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The Television Academy Foundation has announced that it will present, in partnership with CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), “The Power of TV: Advancing AAPI Representation”, a free online event on July 27.

The virtual public forum will bring together current AAPI industry leaders helping to drive inclusion in television. Panelists will discuss their personal career journey to success and the challenges they face when advocating for inclusivity. In addition, the panel will explore strategies for greater equity within the industry for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Event panelists include actor Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead); Cleaning Lady creator and executive producer Miranda Kwok; and Kenny Tsai, senior vice president of current programming at Universal Content Productions; additional panelists to be announced. Michelle K. Sugihara, Executive Director of CAPE, will moderate the discussion.

According to a 2021 Pew Research Center report, the Asian population in the United States nearly doubled between 2000 and 2019 and is expected to surpass 46 million by 2060, making them the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the world. United States.

Yet a significant representation gap exists both on screen and behind the scenes. Additionally, programming continues to fail to represent AAPI communities in a broad and inclusive manner. According to a 2021 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative report, most depictions fall into the categories of silent, stereotypical, tokenized, isolated, and sidekicks/villains.

“In the wake of growing discrimination and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, it is increasingly important for the television community to commit to full, authentic and equal representation of AAPI talent at the screen and behind the scenes,” said Cris Abrego, president of the Television Academy Foundation. “Through public programs such as this, the Foundation is dedicated to creating space for substantive, solution-oriented discussions about promoting equity in the representation of historically excluded and perpetually underrepresented groups.”

“Conversations like this are important in humanizing the discussion about representation and the harmful effects of stereotypical narratives,” said Michelle K. Sugihara, CAPE’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to the Television Academy Foundation for recognizing the importance of the voices behind and in front of the camera.”

The online event will take place on Wednesday, July 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (PDT). Free entry; RSVP is required. To register, go to

Launched in 2017, “The Power of TV” is the Television Academy Foundation’s series of public programs showcasing the power of television to promote positive social change through engaging and inclusive storytelling. Carefully curated conversations with storytellers, advocates, and experts in the field challenge the status quo and explore pathways to the full inclusion of underrepresented perspectives and historically excluded groups make up this series of events.