The Lack of Asians in Hollywood and on Broadway
Austin So has written another Letter to the Editor about the lack of diversity and inclusion for Asian Americans. This time, he speaks about whitewashing and Hollywood in response to Keith Chow’s “Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Asian Actors.” As stated by Austin,
Once again, Asian-Americans are excluded from the diversity dialogue. And that has real impact, as we see with the casting of white actors to play the main characters, who are Asian, in “Doctor Strange” and “Ghost in the Shell.”
Check out what he has to say by clicking the link above.
Ensuring Rights of Non- and Limited-English Speakers
Check out President Susan Shin’s New York Law Journal article, “Ensuring Rights of Non- and Limited-English Speakers,” published in the Law Day issue. In this Special Report, bench and bar leaders share their thoughts on the Miranda rights. Susan shares her thoughts about the challenges in protecting these rights for non- and limited-English speakers in particular:
Even I, a native English speaker, found the terms difficult to understand before becoming a lawyer. How much more difficult is it for a non-native English speaker who does not understand legal concepts and implications of, for example, the “right to remain silent,” “waiver,” and “consent”? Still, many respond in the affirmative when asked if they understand and consent to questioning and waive their rights, even if they failed to comprehend the words being communicated to them.
Read more at the link above to access Susan’s article. Click here for a PDF of the article. To view all the Law Day articles, including articles from Acting Presiding Justice Peter Tom and Presiding Justice Randall T. Eng, click here.
From Yellow Peril to Islamophobia: How Asian Stereotypes Impact Our Lives Today – 4/12/2016
Check out the video of Asian American Federation’s From Yellow Peril to Islamophobia: How Asian Stereotypes Impact Our Lives Today from April 12, 2016. Nearly 100 people joined AAF for the important conversation on the very real ways that discrimination shapes our lives.
The talk starts at marker 0:17 and ends at 1:51. Among the panelists was our very own Issues Committee Co-Chair Chris Kwok, Senior Mediator at the EEOC. We’re proud to have his candor and expertise as part of our leadership. He will also be chairing our Fall Conference luncheon plenary session. Stay tuned for news on that important conversation.