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Representation Matters: The Road Ahead for Asian-American Actors in Film & TV

The Skoll Center in partnership with UCLA’s chapter of APAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association) sponsored an intimate conversation with hit Netflix show Kim’s Convenience star Simu Liu, moderated by Korean-American blogger Phil Yu aka Angry Asian Man.


Representation Matters discussed the recent wide success of Asian-American content such as Crazy Rich Asians and Searching, and the need to capitalize on the momentum to advance roles for Asian talent in Hollywood. Simu is a rising Chinese-Canadian actor with a strong fanbase who, unlike many Asian actors who are typecast due to race, is portrayed with sex appeal on his show. The talk and reception, held at Geffen Hall, was attended by approximately 180 students, many of whom shared the experience on social media with the hashtag #representationmattersUCLA.