Steven Yeun Is Wary About Being Defined Only as ‘Asian American Actor’ Over Just an ‘Actor’

One of the biggest stories to emerge out of Oscar nominations morning in March was Steven Yeun becoming the first Asian-American actor to land an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Yeun is nominated for his performance in Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari.” While the performer is honored to break down barriers, he’s also wary that being defined only as an “Asian American actor” comes with its own burdens.

As Yeun discussed in a new cover story on “Minari” published by The Hollywood Reporter, he doesn’t so readily accept he’s an “Asian American actor” and not simply “an actor.”As THR writes: “Yeun doesn’t seem particularly thrilled about his status as the first Asian American nominee for the best actor Oscar.

‘If I step out of myself and see what that moment might mean beyond just me,’ he remarks, ‘it’s cool that we get to

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