James Hong congratulates Asian-American creators for continuing his work

James Hong congratulated Asian-American innovators for “doing” the work to promote himself in the industry he started nearly six decades ago.

The on-screen veteran said his main goals are “to end hatred” and “raise the level of all Asian Americans”.

Hong, 93, made the remarks while speaking at the Critics Association (CCA) Asia Pacific Film & Television Opening Celebration.

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D40FKF Los Angeles, California, USA. February 27, 2013. Actor James Hong attends the premiere of the movie ‘The Phantom’ at the TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA, on February 27, 2013. Photo: Hubert Boesl / dpa / Alamy Live News

Famous for his age-defying drive, Hong grinned and showed off select martial arts moves for photographers on the event’s red carpet.

The star-studded event features other big names from the Asian film industry and aims to showcase emerging and established talent.

“This organization includes all the people of Asia-Pacific and it was probably one of the first to promote culture, from here to China, from east to west – it’s great here,” Hong told PA news agency.

I think our main goal is to see an organization that brings all these people together and works together and stops the hatred against Asians and just raises the level inclusiveness of Asian Americans. “

Hong was one of the founders of the East West Players in 1965, the nation’s first professional Asian-American theater organization that helps provide opportunity and education in Asian culture.

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During his 68-year career, he has accumulated more than 600 acting credits including 469 credits for television, 148 films, 32 short films and 22 video games.

He was honored with the Icon award at the CCA event, held at Fairmont Century Plaza on Friday.

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Playing with a prop, appearing in his recent film Everything, Anywhere, Anywhere, he joked: “What symbolism, what are you talking about?”

When asked what he would say in his acceptance speech, he said: “When I see the crowd, I will know how to react… I will only speak from my heart.

“I would congratulate everyone who came here and took the time and dedication to do something like this.

“I started it and now they’re doing it.”

The inaugural celebration of CCA’s Asia Pacific Cinema & Television follows a string of successful Asian films and TV series including The Decision to Leave, Ms Marvel, Turning Red, Squid Game and Pachinko .

Among others honored were Park Chan-wook (director award for film), Zoe Chao (TV actress award), John Cho (actor award for film) and Auli’i Cravalho ( rising star award for cinema).

Cravalho told PA she’s “very honored to be honored” and humbled to be recognized in a space alongside her “mentors.”

Comedian Hasan Minhaj was honored with the comedy award and British actor Nick Mohammed was awarded the TV actor award.

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