There’s a reason that some people consider Asian-Americans “unrecognisable” to white audiences.
For decades, a generation of Asian-America pop stars have been largely ignored by the mainstream, largely due to the Asian-influenced music they’ve been responsible for producing.
But now, those Asian-based stars are finally getting recognition.
In 2018, the Asian American Writers Association (AAWA) held a convention in San Francisco to nominate six Asian- American actors and singers for awards.
They included Yoon Sung-Woo, Kim Joo-Won, Kang Min-Ho, Park Min-Seok, Lee Sang-Hyun and Jung Seung-Jin.
The awards were announced last week and they’re expected to be announced on December 11.
And there are signs that the awards will have an impact.
When the awards were first announced, many Asian- Americans were skeptical.
“What if the awards are just a glorified press release for the next awards season?
What if this year’s winners don’t even make it?” asked a Facebook post by Yoon’s friend.
Then a Korean-American woman responded: “This award is so exciting!
The best actors in the world are going to be recognized.
What more do you need?”
As of now, they have a few more Asian-themed awards to come: the 2018 Asian American Women’s Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Writing, Best Lead Actress, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actor in a Comedy, Best Supporting Actor in an Act, and Best Original Song.
It’s been a long time coming.
Now, there are plenty of Asian American actors that are performing at this year of Asian films and TV shows.
Take Jang Sung-Hoon, for example, who was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress in an Actor-Based Motion Picture at the Asian Pacific American Film Awards.
And Jang was born in the United States and is the son of Korean immigrants.
So how did this happen?
The AABWA has been fighting for recognition since 2009.
Their efforts have been supported by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Education Fund, the California Asian Pacific Islander Resource Center and the Asian Cultural Center of America.
Since the recognition, the AABWAs has made sure that all of their award nominations are made available online and in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
As they put it in their press release: “We hope that the recognition will spur more people to recognize Asian-inspired artists in their work.”
In addition to that, Asian-related media outlets are beginning to notice.
The LA Times ran a piece titled “Invented by an Asian American, ‘Ain’t No Place Like Home’ is the soundtrack to the next decade” in 2017, and the BBC is reporting on the work of several Korean-Americans.
This year’s awards were also supported by a variety of charities, including the Asian Foundation for Asian American Arts, the Korean American Community Council, the American Friends Service Committee and the American Council of Asian Pacific Americans.
All of this means that the Asian community will continue to see Asian-made films and music.