The 14th annual Unforgettable Awards happened on Saturday, highlighting the achievements Asians have made in today’s media. It recognized “The Walking Dead” veteran Steven Yeun, “Fresh Off the Boat” actors Randall Park and Constance Wu, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Chloe Bennet, CNN’s Lisa Ling and BuzzFeed’s Try Guys web sensation Eugene Lee Yang.
Guests at the awards ceremony were beginning to acknowledge the improvements in Hollywood’s television landscape, with two network shows featuring primarily Asian-American casts — ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Dr. Ken.”
Actress Chloe Bennet stated:
“When I first got out here, I was told that I wasn’t white enough to be the lead and not Asian enough to be the best friend. Six years later, I’m three seasons deep in a major network show and that in itself is progress.”
Yeun in particular received major praise for his beloved multi-dimensional character on AMC’s hit post-apocalyptic drama. Glenn’s popularity became very apparent when his apparent death caused a major uproar amongst fans.
“As a community, that’s why events like these are important because we get to come together and push each other more and lift each other up.”