Watching “Beef” with Steven Yeun and Ali Wong winning these awards–Yeun and Wong both won Golden Globes for their roles–becoming the first and second actors who are Asian to win the award–as well as the show sweeping the Golden Globes and winning Emmys for Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (which is also a FIRST for an Asian woman) and creator Lee Sung Jin earning Emmy’s for writing AND directing–
I don’t know about you–but my 15 year-old self would have LOVED to see this, and I can only imagine what this means, and doesn’t mean (like it’s just a regular day in the park) to a new generation who is just growing up with this type of entertainment.
While the entertainment side of the house isn’t the holy grail–there’s so much from a representation standpoint, local, national, et al.–it means a lot in so many ways for so many Asian Americans–for us–because we get to see ourselves on the big a little screens, winning awards, where at the base it’s simply: They like us and accept us and that means maybe we can make a inroads in other areas too (and yes, we can make inroads when no one else wants us to, but it’s easier if we wave that support without discrimination).
Big ups to VIETNAMESE AMERICAN Ali Wong who gave props to her ex-husband. Shows the way for so many people.