Monday, May 12, 2014

Asian Americans on TV

Quick, name an Asian-American on TV nowadays.

There's Lucy Liu on Elementary, and one doctor on Grey's Anatomy...

That's where I max out, off the top of my head.

I assume Hawaii 5-0 has some...does it?

Fresh off the Boat, currently in production, could be a game-changer: the first tv series focused on an Asian-American family in twenty years. 

Here's some background info about the book and a read-it-now (yes you; we'll wait) article about the show written by a WSJ columnist, Jeff Yang, who happens to be the actual dad of the show's 10yo lead. Go. Read. Now.

“What’s special about this show is its uniquely Asian American sensibility... These are characters that are fully American while still reflecting the particular quirks and experiences of Americans of Asian descent. Finally, we get the chance to laugh with the characters, not at them. And I think this show is hip enough that it will attract non-Asians.”

Not-so-tangentially, Other Lisa Yee responded to The Guardian's call of We Need Diverse Books and posted recently about Race & Writing, in which she included this picture:

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing more people who look like me onscreen.

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