For example, I find it interesting that the awesome Lucy Liu made her debut as a director of a recent episode of Elementary and it wasn't considered major TV news. Liu, an Emmy-nominated Chinese-American actress (Ally McBeal) who has been working in Hollywood for more than two decades, did an admirable job as a director of a particularly pivotal episode towards the end of this second season. But, even more praiseworthy, she's one of few Asian-American directors to helm a TV show (in which she also stars) on a major network (CBS). But still, no one seems to care about this.
here. Fingers crossed that people watch it (and that it is actually badass).
Truth be told, opportunities for Asian-American talent for both men and women have been dire in Hollywood for a long time (The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun, who is Korean-American, is one of the very few leading men of the small screen who's got a dedicated fan base on a hit show. Similarly, Chinese-American actress Ming-Na Wen is breaking ground as one of the leads on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). But it will be interesting to watch Fresh Off the Boat and see whether it also brings attention to the many great Asian-American talent that too often fall under the radar. Here's hoping that this will help spark a new Asian-American revolution in Hollywood.
Watch the trailer for Fresh Off the Boat here.