Washington, DC - JACL joins the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition in issuing our annual report card for Asian Pacific American diversity for the 2017-2018 television season.
JACL executive director, David Inoue emphasizes the importance of Asian Pacific American representation in the media. "As we continue to hear immigrants and religious minorities referred to as illegals or unpatriotic, it is important that our media provides realistic portrayals of minorities to reinforce the fact that minority stories are American stories. In the current 2018-2019 season, two shows center around Asian families as "Fresh Off the Boat" (ABC) celebrated its 100th episode and "I Feel Bad" (NBC) ran in the fall season. These shows demonstrate progress continues to be made, but there is much more that can be done to include APA actors in a wider variety of roles."
The press statement from the coalition can be found below the report card graphic. For the full report and narrative, please click HERE.
On this first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the AsianPacific American Media Coalition announced its Report Cards for the 2017-18 season, grading the four major TV networks on their progress toward full inclusion in scripted and unscripted programming, writers/producers, directors, development, their commitment to the diversity initiatives they have adopted, and the new category of Diversity Department Relationship with the Coalition.
ABC scored the top overall grade of B for the second year in a row, while Fox received an
F/Incomplete for failing to comply with its obligations to provide data or meet with the
Coalition. CBS matched last season’s overall grade of B-, while NBC dropped from C+ to C.NBC’s writers/producers grade improved slightly and Development remained the same, but the network fell in every other category for 2017-18, and rated lowest in its Diversity Department’s relationship with the Coalition.
APAMC Chair Daniel M. Mayeda notes, "Asian Americans have been increasingly represented in network television over the past few years, but there remain many opportunities to be seized. One need only observe the success of API-led shows on other platforms (e.g., "Crazy Rich Asian,"; "Killing Eve," "To All the Boys I've Loved Before") to realize that the public, Asian and non-Asian alike, is eager to consume new stories and enjoy new talent featuring Asian Americans. We look forward to continuing to work with the networks to elevate the presence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, both in front of and behind the cameras."
“I must note, however, that the Coalition is very disappointed that Fox once again has violated its commitment to provide data on its diversity efforts and results,” Mayeda said. “We call on the new leadership of the Fox broadcasting network to quickly come into compliance with its MOU so that the Coalition can work with them to increase API presence in Fox's programming.”
Contact: Daniel M. Mayeda, email@example.com, 310.413.3504