Asian American Hollywood staples M. Night Shyamalan and Daniel Dae Kim, both of whom grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, have recently spoken out about why representation is so critical for film and television. Representation provides a fuller, richer understanding of our neighbors and the world around us while also creating new role models for people from all walks of life. Without representation, we’re left with stereotypes, misunderstandings, and alienated audiences.
But the need for representation doesn’t end with your latest Netflix binge — not even close. Our doctors, law enforcement officials, politicians, and judges should all reflect the communities they represent or work in. On those fronts, and many others, we’re still falling short.
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