• B.D. Wong to Speak on the Myth of the Model Minority

B.D. WongActor B.D. Wong will be the next speaker in Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.  He will speak on Wednesday, December 3 at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. His lecture is titled, “Racial Self-image and the Model Minority Myth.”  The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.

While perhaps best known to many as forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, B.D. Wong is also an author, Broadway actor, and accomplished speaker. Wong feels that living day to day in the trenches of his challenging career as an actor, (a vocation in an industry fraught with rejection and racism) has forced him to not only empower himself and his own self esteem, but it has caused him to be even more facile and articulate about the issues of racial self-image, race-based rejection, Asian-American parental pressure, and the “model minority myth.” In June 2003, Wong released his first book, Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man, a memoir about the personal drama that he and his partner endured on their path to parenthood “involving a surrogate, an egg from his partner’s sister and identical twins born 13 weeks prematurely and needing months of intensive care.”

Warner Norcross & Judd is a continuing sponsor of the Diversity Lectures Series, which is  hosted by the Bob and Aleicia Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College.  As a sponsor, we have several tickets to attend a reception for Mr. Wong at 6:00 p.m., immediately prior to the lecture.  If you would like to attend, contact Rodney Martin.