News: The case of the vanishing Asian American characters in ‘The Martian’

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The Martian
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The case of the vanishing Asian American characters in ‘The Martian’

“NASA’s Director of Mars Operations is Dr. Venkat Kapoor — an Asian Indian character who identifies as Hindu.In Scott’s film, he is played by British black actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and the name is changed to Vincent Kapoor.
Character Mindy Park is written as Korean American in the novel, but portrayed by Mackenzie Davis — a white blonde actress.

 

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