This isn’t something that I think about much (since I don’t live near Hollywood), but there was an article on CNN about the Hollywood Walk of Fame and minority representation. According to the article, Asians are falling behind just about everyone else. I was pleasantly surprised that the article devoted ample coverage to the Asian thing.
By the end of 2011 — with a few more minority celebrities scheduled to be honored this year — the Walk of Fame will have 77 stars overall given to Latinos, 119 stars to African-Americans or African-American ensembles (three of those performers — Nat “King” Cole, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughn — have a second star, but they are counted only once), and only 10 stars to Asians, according to the chamber.
When asked about the dearth of Asian artists on the Walk of Fame, Gubler stated: “There have been relatively few nominations for Asian entertainers. Someone has to be nominated by a sponsor in order to be considered with a star. The issue must be pursued by a nominator. The committee can only consider from the pool of candidates that have been nominated.”
Only one Asian — actor Philip Ahn, who played wise Master Kan in the TV series “Kung Fu” — received a star in the 1980s. Five Asians received stars in the 1990s, but only one (Jackie Chan) has been placed on the Walk since 2000, a CNN analysis shows.
I don’t know who Philip Ahn is. I know Jackie Chan.