Hollywood trailblazer Anna May Wong to be first Asian American featured on U.S. currency
The star-studded list of guests for the Feb. 17 edition of the Academy Awards ceremony is set to include actors such as Martin Landau, Rosario Dawson, Jason Lee and Anne Hathaway, among others.
The nominations for the film categories will be announced on Feb. 24, with the Oscars being held on Sunday, Feb. 22, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Among the other celebrities scheduled to appear were Hollywood’s first Asian American actors, both of whom are currently on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Anna May Wong and Henry Lee Wong.
On Friday, actor Henry Lee Wong, who plays the role of Dr. Peter Chi in “Dr. Ken,” was honored by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) as a lifetime achievement honoree.
“I have dedicated my entire life to the profession. I have done all that I could in my lifetime to give back to the culture that has given me so much,” Wong told the association, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Wong’s career has spanned more than three decades, and his credits include roles on “All My Children” as the Chinese American actor who was a member of an interracial couple, “General Hospital,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “General Hospital.” He appeared in episodes of “The Sopranos.”
“I want to be a role model for other Asian-American actors to speak up when they feel they are being slighted, and to not let the fear of being a stereotype stop them from doing the things they should do,” he told the association.
Wong said he believes that Asian-Americans have a legacy that “gives us great pride and self-assurance.”
He said his career journey has largely been a matter of “getting involved,” adding that he hasn’t had it easy.
“I’ve gotten involved in the roles that I have chosen to do, and it’s helped me develop myself as an actor. That’s always been my goal in life, to be able to use my experience