Beautiful Alfre Woodard, onstage in a Boston University production of Thesmophoriazousae. Ms. Woodard, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduated from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 1974 with a degree in drama. She also received an honorary degree in 2004. Photo by BU Photography.
19 Asian Actresses on Major U.S. Cable Network Shows
Arden Cho (Korean) as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Korean) as Lily Tucker-Pritchett on Modern Family
Archie Panjabi (Sindhi) as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife
Chloe Bennet (Chinese and Jewish) as Skye on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Grace Park (Korean) as Kono Kalakaua on Hawaii Five-0
Hannah Simone (Indian and German/Italian/Greek) as Cece Parekh on New Girl
Jamie Chung (Korean) as Mulan on Once Upon a Time
Jenna Ushkowitz (Korean) as Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee
Jessica Lu (Chinese and Japanese) as Ming Huang on Awkward.
Maggie Q (Vietnamese and Irish/Polish) as Nikita on Nikita
Michaela Conlin (Chinese and Irish) as Angela Montenegro on Bones
Mindy Kaling (Tamil and Bengali) as Mindy Lahiri on The Mindy Project
Ming-Na Wen (Chinese) as Melinda May on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Parminder Nagra (Indian) as Meera Malik on The Blacklist
Reshma Shetty (Indian) as Divya Katdare on Royal Pains
Sandra Oh (Korean) as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy
Shay Mitchell (Filipina and Scottish/Irish) as Emily Fields on Pretty Little LiarsTania Gunadi (Indonesian) as Private Park on Enlisted
Yunjin Kim (Korean) as Karen Kim on Mistresses
This was made in response to an anon we recently got who asked,
(Image reads - anonymous asked wocinsolidarity: We all know Lucy Liu is an industry favorite but do you know of any other Eastern Asia (or Asia in general) woc actresses?)
So rather then do a laundry list, I thought it would be cool to compile a photoset of someof the Asian actresses currently on television shows that aren’t Lucy Liu (though we do love us some Joan Watson). I asked around, and made this list based on my own TV watching and suggestions from people I know. So A) I don’t actually know if all of these shows are good or not and B) if one of your faves is missing it wasn’t done maliciously.
*Disclaimers: All images used were found on Google. We do not own or claim to own any of these photos. All information about ethnic identity was found from Wikipedia, so let us know if anything is incorrect!
Also: Sorry for how bad the quality of the photoset is.
Edit: also I’m so sorry I clearly can’t count, this is only 19!
When I became an actress I quickly realize that the world liked their latinos to look Italian. Not like me. So I wasn’t going up for Latina parts. I was going up for African American parts. […]
Regardless of the fact that I spoke the language better and understood the culture better, those [stereotypical latina] weren’t the parts that…I could take seriously. Suddenly you have to explain why I look how I look. And then it gets complicated. And nobody wants complicated.
Gina Torres | Black Latino
and THIS is how diverse black culture is. It’s not just one thing.
REPRESENT!: Celebrating Diversity in the Media
Everyone loves spending time celebrating their fandom favorites. Celebrating across fandoms is on the of the best ways of doing this, so let’s try this for a change: a month dedicated to celebrating diversity in the media we all know and love! There are a lot of fandoms in which characters of color don’t get nearly as much love as we’d love for them to get.
We’d like to take this opportunity to change that, at least for a month. In the tradition of things like big bangs and femslash feb, why don’t we all spend a month focusing on our favorite characters of color in fandom?
Whether they are characters with less screen time or whether you’re stanning for a main character, spend May celebrating characters of color!
How to join in:
Make sure everybody knows about the RepFest! Reblog this post, share it with friends, encourage your friends and followers to participate. The more of us create and promote, the more there will be for all of us to enjoy!
What qualifies (types of work):
If it’s a fanwork that you can share with us, it counts! Fanfic, playlists, reclists, graphics, meta, videos- it’s all good!
What qualifies (characters):
The point of this is to shed spotlight on existing canon characters- for this reason, we ask that you choose characters that are canonically characters of color. Characters in which there is a debate/the majority of the fandom considers them white characters can become murky, and can also dominate a fest like this.
A note about shipping:
There is no problem with writing a ship about a relationship in which there are white partners. However, because the point is to focus on the characters of color, we’re saying that if the character of color isn’t the focus of the story, it doesn’t qualify. For example, a Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson fic could qualify, but if the story is actually about Steve while Sam is the love interest, that’s not what this fest is about.
In the end, though, it’s all about us having fun and celebrating characters of color for a little while. We obviously can’t police the tags, nor do we want to (in the end, that would just draw focus away from the characters we’re here to appreciate). Just make sure to tag your stuff REPFEST or REPRESENT FEST, promote, and keep looking for more info as we get closer to May!
(graphic by osbombing)
you can now follow repfest for any upcoming information about what’s what!
"Lynda this is a health and beauty blog not a fandom blog! What are you doing?" you might ask. I am signal boosting the hell out of this! I plan on living in this tag on my personal blog. And if I don’t see any Sleepy Hollow/Elementary crossover fic I will weep bitter tears.
Laverne Cox Refused To Play TV’s ‘Angry Black Woman’ Stereotype
"The "girl fight" storyline is great for reality TV soundbites, but Cox told Jones that in her case, the stakes were too high to take the bait. "During my elimination episode, when it came down to myself and another black woman, my mother — after watching — said, ‘Why didn’t you defend yourself?’ And I just didn’t want to give television the satisfaction of seeing two black women going at it. We see that so much’" she said."
more reasons to celebrate Ms. Cox
I think this woman should be part of the Jem and the Holograms movie. She has directing and producing experience including her short films. She even has experience with motion capture. I don’t think she would able to co-direct with Jon Chu, which is too bad because Melissa seem to have a great personality. I think out of all the Jem auditions Melissa had the best one. She truly understands the character and doesn’t just like Jem because of the fashion. Melissa likes Jem because the show was about being true to yourself. The reason why I’m doing this is because of the controversy of not having a lot of female staff working on the film. The crew working on the movie also doesn’t have many people of color either (there’s only two Jon M. Chu and another Asian woman). While I don’t think this would work, I encourage people to share this on Facebook, reblogged on Tumblr, and tweet on Twitter to spread the word demanding more diversity to work on this movie. There’s also a petition to get Christy Marx to be part of the Jem movie because she wasn’t invited on the project even though she created the stories for the show. The petition has 13 signatures, but it needs 1,000. If you want to participate, the links are below.