Sandra Oh Becomes Third Asian Woman to Host SNL
Actress Sandra Oh is hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend, and she will become the third woman of Asian descent to host in the variety show’s 44-year history. Regular Beat readers will recall that rapper and actressAwkwafina was recently the second, and before her, Lucy Liu hosted in 2000. The show has been on hiatus the past couple of weeks, and Oh’s episode marks the beginning of three new consecutive episodes -- brace yourselves for tweets from the president. Oh was born in Canada to Korean immigrant parents, and the 47-year-old actress became the first woman of Asian descent in nearly 40 years to nab a Golden Globe for her role in BBC America's Killing Eve. Her acceptance speech, in which she thanked her parents and spoke Korean, will be remembered as a heartwarming moment in Golden Globes history. SNL last year added Asian American writers to their ranks. Comedian Bowen Yang joined the roster. He’s the host of the Las Culturistas podcast and a regular contributor to New York Magazine. And Nimesh Patel, the show's first Indian American writer, joined in 2017. Still, SNL has never employed a full-time Asian American cast-member and, according to a recent report, the show has had to ask a production designer, Akira Yoshimura, to play Star Trek's Sulu every time a skit about the TV show comes up. Other Asian Americans who have hosted SNL include Jackie Chan (2000), Aziz Ansari (2017), and Kumail Nanjiani (2017). Oh’s promo announcing her as the host has already garnered much attention on social media. Watch it here.