NUMBERS DON’T LIE | Asian Americans are challenging Broadway and nonprofit theaters with sobering stats on the lack of minorities

The news may be good for black actors, but it is no song for the south for other actors of color. According to a new minority report, blacks were far more likely than any other minority to be cast in roles which were not specifically identified by their race and ethnicity. Asian Americans were “the least likely of the major minority groups to play roles that were not defined by their race.” Read More

ASIAN AMERICANS PUSH BACK | An actors’ coalition confronts Broadway and nonprofit theater leaders on the lack of minorities on NY stages

This news story was first published here in February 2012.  It is being revived here to offer a broader context and close chronology to a new 2016 study which again takes to task NYC theater companies for failing to diversify their casting practices.   By Randy Gener NEW YORK CITY: The news may be good for… Read More

BROADWAY’S RACE CASTING CONTROVERSY | Why are Asian Americans invisible on NYC stages?

Asian American actors and performers have gathered forces to figure out the meaning behind a slew of statistics. Data revealed in a 2012 study has found the smoking gun — that Asian American performers are not part of “the trend toward more inclusive casting” in New York theater. Read More

ASIANS IN AMERICA | In 2012, York Theatre, CSC, Primary Stages, Roundabout, MCC were named NYC’s least diverse theatres

The report tracked the number of minority actors cast in roles that are not racially-specific (also known as non-traditional casting). This figure is considered as an indicator of “the openness of the industry.” Only 10% of all roles received by actors of color were not defined by the color of their skin. Read More

CAUSES | Finalist for 2013 Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts

According to the Alliance’s website, the Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts “recognizes and encourages Asian American individuals who demonstrate a commitment to outstanding service, advocacy and leadership — and whose active participation in or for the arts has made a considerable impact.” Read More

REPRESENT ASIAN | Self-taught jazz pianist Vijay Iyer: a professorship, a MacArthur Fellow and an A4 honoree

Vijay Iyer is a 2013 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. In January 2014, Iyer will join the Harvard University Department of Music as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts. Meanwhile Iyer will be honored at the Asian American Arts Alliance’s 31st Anniversary Gala Benefit, which will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30pm at TriBeCa Rooftop. Read More

OPERA NEWS | Philippine Center hosts public awareness presentation of Filipino opera production of “Noli Me Tangere”

Members of the Filipino-American community are invited to hear musical excerpts from the opera and meet the producers and performed on Thursday, January 31st at 6:30PM at the Philippine Center. (556 Fifth Avenue). Read More

Six top chefs from coast to coast cook and share tales of putting Philippine cuisine on American tables at Sept. 28 dinner/forum

Purple Yam and Filipino Mundo-NYC cordially invite everyone to join us for this downright enjoyable feast. On Friday, September 28, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Purple Yam will open its kitchen for CULINARY DREAMS: Filipino-American Chefs’ Forum and Dinner Party. This hybrid event is an open dialogue, a scrumptious dinner, a bicoastal culinary exchange and a kind of experimental performance. From a place “setting,” CULINARY DREAMS hopes to inspire cravings, generate food for thought, debate ideas, and reveal our cultural dreams. Read More

Filipino opera, sung by diverse American cast of singers, makes a mark in Chicago

Felipe de Leon’s opera version of “Noli Me Tangere” is based on a historical novel by Jose Rizal which tracks the twilight of Spanish colonization in Philippines. A novel that rocked the Philippines to political consciousness in the late 19th century. A country whose classical opera tradition borrowed greatly from the introduction of European opera. Read More