Inside Raya and the Last Dragon, Disney’s celebration of Southeast Asian culture


Raya and the Last Dragon is an animated Disney movie with plenty to say. In a world where scepticism and division have been rife in recent years, the film’s exploration of trust, unity and friendship has never felt more pressing.

Vital as it is for any film to broach such themes, however, it’s Raya’s approach to (and examination of) representation and inclusion that stands it out from its contemporaries.


Raya and the Last Dragon is an animated Disney movie with plenty to say. In a world where scepticism and division have been rife in recent years, the film’s exploration of trust, unity and friendship has never felt more pressing.

Vital as it is for any film to broach such themes, however, it’s Raya’s approach to (and examination of) representation and inclusion that stands it out from its contemporaries.

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