Jenn Tran to make ‘Bachelorette’ history: Can the show right diversity wrongs?


Jenn Tran, a Vietnamese-American graduate student studying to be a physician assistant, will make history as the first Asian Bachelorette when the show premieres on July 8. Tran expressed her excitement and gratitude for being cast in this groundbreaking role, highlighting the importance of Asian representation on television.

However, the lack of Asian men, especially those with similar cultural backgrounds, among the suitors vying for Tran’s heart raised concerns among fans and led to accusations of tokenism within the franchise. Despite The Bachelor executive producer Bennett Graebner’s acknowledgement of shortcomings, there is still a long way to go in terms of diversity and representation on the show.

The Bachelor franchise has faced criticism and controversy for its handling of race-related issues, with former stars Rachel Lindsay and Matt James distancing themselves from the show due to these issues. Producers are now publicly admitting their past mistakes and pledging to have difficult conversations as they strive to improve diversity and inclusion.

Experts such as sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen and author Carolyn Huynh have pointed out systemic biases within the franchise system that need to be addressed to better reflect the diversity of society. They stress the importance of expanding coverage and dispelling stereotypes, particularly when it comes to portraying Asian American men in a more authentic and positive light.

Tran’s season of The Bachelorette is expected to highlight her Vietnamese culture, with scenes of her speaking Vietnamese and her family preparing traditional meals. This representation is seen as an opportunity to challenge stereotypes and show Asian women, like Tran, as complex individuals in control of their own destinies.

As the premiere date approaches, all eyes will be on The Bachelorette to see how it tackles Tran’s storyline and whether it can successfully address the diversity issues that have plagued the franchise for years. The hope is that Tran’s season will not only entertain the audience, but also pave the way for more inclusive and authentic representation on reality television.

The Bachelorette premieres on ABC on July 8 and will be available to stream on Hulu the following day. Fans and critics alike will be watching closely to see if the series can truly right its past wrongs on diversity and set a new standard for representation on television.