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Jackson School alum Adrian Alarilla quoted on addressing stereotyping of Asian American actors | Seattle Times

Alan S. Kim, left, Steven Yeun, Noel Cho and Yeri Han in Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari.” Yeun was the first Asian American nominated for a best actor Oscar, while “Minari” was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture. (David Bornfriend / A24 / TNS)

August 6, 2021

In “A new generation of Asian American artists is expanding Bruce Lee’s legacy,” Jackson School alum Adrian Alarilla (M.A. Southeast Asian Studies 2018) talks about why it’s important to support community-level filmmaking to address the continued underrepresentation and stereotypes of Asian American actors in the U.S. film industry.

Alarilla also mentions his leadership in developing the Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival (SEAxSEA Film Festival) during his studies at the University of Washington. The SEAxSEA film festival is funded by the Southeast Asia Center, a federally-funded National Resource Center at the University of Washington housed at the Jackson School.

Tasveer, a local organization that aims to combat stereotyped and racist images of South Asians in mainstream media, is additionally highlighted in the article. The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, among other activities to address racism in art and beyond, are supported by, and done in collaboration with, the South Asia Center at the UW, also a National Resource Center at the Jackson School.

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