Daniel Dae Kim

The disproportionate struggle Asian American actors experience as they strive to be represented fairly or at all in American films is yet another salient example of a specific kind of racism Asians face in America – one that aims to minimize, even erase the Asian race and its importance in the American psyche. Despite their talent, Asian actors have been ignored and pigeon-holed into playing marginalized roles for decades, especially in Hollywood films. 

This NY Times article, “Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored,” is a great read that poignantly captures their plight and their unrelenting fighting spirit.

Submitted by James Han; Illustration partially based on a photo from NME / Jenn Five