Spotlighting Asians in Film

Asians took home two of the biggest awards at this year’s Oscars. Will this open doors for more Asian-American representation in film?

Chloé Zhao poses in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.
Chloé Zhao poses in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.
Chloé Zhao poses in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.
Chloé Zhao poses in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

Spotlighting Asians in Film

Asians took home two of the biggest awards at this year’s Oscars. Will this open doors for more Asian-American representation in film?

The Oscars made history this year, celebrating diversity. In a sign of changing times, two women were nominated for Best Director, while almost half the best acting nominations went to people of color. Asians also made history, with Chinese filmmaker Chloe Zhao winning Best Director and FIlm, and Korean Yuh-Jung Youn winning Best Supporting Actress. Does this mean Oscar, and America, are ready to hear from new voices?

Reset shines the spotlight on the Academy Awards and Asian-American representation in films.

GUESTS: Charles Coleman, film program director for Facets and Maryam Kashani, filmmaker, anthropologist and assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Asian-American Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign