Actor Sandra Oh gives heartwarming advice to young Asian Americans in interview with local student

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  • In an interview on Friday with a local student at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Korean Canadian actor Sandra Oh gave heartwarming advice to young Asian Americans on how “to speak out” on the importance of Asian American representation.
  • The student, Catherine Hou, asked Oh what advice she would give to young Asian Americans who want to “make a change” based on her experience.
  • Oh responded by asking Hou what she thinks before telling the student that what she was doing is where the “real muscle” work is.
  • Oh recently starred as the voice of Ming Lee in Disney Pixar’s animated film “Turning Red” and is well known for her past roles as Dr. Cristina Yang in the ongoing TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” and Eve in the 2018 drama series “Killing Eve.”

Korean Canadian actor Sandra Oh recently gave heartwarming advice to young Asian Americans in an interview with a local high school student.

Oh was invited to the San Francisco International Film Festival, hosted by SFFilm, along with actor Michelle Yeoh on Friday, where the two went viral after dancing to Whiteny Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” together on stage. The video of their interaction, posted to Twitter by @angryasianman, has amassed 949 retweets and 7,650 likes since it was uploaded on Sunday.

At the event, a local high school junior representing San Francisco radio station KQED, Catherine Hou, asked Oh for advice on improving Asian American representation.


A video of the interview, in which Oh can be seen intently listening to Hou, was posted to KQED’s official Twitter page.

“I recently finished a segment on KQED forum that highlighted the importance of Asian American representation,” Hou says, “And I was wondering what message you would give to a young Asian American trying to make a change based on your own past experience.”

Oh expresses that she wants to hear what the young student has to say, to which Hou responds that she would want to “encourage people to not be afraid to speak up” and to “work with [their] community and encourage people to speak out about issues that they care about.”


Oh responds by acknowledging just how challenging speaking out can be.

“I find that kind of like the first hurdle [is] to figure out how to speak out. Those two things that you said of finding a community – because it’s sometimes best to do it together, I think that I want to just answer your answer,” Oh says in the video.

“You know, because it can be totally isolating, these things of like, ‘I don’t know what to say’ … except to talk to you. To be with you and to encourage you, because I’m doing my job, taking pictures and all that stuff, but it’s really what you’re doing that I think is about really building and developing the real muscle that I feel like we need as Asian Americans.”


Oh’s horror movie “Umma,” directed by Iris Shim, is set to be released on digital and DVD/Blu-Ray on May 10. “Turning Red,” directed by Domee Shi and featuring Oh as the voice of Ming, was released on digital and DVD/Blu-Ray yesterday.


Feature Image via  @KQEDnews

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