Donna Lee, artist of Raya and the Last Dragon, talks about Asian American identity

Donna Lee, artist of Raya and the Last Dragon, talks about Asian American identity

Donna Lee, artist of Raya and the Last Dragon, talks about Asian American identity
Photo: Disclosure / Walt Disney Animation Studios

In May, the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated, which aims to celebrate the culture and identity of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Disney did not leave the tributes aside and on the page of Walt Disney Animation Studios on Facebook, opened space for Donna Lee, artist of history of the film Raya and the Last Dragon.

In her message, the character recalls her childhood that, thanks to Mulan, could feel represented on the big screens and hopes that the girls of the current generation can feel the same with her new film:

“Working on Raya and the Last Dragon is fulfilling a dream that I had since watching Mulan when I was little. There weren’t many animated characters that looked like me at the time, but seeing Mulan on the big screen made me proud of my identity as an Asian -American.

Being able to work on Raya and the Last Dragon as a Story Artist and offer ideas based on my own personal experiences and my heritage means a lot to me, especially when you see those ideas influencing the story and the characters.

I feel incredibly fortunate and honored to have this chance to awaken the same joy that I had with Mulan for all the girls and women around the world today with Raya. “

Raya and the Last Dragon is expected to blind on March 12, 2021 in theaters in the United States, yet to be predicted in Brazil.

No official trailer has been released, but the first teaser is expected to be shown alongside Soul sessions, which opens on November 20, 2020.

Read more about Raya and the Last Dragon at Cinema10.

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