To be fair it isn’t just showbiz, and I am very aware of how Chloe changed her name and the discussion around it, I didn’t realise watching the show she was at all Asian. It is just life and simple ethnic tags are confusing when we have an increasingly mixed race population. Can she play Chinese when she has a lot of western features? Who knows? It ceases to be binary at that juncture.
I have two kids that are half Welsh, half Malaysian Chinese. Especially for my son he doesn’t really look Chinese at all. What do we do with him in casting? Did many people realise Ben Kingsley as another mixed race child was really named Krishna Bhanji?
I went on holiday to Cuba in 1999 and there were groups of schoolkids in the main square. They sat eating lunch varied from very dark to blonde and blue eyed. Technically all Latinos, who knows?
I think we should embrace the grey areas to be honest. At some point it becomes a mush where nobody can say.