James Hong is an icon of Hollywood. He already has over 600 credits to his name and has helped inspire the careers of many Asian American actors. Despite his illustrious career, he still doesn’t have a single star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Now, actor Daniel Dae Kim wants to correct.
Actors like Harry Shum Jr and Ken Jeong followed suit, showing their support by rewriting Kim’s call to action or asking what they could do to help.
Under the Hollywood Walk of Fame nomination process, anyone – including fans – can nominate a celebrity as long as the celebrity in question also provides a letter of approval. Each year, the committee chooses about 30 names to add to the Walk of Fame. Once selected, Avenue of Fame requires a fee of $ 50,000 to create and install the star. Application deadline for Grade 2022 is May 29, 2021.
Hong’s legendary career spans decades. You may know him as maître d ‘in the episode “Seinfeld” titled “Chinese Restaurant”. Or like David Lo Pan in “Big Trouble In Little China”, or like the guy who turned upside down after a fight in “Wayne’s World 2”
In addition to his endless résumé, Hong is also an important driving force in bringing Asian-American voices to Hollywood.
Together with actor Mako Iwamatsu, he helped organize the theater group East West Players, formed to showcase the works of Asian and Asian American actors.
East West Players has seen many great talents cross its threshold for 55 years – actors like Randall Park, George Takei, John Cho and Daniel Dae Kim have all stuck with the theater.
And according to the theater’s current art director, it is believed that at one point 70% of Asian-American actors in Hollywood had connections with East-West Players.
Hong has worked against prejudices in Hollywood for decades. In an interview with Great Big Story, Hong said, “Even to this day, 500 credits or so, I don’t have a star on the Avenue of Fame. So in a sense, There’s a lot of prejudices hidden behind this industry. They don’t think of us, like I said, the main … And I try to fight that. “
A star for James Hong is also recognition for every actor who has had a career for James Hong, and for every actor who has surpassed the ceiling to be able to speak up today.
As Kim said on GoFundMe, “It’s time James Hong is honored in the way he deserves, and it’s time to show him him – and all the colored actors of previous generations -” how did we make way for us today? “