In recent years, actors of Asian descent have been seen in increasingly diverse roles in theatre, television, and film. How can actors of Asian descent build careers in the performing arts? How do they navigate the expectations of mainstream culture while remaining connected with their cultural communities? Is there a role for Asian Canadian venues and arts organizations for nurturing and promoting talent?

About the Speakers:
Diana Bang was born in Vancouver, B.C. to Korean immigrant parents. She is a founding member of the Asian Canadian sketch comedy group Assaulted Fish. Her film and television credits include The Interview, Bates Motel and The Killing. She is currently based out of Vancouver.

Kuan Foo is currently the Diversity Advisor with the office of Access and Diversity at the University of British Columbia. He has been active in community-based arts and social justice groups for more years than he cares to remember. He is a founding member of Assaulted Fish and is perhaps best known for being “the guy who isn’t Nelson.”

Nelson Wong is a Vancouver actor known for his extensive film, television and stage work, including American Mary (2012), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) and Ice Blues (2008). He is alphabetically the last member of Assaulted Fish.

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