|Ian Anthony Dale|
Ted Chen got the evening started with some good jokes and anecdotes and proceeded to grill Ian with some rather profound questions. All of the women in the room were definitely enchanted by his good looks. The men in attendance weren't invulnerable to Ian either as he won them (and me) over with his charm and poise.
This evening's particular discussion topic revolved around the under-representation of Asian Americans in the entertainment industry past and present. While there has been some progress in getting Asian Americans in front of and behind the camera, the progress has been slow and there is still a long way to go. As Ian said, a huge change probably won't happen with this generation, but he's more than willing to help set up the foundation for future generations.
|Photo courtesy David Yeh|
When the discussion was opened up to questions from the audience, I jumped at the opportunity to ask him:
"With many of the roles currently available for Asian American actors being of the "character" or "caricature" type, did you have difficulties establishing yourself as a "leading man" type?"
"I'm still having difficulties right now." replied Ian.
We can't change people's perceptions overnight, but we can affect one person at a time. We can educate the people that we meet just by being ourselves, being involved in the community and sharing with them our world, which really isn't any different than theirs. Negative thoughts stem from fear of the unknown, so get out and make yourself known to the world!
Official Ian Anthony Dale photos courtesy of imdb.com
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