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New Face of Hollywood Lives Online: Asian Superstars Rally behind Nonprofit All-Digital Campaign

CAPE:

Who: Today, on May 5, 2014, Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), launches the CAPE #IAm Campaign.

CAPE #IAm Campaign stars dozens of global stars/role models, including:

  • Steven Yeun, Michelle Phan, Ryan Higa, Lisa Ling, Harry Shum, Jr., Christine Ha, Wong Fu Productions: Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, Philip Wang, Phil Yu, Jessica Gomes, David Choi, Carrie Ann Inaba, Brian Tee, Leonardo Nam, Bobby Lee, Kelly Hu, Randall Park, Amy Hill, Melissa Tang, Jeremy Lin, and more.

What: CAPE #IAm Campaign is a movement to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) role models during May, national Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). All content released today, May 5, 2014:

  • Watch CAPE #IAm Campaign Trailer
  • Eight (8) Episode Series called “MAKING I AM: GET ME YOUR FRIENDS”
  • Nineteen (19) Mini-documentaries on AAPI Artists & Leaders

Where/Coverage:

Why: “CAPE wants the world we watch to reflect the world we live in. The Asian American diaspora over indexes in online consumption–particularly on YouTube–from our non-Asian counterparts. 70% of Asian Americans actively watch YouTube, so it was obvious where we needed #IAm to live. This is an all-digital campaign and the first of its kind, featuring the world’s biggest Asian stars. It’s the very first of its kind,” says YouTube Global Creator Development & Management Lead at Google Bing Chen, also a CAPE Board Member and Executive Producer for the #IAm Campaign.

Quick Stats To Support Campaign:

Less than 3% of faces on television are AAPI, which is unlike YouTube stardom where 17% of top 50 YouTube stars are Asian.

Executive Producers:

  • Eric Kim - Vice President of Current Programs at CBS Television & CAPE Board Member
  • Christopher Chen - Senior Vice President Endgame Entertainment & CAPE Board Co-Vice Chair
  • Bing Chen - YouTube Global Creator Development & Management Lead at Google & CAPE Board Member
  • Jennifer Sanderson - CAPE Executive Director

Sponsored by:

Partners:

  • T.D. Wang Advertising Group
  • IW Group, Inc.

About: CAPE, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council

Founded in 1991, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) champions diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American & Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.

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