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When writer Mary Park enthusiastically took the microphone to address the unprecedented gathering of Asian American writers in New York on Monday, she couldn’t help but point out the discouragement surrounding the lack of Asian American representation in the 2020 Oscar nominations, coincidentally released on the same day.

The gathering was the inaugural New York edition of the Asian American Writers Network Dinner, a meeting of scribes that began in Los Angeles in 2019.

Ultimately, the dinner was a chance for Asian Americans to network and build community in the Big Apple.

Park told Variety that for the dinner, producer Toni Wang booked the catering, featuring all Asian American, local vendors to supply the goodies.

Attendees gathered to network and build community with other creatives, leaving the room loud with chatter and laughs.

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