AAPI LA was created to address the unique challenges faced by the AAPI community, including the rapid rise of hate crimes, the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on AAPI businesses, inaccessibility to services due to language barriers, and the lack of AAPI inclusion in industries and conversations around equity and diversity. AAPI LA is tackling these challenges by bringing together nonprofit and for-profit organizations that support or provide services to the AAPI community under one umbrella. Together, these organizations collaborate to help amplify their voices, work, and assistance to the AAPI community.
The overarching goal, however, is to support a community that has been historically misrepresented, disregarded, and often referred to as the “invisible minority.” This is a path towards providing a voice to a frustrated community that has long been divided by language barriers and cultural differences.
Squid Game marks another victory in the fight to grow representation of the AAPI community in film and entertainment, featuring Korean culture and traditions while paving the way for other AAPI communities to also have their stories told.
Squid Game made history by becoming the first non-English language series with 14 nominations for the Primetime Emmys. Celebrating this cultural phenomenon shaped by Korean creators and Netflix, we are delighted that the City of Los Angeles is announcing the proclamation of Squid Game Day on September 17th.
Also, celebrating Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae for making Emmy history.
Lee Jung-jae, the star of the series, took home the top acting prize and became the first person from a foreign-language show to win best actor in a drama. And Hwang Dong-hyuk won the drama directing Emmy.
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