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Netflix: 2022 Asian & Pacific Islander Excellence Celebration

by Neil Bui

At the Casita Hollywood in Los Angeles, Netflix along with The Hollywood Reporter and Gold House hosted an evening to celebrate API Excellence from its roster of talent, creatives, and their accomplishments.

GRV Dance Crew kicked off the event with a surprise performance inspired by Netflix’s Emmy Award winning series, Squid Game. The references were not lost on attendees as the dancers were dressed as either the pink Guards or green track suit-wearing Players, with the haunting theme, “Pink Soldiers.”

The event commenced with welcome remarks from Rebecca Sun, Senior Editor Diversity & Inclusion at The Hollywood Reporter, who also served as host for the evening. She highlighted the value of working to “amplify storytelling from underrepresented communities” and that as Asian Americans “we are not a monolith.”

The evening’s cuisine was curated by MAMA Night Market, a company dedicated to preserving immigrant culture through food. The local API-owned businesses included Abbaee Wang Soondae (Korean), Sáu Can Tho (Vietnamese), Broken Mouth (Native Hawaiian), Mayura (Southern Indian), Bhanu (Northern Indian), San and Wolves (Filipino), Gu Grocery (Taiwanese), and Pha Khao Thip (Laotian), with dessert beverages provided by Bopomofo Cafe.

Artist Simon Kim unveiled a mural featuring the faces of Netflix’s 2022 slate and talent including Randall Park, Jason Momoa, Hasan Minhaj, Arden Cho, the cast of Bling Empire, references to series such as The Umbrella Academy and Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, and more!

Simon Kim for Netflix
Simon Kim for Netflix

Photo credits: Araya Doheny/Getty Images for Netflix

About Netflix:

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 214 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About The Hollywood Reporter:

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is a flagship entertainment media brand, offering in-depth reporting, analysis, unparalleled access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives in its award-winning weekly magazine and dynamic website. The Hollywood Reporter also boasts prestigious live events, industry-leading philanthropic, empowerment and diversity initiatives.

About Gold House:

Gold House is the leading changemaker organization and network of Asian and Pacific Islanders (API), fighting together for socioeconomic equity and belonging. Through a suite of innovative programs and platforms, Gold House unites, invests in, and promotes API creators and companies to change culture and commerce. All to shape a world where everyone can thrive.

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