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Show with a Diverse Asian American Pacific Islander Cast Trending Upwards

Nico Santos
Nico Santos is on the right
NBC Photo

A show arguably under the Asian American community’s radar, but with a diverse AAPI cast, has been renewed for a fourth season, reports Cinema Blend

Superstore features Nico Santos as Mateo, an undocumented gay Filipino man working in a Walmart-like department store.

Kaliko Kauahi
Kaliko Kauahi
NBC Photo

Also integral to Superstore is Nichole Bloom as Cheyenne, a teen mom with a gift for gab. Bloom is Japanese and Irish.
Others on the cast include Kaliko Kauahi as Sandra, a Hawaiian native with a knack for lying.

Jon Miyahara plays the role of Brett, a dedicated worker with the respect of his co-workers.

A recent article in the Village Voice proclaimed in a bold headline that “Superstore expands TVs understanding of all that Asian American characters can be.”

Nichole Bloom
Nichole Bloom
NBC Photo

What other TV show has a main character who is also undocumented. It would have been easy to make that character Hispanic. The choice to make the undocumented role Filipino clearly went against the grain of audience expectations.

Mateo also happens to be gay. While gay representation has increased in recent years, such characters are definitely not numerous on TV or even on the big screen.

Superstore’s diverse cast, the show’s central character Amy is played by America Ferrara, a Honduran American, is clearly catching on.

In its third season, Superstore is  growing its audience. Ratings are up six percent over the last year in the 18-49 demographic and is NBC’s number 1 comedy on digital platforms.

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