Count Rep. Judy Chu, who represents California’s 28th district in the House and chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, is one of those who encouraged it. everything together everywhereDominating Sunday’s Oscars.
Moments before the broadcast began, Chu reported that most of the film’s cast and crew had personally come to check out her community, a few days later 11 people were killed And a gunman wounded nine at a ballroom dance hall during a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park. The MLA congratulated the candidates.
Of course, strange (in a In fact Nice way!) The film won seven trophies, including Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Hui Quan, Best Supporting Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis, and Best Picture.
On Monday, Chu told Yahoo Entertainment about the significance of the film given that Asian Americans are making such a huge wave in pop culture.
“As Michelle Yeoh said in her acceptance speech last night, ‘To all those little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibility.’ An Oscar win for Michelle — only the second Best Actress award for a woman of color in 95 years and the first for a woman of Asian descent — validates her undeniable talent and will inspire AAPI artists across the country,” Chu emailed writes through. “But the impact is not limited to AAPIs in the creative industries. If there are any AAPI kids or AAPI adults who hold their heads a little higher today — and I suspect there are many — the film’s many victories were even more meaningful and uplifting. Impact on the Asian American Community.”
Chu reflects on why the representation of her community in pop culture matters so much.
“After facing decades of subtle to overt discrimination by AAPI actors like Michelle Yeoh, Ke Hui Quan, and 94-year-old James Hong, I sincerely hope that the film’s massive commercial and critical success clears the way for more authentic AAPI stories produced,” Chu says. “I hope to see more AAPI actors and film crew employees hired in Hollywood and beyond. Representation matters – in our legislatures, in our boardrooms, and, yes, on our platforms and behind the cameras.”
And as for that dinner, Chu says it was held in January, as a pre-celebration for the Oscar nominees, just hours before the film received 11 nominations — more than any other film this year. . (They knew they had something good!) She didn’t show up.
Chu explains, “The dinner was a cast-and-crew-only event at Monterey Park, and I’m honored that they came here so soon after the tragedy to celebrate a special moment for their entire team.” “I found out about the dinner when I met some of the production team from Vice President [Kamala] Harris’s Lunar New Year celebration at his residence, the first of its kind.
Los Angeles Times It was reported on 24 January that events at Atlantic Seafood and Dim Sum had been planned for weeks at that location, and the group pledged to keep their plans as support. Quan said he was saddened to see that the area was desolate.
He told the newspaper, “It was very sad when we saw the streets were empty. We walked into the restaurant, and it was empty.” “I’m so glad we went. We didn’t walk away from it. We didn’t cancel. We went there, we showed them our love, we supported the business, and I think that’s what people should do. That’s what I hopefully.”
Kwan noted that one of the first things he did was to pay tribute to those who had been lost.
Quan said, “We started the night acknowledging what happened. We had a moment of silence for the victims.” “We just wanted to show Monterey Park that we love them.”