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Sandra Oh's Golden Globe win seen as victory for representation

Actress Sandra Oh won the best dramatic television actress award at the Golden Globes on Jan. 6, 2019.
Actress Sandra Oh won the best dramatic television actress award at the Golden Globes on Jan. 6, 2019.
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More than 18 million Americans watched Sunday night as Canadian-Korean Sandra Oh picked up a Golden Globe for lead actress in a TV drama for the show "Killing Eve." She became only the second actress of Asian descent in 38 years to win the honor.

Oh not only won a Golden Globe, she was the first person of Asian descent to co-host the awards show.

"This moment is real," she said during the opening monologue. "Trust me, it is real. Because I see you."

Still, there's a ways to go. A recent UCLA report shows Asian representation is still lacking in Hollywood. Asians filled just 3 percent of film roles. 

But Snehal Desai, artistic director of East West Players in L.A.'s Little Tokyo, says Asian American performers are feeling more hopeful with the success of films like "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Searching" — not to mention pride.

His theater company is selling T-shirts featuring a quip that Oh made during last year’s Emmy’s. The shirts read: “It’s an honor just to be Asian.”