John Cho’s commitment to diverse film roles earns V3con Visibility Award

By Leandra Ito

Actor John Cho will be awarded the 2016 Visibility Award at the fifth annual V3 Digital Media Conference (V3con) in Los Angeles.

The Visibility Award is a sister to the Vision and Voice awards that honor the contributions, talents and values of path-breaking individuals who have enabled Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to become recognized as a significant force in media and the broader community.

Cho, who is best known for his performances as Harold Lee in the “Harold & Kumar” films and Lt. Hikaru Sulu in the “Star Trek” reboot films, has also appeared in a 2012 remake of the science fiction film “Total Recall,” the 2000 Best Picture Oscar winner “American Beauty,” Seth Rogen’s comedy thriller “Identity Thief” and independent films such as “Grandma, That Burning Feeling” and “Zipper.”

One thing has been clear among his varied roles: He refuses to play into stereotypes. That determination led him to become the first Asian American male to play the leading role in a romantic sitcom for his turn as Henry Higgins in the 2014 sitcom “Selfie.” He also recently inspired the viral social media campaign #StarringJohnCho, which addressed the dearth of Asian American leads in Hollywood.

That 20 year-self-assured career has taken his influence from on-screen to off, as evidenced by his recognition from the Los Angeles chapter of AAJA, which puts on V3con.

This year’s V3con is slated for June 24-25 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Online registration has been extended to Tuesday, June 21, and closes at 11:59 p.m. Tickets are $30 for AAJA-LA members, $35 for students and $50 for general admission.