Yellow Nerds and Dongs @ the Oscars or Can't You Take a Joke?
Amid the discussion on greater racial sensitivity, the Oscars broadcast itself targeted Asians as the butt of stereotypical jokes. Two dozen Academy members of Asian descent promptly wrote a letter to Academy leaders expressing their dismay. The Academy organized a meeting, and discussions are ongoing. VC and Asia Society Southern California are pleased to present this event, designed to be a discussion that not only analyzes the issues, but focuses on potential solutions.
George Takei | a path-breaking actor and prominent advocate for inclusiveness
Janet Yang and Arthur Dong | two of the Academy members who helped spearhead the letter campaign and are in current talks with Academy leaders
Daniel Mayeda | Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition
Emerlynn Lampitoc | Manager, Creative Talent Development & Inclusion, Disney | ABC Television Group’s (DATG) Talent Development & Diversity
Kiko Washington | Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Brothers Entertainment
Janet Yang | Film Producer - Asia Society Southern California – Board of Directors
Jonathan Karp | Executive Director – Asia Society Southern California
David Magdael | Co-Director – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
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