Thursday, February 7, 2013

Only a Few Asian/Pacific Islanders are Successful in Hollywood

Yep, only a few Asian/Pacific Islanders are successful in Hollywood and that's sad when you think about it.  When you compare the celebrities "in front of the camera" in Hollywood, Asian and Pacific Islanders lag behind Caucasians, African-Americans, and Latino-Americans.

Nowadays, you can only count a handful of Asian/Pacific Islanders, who were born-and-raised in the U.S. and are successful in the American entertainment industry.  We'll tackle the issue of foreign-born Asian stars being successful in America another time.

So far, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (above photo) is the biggest Pacific Islander star on the planet with "Fast Five," "Journey 2: Mysterious Island," and "G.I.Joe: Retaliation" under his belt.  He's also becoming quite a businessman with projects for tv shows for network and cable television.

Korean-American star John Cho, from the "Harold and Kumar" film series has been consistently finding roles on television with his latest venture "Go On" proving to be a bona fide hit for NBC.

Chinese-American actresses Lucy Liu and Maggie Q have successful television series with "Elementary" on CBS and "Nikita" on the CW network respectively.

Indian-American actor Kunal Nayyar is a featured cast member on network television's No. 1 comedy "Big Bang Theory."

Filipino-Puerto Rican singer "Bruno Mars" is proving that he's no fluke in the music industry after releasing his 2nd album "Unorthodox Jukebox" which has already spawned a few top 10 hits including the single "Locked Out of Heaven" which held the top spot on the singles chart for 6 consecutive weeks.

Indian-American actor Kal Penn, the other half of "Harold and Kumar" has had a successful career with long stints on "House" and on "How I Met Your Mother" with a short jaunt into the White House, working for the Obama administration.

Filipino-Italian Vanessa Hudgens has proven that she is multi-talented and that her career didn't stop at Disney.  She has parlayed into some serious roles for 2013 with "Gimme Shelter" and "The Frozen Ground," and a potential blockbuster with the upcoming R-rated "Spring Breakers." 

Korean-American Steve Yuen has a role on "The Walking Dead" which is cable's top television show. He hasn't proven if he can go BEYOND his hit show to a long and successful career in Hollywood but it does help to have "Walking Dead" on your resume.

Korean-Americans Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim of "Hawaii 5-0" have proven that they can jump from one successful series (Grace came from "Battlestar Galactica" and Daniel came from "Lost") to another tv show in a heartbeat.

These actors and actresses are just some of the Asian/Pacific Islanders, who are major stars on film, music, and television.  At least, the ones that I can remember.

I wish that more Asian/Pacific Islanders can find more success in Hollywood so that I can stop complaining about why these fine actors and actresses are NOT nominated for such and such at the Academy Awards or the Grammys or the Emmys or the Golden Globe or the . . . . . . . . .

Come on, HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!!!  More Diversity for Asians and Pacific Islanders!!!!!!!!! 


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