Adele Lim, Kelly Marie Tran and Qui Nguyen Talk the Importance of Representation in ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Crazy Rich Asians” screenwriter Adele Lim never thought in her wildest dreams that she would be part of a Disney animated feature, let alone one that is set in Southeast Asia.But Disney’s newest tale, “Raya and the Last Dragon” (now streaming on Disney Plus), delivers its first Southeast Asian princess, Raya, a warrior who sets out across the mythical realm of Kumandra as she seeks out the last dragon.Lim, who is of Malaysian descent, says: “To be a part of this where the place where I grew up was going to be the central inspiration and to have a Disney heroine, a warrior princess so that my daughter can look at and see her face reflected, means the world to me.”The importance of Raya to Lim goes deeper than just seeing her culture represented in the feature.

With a career that spans over twenty years, she

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