Top 444 Asian Quotes

In this post, you will find great Asian Quotes from famous people, such as Sunil Chhetri, Richard N. Haass, Henry Louis Gates, Daniel Goleman, Lenny Henry. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

If someone told me I could play two Asian Cup finals, I

If someone told me I could play two Asian Cup finals, I wouldn’t have believed it.
A China that trades extensively with the U.S. and its Asian neighbors will think twice before it pursues any policy that would place those relationships at risk. Likewise, trade between India and Pakistan could contribute to the normalization of ties between these long-estranged neighbors.
Very few, if any, first-generation black or white or Asian kids will pursue a Ph.D. They’ll pursue the professions for economic security. Many will go to law school and/or business school.
While there I began to study the Asian religions as theories of mind.
In the 1970s in black and Asian households up and down the country, there’s a familiar story that when we saw a non-white person on TV we would call the rest of the family to the sitting room to have a look. The story that is less well known is what it was like to be that one black person on TV.
A storm swept the world in 1968. It started in Vietnam, then blew across Asia, crossing the sea and the mountains to Europe and beyond. A brutal war waged by the U.S. against a poor southeast Asian country was seen every night on television.
The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history.
Asian food is very easy to like because it hits your mouth very differently than European food does. In European food, there may be two things to hit – maybe sweet and salty, maybe salty-savory, but Asian kind of works around, plus you have that distinct flavor that’s usually working in Asian food.
I’ve done a lot of books with Asian antecedents to them – some of my fantasy novels have been that way, and certainly in the ‘Battletech’ universe, there’s a lot of Asian culture in that.
I believe Indian hockey itself is going through a major phase of transformation. We set our sight on winning the gold medal at the Asian Games. We have achieved that.
Quite honestly, I never thought it would be possible for Asians to make it in the States. But now I feel like it’s totally changing. You see so many Asian celebrities now, and more and more of them are taking bigger roles in movies. I feel like everything has changed.
Henry Lau
I love anything to do with cooking, from watching the Food Network to reading recipe books by Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Levi Roots. My favourite types of cuisine are Asian and Caribbean, and I love cooking new recipes for my family.
Jourdan Dunn
As I was writing ‘The Shock Doctrine‘, I was covering the Iraq War and profiteering from the war, and I started to see these patterns repeat in the aftermath of natural disasters, like the Asian tsunami and then Hurricane Katrina.
I come from Oregon, which is this super-white state, so I didn’t really have a lot of Asian friends in high school and college. And my background‘s in comedy, and your friends are just your peers in comedy, which is a whole mix of people.
I don’t want to have people brought in simply because they are black or Asian.
Trevor Phillips
I hope that when people see Asian women, they realize we are all different. A lot of time with Caucasian people, they just group us together as Asian. But even with different cities in China, people have different personalities… We look Asian, but we still look different. We don’t look the same.
I hoped that I would be a lead in my career; of course that was a hope of mine. But I never thought I would be so lucky to be the lead of a romcom. Simply because I don’t get those opportunities, for probably many reasons, but one of would likely be because I’m Asian.
Chinese sausage, which is widely available from Asian grocers and online, is sweet, rich, and enticingly smoky. I add it to steamed rice with strips of omelette and a few baby veg stir-fried with soy.
And people are always saying he deceptively quick, deceptively athletic, and I don’t know if that’s just because I’m Asian or what it is, but obviously there’s going to be stereotypes that you have to fight.
California is an easy place to be an Asian woman engineer.
Yi So-Yeon
I’m incredibly close to my family and I think family is such an important thing, in Asian culture especially.
I was raised on Hong Kong movies with Asian stars, so I’m still learning about Hollywood underrepresenting certain people.
There are very few people who are Asian who have the kind of global reach that I have, not just with Asians but with non-Asians. I’ve worked hard for what my name represents, my brand, not just in Britain but around the world.
Make your plate colorful. A lot of Asian countries make it a point of having five colors present on every dish, which leads to eating nutrient-rich foods.
India, Pakistan, China, Singapore and South Korea are heavily investing in nuclear arms. Since 21st century is the century of Asia, Asian countries should be the first ones to drop this arms race.
Hong Kong is a good fashion city. The interest is enormous. There’s good potential in the Asian market.
Stefan Persson
In many Asian households, to not go on to higher education, that’s like a big no-no. I know my parentsdiscouragement was for my own protection, and I’m really close to them now, but they didn’t understand that there is value in this. That’s because they didn’t know.
Asian men specifically have not been portrayed as the leading man or sex symbol.
The idea of Asian ascendancy has entered public culture.
In European countries and some Asian countries I’ve been to, there’s a lot less hesitation and skepticism when it comes to enjoying culture. People are encouraged to be fans and be passionate about what they like.
The Sixth Sense is not a good white film. Insomnia is not a good white film. They’re just good films. So why we can’t we have good films that happen to have black people, or Asian, or Latino, or any other minority group in them?
Eriq La Salle
In the final analysis, the whole cause of world revolut

In the final analysis, the whole cause of world revolution hinges on the revolutionary struggles of the Asian, African and Latin American people who make up the overwhelming majority of the world’s population.
Lin Biao
As a major feature film with Asian Americans in leading roles, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is important. We hope that this movie will be our ‘Black Panther,’ announcing to Hollywood that we are here, we belong, and we are ready for more.
Crystal Hana Kim
People’s view of exotic or Asian women are changing. It’s much nicer to hear ‘She’s pretty‘ than ‘She’s pretty – for an Asian woman.’
Sung Hi Lee
We have an edge over the Asian countries because we are playing European and Indian style of hockey, but we need to perform consistently.
More often than not, we think of ourselves as black, white, Asian, or Hispanic pretty much in this country, but the real America is much more than that.
‘Mulan’ is an iconic story for the Asian American community.
Thinking back on it, I just really didn’t have very many role models to look up to when it came to Asian actresses. And in that way, when I would see an Asian onscreen, it would be a secondary-type thing, and that’s kind of how I ended up viewing myself in the world: as secondary.
Kimiko Glenn
I remember winning the Asian Cup in 2004 in China, coming through so much adversity including a final against the hosts. We won 3-1 and it was a wonderful competition, which we won by playing great football.
For a while, I was feeling like I was always playing characters that weren’t specifically Korean or specifically Asian, even – that they were characters who were originally written white, and then they would cast me. And I used to consider that a badge of honor because that meant I had avoided stereotypes.
In the past, Japan through its colonial rule and aggression caused tremendous damage and suffering for the people of many countries, particularly those of Asian nations.
Junichiro Koizumi
Sydney in general is eclectic. You can be on that brilliant blue ocean walk in the morning and then within 20 minutes you can be in a completely vast suburban sprawl or an Italian or Asian suburb, and it’s that mix of people, it’s that melting pot of people that give it its vital personality.
I should have been born a crazy rich Asian because I do have expensive taste. I have champagne taste but I’m on a beer budget.
I made my England debut when I was 17, against India. I was the first Asian to play for the England women’s team, and I did have mixed feelings playing against the country my parents are from but I was born and bred in England and I’ve always known I wanted to play for my country.
Compared to some Asian countries, I think Koreans like to keep a clean, fresh, and lively look: A well-moisturized face, a light, sheer base, natural, colorless eye makeup, and a slight stain of color on the lips.
There were no Asian lads boxing when I started.
People are racist about redheads in a way they’d never dare to be about black or Asian people.
Holding those two identities of being gay and Asian have, I guess, made my skin a little thicker.
We need someone who will stand up and speak up and speak out for the people who need help, for people who are being discriminated against. And it doesn’t matter whether they are black or white, Latino, Asian or Native American, whether they are straight or gay, Muslim, Christian, or Jews.
I’ve lived so many different Asian cultures.
Kim‘s’ gave me my first opportunity to portray an Asian character with significant story arcs and subtleties that most Western Asian actors can only dream of. The show was integral in allowing me to find my voice and shape the perspective and platform that I now have.
I learned my weaknesses at the Asian Games and other competitions where I lost. My guard was down.
You can buy turmeric from any supermarket – or get it raw from Asian shops and grate a quarter of an inch of the root into your food. There’s evidence to suggest raw turmeric may have greater anti-inflammatory effects, while cooked turmeric offers better DNA protection.
The Panda mission really speaks to our philosophy. It is, ‘Deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives.’ I’m talking about everyone who works at Panda. They’re inspired to better their own lives.
Andrew Cherng
You know, we never grew up with Asian American role models in the entertainment industry, unfortunately. I’d never seen an Asian face singing on TV.
Asian men are the sexiest. They got no body hair from the neck down.
Being Asian where you’re supposed to be more quiet and softer and I was always getting reprimanded for laughing to loud or speaking to loudly.
Kelly Hu
Michelle Yeoh is the biggest amazing female Asian star in the universe.
OK, it was black, it was below grade, I was female, Asian American, young, too young to have served. Yet I think none of the opposition in that sense hurt me.
As an actor of color, I was overlooked at every possible opportunity. I was given roles that were almost not roles. It was, like, Scared Asian Guy. Whether I was a scared Asian guy in front of a computer or a scared Asian guy getting robbed in the grocery store, I always played these pathetic, low-status characters.
I learned that instead of relying on and imitating American music, there is a better chance for an Asian artist to succeed if he or she follows his or her own culture.
I think I’ve written about family and things in ‘Taipei’ which could be considered Asian culture.
Tao Lin
All the Asian people respect me and watch me. But I don

All the Asian people respect me and watch me. But I don’t want people to think of me as an Asian player. I am just a football player.
I’m not asking for there to be all black writer’s rooms or all Asian writer’s rooms, or all white – I want them all to be diverse. When it’s diverse, you’re going to have a completely different dynamic. Everybody feels othered. Nobody feels like they’ve got the upper hand.
Growing up, I never saw any Asian faces on TV, so it didn’t feel like a viable option.
For people in London, Asian flavors are always part of the culture, more than in New York.
I’ve just seen it all – I’ve seen the bird flu, I’ve seen the Asian economic meltdown, SARS, 9/11, economic cycles.
Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad.
If you haven‘t heard my story, my mom is full Korean, and my dad is Caucasian. Kids in kindergarten would make fun of me for being Asian, and when you’re that age, you don’t know really how to process that; the way you take that is, ‘Who I am isn’t good enough.’
My favorite way to cook is to look in my cabinets and see what I have. That’s the most fun. ‘I don’t have tomatoes, but I have this chili-garlic sauce from the Asian grocery store. Let’s throw that in there and see how it affects my beef barley soup!’
I’ve never claimed myself to be a particularly Asian R&B singer. I’m R&B, pure and simple, regardless of my skin colour. Should that matter? I think not.
The only thing I know about being Asian is that my hair is black and my eyelashes are straight and I have strange eyebrows.
With an award like the Asian Film Awards, we’ve sent a message saying that ‘Asian Cinema is here, it matters, and more importantly, we are all part of the same fraternity!’ The AFA is truly, then, an award for Asia, by Asia.
My Dad always maintained that although Mrs. Thatcher did not look like us, she absolutely thought like us. He referred to her as the first British Asian Prime Minister. Because she shared our core values and beliefs.
I don’t want to perpetuate a stereotype. I don’t want to take Asian representation backwards two steps. I don’t want to be part of the problem.
It was a dark period of my life when William Hung was the most famous Asian man.
Alan Yang
When the world is telling us, ‘We hate you because you’re Asian, we hate you because we think you brought this virus to the world’… we need to kind of meet that with an equal and opposing force.
You can try to justify how Asian you are, but you’re never going to make everybody happy.
I want to break that typical Asian female stereotype. There’s this standard where they’re all calm. I want to break that.
We need to encourage the presence of more Asian writers and executive producers so they can fight for normalizing the casting of Asians in traditional American roles.
China has become a major presence for most countries around the world but notably for its neighboring countries in Asia. So I think it is a common position for Japan and its Asian neighbors that we certainly would strive to maintain as much as possible friendly relations with China.
Naoto Kan
I think the Japanese love young, tannic red wines much more than most Americans do. Perhaps it is because Asians have a great fondness for tea, and tea is a very tannic beverage. Therefore a young, tannic red wine is something familiar to an Asian palate.
We have many different kinds of global centers like the global business center or the special center for Mongolian and Central Asian residents in Seoul.
Singapore is a natural gateway for international firms looking to access Asia and for Asian businesses to access the world.
I am an Asian woman. I am a size 12 Asian woman. I have been a size 18 Asian woman. I have been a size 6 Asian woman. I have been a size 18 disabled Asian woman.
South-east Asian salads are a great balance of salty, sweet-sour and spicy. Its important to have both pork and seafood, but you can vary the seafood from prawns and squid to crab meat or even small pieces of firm fish such as monkfish, John Dory or gurnard.
Asian cultures… place great value on avoiding open expression of disagreement and conflict because they emphasize harmony.
I never grew up thinking, ‘Why aren’t there any Asians?’ But then Lucy Liu came on, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, she is my favorite.’ I was nothing like her, but I just loved her because she was the only Asian I saw.
I think the rise of Asian models is an absolutely beautiful thing.
As an Asian immigrant coming in, for the longest time I still had problems getting in the lot because they’re just not used to seeing someone like me who’s directing these films. I do think ultimately there’s a point where we can kind of just shed that label and become filmmakers.
There aren’t many Asian players in Europe or the Premier League, so that’s more attention for me.
In this context, the current recovery in the Japanese economy is taking place in tandem with the growing interdependence with the rest of the world, particularly with the other East Asian economies.
Toshihiko Fukui
Asian food is amazing. I love a good Milo Dinosaur, bubble tea, and things like that.
My dad was obviously a really quirky, unconventional As

My dad was obviously a really quirky, unconventional Asian man who didn’t care about what other people thought. When he would fight with my mom, he would be really dramatic. He would be like, ‘Devil, get away, for I am God’s property.’ He would say crazy things that were so melodramatic but so theatrical and funny.
I think Li Na and some other Chinese ladies have done so many amazing things for Asian tennis.
It’s definitely a great honor to be the first Asian-American to win a NASCAR Cup Series Championship. It’s not something that I set out to accomplish in that way, but now that I have, I know that I hold a much bigger role in the Asian community.
We are Asian champions, but we cannot take chances.
There isn’t a traditional background of Asian women playing sport, but that’s changing.
I am convinced the next major attack against the United States may well be conducted by people with Asian or African faces, not the ones that many Americans are alert to.
George Tenet
In international meets, like the Olympics and Asian Games, drug tests are mandatory. When everything is in place, then only will the records be ratified. I am not saying that people are taking drugs. Everybody knows what things are going on on the field. I know; everybody knows what’s going on.
I went to an exhibition at San Francisco‘s Asian Art Museum about Shanghai, about how courtesans had been influential in bringing western culture to Shanghai. I bought a book and in it saw this striking group of women in a photograph called ‘The Ten Beauties of Shanghai’.
I think the whole ‘tiger mom’ thing is a very common trope. People like to show Asian moms giving pressure, but they don’t really show the love that comes with it.
Like, in Asian culture, you have to be down with the family. You have to be down with all the crazy traditional or non-traditional things we do.
Australia has a thing where apparently it’s fine for me to dress up as an Asian woman. No one has questioned that.
I want to represent Asian women.
My dad was a very unconventional Asian American man. He was very much not quiet, not shy, not passive. If he had to fart, he’d do it in the library. He did not care. He was like, ‘I don’t know these people. I’m uncomfortable, and I need to let it go.’
I am an Asian food lover.
My dad, of course, like a lot of Asian parents, wanted me to be an engineer or doctor and never could understand why I would want to be a lawyer. And then, when I first said I wanted to run for office, he thought that was absolutely insane.
Every time we had a hot war going on in Asia, it was difficult for Asian Americans here.
There’s not enough black films out there. There’s not enough Latin films, or films that have an Asian, Indian or Middle Eastern lead. The list goes on and on.
I had a different agent after ‘Hook,’ and they were, like, ‘We don’t know where to go with you. It’s like you’ve already gone to the top of what’s out there for a young Asian actor.’ No one had done anything higher profile than that. And I’m, like, ‘OK, but I’m only 15.’
It’s so refreshing when I walk in and see a bunch of Asian actresses all competing for the same role because it makes me feel like I have a genuine shot.
Pasta isn’t just for Italian food anymore. Now there are tasty pasta recipes found in Asian cuisine, and it’s emerging as a newfound love for vegans.
In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.
Just because there’s one Asian American superhero in the MCU, it does not by any means imply that our fight is finished right there.
It seems like studios and networks only greenlight stuff that has familiarity to them. If you can be like, ‘Oh, it’s ‘Workaholics,’ but it’s Asian girls,’ they’re like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got it. We know exactly what the show is. It’s greenlit.’
I was made fun of in the Midwest – I was the only Asian in my graduating class of 200. Fortunately, I found my niche, and it was fine. But I wanted to be so white, you wouldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘I want to be white; I don’t want to be this anymore.’ But now I embrace it.
When I first ran for office in 2010, I was 32 years old. The average age in Congress was 69. I was a brown woman whose name was Reshma Saujani – a name most people couldn’t pronounce. And there was never a South Asian woman who had ever run for United States Congress before.
In Hollywood, there’s not a ton of roles for Asian people. So a lot of it is waiting and waiting and waiting.
My dad moved to Britain from Bangladesh in the 1960s to work as an actuary for Prudential. However, after seeing an empty retail space in Soho, he decided to open an Asian restaurant instead, despite not having any business experience.
Coming from an Asian culture, I was always taught to respect my elders, to be a better listener than a talker.
When I won gold medals in both the 200m and 400m events at the 1958 Asian Games, the then chief of army staff, General K.S. Thimayya, announced my promotion as a junior commissioned officer.
When I made it, I still didn’t wave the flag and say, Yeah go Asian people. I do want people to know that about me, but I always felt like at least musically, let me just do what I do and be the best at it. Which is what I’m doing right now.
Chad Hugo
If I’m chosen for the Asian Cup, then I must help the team win. That’s the bottom line.
The Indian economy grew at 5.5 percent, but if you look

The Indian economy grew at 5.5 percent, but if you look at the last 30 years – for example, 1960 to 1985 – the progress made by East Asian countries was phenomenal. In a single generation they had been able to transform the character of their economy. They were able to get rid of chronic poverty.
Like many Asian parents, mine were very focused on education. My dad would quiz me with multiplication tables when I was about 5.
As an Asian man in the industry, you had to know martial arts.
By playing in the street, the level of Asian football can absolutely improve, as you will get more technical players. They will be quicker, more creative, and after succeeding in the street, it will be a piece of cake for them to do well eleven a side.
I’m blessed that I’m not content. Whenever I work with kids, which I’m passionate about, I want them to know that, yes, two World Cups, two Asian Cups, but I’ve done it the hard way.
I enjoyed watching ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ very much. Many such sports films should be made so that the upcoming generation draws inspiration from the sportspersons of our country, win medals at the Olympics and Asian Games, and make India proud.
We do see Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun Fat, but it’s very rare to see the Chinese male actor in Hollywood movies, which is something I take great umbrage with. You know, my son is Asian. He may want to direct one day; he may want to be an actor like his father – and I want that to be open to him.
We promote Asian storytelling – not just Asian stories but Asian people in stories with the full spectrum of the human experience. When you say, ‘Oh, it’s not enough attention on Asians. It’s more black and white,’ that game becomes like you’re playing the discrimination Olympics.
I want people to understand that there are Asians born with the crease I had surgically done to my eyes, so the goal was never to look less Asian.
Julie Chen
I’m definitely more Asian than a lot of people who have never been to Asia. But by blood and by race, they instantly say I deserve to be Asian. I’ve worked really hard to be Asian, and I think I’m Asian enough.
As an Asian actor, I would like once in my life to do just one Hollywood movie. It would be a memorable experience.
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
My wife and I were worried, when we had our firstborn, about how he was going to think of himself in a mostly white neighborhood. Particularly Asian men, I feel, we suffer more than Asian women, because we’re told we’re not worth anything in general.
I’m a very political person. I’m a very opinionated person. I have a lot of opinions about LGBTQ representations in the media, and it’s not just a gay community issue. It’s a black issue. It’s an Asian issue. It’s a minority issue in general.
I grew up in a steel town, and at the time, when I was a kid, there weren’t any Asian families in the area. So it had its challenges.
Because when you have all white men in the writers’ room trying to tell the perspective of cultural appropriation or what it’s like to be black or Asian in America and not necessarily knowing what it’s like, that’s when everything gets mixed up.
Growing up, my favorite movies were ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Gladiator‘ – none of them really had Asian leading men.
There are a lot of communities within the Asian Pacific Islander umbrella that are predominantly more working-class or lower class, and those stories haven’t been told yet, so my hope is that we see the gamut of perspectives.
We know that a smarter Australia means a stronger Australia. An Australia able to grasp the opportunities of the Asian Century. A skilled workforce and a strong, productive and resilient economy. We know we’ll only win the economic race in the Asian Century if we win the education race.
Wayne Swan
When you’re 1 out of 5 Asian people on TV, all the pressure is on you and you have to represent.
Maybe all teenagers feel like they don’t fit in. I never felt like a cool kid. I remember being bullied for being Asian.
Asian people are very practical and come from a conservative world. The parents want their kids to be doctors and lawyers. There are casting calls for Asian children, but once the parents find out the children might miss school, they’re opposed to it.
You can’t ignore the Asian and Hispanic populations in L.A. We can let audiences know independent film is not just about white men.
As an Asian guy, I would love to see a big blockbuster with Asian lead characters.
Having played in U.S.A. in 1994, in France in 1998, as well as the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan – the first on the Asian continent – I have witnessed the excitement and passion unleashed in those different parts of the world.
I’m a South Asian female that talks about relationships and periods and dating and all these things.
Seattle has a long tradition of celebrating local and non-local art – from the Burke and Seattle Art Museums to the Asian Art Museum.
Some people just yell ‘Asian BuzzFeed guy!’ and I turn around and distinctly yell back ‘Eugene!’
To be honest, I know that a lot of Asian parents are secretly shocked and horrified by many aspects of Western parenting.
Sometimes in Asian homes it is all about where we’ve come from, which is important too, but it is about where you live and where you’re born and the people who are the same as you.
I can change my appearance by doing simple things. People ask, ‘What’s your ethnicity? Are you part Asian? I can’t figure you out.’ That gives me range with the roles I play.
Chyler Leigh
I feel like, of course, Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans, and Asian fans live all over the place.
In fact, it struck me when we invaded last year that if

In fact, it struck me when we invaded last year that if we did it without European and East Asian support, we were risking losing our alliance in Europe in exchange for Iraq, and that is a very undesirable exchange.
I became an immigrant, civil and human rights advocate, then the first South Asian elected to the Washington State Legislature and the only woman of color in the Washington State Senate, and then was elected in 2016 to the United States Congress.
I want to show people out there that there’s such a huge spectrum of people within the queer and Asian community.
My favourite types of cuisine are Asian and Caribbean, and I love cooking new recipes for my family.
Jourdan Dunn
The March on Washington was a March for Jobs and Freedom. There are still too many people who are unemployed or underemployed in America – they’re black, white, Latino, Native American and Asian American.
I’m Asian, so they assumed I’m not an American and that I come from Japan. Restaurants would refuse to serve me, and places would refuse to give you a haircut.
Fred Korematsu
I love how British people call Asian people ‘orientalunless they’re talking about Indian people, who get to be called Asian.
I know Asian actors out there won’t even audition for a role that have an accent. But for me, I was the kid with an accent. I still have an accent to some degree.
With South East Asian nations, ASEAN countries, with some of them, we do have defence cooperation, and we continue with them.
It’s not like that often, I mean, I suppose out of a ratio of 10 fans maybe like 1 or 2 of ’em might be Asian, and maybe every second or third time they might bring up something that they’re Asian and I’m Asian.
I’ve always been very passionate about trying to have Asian-Americans or Asian faces be more prominent in mainstream media.
Our first and main focus will continue to be producing content for a huge domestic market and the second largest migrant population in the world, which is south Asian.
My job is to go into that audition and be good enough of an Asian actor – or an actor in general – to land that role so they don’t have to go out and hire a white guy. My job is to make sure I capitalize on these opportunities that other people created.
I feel so much more connected with my Asian side than I do with my British side – of course, I’m proud of my British side.
I like having black hair. When I was really young, I wanted to be Asian – Asian hair is beautiful. I also wanted to look like the girl in George Michael‘s ‘Father Figure‘ video.
The Asian airlines have the best wine programs.
Growing up as an Asian American in this society, there were a lot of times where you feel isolated or out of place as an Asian. And growing up in White America, that’s absolutely my experience. And I think that’s why I got into acting because I wanted to be anybody else but Asian.
Asian music influenced Debussy, who influenced me – it’s all a huge circle.
Great numbers of Asian Americans do not fit the model minority or ‘tiger family’ stereotypes, living instead in multigenerational poverty far from the mainstream.
With more Asian players on the tennis circuit, there’s more awareness about tennis and knowledge about various tennis tournaments.
I feel like decades ago it was either you’re black, white, Asian or Hispanic, or whatever, but today we see more of an acceptance for people with multi-nationalities.
Annie Ilonzeh
I know about lots of things that have nothing to do with being Asian, that you would never guess from looking at me. I know all about musical theater. I could go on ‘Jeopardy!’ and knock off the whole Broadway show tunes category. Also the whole Bible stories category.
Even if they’re not Asian or super rich… everyone has a nagging mother. Everyone has that obnoxious uncle, or that cousin who’s a bit too snobby.
The trauma of South Asian people escapes the confines of our own times. We’re not just healing from what’s been inflicted onto us as children… it is generations of pain embedded into our souls.
For as long as the power of America’s diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome.
For once in my life, I wanted to flaunt my Asian side instead of hiding it to fit as somebody else… ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ made me want to get in touch with my roots, instead of running away from them.
It’s always fun to see faces that are either familiar or resemble yours. I was fascinated by movies like ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ growing up because there were so many Asian people in it! The same with ‘Year of the Dragon‘ or ‘The Last Emperor‘. It was just so great to see so many Asian actors working.
I definitely have been approached and reached out to by a lot of young Asian American and Asian women, which has been really cool for me.
The food in Sydney is an Asian Pacific cuisine. It’s eclectic but above all it’s fresh, inventive and creative and that’s what I love about it.
India has a sizeable chunk of the Asian travel market – both inbound and outbound travel.
There is something missing in Asian America. They’re missing people to tell them, ‘It’s okay to be who you are – you belong. Just be unapologetically you; you’re not less than anybody else.’
One of the things I like about comedy in general is tha

One of the things I like about comedy in general is that it affords Asian Americans the opportunity to not be noble.
I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian American woman.
Chloe Bennet
Asian fans chase me and shout; it is different in England.
Politics abhors a vacuum, and Asian countries will gravitate towards China if U.S. influence is perceived as declining.
I grew up very American but also fully Asian.
Throughout most of my life, I’ve tried to downplay my Chinese heritage because I wanted so much to be an American. I was the only Asian kid in my elementary school, and I longed to be like everyone else. I insisted on American food; I was embarrassed by my mother’s poor English.
I’m not trying to unite Asian people with my music.
I’ve been to every single Asian country apart from Myanmar, on work, listening to human interest stories, giving me a broad outlook on all Asian cultures.
As long as I’m making something from my voice, from my perspective there will be Asian American content because I am the storyteller.
I feel like it’s a bit of a misconception that all actors have to be expert martial artists if they’re Asian.
For black and Asian people of my generation, the England team and the cross of St George were once ingredients in a toxic broth. For decades, a minority of England fans brought the nation and the national team into disrepute, bringing violence both to foreign streets and immigrant communities at home.
In the Asian marketplace, we need to come out with products every nine months, not every two years.
As an Asian-American actor, I believe it is important to never settle for the status quo. I feel a responsibility to do everything in my power to create positive perceptions of Asian Americans through my work.
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America – there’s the United States of America.
God has a team. It’s made up of African-American, Anglo, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, and a variety of other people and cultures. He never wants you to make your distinction, your history, or your background so precious to you that it messes up His team.
If you are brown, black, Asian, or anything other than an English-speaking, highly-trained technician, the Republican Party doesn’t want you here.
The Asian male has an interesting history as far as Western appropriation. At one point, we were completely sexless Chinamen building the railroads. Then, World War II came around, and it was like, Asian guys are coming after the white women. We became a menace for a second.
My kind of cooking is not a single style – French, Asian, Australasian or British – it’s not modern, old-fashioned or classic; it’s a mix of all these things. And at its core is a boy who loved to cook with his Nanna.
I cook everything. I love Mediterranean cooking, I love Asian cooking. I do lots of Japanese noodles.
Maybe my job on this planet is to make the Asian accent sexy.
Given the stake that both the U.S. and Europe have in stabilising and sustaining global growth, their policies should be aimed at ensuring China, India, and other newly industrialising Asian economies can take up the slack created by the slowdown in OECD economies.
Now, there are more and more Asian models and opportunities to understand Asian beauty.
There was never a point where I thought, ‘I’m going to do something Asian American.’
Nationally, more than one million Asian American entrepreneurs create jobs in their communities, helping fuel local commerce. In New York, we have seen firsthand how this community has helped drive our economy forward through hard work and ingenuity.
Nydia Velazquez
So in Asia I want to make – I want to succeed to make a model of what success, practicing democracy, and market economy. Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries.
Kim Dae Jung
We recognize the distinctness of Asian art when we turn to its traditional forms, recognize it as Japanese, Chinese and Indian, even Balinese or Thai.
Don’t break me up – I wouldn’t offend any person, be they black, Asian or whatever.
I don’t know that there’s a division between American and British, European, South American, Asian sensibilities when it comes to rock n’ roll or, really, any form of music. Songs travel, and people take them into their lives in all different kinds of unpredictable and really untraceable ways.
I’ve always been a target. Everyone looks me and says, ‘I’m not going to let that Asian kid embarrass me. I’m going to go at him.’ That’s how it’s been my whole life.
Growing up, there were stereotypes being put onto me as an Asian person that I had no control over, and that made me extremely uncomfortable.
White supremacist? Let’s see: if you have a guy who was married for 13 years to an Asian woman and who has two lovely Asian daughters, wouldn’t that disqualify him from membership in the white supremacist club?
I've always been asked the question of, 'Do you feel li

I’ve always been asked the question of, ‘Do you feel like it’s getting better over the years for Asian representation in Hollywood?’ and I have always said, ‘Well, it’s better than it has been, but we have a long way to go.’
It wasn’t until I worked on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ that I all of a sudden have this Asian crew of friends that I became super close with.
I’m the first South Asian woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.
If I was to go around as a white woman, a white man, an Asian woman, an Asian man… the world would just respond to you so differently because of your outward form, right?
What we had on was BBC Asian Network and Bollywood sound-tracks – they were my reference points. But of course, where I grew up, I was one of two Indian guys in my school, and I didn’t really have anyone else to share that with.
Himesh Patel
It always interested me that ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and ‘The Kumars,’ when shown around the world, were referred to as British comedy. It was only here that they were referred to as Asian comedy, even though I always felt it was very British in its humour and structure.
I don’t want to be the Asian filmmaker; I just want to be a filmmaker. I want to be Spielberg. I want to be Tim Burton.
I’m Asian, and I’m an actress, and I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, so if anyone understands the conversation about misrepresentation and underrepresentation, it’s me. I live and breathe it; this is my life.
Most people say that Asian or female artists should be sexy in America, but I don’t think that I have to be like that. I have a tomboy style. My choreography is not that way. So, I want to focus on my music style to match the choreography, which is really cool. No girls can dance those moves. I try to make them really fresh.
My non-Chinese food favorite… can I say sushi? It’s still Asian.
I don’t think you’ve ever coached till you’ve coached an Asian team.
Asian players train so hard. Most of the time, on Monday mornings, the only people you see on the range are Asians. I mean, only see Asians.
My hope is that shows like ‘Fresh Off the Boat‘ open the door for even more of those kinds of characters for Asian actors and actresses.
When the Asian flu hit the United States in 1957, during the Eisenhower administration, it was just the latest contagion college students had faced in a lifetime of contagious diseases.
It does feel like we get to just carte blanche create a superhero origin story for 2021, for this day and age, that is told through a distinctly Asian American lens.
I think that it’d be nice for other Asians to support other Asian artists and help each other instead of pull each other down.
It’s always going to be difficult for Asian countries to create big leagues because Europe is so settled.
I’m not the Asian kid of ‘Riverdale;’ I’m Reggie, and I just happen to be Chinese.
Your look changes depending on your confidence, and then your beauty changes. When I first came to New York, all the people were saying, ‘You look so Asian because you have a different eye shape.’ They didn’t really understand because they didn’t really see that many Asian models.
And it’s very strange, but I think there is something very common – not only in Celtic music – but there is a factor or element in Celtic music that is similar in music that we find in Japan, the United States, Europe, and even China and other Asian countries.
I think Dr. King would be pleased to see the number of elected officials of color – African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and progressive whites.
When I became an American citizen, nothing’s changed because I’m still Asian.
We cannot say that Asian Champions Trophy is that easy a contest.
I don’t know why people feel the need to do this to me, but my friend asked my dad, ‘Aren’t your proud of Jimmy now that he’s a successful actor?’ And my dad was like, ‘No, not really. I wish he was a scientist.’ I guess scientist is more noble in the Asian culture.
Watching boxer Dingko Singh’s performance at the Asian Games, Bangkok, where he won gold, was the defining moment. I was 15 and enjoyed sports more than anything else. Singh’s performance changed my life and inspired me to follow boxing.
I always think it’s really hard if you are Asian or Chinese to be really in Hollywood. There are not so many really great characters for you.
I think I am against stereotype. Generally, Asian guys are more quiet – they study and have a good work ethic. Generally, I have none of those things.
Bobby Lee
When it comes to Eurasians, are we not allowed to embrace either one of our cultures we feel more attached to? Or decide within ourselves that I am Asian and I am proud to be Asian?
In elementary school, I identified more with my Asian side. I had a lot of Korean friends, and then, once middle school hit, it was a little more diverse.
The story of the British empire helps to explain the roots of most British people: white, black, and Asian.
These days I’m mostly familiar with two parts of L.A.: one is movie culture, and the other is Asian culture. The Westside is work, and the Eastside is Chinese – which means my friends.
It would be great to see more Asian women playing crick

It would be great to see more Asian women playing cricket at every level.
I wasn’t treated different to anyone else, I just performed on the pitch and that helped my selection for the ‘Development England’ side at the age of 13 and I had no extra boundaries just because I was Asian.
I majored in English with a specialization in creative writing along with Asian American Studies.
What ‘March’ is saying is that it doesn’t matter whether we are black or white, Latino or Asian. It doesn’t matter whether we are straight or gay.
I do not want to name any individual names, but I felt like when I was working in Hollywood, there were some fellow colleagues of mine who didn’t even look me in the eyes because I was Asian.
One of the great joys of my life post-‘Friends’ has been being approached by Asian women who have told me how much it meant to see an Asian face on their TV screen when they were growing up.
Lauren Tom
Perhaps the strongest signal of reengagement with Southeast Asia was the U.S.’s accession to the Southeast Asian Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.
It’s tough situation for Asian players because all the tournaments in Europe and U.S. It’s not easy to go and come back all the time.
Europe is leading the world in the sport of football. I want to utilize my experience from Europe to support the development of football in Asian countries.
There’s this thing where Asian parents force you to play an instrument at an early age, but god forbid you like it and want to pursue it professionally! But, as a kid, I never did choir, and didn’t sing.
I think a major cause of present Asian economic difficulties that mainly come from, you know, lack of market economy.
Kim Dae Jung
At work, we have fantastic catering people. They feed the cast and crew all day, and they’re sensitive to the needs of picky vegetarians like me. They have delicious salads. I keep mine simple: romaine lettuce, avocado, baked tofu, carrots, tomatoes and Asian dressing.
When depicting Asian people in movies, books, and television or as historical figures, it’s more important to humanize them and give them all of the dimensions of humanity, and that includes sexuality. Ascribe the human the full range of human qualities.
I think being an Asian woman has been more of an advantage than a disadvantage. It helps me stand out from the rest of the entertainers out there. Again, being from such an ethnically diverse place like New York, you get comfortable and confident with being different!
We have a lion, tiger, liger, which is the father is a lion and the mother is a tiger, black and spotted leopard, mountain lion, Asian leopard cats. Weve got a tremendous number of the exotic feline.
Because the Asian market is so omnivorous, it affects all the shark populations up and down the Central and South American coast, and to a certain extent the East Coast of the United States as well.
If Asian America exists, it is because of systemic racism.
When a Spanish actor does an accent, that’s sexy. When Peter Sellers did a French accent in ‘Pink Panther,’ that’s funny – he got nominated for a Golden Globe. How come whenever an Asian actor does an accent, he’s stereotyping?
There was always a struggle with being Asian and not being Asian enough. It’s going to be down to me to own my race.
My real name is Joseph Herbert. My dad is white; my mom’s Asian, Filipino. And when I started stand-up 22 years ago, I used to go up as Joseph Herbert, and I would just have to defend my name. Every time I went onstage, it was so annoying. People would heckle.
The great problem there is we have to have the cooperation of those other Asian countries.
When I was with PSV Eindhoven in Holland, some people still thought Asian players weren’t good enough to play in Europe. It’s always good to rise to the challenge and prove them wrong. When I first came to United, I had to prove my ability again.
We saw David Carradine, who is not of Asian descent, playing an Asian man on the show ‘Kung Fu’ that originally should have, and was developed for, Bruce Lee. To have that be the legacy that quote-unquote inspired ‘Shang-Chi’ in the beginning obviously doesn’t put us off to a great start.
It’s very hard as an Asian actress to get seen for anything which isn’t specifically Asian in England.
Jeremy Lin is the only Asian American in the NBA today and one of the few in any professional U.S. sport. His arrival is surely leading other talented Asian American athletes this week to contemplate a pro career.
Hawaii‘s own Patsy Mink served as the first congresswoman of color and first Asian American woman in the House; she later sought the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Colleen Hanabusa
The first set I ended up on was Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ that was shooting in Toronto and they needed a bunch of Asian extras, and for some reason they put their ad on Craigslist.
The biggest thing for Asian players to remember is the football style is different in Europe – as is the culture – so they have to accept that. Mentally, they need to be ready and very strong.
I don’t want to be super aggressive, but I think it’s an issue that the population of America isn’t reflected accurately in a lot of movies. I’m just disappointed that there isn’t an Asian leading man or an Asian leading woman. There’s an obvious gap that should be filled.
I always assumed that my otherness was a curse – that I would be held back by my Asian and queer identities.
There are many things to do to make Asian tennis strong.
When you are in America, at least for me, as an immigra

When you are in America, at least for me, as an immigrant, I try to be as Americanized as I could. I just want to be an actor, I don’t just want to be an Asian actor necessarily.
I believe that we are still hovering around the realm of Asians playing all types of Asians. I do not see that changing any time soon just because there is a limited pool of Asian actors.
Steven Yeun
All the networks have always been willing to have ethnic people as the third or fourth lead or the best friend to the white person. But to actually let a black family or an Asian family carry a show, that’s something where there hasn’t really been a precedent set in terms of a real financial gain.
To follow my meal, I’d drink a glass of my uncle’s homemade apricot schnapps. He puts it in beautiful glass bottles and sells it at his local market in Austria. You don’t normally drink with Asian food, so this would be a fitting end to the meal.
Poitier opened the doors to so many artists, not just black artists. There is a line that goes from black to Latin to Asian with regards to roles.
Casting me as King Arthur was quite bold of ‘Spamalot’s producers, although it has been historically proved Arthur was Asian, and that Sunday trading started with Asians in 11th-century Britain.
I don’t care if you’re an Asian fan or an American fan: I’m happy to perform.
After I made ‘Better Luck Tomorrow‘ and started taking meetings in Hollywood, I quickly learned that Asian Americans weren’t even in the conversation as a minority, since there wasn’t even a significant enough audience, and especially an audience for Asian American content.
I want to inspire Asian kids to become more artistic and creative rather than feeling that they have to be academic or whatever.
I want people to look at me in the future and feel that there’s this Asian hip-hop artist who’s fresh and hot.
Kris Wu
I’m very Asian, and also my mom raised me to be polite and to eat whatever is put in front of me. I actually enjoy snails a lot. And I’ve eaten sea urchin and that shebang.
That makes a difference when you have all these Asian faces running then getting elected. You have some 30 people, many of them Democrats, running for Congress. When the community sees the other faces who look like them can run and win, I think it encourages them.
Do I feel that white directors have to tell only white stories? No. Do I feel that black filmmakers should only tell stories about black people? No. If we say that, then that means Asian people cannot write about anybody but Asians. I don’t think a woman should only write about women.
If we don’t qualify, if we didn’t win the Asian Cup, if we went into the last World Cup and you know, we got embarrassed in any way, I would be the man in front of that.
As we women know, there are so many other hurdles that we have to cross that I would love it if we could stop having the race conversation so that we can get women further on. You know, a female president now that we have an African American president. Maybe we can get an Asian female, a gay person?
Asian elephants have always worked with people and they like company.
My career in the movie business began in Hong Kong, my heart has always been tied to Asia, and it is immensely gratifying to see international recognition for Asian cinema as a whole.
In my immigrant family we revered Margaret Thatcher. She was aspiration personified. She understood what it took to smash the glass ceiling. She shared our values and she empathised with our experiences. She really was the first British Asian Prime Minister.
Everyone looks me and says, ‘I’m not going to let that Asian kid embarrass me. I’m going to go at him.’ That’s how it’s been my whole life.
Years ago, there was one Asian person in a soap and the entire Asian acting community was going for that role. Now, you can find a few different Asian people, and their character isn’t entirely based on their religion or culture: they just happen to be in a soap.
Mandip Gill
There were so few examples of Asian or Asian-American lead characters on American TV or even in the movies. And the ones that have existed for so long were either stereotypical or offensive in some way, or just not reflective of the lives of people in the community.
The coolest thing for me now is when I’m in the States and I meet other Asian-Americans who are like, ‘Dude, thank you so much for doing what you do. I love your music, I love whatever. But whatever you do, we’re gonna support you because there aren’t many Asian faces doing music.’
The Asian culture has to be a part of what we see on TV and in movies.
I think a lot of people, even if you’re not Asian, you go to your place of origin where your family comes from, and you get this sense of, ‘Wow – people look like me and talk like me and treat me like their son in the stores and like a cousin in the restaurants.’
Almost anyone can give me the willies. Man or woman, Asian, black or white, young or old.
Eventually we got to a point where ‘Riverdale’ came along, and it was a character that was originally written white, and I saw this as an opportunity to take a classic American character and make them Asian.
When Seoul hosted the Games in 1988, it became a symbol of the Asian Tigersascent onto the world stage. In 1992, the Barcelona Olympics represented the unification of Europe. And when Rio plays host in 2016, it will reinforce the growing importance of Brazil and Latin America as a whole.
A lot of times, people think of Asian culture as some mythical world instead of modern people with modern occupations with modern problems, modern tools. Like, we’re not all just talking Taoism and kung fu – some people are just trying to get over their breakup with their boyfriend, and they’re Facebook-stalking.
During my time, squash was not even part of Asian or Commonwealth Games. Considering the dominance of Jansher Khan and I in the ’80s and ’90s, it goes without saying that Pakistan would have bagged a plethora of medals through us at these games. And yes, the ultimate prize would have been an Olympic gold.
When you’re the only Asian in the room, the last thing you want to do is to point out you’re Asian. And be the Asian dude.
On tour, people know that if they ever ask me what I want to eat, I will always say Asian food. I’m becoming a stereotype, but it’s what I want to eat. I want to eat rice.
We should realise that Hollywood is not obliged to writ

We should realise that Hollywood is not obliged to write roles for Asian actors.
Many Asian players have seen they can play in Europe at a high level.
If I go to the museum and see white bodies, black bodies, Asian bodies, Latino bodies, then I will expect to see those things every time I go. That matters a lot.
Sometimes it’s not even a role that’s specifically written for a woman. It could be a role written for a white man or Asian man, or Latino. If it’s something that I feel I could do well, I go after it. Especially if it’s nothing that has to be gender or race specific, I’m all over it.
I find being an adult very difficult. Being an adult artist, Asian American, incredibly difficult. Or trying, anyway.
There were definitely auditions and even bookings and jobs where I played your typical Asian model minority: an IT tech guy or something of that nature. It’s tough sometimes, especially when you’re starting out, because they make these roles sound as if they won’t be a typical nerd.
Manny Jacinto
I went to college as an economics major because that was the easiest major that could still please your Asian parents, and then, much to their dismay, I became a stand-up comedian.
I am ambitious, and I’m excited for my career to grow, and I do want to represent the Asian community and the Filipino community.
One of my favorite cities is Tokyo because of sushi, and Asian food in general, but then also the way Tokyo operates, because it’s so clean, and there’s space for a lot of variety of stores.
I often wonder if my being a fairly small Asian woman with a high-pitched quietish voice plays a role in how often men feel entitled to come up to me and tell me, ‘You have this doll act,’ or whatever.
I look at my early career, and you know, when I left drama school, for a young Asian actor, you could either play a doctor on ‘Holby City,’ or you could play a terrorist in ‘Spooks’ and get to wear a nice shiny suit.
I joke around all the time, ‘I’m Asian; I’m really good at math.’
Brenda Song
Koreans love to dance; they love to sing. If you actually know Koreans, you see how absurd the stereotype of the ‘Asian robot’ is. They love to laugh – they’re very affectionate. Maybe because of their history of oppression, when they feel you are part of their tribe, they are intensely loyal. I love that about Koreans!
I try to fix things between the Asian community and the English community. There are always going to be racial things there, not getting on with each other and stuff. I have tried to break that barrier.
I do not think of myself as a standard bearer for Asian players. I just try to work hard for myself.
Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.
The confidence is really driven by the woman – whether she can have the confidence that there will be enough earning or income to finance all the domestic spending – but also by the middle-income class, which for many Asian countries has become the growth power for the economy.
The Asian Cup is an important tournament.
I’m not the standard Asian girl.
Something I love about ‘Teen Wolf‘ is that my character is written in as just a normal girl. She could have been any ethnicity; she doesn’t have to be Asian.
Living in the West, you see how there’s only two versions of how Asian men are supposed to be. Either they’re very nice, yuppie husbands with children in ads, or they’re IT geeks.
I married an Asian. I have eight biracial children, therefore I’m quite certain that I’m the last person that could be called a racist.
The harassment, violence, and attacks against our Asian American and Pacific Islander friends, neighbors, and community members must stop.
My new mission is, and I’ve said this to the White House, I want the Buy America to be real. I want the Buy America to be by small businesses, African American businesses, Latino and Asian, but in particular our African American businesses who heretofore couldn’t even find the front door of government contracts.
There needs to be more film directors of colour. They bandy about the word ‘diversity’ a lot, but when I say ‘of colour,’ I mean Asian, black – I mean people of all colour. We need to have those voices given the opportunity, not told that their films will not be distributed or will not sell well abroad.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Every time I do something, I think, ‘Am I portraying Asian people in the way I want to be portrayed?’
We know African and Asian elephants can interbreed, and they’re separated by 5 million to 6 million years.
Hendrik Poinar
You’d see Asian faces on TV, but it was so rare, especially in the comedy space – that for me was Ken Jeong doing stand-up… it’s amazing that I can call him a friend now and a colleague.
At the 1985 Asian Track and Field meet in Jakarta, where I won five golds and a bronze, I was taken for testing after every race, which reduced my recovery time considerably; otherwise I could have performed even better.
As a Korean American, I grew up yearning to see actors that looked like me. On the rare occasions I saw an Asian celebrity, I adored them unflaggingly.
Crystal Hana Kim
I’ve always been fascinated by Asian culture, and I love that women can play the lead in a horror film.
I was the first South Asian female to do comedy videos

I was the first South Asian female to do comedy videos on YouTube. But at the same time, all races face their barriers, and I’ve learned through YouTube, if it’s not race, it will be sexism, if it’s not sexism, it will be homophobia. It will always be something, and all voices should be heard.
I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing Asian filmmakers in independent film.
Ride It’ did it for me. Not only did the Asian community love it, but the black community and the white community got to hear about it. The song became such a big hit for me and got me noticed by the CEOs of Cash Money in America.
In my own young black life, I have done my part to gentrify a half-dozen mixed neighborhoods ranging from Spanish Harlem to Fort Greene to the ninth arrondissement of Paris. Many of my well-educated black, Latino, Asian and Arab friends have done the same.
It seems evident that the IMF has learned nothing from its inequality-inducing policies during the 1980s debt crises in Latin America nor from its recession-deepening response to the East Asian crisis of the late 1990s. In both regions, the IMF has become synonymous with making bad situations worse.
It’s hard enough to celebrate being Asian in normal times. But now, when the whole world is kind of coming down, with all this rhetoric and people getting attacked on the street, you really need to deliberately try to celebrate Asian-ness.
My brother often complains to me about the ‘angry Asian male’ in the United States. As a female, I haven’t encountered this, but Asian-American men are angry. They’re angry because, for so many years, they’ve been neglected as sex symbols. Asian women have it much easier, I think; we’re accepted into various circles.
The future for us is the foreseeable future. The South Asian, however, feels that it is perfectly realistic to think of a ‘long time‘ in terms of thousands of years.
Edward T. Hall
And so in terms of territorial control, in terms of economic preeminence, the western share of the gross world product is declining as Asian societies in particular develop economically.
Apart from boosting our long-term economic strength like other Asian economic powers, Philippine companies expanding overseas and going beyond our comfort zones, or going to some uncharted territories, will help sharpen our management skills.
Andrew Tan
A symbol in Chinese Buddhism is the lotus plant, which regenerates every year, symbolizing life, renewal, and the Buddha himself. Actually it is used in many Asian religions including Hinduism. Few people think of it as food even though it is used as an ingredient all the time.
No one tells every white person in this country how to be. No one tells every Hispanic, or Asian or Jewish person in this country how to be. There is no single definition of whiteness or single definition of blackness.
I’m short. I’m so Asian.
I grew up in a predominantly Asian and Mexican community, and because I did breakdance and poplock and all that, I did get a lot of criticism: ‘You’re Mexican, why are you doing that?’
Australia exports millions of tons of coal each year to Asian markets. These same countries are interested in Wyoming coal. I look forward to visiting and seeing a vibrant coal port to better understand the benefits and challenges associated with this method of export.
With theatre, we all agree to suspend our disbelief about so many things, but not about race. It’s totally OK to have one actor playing five roles – people are willing to believe that. But they won’t believe it if there’s a black or an Asian kid who has white parents. What does that say about us?
As soon as you start looking into roles which are specifically Asian, Black, or Latina, you start looking at stereotypes. That’s the issue minority actors face – it’s not that we don’t want to play our ethnicities; it’s that, often, the role that’s written for our ethnicity is a stereotype.
I grew up a skinny Asian kid who was often ignored or picked on. It stuck with me and branded my soul. As I grew up, I tried to stick up for whoever seemed excluded or marginalized.
A lot of ‘Star Wars‘ fans who are specifically Asian never had a character they could dress up like, or they would, and people would always call them ‘Asian Rey’ or ‘Asian fill-in-the-blank.’
In 2008, Putin‘s message was, ‘We aren’t like a Central Asian republic, we aren’t going to build a personalistic regime, we will have institutions.’ This is all abolished now. The very idea of a governing party and party career, as you have in China, that didn’t work.
I would trade 20 white babies for an Asian baby. If I’m ever rich, I want a closet full of Asian babies. And I’ll just pull them out whenever I’m feeling down, you know? All kinds. Korean ones. Chinese ones. Vietnamese – not so much. My dad was in the war, and I hold a grudge.
I think that a lot of actors of color have said that it’s a wonderful thing to play a role that doesn’t have a race and that is kind of open to any sort of interpretation. I completely understand that, but at the same time, I just want Asian characters that are well-written.
What I’m known for – ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars’ – they film in England, but they’re American productions. Because American productions are willing to see Asian actors.
Laos is considered by many as the dark horse of Southeast Asian cuisine, a culmination of the rich food heritage of neighbouring countries China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
I tried my hardest to be the opposite of a stereotypical Asian student.
The Asian brand, which I admire for having become a global success, is Samsung. In comparison, we’re just starting, but I believe that we at Uniqlo will be the next Asian brand to do well globally.
I’ve shied away from playing Asian characters. if you look back, I’m playing characters that have no relevance to my ethnicity.
I never considered myself as part of a biracial family – we’re just a family – but my parents are white, and my brother is Asian.
I can’t think of the last Asian that I ran into that talked about internment camps. But black people always want to talk to me about slavery.
My mum is your archetypal Asian mum, always feeding people. If there was no food in the cupboard, she’d still manage to rustle up a feast – Bangladeshi food such as pilau rice, curry and korma.
Asian people have a unique way about them and a different sense of beauty. It’s exotic to me. I like they way Asians project their feelings. There’s a hardness to the culture, but at the same time there’s a delicateness.
Paz Vega
There really aren't any completely Asian people singing

There really aren’t any completely Asian people singing right now.
When I sold my first middle-grade novel in 2005, it wasn’t that common to put an author photo on the back flap, but 24-year-old Korean-American me insisted. I wanted Asian girls to see my face. And more than that, I wanted them to see what is possible.
I always tell Asian actors, especially Filipinos wanting to break into Hollywood, to study, study and study and show their best. I haven’t stopped studying. There’s an abundance of roles, and all you have to do is prove to them that you are good for the role.
The Asian woman in Hollywood movies has usually been one of two extremes – totally submissive or totally ruthless. In either case her primary function has been decorative.
Thailand was never a European colony, so even though the city is very Western on the surface, deep down it’s very Asian. It’s quite enigmatic, and I like that. I can’t get to the bottom of Bangkok, and I never will.
In Australia, it’s people from Asian countries who most often recognise me. There are often people just looking at me at the supermarket, like they’re shocked to think I would go to the supermarket.
I think Anna and the King is a look at Asia from the Asian perspective, reflecting the Asian experience, which is very rare.
I have to also get into producing if I want to see these stories being made… Let’s venture out and do projects with people of different ethnicities: not just black but also Asian actors and Asian superhero films. Just an equality across the board.
I accept you, and you get the same respect from me whether you are black, white, gay straight, Asian, bisexual, Australian, tall, fat, whatever it is. We are all people, and I look at the people of the world the same way, as my brothers and sisters.
Nash Grier
If white people are constantly told how culturally different their Asian neighbors are, and if Asians are told to be vigilant against white racism, both groups might conclude that they have little in common and much to fear from their neighbours.
The majority of my blood is Asian.
Being an Asian person on SNL,’ when people are like, ‘Why did it take so long?’ It’s sort of a question that doesn’t fully understand the idea that there is no developmental experiential process for a queer Asian person to get into comedy in a way that feels inevitable.
Up until the time I was cast in ‘Star Trek,’ the roles were pretty shallow – thin, stereotyped, one-dimensional roles. I knew this character was a breakthrough role, certainly for me as an individual actor but also for the image of an Asian character: no accent, a member of the elite leadership team.
Think of all the different features from Asian to African to Aboriginal to Caucasian. But we are all within the same species, Homo Sapiens.
Our theme for this year’s festivities, Dreams and Challenges of Asian Pacific Americans, speaks to the many generations of Asian Pacific Americans who worked hard to overcome economic hardship, racism and other barriers in their pursuit of the American dream.
Few politicians and analysts understand the very real fault lines among Asian sub-groups: Some Asians have done very well for themselves. A lot of them have not.
I listen to a lot of alternative types of music: I listen to a lot of Chinese music, I listen to a lot of Asian music. It might surprise you, but I listen to a lot of Arabic music. And I don’t care – music is music.
There’s some humility that has to be constant. And if I ever put pressure on myself to represent in any meaningful way for Asian people, then that would just get in my way in terms of thinking that I am destined to speak on behalf of multiple people.
I want to see more Asian. I want to see more Latin. I want more Indian. There’s more than Mindy Kaling out there, guys! There’s more than Bai Ling.
You could say mixed-race Eurasians have the exact same struggles as a character like Rachel Chu has had: not feeling at home in supposedly their motherland; not being white enough; not being Asian enough.
A lot of times we have these categories that maybe don’t fit the reality of human experience and human identity. I’m completely sympathetic to what a lot of people in my community are saying – that often as Asian Americans we’re made to feel more foreign than we internally feel ourselves.
Comparing Asian writers mainly to other Asian writers implies that we’re all telling the same story – a disappointingly reductive view.
I feel more Asian than anything.
I would never say that claiming you’re a Christian is wrong. I understand that there is a human aspect of being able to identify people whether it’s African American, Hispanic or Asian. But the definition doesn’t define the relationship, meaning you can be married and still not know intimacy.
Pre-‘Tokyo Drift,’ I was like: ‘Am I gonna play Yakuza #1 and Chinese Waiter #2 for the rest of my life? Is America even ready for an Asian face that speaks English, that doesn’t do Kung Fu?’
Sung Kang
We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn’t have to be white, and the other one doesn’t have to be the ethnic sidekick. We’re way over that. And I think it’s happening in society, too.
The U.S. State Department has a consistent record of error in the assessment of Asian situations and judging Red Chinese intentions.
When America stopped importing from China, China stopped importing from the rest of the world. This affects Asian countries as well as Australia, Brazil, and other suppliers of raw materials.
I don’t think people should be afraid of portraying people with accents, especially Asian accents.
Asian American success is often presented as something of a horror – robotic, unfeeling machines psychotically hellbent on excelling, products of abusive tiger parenting who care only about test scores and perfection, driven to succeed without even knowing why.
The most important thing that certainly the United States and other Asian and Pacific actors have done is to urge that whatever happens, however the dispute is resolved, that it be resolved peacefully.
William C. Kirby
I started out in public service in 1998 after the Asian

I started out in public service in 1998 after the Asian financial crisis of ’97.
Once there are more African Americans and Asian Americans behind the scenes as producers, writers, and directors, I think more inclusive casting will happen.
For me, I’m just trying to be the best at what I do. I’ll wave an Asian American flag if I get that opportunity. I’m not hiding or trying to discredit my background or anything, I just haven’t had the opportunity.
Chad Hugo
When I came on to ‘Iron Fist,’ it was really Colleen Wing that sold it for me. I thought it was a good opportunity to see a really strong female Asian American.
You draw a district for that particular minority – African American, Asian, Hispanic – so those folks have the right to elect whoever they want. If they don’t decide to elect someone who sounds like them or looks like them, they can pick anyone they want.
We deliberately used elements from Brazilian music and from African and Asian music. Now people can hear that but then it sounded so abstract, they couldn’t hear it.
Arto Lindsay
Surrounded by a burgeoning human population, Asian elephants have to contend with the spread of settlements and farming, and the demands of rapidly developing nations: plantations, mines, railways, and irrigation canals have carved up former wilderness.
Mark Shand
My first Asian role model was Michelle Kwan. Her beauty comes from within. She’s also really beautiful on the outside. But when I first saw her ice-skate, her performance was so moving and beautiful that she just glowed.
I really have to say ‘thank you’ to our fans, because I think it’s difficult for European viewers to find and watch Asian movies, and I hope you enjoy our films.
Alan Mak
I hope K-dramas can make inroads into more Asian countries.
Lee Seung-gi
I don’t want to be defined as the Asian leading man. I want to be the leading man. Henry Golding.
Because I was aspirational, I did my work, I was respectful to my teachers, I experienced a lot of bullying from the black kids. My friends were largely white or Asian.
I’m not trying to disrespect anybody by saying this – I’m not sure I feel any interaction with Asian America in any collective sense. – It’s like, when you’re telling me this right now, my reaction is, Really? Asian America knows about me?
Chad Hugo
I go to castings and see several black and Asian girls, then I get to the show and look around there’s just me and maybe one other coloured face.
Jourdan Dunn
Many still believe that conducting political and economic reforms at the same time is not an Asian way. But this is a fairy-tale. We broke that old stereotype by reforming our political, economic and social systems concurrently since 1990.
It says something about this new global economy that USA Today now reports every morning on the day’s events in Asian markets.
We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.
There was a stage when I was a little embarrassed about my Asian upbringing.
I’m Asian. Anything Boba please.
I went to school for economics, and especially in Asian culture it’s not really a viable job for my family to be an artist.
There’s so many Chinese or Asian Americans that were either born in another country like I was and raised in America or born in America and raised in America. They’re normal Americans, and they just happen to have a different heritage.
I wanted to show that Asian players could make it in Europe. But it was far more important for me just to become a better player. That is why I came to Europe from Asia.
It was great to be able to play a hero in ‘The Magnificent Seven‘ in a film industry where Asian actors are often limited to playing a villain.
The first initial feeling, at least for me, was to go out and play well and hopefully win and have the Asian community be even more proud.
I think screenwriters, I think editors in the cutting room – they have a lot of responsibility that we don’t think about, but they could cut the coverage of an Asian person to focus on a white person because, unknowingly, they think that white person has more to say or is more interesting.
I don’t want to be boxed in or looked at a certain way, as in, ‘Yo, he’s an Asian rapper.’
My mom is Asian and loves all of the throwaway parts of the animal, so she actually thanks me for saving her the neck and other parts.
I have no intention of ever writing beauty tips on how to make an African-American nose look slimmer or Asian eyes look bigger. That’s degrading. Asian eyes are what’s beautiful about you and what makes you different.
When you look at the state of the economy right now, you have to set a priority. And my top priority is the deficit of jobs and economic growth, and especially this perception that the United States could be falling behind especially Asian economies.
Geologists are rapidly becoming convinced that the mammals spread from their central Asian point of origin largely because of great variations in climate.
I mess with white girls, Asian girls, Spanish girls, black girls, everything.
The focus of my research is how secular movements origi

The focus of my research is how secular movements originated in West Asian countries and subsequently changed to pan-Islamic movements. The role of Western countries in this aspect is also a part of the research.
It’s very hard, you know, for an Asian actor to be in a prime-time television series.
My look is ‘Poly’n’Asian’ – part Polynesian native, part Asian warrior.
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
The Chinese Student Association at Cornell put together their own play. It was all Asian people in the cast except for me, because they wanted to do a couple of scenes about an interracial relationship. I was the only non-Asian person on stage; the entire audience was Asian apart from my 10 friends that showed up.
I do really love New York. I feel like there are more Asian restaurants. Philly has a sick food scene, I don’t want to diss it at all. But New York is so much bigger and there are more options.
We recognize Taiwan as the beacon of Asian democracy.
Yes, we become stronger when black and whites, Latino, Asian American, Native American, when all of us stand together.
The fact that I am a Filipino actor playing a Filipino role is crazy. Filipinos are the second largest Asian minority in the United States, and we’re hardly represented in the media and on television.
Since I was a baby my goal was to be on TV because film was just impossible – you never got any Asian women in Western cinema. I grew up wanting to be in ‘East-Enders’ because film wasn’t even a dream. The community were very much like, ‘How can you want to act? It’s such a low-class profession.’
Asian countries produce eight times as many engineering bachelors as the United States, and the number of U.S. students graduating at the masters and PhD levels in these areas is declining.