Friday 15th December 2017,

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The Year in Pictures in 2016

posted by Louis Chan






The #StarringJohnCho hashtag launched by William Yu capsulized the frustration of Asian Americans about the lack of strong roles and positive portrayals of AAPI men in Hollywood.

By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent


With 2016 now in the rear view mirror, I thought it would be a good time to look back at some of the images embedded into our memories.

From the whitewashing of Hollywood to Asian Americans on the political scene, these pictures may inspire emotions that may have cause you to be both enraged and engaged.

Chris Rock's Asian kids at the Oscars

This sketch during Chris Rock’s monologue at the 2016 Academy Awards forced the Academy to confront the lack of diversity among its membership and prompted a meeting between Asian Americans in Hollywood and the Academy leadership. 70 Asian American Pacific Islanders subsequently received an invitation to become voting members of the Academy.


Birth of the Dragon

The biopic Birth of a Dragon was supposed to be about Bruce Lee. Instead it was about a White guy who saved the day


Watters World in Chinatown

This Watters’ World segment on the O’Reilly Factor poking fun of limited-speaking Asians angered many and forced a meeting between Fox Executives and leaders in the Asian American community.


Taiwanese Christian Church

Swastikas were etched into the glass of the Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church in San Jose following the election of Donald Trump. Critics say the Trump victory has emboldened White supremacists.


Freedom from Fear Project

Talk of a Muslim registry by President-elect trump has changed attitudes for the worse about the incarceration of Japanese Americans and raised fears that we could see history repeat itself for Muslim Americans.


Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy became the first Vietnamese American woman elected to Congress in 2016, one of a record 15 Asian Americans elected. That doesn’t include two other non-voting members of Congress from U.S. Territories in the Pacific Islands.


Kamala Harris Senate victory speech

Kamala Harris was one of five Indian Americans elected to Congress in 2016.


Most Viewed Story of the Year: Anger Over a Picture of an Asian Flight Attendant

Second Most Viewed Story of the Year: A Year in the Life of Gerber’s Baby of the Year

Third Most Viewed Story of the Year: Catching Up with the Bucket List Family

Fourth Most Viewed Story of Year: Addison Russell Caps All Star Championship Season

Fifth Most Viewed Story of Year: The Day A New York Chinese Immigrant Had Had Enough


Jose Calugas

The contributions of Filipino Americans in WWII will soon be included in California text books under a new California law.  President Obama also signed legislation  awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino American veterans.


Peter Liang supporters

Supporters of fired NYPD Officer Peter Liang rally outside the New York Courthouse. Liang was convicted of manslaughter for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed Black man, but never spent a day in jail. The case divided the Chinese American community.


Visible Invisible Hapa

Hapas in 2020 are projected to become the majority in the Japanese American community.


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