NextSharkNextShark.com
Latest Newsletter🍵 Hawaii’s homeless desperationRead

Article

Michelle Yeoh in Palm Springs Film Festival acceptance speech: ‘Representation matters’

michelle yeoh palm springs
via The Sun Showbiz

    Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

    Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

    Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

    Actress Michelle Yeoh spoke on representation during her acceptance speech at the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) on Thursday.

    The renowned actress — who wore Schiaparelli’s Fall 2022 couture collection — was the recipient of the International Star Award for her role in A24’s 2022 film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

    “Representation matters,” Yeoh stated. “By your choices over the years, you demanded that attention must be paid to other cultures and a larger world of talent. I thank you for that.” 

    The 60-year-old actress was greeted on stage by her co-star, Stephanie Hsu.

    The award highlights Yeoh as “one of the greatest and most successful actresses from the East,” the Palm Springs International Film Society wrote.

    PSIFF also awarded the Chairman’s Award to “The Woman King” star Viola Davis, who also echoed Yeoh’s statements on representation and its importance. 

    “Oftentimes the journey for Black actors is just having that little hammer and that little chisel and chipping away at that block, which is an industry that says: ‘You can’t lead a global box-office,’ […] ‘You’re not pretty enough,’ ‘You’re not bright skinned enough,’ ‘You’re not enough,’” the actress stated. 

    The Palm Springs International Film Society is a non-profit organization that aims to “cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness.” Marking its return after a two-year hiatus, the PSIFF precedes the Academy Awards.


    Related stories:

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal