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The Academy Invites 70 Asian and Asian Americans to Join

Suzanne Kai

July 1, 2016

JAMES HONG - 2012-02-22 at 1.30.56 AM

Asian and Asian Americans received 70 of
 the 683 invitations issued June 29 by the 
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

While it is one small step forward, we celebrate
every single invitation to an Asian or Asian AmericanOne invitation which was long overdue,
is to veteran actor 
James Hong, 87, who has been acting, producing and directing in Hollywood 
since the 1950s.

Our 3 part candid interview with James Hong on the dismal state of Asian American
acting opportunities in Hollywood was filmed by our interview team on December 2, 2008.
 Hong told AsianConnections.com, "We're still the gimmick people...we're still the waiters...
it doesn't feel right...we've waited too long for (this) to happen."
He told us that nearly eight years ago.

Congratulations Mr. Hong, and Congratulations All.  Click here for AsianConnections'
3 part interview with James Hong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn6D2HTed5Q

While it is a record number of invitations to new members to join due to the Academy's
efforts to increase diversity among its membership, Minh Nguyen 
writes in her report for NBC News Asian America titled 
"Asian-American Representation in the Academy: Has Much Changed?" 
the addition to this year's class only pushes the Academy's demographics
from 8 percent to 11 percent people of color.

The Los Angeles Times' Glenn Whipp writes, "It's a first step. And an exceptional one, 
provided its not the only one. 

AsAmNews writer Ed Diokno says "the needle towards inclusiveness
and diversity has barely moved..." "Hardly enough to make a significant
change in the Academy’s voting patterns."

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