Here she speaks out for the first time. Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories. And those words awakened something deep inside me — a feeling I thought I had grown out of. The same feeling I had when at 9, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all.
Laura Sirikul was on a mission. To the rest of the world, it was just October 4, but to movie fans like her, it was a galactic holiday—Triple Force Friday, when toys and merchandise from three upcoming Star Wars projects finally went on sale. Sirikul ventured to big-box retailers around Pasadena, California, in search of items featuring her favorite character: Rose Tico, the quick-witted engineer played by Kelly Marie Tran. Below is an example: On the left is an image from the preview video; on the right is a snapshot a fan took from another Disney Store. Other shirts, posters, and images teased in the preview materials have also turned out to be inexplicably Rose-less on store shelves, leading to frustration and confusion from those who take pride in her as one of the first major Star Wars characters played by someone of Asian heritage.
Tran was born on January 17, in San Diego , California. Her parents are refugees from Vietnam who fled the country following the Vietnam War. In , she starred in the web series Ladies Like Us. She also appeared in various CollegeHumor videos. Rose Tico is a rebel mechanic who joins up with main character Finn after the sacrifice of her oldest sister, Paige Tico Veronica Ngo , a gunner trained by Resistance commander Poe Dameron.