Ren is critical of the casting decision
The word 'naga' comes from the Indonesian word for snake and she says the serpent has been an Asian woman all along.
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