Raya and the Last Dragon: Disney’s new heroine representing 670 million people

It’s taken almost 90 years – but Disney’s first South East Asian heroine premiered on Thursday. Raya is the titular character of Raya and the Last Dragon, which sees her travel around the region to reunite its people and attempt to save the world in the process. But aside from bearing the weight of humanity on her shoulders – she’s got another burden to bear. South East Asia is a region that is home to 11 countries and 673 million people. There are dozens, if not hundreds of different cultures in this region, which begs the question – what exactly is a South East Asian identity and can Disney’s latest heroine really embody it?

The movie is set in Kumandra – a fantasy land that’s home to five tribes – each of which has its own distinct culture, inspired by different places in South East Asia. Director Don Hall told the BBC the decision to film in the region was inspired by a trip the filmmaking team took there. The film doesn’t take place in today’s timeline, but rather imagines what the region might have looked like thousands of years ago.


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Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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