Of the 1,300 top Hollywood films of 2007 to 2019, just 44 featured Asian American and Pacific Islander lead actors, and of those only six were women. That’s according to a new USC Annenberg study that found a dearth of AAPI representation both behind and in front of the camera — as well as abundant on-screen stereotypical depictions that exoticize, hypersexualize or emasculate Asian characters. We’ll talk about the study and hear from actors, writers, directors and producers about their experiences of anti-Asian bias and stereotyping in Hollywood and what needs to change.
Lack of Meaningful Roles for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders — Both On- and Off-Screen — Signal Need for Change in Hollywood
Stephanie Hsu , actress, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Path" and the upcoming A24 film "Everything Everywhere All at Once"
Nancy Wang Yuen, sociologist; author, “Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism” and co-author of the study, “The Prevalence and Portrayal of Asian and Pacific Islanders across 1,300 Popular Films”
Geeta Malik, director and writer, "India Sweets and Spices," "Troublemaker" and "Shameless"
Jeff Chiang , executive producer, “Young Rock”; co-producer, "Fresh Off The Boat”