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Legendary actor James Hong, known for his roles in “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Blade Runner,” “Mulan,” and “Kung Fu Panda,” made his first appearance on the Oscars carpet at the age of 94. 

Hong attended the Academy Awards with the cast of “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” in which he played the father of lead actress Michelle Yeoh’s character Evelyn. The film, nominated for 11 awards, won several major categories including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. He wore a googly-eyed bowtie in tribute to “EEAAO.”

In May 2022, he became the oldest actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the age of 93. During the Oscars broadcast, host Jimmy Kimmel recognized Hong's contributions to the industry and poked fun at his previous career as a civil engineer, saying "James, allow me to say you're one of our great living actors and one of our worst civil engineers. The roads are unconscionable."

James Hong
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Spotlight 💡
  • Nancy Yao, the director of the Museum of Chinese Americans (MOCA) in New York, will step down to become the founding director of the new Smithsonian American Women's History Museum, according to a letter from MOCA's board of directors. During Yao's tenure, MOCA announced it would be moving to a new building designed by Maya Lin, five times larger than its current location, and Yao helped MOCA recover from a devastating fire in 2020. 
Race in America 🌎
  • Michelle Yeoh's historic Oscar win for Best Actress is causing controversy over the wording of NPR's tweet congratulating her. NPR tweeted that Yeoh "made history as the first person who identifies as Asian to win the award," leading to backlash over the word "identifies" and criticism that the tweet was an attempt to diminish Yeoh's achievement. 
In Other Asian News 🗞
  • South Korea's plan to raise the maximum weekly work hours to 69 has been put on hold as President Yoon Suk Yeol's administration seeks to reconsider the proposal and communicate better with the public, particularly with younger generations. The move represents a retreat for Yoon, who has backed pro-business policies. South Korea is already the most overworked country in Asia, and labor unions have argued that the proposal would lead to more time on the job and undermine progress in reducing average working hours.
Entertainment 📺
  • Disney+ has officially announced the release date of its highly-anticipated series “American Born Chinese” in a teaser that features the stars of “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” In the teaser posted ahead of the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday, the streaming service announced that “American Born Chinese” will be available for streaming starting on May 24. The 30-second clip, titled “Worlds Collide,” notably features Oscar winners Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh, who play Freddy Wong and Guanyin, the deity of compassion, respectively.
Michelle Yeoh in "American Born Chinese."
Disney Plus
What else is on our minds? 🧠
  • Simu Liu was brutally honest about his experience with Air Canada on Instagram.
     
  • A woman in New York recently claimed on social media that she applied for a job listing for her current position after her company posted the same position at a significantly higher salary.
     
  • South Korean entertainment company HYBE has pulled out of its takeover bid for SM Entertainment. 
     
  • Michelle Yeoh delivered a powerful message for women in her Oscars acceptance speech, with many viewers convinced that she took a swipe at CNN anchor Don Lemon for his recent controversial comments.
     
  • Janet Yeoh, the mother of award-winning Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh, was overjoyed after her daughter won her first Oscar.

Do you have a favorite moment from the Oscars this year?
 

I’m just so happy so many Asian nominees won.

Sincerely,

Daniel Anderson

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