Asian Starring Roles on Netflix Have Increased

According to a survey released on Thursday by Netflix and the University of Southern California (USC), 41.5% of series and 12.3% of films on the streaming platform in 2021 had an Asian lead or co-star. The greatest percentages of the 15 Asian communities included in Netflix material were Indian, Korean, Chinese, and Filipino.

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Netflix originally collaborated with the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in 2021 to provide a diversity and inclusion report every two years. 546 fictional films and series from 2018-2021 were evaluated for the findings in the newest Inclusion in Netflix Original U.S. Scripted Series and Films report. 

Gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+ characters, and disabilities were all reviewed in the report. This subjects were also measured in production staff such as directors, screenwriters, and producers. Gender equality saw by far the most development over the four years, with more than half (55%) of all films or series containing female leads or co-leads. Female show makers have also increased significantly, from 26.9% in 2018 to 38.1% in 2021. 

Despite the fact that 47.5% of the study’s content had leads or co-leads from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern/North African characters were among the most underrepresented on screen and behind the scenes.


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