On September 24, 2015, Pope Francis made a historic trip to New York. I got to skip some of my final days in school to attend his evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for WPIX’s digital coverage.
Some of my favorite pictures from the day are behind the scenes … where there was no toilet. Or cool air, for that matter.
Here’s the money shot!
We also got to talk to Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
You can read WPIX’s digital article about Pope Francis’ arrival and prayer HERE.
The next day, I camped out on Columbus Circle to see him make his way through Central Park.
It was a helluva lot of fun. I’m really thankful to be nominated for this piece in particular because of how groundbreaking Pope Francis is as a leader of the Catholic church by preaching inclusiveness, tolerance and mercy. The story was all about love. How millions, Catholic and otherwise, were physically moved to be in the presence of a great man and to hear (and hopefully heed) his positive words.
Now for some more sappy stuff … if you haven’t had your fill.
Special shout outs to Kaity Tong and Mr. G. Both legends in the field, they guided me on how to “make it” in life, love, career and more.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention … Constance Wu. Margaret Cho. Lucy Liu. Sandra Oh. Maggie Q. (Personally recently discovered) Li Jun Li. But also … Priyanka Chopra. Mindy Kaling. John Cho (fucking swoon). Steven Yeun (double swoon). Eddie Huang (you’re ok too.)
Every year, there are more Asian Americans on screen. We are telling Asian stories. We are the heartthrobs and girls next door. A new generation of children is growing up seeing our beautiful faces and bodies and stories; a generation of children are seeing people who look like them in the media — and more of that can’t happen fast enough.
Thanks for reading all of this! Oh, and by the way, donate to the ACLU!