Oscar-winning actress Miyoshi Umeki dies

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Miyoshi Umeki, one of the stars of the all-Asian American cast of Flower Drum Song and Oscar winner for Sayonara, died last week. She was 78.

She was the first Asian to win an Oscar, and she did it back in 1957! What are the chances of an Asian or Asian American winning an acting Oscar today? Umeki really was a pioneer.

The only movie of hers I’ve seen is Flower Drum Song, and I only saw it this year, so my appreciation for her is new.

Rest in peace

This post can also be found on Hyphen magazine’s blog.

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