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South and east Asian actors may be enjoying higher profiles in the Us on the small screen, but in mainstream films they haven't moved far away from comedy sidekicks and stereotypes

No sooner had the BBC told us that south Asian actors had never had it so good in the Us – more recognition, higher-profile roles – than Variety came along to crush that bright-eyed optimism into bitter, scowl-making resentment.

In one survey of the state-of-Asian-actors-in-Hollywood, there's excitement and hope: the last decade has seen a steady emergence of faces, if not memorable than at least vaguely familiar, with significant telly parts in ER, Lost and Heroes. Brown faces are making it big(gish). Hooray! In the other, there's weary hand-wringing at the persistent lack of awards acknowledgement for south – and indeed east Asian – actors in film, despite cross-cultural epics such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Babel otherwise being nominated for gongs across the board. »

- Nosheen Iqbal

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