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Crazy Rich Asians Star Awkwafina’s Shout Out To Fellow Asian-American Actress Lucy Liu On SNL Is The Feel-Good Content We Need

Awkwafina was the second Asian-American woman to host SNL after Lucy Liu opened that door 18 years ago.

Awkwafina has become one of the world’s favourite comedians since her recent roles in blockbuster hits Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, so when she hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, you best believe it was straight fire.

But what’s really captured people’s attention is her opening monologue, when Awkwafina gave a heartfelt thanks to her idol and fellow Asian-American actress Lucy Liu for “opening the door” in Hollywood.

Back in 2000, Lucy Liu was the first Asian woman to host SNL, and 18 years later, Awkwafina is the second Asian woman and fifth Asian person to ever host the show in all its 43 years on air.

Awkwafina describes waiting outside the 30 Rock studio in 2000 when Lucy Liu hosted, because it was such an important moment for Asian representation that she just wanted to even be close to the building.

“I just remember how important that episode was for me and how it changed what I thought was possible for an Asian-American woman.” She said.

“Standing here tonight is a dream that I never thought would come true. So thank you Lucy for opening the door.”

What this highlights about the low stats for Asian representation on SNL is absolutely wild, but at least Awkwafina hosting the show can now be to other people like her, what seeing Lucy Liu on that stage was to Awkwafina.

It’s a powerful reminder that representation matters, and the more effort we put into it, the better things will be.

Now we will wait patiently for someone to handcraft the perfect project to star both Awkwafina and Lucy Liu so that they can bond and be boss women together.

Play School Kicks Thomas The Tank Engine’s Newly Gender-Diversified Butt With Three New Recruits To Their Already-Diverse Presenter Line-Up

Our most iconic kids’ show keeps setting the bar for representation on Aussie TV.

Representation of diverse people and experiences on screen needs to be a priority for all TV shows and movies, but it’s especially important for kids’ programmes.

Yesterday Thomas The Tank Engine announced that they’re adding five new strong female characters (trains, planes, conductors and what not) from all around the world. It’s a long overdue improvement to the show’s glorified testosterone-fest and it took the UN getting involved for the overhaul to happen. But at least it’s happening!

Meanwhile we can feel reassured that Play School has been dedicated to representing diversity on their programme for a long time.

The iconic Aussie kids’ show has a fantastic line-up of presenters and in 2016 they vowed to showcase diverse family structures and followed through with a segment featuring gay parents.

Now Play School have announced three additional recruits to their presenter line-up and it’s another step forward for representation on Aussie TV.

The new recruits include Hunter Page-Lochard, a 25-year-old Australian actor of both Aboriginal Australian and American descent with a passion for performing and painting.

Kiruna Stamell,  a veteran Australian performer who has appeared in major productions like Moulin Rouge and performed as a tap dancer at the Sydney Olympics.

Stamell was born with a type of restricted growth (dwarfism) and explains this to her young audience on her ABC about page so that they can understand.

Kaeng Chan is Play School’s final new presenter and he’s an experienced actor with a history on kids’ shows.

People are all around extremely stoked with the fantastic additions to the Play School line-up and have responded to the Facebook video to express their excitement. We couldn’t agree more.

The three of them are each great new additions to the Play School team and signal that the show continues to be dedicated to showcasing both talent and a diverse representation of Australia, to Australia.

Other TV and movie producers should take note. Be more like Play School.

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