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Asian American women are not being promoted to executive management positions, study reveals

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  • A new study reveals how Asian Americans, particularly Asian American women, continue to struggle with workplace promotions.
  • Researchers found that Asian American women experience a severe drop of 80% in representation and promotion at high levels in senior management positions.
  • Data revealed that while Asian Americans account for 9% of senior vice presidents, there are only 5% of promotions from senior vice president to the C-suite or the high-ranking executive titles. Asian American women reportedly make up less than 1% of these promotions.
  • The researchers suggested constructive starting points, such as collecting more granular data, addressing inclusion challenges, supporting and creating sponsorship opportunities for Asian American workers and addressing Asian American issues as part of corporate responsibility.

Although Asian Americans are heavily represented in corporate jobs, representation and promotion at high levels in senior management positions are significantly lacking, according to a new study. 

There are nearly 20 million Asian Americans who live in the U.S. as citizens, with 8.8 million of them in the workforce. They are reportedly overrepresented in both low-paying occupations, including manicurists and cooks, and in high-paying professions, including technical fields. 

Sandra Oh and Jung Ho-yeon on the same pressures they face, nearly 20 years apart

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  • The latest installment of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” features a conversation between Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) and Jung Ho-yeon (“Squid Game”).
  • Oh talks through some of the concerns Jung has had over the past several months — for one, the challenge of representing an underrepresented minority in the States.
  • “You are, in the image-making, a very important part for Asian Americans,” she tells Jung. “But I want to somehow relieve you of the pressure for that.”
  • The two also reveal how they’ve struggled with their health, both mentally and physically, as a result of the pressure.
  • “I learned that I had to take care of my health first. But that’s not only your body. That is your soul. That is definitely your mind. So even those things like doubt, question. ‘Cause you can’t, ultimately, depend on anyone else. You have to somehow find it within yourself,” Oh shared.

A lot has changed for Asian representation on screen since Sandra Oh first put on her scrubs as Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy” over 17 years ago.

The latest installment of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series has Oh having a sit-down with Jung Ho-yeon, who catapulted into the international limelight when “Squid Game” premiered in September.

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.

‘Bridgerton’ star Simone Ashley on ‘finding the heart’ of Kate Sharma, Season 2’s Haldi ceremony scene

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  • After a hugely successful first season, Netflix’s regency drama “Bridgerton” premiered its latest season on March 25.
  • Indian British actor Simone Ashley, Season 2’s lead, talked with NextShark about how her show has introduced characters of Indian descent to millions of viewers around the world.
  • This season, all eyes are on Capital “R” Rake Lord Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest of the eight Bridgerton siblings, as he attempts to find a suitable viscountess.
  • He pursues the beautiful and sweet Edwina Sharma, played by Charithra Chandran, while her older sister Kate, played by Ashley, attempts to prevent her sister from marrying the wrong man.
  • Both competitive and headstrong, Anthony and Kate disagree on almost everything. However, the two also cannot deny the intense desire they have for each other.
  • If the second season of “Bridgerton” is anything like the first, fans can expect even more dazzling ball gowns, intense romance and binge-worthy drama.

Simone Ashley, star of Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” spoke to NextShark about her character in the show, the witty and headstrong Kate Sharma, and how the highly successful regency drama has introduced Indian customs and characters to millions of viewers from around the world.

The first season of “Bridgerton” saw a departure from the homogenous casting of typical Western period dramas, introducing Black aristocratic characters such as Queen Charlotte and the Duke of Hastings. The show’s second season continues to feature characters of color, this time with a focus on South Asian representation.

2022 Grammys: Olivia Rodrigo wins 3 awards including Best New Artist, BTS performs ‘Butter’

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  • Filipino American singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo took home three trophies for her wins in the Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
  • R&B duo Silk Sonic, which is composed of Filipino American singer Bruno Mars and Korean American rapper Anderson .Paak, won four awards, including for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song of the Year and Best R&B performance.
  • Gabriella Wilson, better known as H.E.R., won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B performance. The artist of Filipino and African American descent also performed two of her songs at the event alongside Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Travis Barker.
  • Brooklyn-based singer Arooj Aftab became the first Pakistani to win a Grammy when she took home the trophy for Best Global Music Performance for her song “Mohabbat.”

Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars and H.E.R. were some of several Asian American artists to take home awards at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.  

The 19-year-old singer-songwriter Rodrigo took home three trophies for her wins in the Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories.

Awkwafina shares letter she wrote to herself pre-‘Ocean’s 8’ filming to inspire those who ‘feel scared’

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  • Actor and comedian Awkwafina, 33, shared the letter she wrote to herself in 2016 – days before filming her first scene for the all-female heist movie “Ocean’s 8" – in an Instagram post on Sunday.
  • “I'm nervous about doing something I've never done before, and I'm scared I'm gonna let people down,” Awkwafina wrote in the letter dated Oct. 26, 2016. “I still don't know what my future holds, and that's okay. But I'm gonna try and I'm gonna work as hard as I can."
  • The “Crazy Rich Asians” actor then referred to her fellow cast members in the star-studded movie, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway.
  • “They say everyone gets imposter syndrome, and maybe a little bit grounds you,” the actor continued. “I'm about to do a movie with 7 women I've idolized, loved and worshiped all my life. And who am I? I'm a nobody.”
  • Filming for "Ocean's 8" began in 2016 in and around New York City. The movie, both a continuation and spin-off of the original Ocean’s trilogy from 2001 to 2007, was released in theaters in the U.S. on June 5, 2018, around 11 years after the release of “Ocean’s Thirteen.”

Actor and comedian Awkwafina recently shared the letter she wrote to herself days before filming her first scene for the all-female heist movie “Ocean’s 8.”

Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, hoped the letter she shared on Instagram on Sunday would help inspire anyone who feels like “they’re not good enough or anyone who feels scared of what’s to come.”

First-ever ‘Desi Barbie’ released for Women’s History Month

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  • This past week, toy company Mattel, Inc. released a new collection of ethnically diverse barbies modeled after several notable businesswomen.
  • The first-ever South Asian American Barbie revealed was based on Deepica Mutyala, the founder and CEO of makeup brand Live Tinted.
  • Dubbed the “Desi Barbie,” the new doll represents multicultural beauty and is pictured wearing some of the brand’s most popular products.
  • Other women who inspired the collection include Nigerian American fashion designer Autumn Adigbo and Korean American entrepreneur Carol Han.

The first-ever “Desi Barbie” has been introduced in honor of Women’s History Month.

Last week, toy company Mattel, Inc. released their newest collection of ethnically diverse dolls in celebration of Women’s History Month. The South Asian American Barbie was revealed to have been modeled after Deepica Mutyala, the founder and CEO of makeup brand Live Tinted.

What’s next after ‘Shang-Chi’?: 16 Asian-led movies and shows to look forward to in 2022

The year 2021 was a pivotal one for Asian representation in entertainment.

“Shang-Chi” kicked ass as the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Laura Jean and Devi discovered young love in the Netflix hits “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” and “Never Have I Ever.” “Squid Game” led just about every viewer across the globe to lose their marbles as they discovered a new appreciation for foreign shows. And every other month, it seemed like a new K-drama was popping up on Netflix’s Top 10 list. 

Puppeteer Kathy Kim on how ‘Sesame Street’ created Ji-Young, the show’s first Asian American muppet

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Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Ji-Young, the first Asian American muppet, and hear from puppeteer Kathy Kim about how the character came to life. 

A glimpse into the creation of muppets on “Sesame Street,” the video shows the meticulous stitching of Ji-Young’s clothes, the care given to brushing her hair, and the gentle tweaks that shape her features. In a heartwarming moment, Kim meets the finished muppet and hugs her before lifting her up for the first time and exclaiming, “Hi, I’m Ji-Young!” before adding in her own voice, “Oh, I’m going to start crying now.”

After 57 years, Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist has an Asian alter ego thanks to writer Alyssa Wong

Iron Fist, a Marvel Comics hero inspired by Hollywood martial arts films from the ‘70s, will finally feature a character of Asian descent as the titular hero in an upcoming comic series.  

Flaming fist bump: Award-winning writer Alyssa Wong is building upon the Iron Fist mythos by introducing a new hero to “take up the mantle and powers of Iron Fist” in a five-issue limited series in 2022, a Marvel press release revealed. 

27-year-old Korean American violinist named concertmaster for prestigious Hamburg Philharmonic

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A Korean American violinist has been appointed as the concertmaster for the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra (Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg), an internationally renowned symphony orchestra based in Germany. 

A concertmaster rises: Daniel Cho, 27, is taking on the leadership role after being selected by General Music Director and Chief Conductor Kent Nagano following an audition attended by other orchestra members, reported Korea Times. The announcement came from Sejong Soloists, a string ensemble Cho is part of.