RepresentAsian: The Changing Face of New York Theater

ASIAN AMERICAN PERFORMERS ACTION COALITION (AAPAC) will hold an industry roundtable with prominent producers, artistic directors, directors, playwrights, agents, and casting directors to have a dialogue on access and representation of minority actors on NYC stages and how best to overcome obstacles to more inclusive casting.

It will be co-presented with Fordham University and will be moderated by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (Chinglish, M. Butterfly): AAPAC and Fordham University present “RepresentAsian: The Changing Face of New York Theater” Monday, February 13th, at 7:00 pm The Pope Auditorium at Fordham University 60th St/and Columbus Avenue, just inside main entrance.

To RSVP, send an email to Seating is limited.

AAPAC’S mission is to expand the perception of Asian American performers in order to increase their access to and representation on New York City’s stages. AAPAC hosted two symposia for the New York theatre community in 2011 to begin a discussion on why the worlds presented on New York City stages do not reflect the racial diversity of the real world we live in.

AAPAC will release their report of minority representation in New York theatre in 2012 — the first and only publicly available report of its kind. This report will hopefully be used to track casting trends and to raise awareness where any inequities exist.

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Meet Frances Kakugawa at the Japanese American National Museum

Mark your calendars (September 29 @ Japanese American National Museum) to attend two events MANAA is sponsoring for award-winning author/poet Frances Kakugawa (who’s written past books on caregiving for those with Alzheimer’s) and her humorous and sobering book Kapoho: Memoirs of a Modern Pompeii about growing up in the small town in Hawaii (later covered by lava) while battling wartime prejudice against Japanese Americans and the limitations of her pidgin English culture.

To read an interview with her, click here:…

To read excerpts from the book, click here: Please RSVP if you’re interested in coming.

We’re trying to reach ex-Hawaii residents living in Southern California and those caregiving for loved ones, so please help us spread the word.

Photos from the Media Achievement Awards!

Thank you for helping to make the MANAA Media Achievement Awards a great event! We announced the winner of MANAA’s scholarship contest; presented awards to the writers and creators of: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Lilo and Stitch, television series Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and King of the Hill; and honored journalist Sam Chu Lin. MANAA appreciates the sponsors, guests, volunteers, and everyone who helped make this special evening a success. And yes, MANAA is now on MySpace. Check out the banquet pics at Stay tuned for new MANAA activities in 2007!

10th MANAA Achievement Awards

The 10th MANAA Achievement Awards will be held on Thursday, November 9, at the University of Southern California’s Town and Gown. This is MANAA’s biggest event and fundraiser of the year. Volunteers needed to help out! Contact us at or come to our next general meeting. And check back here for updates! Next general meetings: Thursday, September 21, 2006. Thursday, October 19, 2006.