Jenn Tran, a Vietnamese American graduate student studying to be a physician’s assistant, is set to make history as the first Asian Bachelorette on July 8. Tran, who previously appeared on Joey Graziadei’s Bachelor season, expressed her excitement over this historic opportunity and her desire to see more Asian representation on TV.

However, when the cast of suitors for Tran’s heart was revealed, there was a noticeable lack of Asian men, which raised concerns among fans. This lack of diversity is not a new issue for The Bachelor franchise, which has faced criticism for its handling of race-related controversies over the years.

While Tran’s casting is a step in the right direction, there is still progress to be made in terms of diversity and representation on the show. The franchise’s executive producer acknowledged the mistake in casting and expressed a commitment to having difficult conversations and making changes moving forward.

Experts in sociology and media representation have pointed out that The Bachelor franchise needs to do more to address systemic biases and ensure that its casting reflects an increasingly diverse society. By broadening the pool of potential suitors and showcasing different cultures, the show has the opportunity to break stereotypes and tell more diverse stories.

As Tran’s season of The Bachelorette approaches, there is hope that the show will accurately depict her Vietnamese culture and present her as a complex individual on her journey to find love. This season presents an opportunity to show Asian women in a positive light and challenge traditional stereotypes in the media.

Ultimately, The Bachelorette premiering on July 8 is a chance for the show to move in a more inclusive direction and set a positive example for representation in reality TV. Viewers can tune in to ABC to watch Tran’s journey unfold and see how the show handles issues of diversity and cultural sensitivity.