“What kind of message about ourselves are we transmitting over the airways?” The ADL’s Asian Jewish Initiative explored this question on October 16 in a program entitled Asian Americans in the Media at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Parvesh Cheena (OUTSOURCED, SEAN SAVES THE WORLD), Gina Nahai (CASPIAN RAIN) and David Ono (ABC7 EYEWITNESS NEWS) participated in a panel moderated by JANM Manager of Programs Koji Steven Sakai.
Panelists discussed past and current images of Asian Americans in mass media and how those images have transformed over time. While stereotyping continues to occur both in front of and behind the camera, opportunities for actors, screenwriters, directors and producers have increased. The panelists shared their personal stories of success and tribulation in their professions.
Since 2006, ADL’s Asian Jewish Initiative has brought together the Asian American and Jewish communities to discuss issues of mutual importance both locally and globally. The Initiative is a partnership of ADL, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. For more information about the Initiative, email LA@adl.org or call 310-446-4232.