‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Author Jenny Han Responds To Criticism About Lack of Male Asian Romantic Lead

Jenny Han is opening up about the criticism arising about To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

While tons of viewers are loving the new Netflix film, starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, others were concerned about Jenny not writing one of Lara Jean’s crushes as Asian.

“I understand the frustration and I share that frustration of wanting to see more Asian-American men in media,” she shared in a new interview with IndieWire. “For this, all I can say is this is the story that I wrote.”

Jenny emphasizes that this was her story, however, she realizes the importance of writing Asian male leads.

“There are so many people that want to tell stories. I think that the issue is how hard it is to get your foot in the door to tell your stories,” she continued. “For me, I just want to support people in telling the stories that they want to tell, and I would hope that with this movie and ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ that if it does well, then we’ll get more.

Jenny adds, “More means more representation, more viewpoints, more stories, and I want to see that. I think also, as I continue on and get more clout, I’m committed to that as well. So I do understand the animus behind [the criticism], and I do want to see that happen for people. I think it’s important to just keep pushing for more and to get the doors to open wider.”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is streaming now on Netflix.

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