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Asian Americans Part of Big Emmy Victories

posted by Louis Chan


By Ed Diokno

The Emmy Awards will air in prime time on ABC this Sunday, but some of the awards considered less interesting outside the industry have already been given out.

Among the winners are several Asian Americans.

It’s not often that anything Asian gets nominated for an Emmy so when anything Asian-related gets that prestigious nomination we tend to go overboard. Then, imagine our dilemma when Quest Crew and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend featuring our favorite Filipino American bro, Josh as played by Vincent Rodriguez III, got nominated for the same award – Outstanding Choreography.

That dilemma was solved last weekend when the two contenders tied! So awesome!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend also won an Emmy for best editing with a single camera.


The all-Asian American Quest Crew won their Emmy for a performances on America’s Best Dance Crew reality competition.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s choreographer Kat Burns won her Emmy for the number she designed for A Boy Band Made Up of Four Joshes featuring Rodriguez.

RELATED: Why you should be watching ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Watch the amazing Emmy-winning dance performances below and enjoy.

Hey, as an aside, don’t these performances by these dancers blow up to smithereens that old meek, unsexy Asian male stereotype?




The Week 4 performance The Bench was the most meaningful for the Quest Crew dancers: “D-Trix” AKA Dominc Sandoval, “Hok” AKA Okuto Konishi, “Dope Turtle” AKA Steve Terada, “Ryanimay” AKA Daniel Ryan Conferido, “Ru” AKA Rudy Reynon, II, “Feng” AKA Ryan Feng, “Jolee” AKA Joe Lee and “Hirano” AKA Brian Hirano.


“Basically the bench represented retirement as dancers,” Quest Crew member Terada  revealed to Yahoo news.

“It was really emotional for us, just because we know as we get older that we’re not going to be performing together, and as a dancer, you have a finite time to be onstage with your brothers. And since we are a crew and we’ve been together for so long, it really hit us in a different way that we never thought would be possible.”

“We have literally never been that emotional onstage ever in our careers,” Konishi said of the Emmy-winning piece. “So for that to be recognized for an award like this is just like a cherry on top, really. It’s amazing.”


Also celebrating Emmy wins were Filipino American Vanessa Hudgens and Julianna Hough of Dancing with the Stars fame for Grease Live.

Grease Live won for Best Special Class program for Fox along with technical awards for Best Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special, Best Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special and Best Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event, or Award Special.


(Louis Chan, national correspondent for AsAmNews also contributed to this report)

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