Slowly but surely, Asian American representation is growing in television, and one would hope that the world of cinema will follow suit. As Master of None Emmy winner Alan Yang suggests, maybe more cameras and less violins would be a start. Thankfully, actors such as Brian Tee (Chicago Med) have found a footing in the entertainment industry. Check out our audio (found after the jump) of Tee discussing his thoughts on the lack of representation of Asian American actors in Film & TV.
“I feel, as an Asian American man, (there’s) a huge responsibility especially in the profession that I’m in. To be quite frank, I feel roles for Asian American actors are very few and far between and most of them are stereotypes.
What I look at is the positive side, and especially with our show and what we’re doing in the sense that Ethan Choi is not a stereotype at all. Ethan Choi, I feel, is a very masculine man – one that loves his profession . . . but then (he) also has relationships and lives and breathes like everybody else does.
What I love about Dick Wolf, the producers, and the writers, when they created Ethan, there was no ethnicity involved. They literally just approached me and said ‘we want to write about this character and we want you to play him.” – Brian Tee
Click on the media bar below for the audio version of Tee’s complete answer: