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09/18/2016 09:01 pm ET

Alan Yang Gave The Sweetest Speech About Asians On TV At The Emmys

"I believe in us," the "Master of None" writer said.
Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
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Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

The sight of Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari jumping from their seats at the Emmy Awards was charming enough. But Yang topped himself on Sunday night with a swoon-worthy speech about the value of seeing characters who look like him on television. 

Yang and Ansari won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the “Master of None” episode “Parents.” Ansari stood by his co-creator looking thrilled, especially as Yang, who has also worked on “South Park” and “Parks and Recreation,” discussed the dearth of Asian characters onscreen.

“There’s 17 million Asian-Americans in this country, and there’s 17 million Italian-Americans,” Yang said after rattling off a typical list of thank-yous. “They have ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Rocky,’ ‘The Sopranos.’ We got Long Duk Dong. So we got a long way to go, but I know we can get there. I believe in us. It’s just going to take a lot of hard work. Asian parents out there, if you could just do me a favor and just a couple of you get your kids cameras instead of violins, we would be all good.”

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