BREAKING! "BUSINESS OF DIVERSITY" PANEL ADDED TO C3 CONFAB

ASIA SOCIETY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS PRESENT

YELLOW NERDS AND DONGS @ THE OSCARS or CAN’T YOU TAKE A JOKE? THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF DIVERSITY IN HOLLYWOOD

AT THE C3 CONFERENCE AT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Despite a re-energized #OscarsSoWhite campaign leading up to the Academy Awards, the terms “diversity" and “inclusion” remain mostly just talk in the entertainment industry.

Amid the discussion on greater racial sensitivity, the Oscars® broadcast itself targeted Asians as the butt of stereotypical jokes. Two dozen Academy members of Asian descent promptly wrote a letter to Academy leaders expressing their dismay. The Academy organized a meeting, and discussions are ongoing.

This is a galvanizing moment in Asian American history, where we as a community can come together to help solve the problem of the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry.

Visual Communications and Asia Society Southern California are pleased to present
YELLOW NERDS AND DONGS @ THE OSCARS or CAN’T YOU TAKE A JOKE? THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF DIVERSITY IN HOLLYWOOD

The event is designed to be a discussion that not only analyzes the issues, but focuses on potential solutions. Please join us to create a public dialogue and build support for real change in the entertainment industry.

Our speakers and panelists are leading Hollywood figures who are directly involved with initiatives to open entertainment to more Asian American and minority voices. They include:

  • GEORGE TAKEI - a path-breaking actor and prominent advocate for inclusiveness, will make opening remarks
  • JANET YANG and ARTHUR DONG – two of the Academy members who helped spearhead the letter campaign and are in current talks with Academy leaders
  • DANIEL MAYEDA – Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition which, as part of a multi-ethnic coalition of civil rights groups, has been advocating for greater diversity and inclusion in the film and TV industries
  • EMERLYNN LAMPITOC - Manager, Creative Talent Development & Inclusion, Disney | ABC Television Group’s (DATG) Talent Development & Diversity. Lampitoc oversees staffing of writers and directors specifically for Freeform and Disney Channel.
  • KIKO WASHINGTON – Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Brothers Entertainment – will speak about the current diversity initiatives at Warner Brothers and what they are doing.

Saturday, April 23, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
C3 Conference at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Avenue – Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA90012
Admission FREE

Organizers:
Janet Yang, Film Producer - Asia Society Southern California – Board of Directors
Jonathan Karp, Executive Director – Asia Society Southern California
David Magdael, Co-Director – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Panel Sponsor: IW Group

For a complete C3 Conference line-up, click here.