Early Asian American blogs helped make the case to include more Asian American stories in conventional journalistic coverage.
Some outlets even launched dedicated Asian American verticals, such as HuffPost Asian Voices and NBC Asian America.
Jared Siskin / Getty Images for Longchamp fileOne issue that galvanized Asian Americans online — seemingly regardless of progressive or conservative leanings — was the historic underrepresentation of Asian Americans in Hollywood.
In the wake of such successes, as well as the undeniable strength of Asian American alternative media online, Asian Americans are increasingly penetrating mainstream film and television to tell Asian American stories that cater to the Asian American audience.
Yuen says many of the Asian American actors involved in such projects have used their influence to advocate behind the camera, creating more opportunities for Asian American media and demanding pay equity for actors of color.