East West

I used to post much more frequently than I currently do (read: when I was working up in my college town for a summer and spent too much time wandering around an empty house talking to microwaves and couches.)  You’d think that now, living back in LA and actually being somewhat social, I would do interesting things and y’know, actually write about them.  Apparently I’ve been a boring hermit for the last few months.

But behold!  A post that comes less than a week after my previous one!  (Everyone can applaud if they wish.  I know I certainly gave myself a pat on the back.)

Monday night was the annual fundraising gala for the East West Players, an LA-based Asian American theater group.  I got to see several Asian American celebs wandering around including John Cho (of Harold and Kumar fame and who got his start with the EWP), Steven Yeun (from The Walking Dead- his skin looks even better up close) and Harry Shum Jr. (I finally got a picture with the latter- swoon).

Envious folks commented on my luck on Facebook, and though it might seem like I live some sort of glamorous life, hangin’ out with all these celebs, it’s important to remember two things.  1) Being in LA drastically increases your odds of seeing a celebrity.  If you’re in the Hollywood area, chances are even higher.  It is actually quite easy to do some star spotting if you know where to look.  2) There are not many Asian Americans in the American entertainment industry (relative to people of other ethnic backgrounds), so when you have Asian American talent being honored at an event, there is a relatively small pool to pick from.  So regardless of how famous they are to public as a whole, they are at least well known to the Asian American audience that is eagerly keeping track of any Asian person in the industry.  Also, the Asian American entertainment community is still small enough so that if you know someone in it, you’re probably only 1-2 degrees separated from a celeb.

I love what EWP does and I love the opportunities and chances they give to Asian American talent, who otherwise might find it very hard to find work.  Having lived the entirety of my life in California, I sometimes forget that Asian Americans are not a majority/significant minority in most of the country, since I’m almost always around Asians.  So while a Southern California high school might be 40% Asian, that might not be the case for a school in the Mid West (so obviously a TV show that takes place in South Dakota probably won’t have a lot of Asian characters.)  But a movie taking place in LA?  Asians don’t just live in Chinatown and Little Tokyo, y’all.  But I do have to remind myself Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Slowly but surely there will be more visible Asian Americans in the industry (just like those three handsome gentlemen I mentioned earlier.)

ALSO- I finally got to wear a dress that’s been sitting in my closet forever- a glorious scarlet silk dress that belonged to my mother in the 80s.  Once I took out those shoulder pads, I was good to go with my slightly puffy Snow White sleeves.  People, never throw away anything because eventually fashions come back and/or you get to a point in your life where you don’t care if it’s “hip”- you just wear it because you like it.  As long as you have the confidence to rock something, do it.  Life is too short to care if someone thinks your dress is outdated or not.  Macklemore’s got nothing on me- I’ve been stealing things from my grandmother and my mom since I was like 8.

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