Sunday, January 11, 2015

seeking: representation.

Look, this isn't an indictment of Margaret Cho, who I am a fan of. It's just uncomfortable to see one Asian person get some actual camera time during a high-profile award show, not to celebrate or recognize that person's achievement, but as a punchline.

Aside from Big Hero 6's nomination, I don't think there were any other Asian Americans out there receiving nominations this year at the Golden Globes.

There's this line from the LA Times obit for Sumi Haru, who co-founded the Screen Actor's Guild's Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee, that I've been going back to a lot:
"Twenty years later, we're still struggling for realistic representation," said Haru in the 1990s. "But we've made progress. I would have given up long ago if we hadn't made any progress."
I'm looking at my calendar. It's 2015, and we're still struggling. We're making progress, but damn.

I guess it really is Aaron Sorkin's world; we're just living in it.

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