In Memoriam: James Shigeta, 81, an Asian American pioneer in Hollywood

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Yesterday, Hollywood Reporter broke the news that James Shigeta, one of Hollywood’s most prominent Asian American actors of the 1960′s, passed away at the age of 81. Shigeta broke into Hollywood at a time when Asian Americans still represented less than 1% of America. This was a time in Hollywood when racial minorities were still virtually unseen in front of (or behind) the camera. . . .

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