Paley Center's Salute to Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The Paley Center is proud to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We will offer weekday screenings daily at the Paley Center, featuring Asian and AAPI talent.
Virtually, we are excited to share the unique insights, perspectives, and personal experiences of Ken Jeong, Jon M. Chu, Weijia Jiang, Mindy Kaling, Priyanka Chopra, Jeremy Lin, Steven Yeun, Aziz Ansari, Olivia Munn, Constance Wu, and others, below.
Screenings at Paley
In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, the Paley Center will screen a variety of episodes highlighting the performances of AAPI actors throughout television history from Bruce Lee as Kato in The Green Hornet to Mindy Kaling’s self-titled The Mindy Project. For more episodes and programs, be sure to check out our library on the 4th floor.
12:10 and 5:29 pm
The Green Hornet: “The Silent Gun” (1966)
The series premiere of ABC’s The Green Hornet introduced Bruce Lee as Kato, the crime-fighting assistant to the show’s namesake hero. Lee was an instant sensation on the show and introduced many western audiences to martial arts. His breakthrough appearance on The Green Hornet was even more popular in Hong Kong, where Lee eventually began his iconic movie career.
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo: “The Hit and Run Case” (1997)
As an unsworn intern for her local police department, Shelby Woo (Irene Ng) is an inquisitive teenager who solves kid-friendly cases—even when the cops don’t want her help. On this episode of the Nickelodeon series, it’s Shelby Woo to the rescue when a case almost hits close to headquarters.
Route 66: “Two Strangers and an Old Enemy” (1963)
CBS’s road trip anthology series takes a pit stop in Florida, where the main characters come across the plight of a depressed pilot and mysterious man from his past played by silent movie legend Sessue Hayakawa. The Oscar-nominated actor made only a handful of television appearances, and this moving performance was his last one for American audiences.
Cashmere Mafia: “Pilot” (2008)
In this Sex and the City–like ABC sitcom, Lucy Liu is part of a high-powered circle of women who balance work/life demands, fall in and out of love, and most importantly, stick together in New York City. With Liu at the center of the show, she gets to play a conflicted character, one whose ambitions may be at odds with her romantic life. It’s a significant role that’s simply perfect for Liu’s energetic presence.
Lost: “Ji Yeon” (2008)
ABC’s Lost was a show well-known for its twists and turns, and "Ji Yeon” is no exception. The episode mostly focuses on the couple Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and his pregnant wife, Sun (Yunjin Kim). Their past, present, and future collide in a fractured narrative set both on the island and in South Korea.
The Mindy Project: “French Me, You Idiot” (2014)
The “will they or won’t they” tension between Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) and Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) reached a fever pitch in this season two episode of the Fox/Hulu comedy. But first, Kaling’s imperfect and rom-com–obsessed onscreen alter ego must navigate one last tricky romantic barrier before Mindy and Danny can date.
Selfie: “Pilot” (2014)
In this ABC reboot of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, a buttoned-up John Cho plays Henry Higgs, the reluctant life coach to a social media-obsessed Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillian). While Gillian’s character is the chaotic attention seeker, Cho plays the straight man who learns to liven up a little, creating a playful dynamic between the two costars.
American Sons (1998) (Explicit language)
Steven Okazaki’s searing half hour program for PBS is a dramatic recreation of interviews with Asian American men sharing their most painful memories of discrimination in the U.S., and ending with a heartbreaking collection of news stories documenting violence against the Asian American community. These are candid stories that, unfortunately, remain timely decades later.
HBO Comedy Half Hour: Margaret Cho (1994) (Explicit language)
In this no-holds-bar half hour set for HBO, comedian Margaret Cho makes fun of everyone from her mother to the executives behind her sitcom All-American Girl. It is Cho at her most cutting, a look at the comedian in one of her most well-known TV specials.
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Master of None: An Indian Entourage?
Producer Alan Yang and star Aziz Ansari with writer Len Waithe discuss why Master of None is different than Broad City and Seinfeld, while also speculating what an Indian Entourage would be.
An Evening with Fresh Off the Boat: Paving the Way for Crazy Rich Asians
Actor Constance Wu discusses how Fresh Off the Boat paved the way for the film Crazy Rich Asians, starting a conversation about Asian representation after a twenty year drought on television.
PaleyFest NY 2016: Quantico: The Hero I Wanted to See
Actor Priyanka Chopra explores why her character Alex Parrish in Quantico was the hero that she wanted to see growing up.
PaleyFest LA 2011: The Walking Dead: Steven Yeun on Auditioning
Actor Steven Yeun talks about having performed at the Second City in Chicago and his fateful audition for The Walking Dead.
PaleyFest Fall Previews 2015: Dr. Ken: Keeping It Real and Funny
Creator and star Ken Jeong talks about his love of live comedy and how he created the series Dr. Ken based on his medical career, keeping the show true to the characters.
Drop Dead Diva: Season One Finale: Why Cho Loves the Series
Acclaimed stand-up and actor Margaret Cho explores how she identifies with her character Teri on Drop Dead Diva and why this series is so important.
Fall TV Preview Parties 2009: Community: Playing Señor Chang
Actor Ken Jeong talks about his own similarities with his character, the defensive, but explosive Señor Chang on the series Community.
PaleyFest NY 2016: Elementary: Being a So-Called Asian Actor
Star of Elementary Lucy Liu discusses the ramifications of being labeled an Asian actor.
Master of None
Producer Alan Wang and star Aziz Ansari, along with writer Lena Waithe, discuss how hard it was to cast Indian actors for Master of None.
PaleyFest 2013: The Mindy Project: How Mom Inspired The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling discusses her comedy work on The Office and how her mother inspired the creation of her character on The Mindy Project.
PaleyFest NY 2016: Quantico: Priyanka on Playing an FBI Agent
Priyanka Chopra discusses what she learned from FBI agents and her Indian parents in developing her character Alex on the ABC series Quantico.
An Evening with Fresh Off the Boat: Constance Wu on Representation
Constance Wu explores what she likes about her character Jessica from Fresh Off the Boat and why representation of diversity is important.
PaleyFest LA 2019: The Walking Dead
Executive producer Angela Kang talks about becoming showrunner for The Walking Dead and her interaction with the fans.
PaleyFest LA 2014: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Actor Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May) talks about how difficult it is to get future story lines from the S.H.I.E.L.D.-like Marvel and the writers.
PaleyFest NY 2015: The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling talks about creating a show with a leading woman unlike anyone she watched on television growing up.
Cracking the Code: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Edition
Writer/executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen describes her role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the series she cocreated for ABC and Marvel Television.
Media's Role in Combating Hate and Violence Towards Asians and Pacific Islanders
Panelists: Jon M. Chu, Filmmaker; Eddie Huang, Writer, Director, Chef; Ken Jeong, Actor, Comedian, and Producer; Susan Li, FOX Business Correspondent; Jeremy Lin, NBA Champion; Olivia Munn, Actress & Activist; Charles Yu, Author, Interior Chinatown
The Impact of Journalism: How Reporters on the Front Lines are Keeping the Public Informed
Panelists: Weijia Jiang, CBS News White House Correspondent; Omar Jimenez, Correspondent, CNN; and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Author and Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University.
Diversity and Inclusion Programming Initiative Donors
The Paley Center thanks the donors who have contributed to the Diversity and Inclusion Programming Initiative:
A Few Good Women Productions
Banijay and Endemol Shine Holdings
Condé Nast Entertainment
End of Episode Productions
FTI Consulting Inc.
FX Networks & FX Productions
GroupM North America
Isaac Lee, Exile Content
Lionsgate Television Group
NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
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