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Track 3

Media Portrayal of Asians in the U.S.

Room 369

Description: Media and film shape the way we perceive our world and our communities, but throughout the film industry, there has been a lack of response to promoting Asian actors in leading roles. Whitewashing has been a prevalent issue over the years, although the number of Asian actors have increased. Most notably, recent films such as "Ghost in the Shell" (2017), and Aloha (2015) exhibited whitewashing since their main character of Asian descent were played by Caucasian actresses. Aside from whitewashing, western media has consistently reinforced many Asian stereotypes such as the inability to speak English or drive safely.


J.B. Tadena

"Greys Anatomy", "Hawaii Five-0", etc.

JB Tadena is an actor best known for his guest starring roles on Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles and Agents of SHIELD. Born in LA and raised in the Washington DC area, JB received a BS in Computer Engineering from the Penn State University. He contracted for the government as a Satellite and Systems Engineer until deciding to pursue and acting career in 2013. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jaybeetadena.

Daniel K. Isaac

"Billions" on Showtime

Daniel K. Isaac is a Korean American actor and writer born and raised in Southern California and currently based in New York City. You can see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ on Showtime's "Billions" and read too much about his personal life on an even smaller screen if you google “According To My Mother." ||

Megumi Haggerty

"The Mysteries of Laura"

Megumi Haggerty is a bilingual actress of Japanese and Irish heritage who resides in NYC. A graduate of Emerson College, Megumi has appeared in numerous network television shows (Younger, Mysteries of Laura) as well as the stage (East of Heart Mountain, Surviving the Nian). Passionate about advocating for better representation and roles for Asian and Asian American actors, NYCAASC has kindly taken her colorful tweets from the internet to this conference. (BLOC Agency. SAG AFTRA.)

Erin Quill

Original cast member of "Avenue Q"

Erin Quill is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is an Original Bway Cast member of TONY Award winning, AVENUE Q. Other roles include Madame Rita Liang in the 50th Anniversary Prod of Flower Drum Song, and Lady Thiang opposite Debby Boone as Mrs. Anna in The King and I. She was in the first Diversity showcases for CBS and FOX, and most recently as a writer in the NBC Showcase. At East West Players she was the recipient of a scholarship in the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. She is the co-screenwriter on the feature, The Mikado Project and the film, KTown P.I.- which is in development.

Her blog, Fairy Princess Diaries has been instrumental in voicing the issues Asian/Americans in theater and general entertainment have faced, beginning with her post 'Moises Kaufman Can Kiss My Ass and Here's Why'. She has been featured on panels at BwayCon 2 years running- this past year helming their first all API Panel. She has spoken at Princeton University and NYU at theater conferences and has been interviewed, quoted, or sourced for articles in The NY Times, The LA Times, Backstage, The Huffington Post, NPR, the International Business Times and many more.

Sam Seid


Samantha Seid is currently the Production Coordinator for the Children’s & Educational Media department at WNET New York Public Media, where she supports the development and production of a wide portfolio of PBS KIDS properties, including Cyberchase and Thomas & Friends. A recent graduate of NYU Gallatin, she developed a concentration in Social Justice Through Transgressive Educational Practices that explored the sociology of the American education system and how alternative forms of teaching can inspire youth to become agents for activism and change. Her previous work experience in educational media includes Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, AmeriCorps Jumpstart, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. At NYU, she was the Conference and Workshops Director of NYCAASC, as well as a student leader in A/P/A BRIDGE, where she now serves as a co-advisor to the program.