Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park were unable to agree to new contracts with CBS. “The path to equality is rarely easy,” Mr. Kim wrote on Facebook.
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“Hawaii Five-0” series regulars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are exiting the show after contract negotiations broke down, and the situation has added fuel to a bigger discussion as to whether Hollywood is making advancements toward inclusivity.CBS said in a statement on Wednesday that it offered “large and significant salary increases” to Kim and Park in an attempt to retain the two cast members, who have played Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua respectively since its launch in September 2010.Michael Hashiguchi, a documentary filmmaker and assistant professor in multimedia film & production at Georgia Southern University, pointed out to TheWrap that the “H50” situation follows a number of recent Hollywood projects — including “Ghost in the Shell,” “Aloha” and “Doctor Strange” — in which key roles that could have gone to Asian-American performers instead went to white actors.Guy Aoki, president of Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), told TheWrap that the problem was set in place when CBS chose to cast white actors in the roles of McGarretty and Danno, mirroring the set-up of the original version that launched in 1960.“They used Kim but cast Lee as a cop killer, which really made me hit the ceiling and led to a separate meeting in 2011 with CBS about the show’s penchant for using API [Asian-Pacific Islander] guest stars as villains or suspects vs. leaders in the community, as APIs are in real life in Hawaii,” Aoki said.Mary Romero, professor of justice and social inquiry at Arizona State University, told TheWrap that the “H50” situation highlights the struggle that actors of color face every day in this business.
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Sang H. Cho, president of cable network Mnet America, said in a statement released to TheWrap that the actors’ failed contract negotiations bring “to the forefront an ongoing ‘lack of diversity in Hollywood’ issue in general, and in particular for Asian-American actors.”Cho — whose channel is available in roughly 20 million U.S. households and is the first national, 24-hour cable network aimed at Asian-Americans — expressed dismay over the fact that a show set in Hawaii is losing the only two Asian-American performers on its core cast.According to Cho, this claim from the network “speaks to gross disparity in [Kim and Park’s] financial compensation.”
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