Generations of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants have made an indelible impact on American culture and history. This May, Macy’s celebrated their stories in stores nationwide in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This year’s theme focused on the art of comedy and humor, with a large cast of Asian American actors, writers and comedians, including Ronny Chieng and Jimmy O. Yang, from the hit feature film “Crazy Rich Asians,” visited Macy’s stores to discuss how comedy helped them impact Asian American culture.
On May 9, host Ji Suk Yi from The Chicago Sun Times interviewed comedian Joel Kim Booster. The discussion included the importance of comedy in celebrating heritage and addressing issues of representation. After the discussion, customers stuck around for a meet-and-greet, and enjoyed sweet treats by Eli’s Ark Chicago, cold brew teas by Easthill Tea Co., an interactive station by Japanese Culture Center, and music by acclaimed Chicago saxophonist Mai Sugimoto.
Macy’s Herald Square flagship welcomed “The Daily Show’s” Senior Correspondent, Ronny Chieng on May 13 to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with customers. “Late Night with Seth Myers” writer, Karen Chee, interviewed Chieng on his career, comedy and celebrating his Asian heritage. And fans remained after the discussion to meet him. Macy’s Herald Square also celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a tribute to the art of comedy featuring a performance from Asian AF.
On May 18, to the delight of more than 200 customers, Jimmy O. Yang was the man of the hour. Hosted by Mariecar Mendoza, senior entertainment editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, Yang talked about moving from Hong Kong to the United States at age 13, cultural assimilation, and his rising career which has him playing a range of Asian roles in Hollywood. After the discussion, Yang met and took photos with fans.
“I think that ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ served as opening the door; and that’s great. Now people are listening,” Yang shared with customers. “There’s a bigger diversity push, so at least our ideas are getting listened to. I think now it’s up to us Asian artists – or diverse artists of any culture, creed – to tell our authentic story and tell it well. Instead of just Chinese people in Chinatown with dragons and Kung Fu, tell your own ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ story, whether that’s growing up in San Jose, growing up in Hong Kong, or wherever.”
Macy’s LA Downtown Plaza store celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 18 by welcoming Asian AF, the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre’s premier Asian American variety show. The improvisers, Will Choi, Lily Du, Chuck Maa, Allyn Pintal, and Chris Renfro, alongside host Atsuko Okatsuka, had the audience chiming in with suggestions and laughing in their seats throughout the improv performance and panel discussion. Following the panel, customers got the chance to meet the performers and enjoyed complimentary Boba tea, light bites, beauty consultations, and a flipbook photo booth.
Macy’s First Colony store celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 19 by welcoming actor Rizwan Manji, best known for his roles on the SyFy network series “The Magicians” and on the NBC sitcom “Outsourced.” The host, local standup comedian Paul Varghese, interviewed Rizwan about his career, approach to comedy, and how his heritage has influenced both of these. Customers got the chance to meet and snap a photo with Rizwan and ask their own questions.
For more events like these, visit macys.com/celebrates.