Friday, April 21, 2017

TGIF FEATURE:'Time' magazine names two Asian/American women among 100 most influential people

Constance Wu
AMONG TIME magazines' 100 Most Influential People in the world were two Asian/American women: an actor and a scientist.

Actress Constance Wu doesn't fit your Asian female stereotype. She is outspoken, honest and sometimes brutally frank.

As one of the few Asian/Americans on television, she is best known for her role on ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, but it is what she does and says off the stage that she is gaining attention.

Lena Dunham, who traveled with Wu during Hillary Clinton's campaign, got to know the actress. "She is tasked with being more than just an actor," writes Dunham, star and writer of Girls. "And she takes this second gig just as seriously."

Wu is not afraid to speak her heart, whether it be against violence against women, presidential politics or women's rights. But it her outspokeness against the lack of roles for Asian/Americans and they way they are depicted in the media that her voice speaks out loudly. She's not afraid to call out the studios or certain actors by name even though she has been warned that it might hurt her career.

"F- my career then, I'm a woman & human first. That's what my craft is built on," says Wu.

Natalie Batalha
That attitude doesn't appear to have affected her career. She was picked for the lead role in the movie adaptation of the best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians, which will expose her to millions of new fans around the world.

Also on Time's list was Natalie Batalha, an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center. She is the current lead scientist for NASA’s Kepler space telescope. "Human beings have long wondered whether they are alone in the universe. Now we are closer than ever to getting an answer," reads Time. Batalha was one of three astronomers named by Time. She has helped find approximately 4,700 new worlds since 2009.

The two shared Time's distinction with such luminaries such as Pope Francis, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un and Melinda Gates.

Other Asians from other countries were also included, including Philippine President Rolando Duterte of the Philippines, actor Rez Ahmed of Great Britain and dictator Kim Jong Un of North Korea.