Panel Discussion on ‘Asian Americans on TV’


NORTH HOLLYWOOD — “Asian Americans on TV — Then & Now” will be presented on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. (reception at 7 p.m.) at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Conference Center, 5210 Lankershim Blvd. (at Magnolia Boulevard), North Hollywood.

Hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee, this is an interactive panel dialogue to discuss where the faces of Asian Pacific Americans were on television and where they are today. With the recent news coverage of a UCLA student who went viral online with a rant against Asian students, the subject is still very relevant today as it was when Hollywood depicted Asian faces with Caucasian actors in “yellow face” make-up.

James Hong

The goal is to continue important and sensitive dialogue about race and particularly, Asian Pacific Americans in front and behind the camera; to leave the audience and panelists wanting their network/studio programming and casting to be more cognizant when hiring talent; and to remind networks/studios to be responsible.

The moderator will be Phil Yu, founder and blogger of

The confirmed panelists are:

Amir Shahkhalili (agent, WME)

James Hong (actor, “Kung Fu Panda,” “Big Bang Theory”)

Leo Chu (creator and executive producer, “Supah Ninjas,” Nickelodeon)

Henry Chan (director, “Moesha,” “Fresh Beat Band,” “The Cosby Show”)

Grace Wu (executive vice president of casting, NBC)

Professor Purnima Mankekar (Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Media/Television, Nationalism and Identity, UCLA)

Guy Aoki (co-chair, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, and founding president, Media Action Network for Asian Americans)

Lisa Ling of OWN (Oprah Winfrey’s new network) was scheduled to speak but is no longer able to participate.

The discussion will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by Q&A session with the audience. The event will end at 9 p.m.

For more information, contact the Diversity Committee’s co-chairs: Sharon Liggins, (818) 777-1458, or Laarni Dacanay, (818) 777-9195.


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