Asian American in Media – Panel at THIRTEEN

May 11, 2017

Juju Chang (ABC’S Nightline), actor George Takei, Stephanie Foo (This American Life) & playwright Rehana Lew Mirza discuss the challenges Asian Americans face working in the media and entertainment fields.

Juju Chang (ABC’S Nightline), actor George Takei, Stephanie Foo (This American Life) & playwright Rehana Lew Mirza discuss the challenges Asian Americans face working in the media and entertainment fields.


WNET’s Inclusion & Diversity Council’s panel, “Asian Americans in Media,” takes place Thursday, May 11 at 12pm. THIRTEEN will stream the event via Facebook Live. You can also follow the conversation on social media with #WNETdiversity.

In light of recent issues of whitewashing – particularly through films such as Ghost in the Shell, Doctor Strange, and The Great Wall – the panel will discuss the representations of Asian Americans in the media and the challenges faced working towards more authentic portrayals of the diverse community.

The event will feature actor and activist George Takei — best-known for portraying Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series and currently the lead in Pacific Overtures; Stephanie Foo, a producer on This American Life and advocate for diversifying audio and public media; and playwright Rehana Lew Mirza, who holds a shared Mellon National Playwrights residency at Ma-Yi Theater. The panel will be moderated by Juju Chang, Emmy winning co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline.

Watch on on THIRTEEN’s Facebook Page or here:

The Inclusion & Diversity Council (IDC) is WNET’s employee initiative dedicated to fostering a welcoming and respectful work environment. See IDC’s previous panels on “African Americans in Film” and “Telling Diverse Stories in Theater and Media.”