I don't mean to offend any one with this article, but I found this while surfing and I hope it's relevant to our discussion; I'll try to find the link for this and post it here : ) <--- edit: found it and linked the article! Readers responses are also present. [link=http://goldsea.com/Air/Issues/Starwars/starwars.html]Asian men deliberately excluded from Star Wars?[/link] Now that the fifth installment of the Star Wars saga has hit theatres, it's official: Asian men have no place in George Lucas's vision of the future. An Asian female Jedi was glimpsed in the most recent installment, but not one single Asian male has been spotted in any of the five movies. The absence is all the more remarkable given that Star Wars borrows its themes and fight scenes so obviously from samurai and kung-fu flicks. On a purely demographic level, it's difficult to imagine a distant future in which Asians will not be the preponderance of humanity. Even on a mundane economic level, Asians account for at least a third of today's global box office and video revenues. The utter absence of Asian men in the latest installment is even more glaring in light of the promises Lucas made in response to Asian protests over the omission of Asian actors coupled with suspicious attachment of Asian cultural traits to unsavory alien grotesqueries in The Phantom Menace. Lucas had even hinted that images of Bruce Lee would be used in the installment now known as The Clone Wars. In The Phantom Menace Lucas used Asian martial artists both to choreograph and perform the kendo-inspired light-saber sequences. But as if wishing to take back the decision, in The Clone Wars Lucas's PR machine made a point of showing that the fight sequences were choreographed by a white man and performed by the actors themselves. That explains why they were so leaden and lackluster, but raises the question why? Could it be that George Lucas wants to avoid calling attention to his large debt to Asian action films? Is Lucas afraid that including an Asian man will invite critical focus on the new movie's sub-par swordfight sequences? Is Lucas slyly inviting viewers to see wizened little Master Yoda as a winking representation of Asian men? Despite his avowed interest in Chinese and Japanese martial arts, culture, literature and films, is Lucas a closet racist after all?