Raya and the Last Dragon: Why is this movie a big deal?

Disney has released its latest movie starring a mostly all Asian-American cast.

In almost 90 years, Disney has its first ever South East Asian heroine and the star of the movie is very excited!

Although the film is based in the fantasy land Kumandra, the movie uses many references to South East Asian cultures and themes.

In a 2020 report, they found that South East Asian actors only make up 4.9% of roles on American film viewing platforms.

Kelly Marie Tran who plays Raya says she feels "special" in this role, as she "grew up in a world where she didn't see herself in media at all."

Shanequa spoke to Kelly and co-star Awkwafina to get all of the details!

Footage courtesy of 'Raya and the Last Dragon' / Walt Disney Pictures

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