KIDS AND CELEBRITIES REFLECT ON THE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE THAT COMES WITH BEING DIVERSE IN AMERICA ON NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE: WHO AM I? ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN, AND PROUD! PREMIERING MAY 27, AT 9PM (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON
Approximately 15 million people identify themselves as Asian Pacific American and they are as diverse as the dozens of countries from which their families came. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee hears from Asian Pacific American kids and actors discussing their lives and misconceptions in the half-hour special, “Who Am I? Asian Pacific American, and Proud!” premiering Sunday, May 27, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Half-Hour Special to Feature George Takei (Star Trek), Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) and Ashley Argota (Bucket & Skinner‘s Epic Adventures)
“The program intentionally coincides with the annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, which gives us another chance to be proud of all of us,” says Linda Ellerbee, “It’s good to be reminded that these kids are just as American as any other Americans, and have a lot to teach the rest of us.”
“There are tons of different types of Asians,” says Riki, a 14-year-old Japanese-American girl from San Francisco, Calif.
“We’re different and unique,” says Malysa, a 15-year-old Laotian American girl.
The kids discuss the various stereotypes associated with being Asian Pacific American like the assumption they are good at math and bad at sports.
“When people think of professional athletes, they don’t really think of somebody that looks like me,” says 11-year-old San Jose, Calif. native Mattie whose parents came from China and Japan. “People assume that if you’re Asian-American, you’re not going to be good at a certain sport. I’m pretty athletic and I’m pretty competitive.”
Actors George Takei, Aziz Ansari and Ashley Argota discuss the discrimination they have faced.
“Initially, the roles I got offered were very stereotypical,” says Indian American actor Ansari. “You know, guy at the gas station, cab driver… all that stuff.
“Being Asian, it is harder to get roles in Hollywood,” says Filipino actress Argota. “I think they should branch out and give other people some chances.”
“I think [Asian-American Heritage Month] is really cool because there are lots of Asians here now,” says 13-year-old Mahima whose parents came to the United Sates from India.
“Being American to me is accepting that we all came from somewhere else,” says Riki, whose Japanese American grandparents were sent to American internment camps during World War II. “And we all deserve equal opportunity.”
Make sure you tune in to Nickelodeon on Sunday, May 27th at 9PM to catch the special!