Check out this article for more details on his legendary career
This man epitomizes the term "working actor," and that's not even taking into account all he's done to help further representation for actors of color. Not only was he one of the few who worked steadily when there were even fewer roles than there are now, but he also served the Asian American community by co-creating the legendary East West Players theater company with fellow pioneers like Mako and Nobu McCarthy, just to name a few.
Let's show this man the respect and love his career has merited by getting him a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame! We all know what an important part of Hollywood lore the Walk of Fame has been over the years. Tourists from around the world flock to these star-studded blocks stretching across Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. If you're reading this you probably agree that James deserves to be among them.
Please join me in contributing to this cause. One of the most crucial steps is to raise $50,000 to pay for the "creation and installation of the star, as well as general maintenance of the Walk of Fame," according to the website. (an additional $5000 is to cover estimated GoFundMe service charges.)
Once that's raised, we will then we will submit his nomination application in April of 2021. The Walk of Fame selection committee then meets in June to select an average of 30 stars (out of 200 submissions), to be cemented the following year. We ask that you allow us to hold these funds for two years. Though we're confident we'll be successful in 2021, in the unlikely event we aren't the first time around, we will redouble our efforts the following year. And if for some unimaginable reason his nomination is not accepted either year, we will donate all proceeds to a charity in James' honor.
That's a ways away, but it's not too early to get started. We'd like to have everything ready to give him the best chance possible.
But wait, there's more!
If you're generous enough to donate $5,000 or more, we have a special gift for you: a 30 minute group zoom call with me, Ken Jeong, Ming Na Wen, and Randall Park! Consider it our way of personally thanking you for your support.
It's time James Hong was honored in the way he deserves, and it's time to show him how much he -and all the actors of color of earlier generations - have done to pave the way for us today.
Thank you for joining me. I look forward to celebrating his star together!
Daniel Dae Kim
Chinese restaurant manager Chen in The Big Bang Theory, in the episodes, "The Dumpling Paradox" and "The Tangerine Factor" between 2007–2008.
Chi-Fu in Mulan (1998)
Khan, Evelyn's Butler in Chinatown (1974)
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