SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Academy Award-nominated actress Emma Stone will keynote the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) annual national convention to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Embarcadero in San Francisco this week.
Stone was a last-minute replacement for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, an Asian American, who backed out of the keynote address scheduled for Wednesday, August 12.
Lee’s office sent an urgent message to AAJA President Paul Cheung saying that the mayor decided to skip the journalist convention because of recent allegations that implicate him in the same bribery scandal that entrapped California State Senator Leland Yee, another Asian American. The mayor wanted to keep a low profile for now.
Stone, who is a quarter Chinese and quarter Hawaiian, starred in the Sony Pictures film, “Aloha.”
Asian American advocacy groups, led by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) were very critical of Director Cameron Crowe for casting Stone as Allison Ng who is supposed to be quarter Chinese, quarter Hawaiian and half Swedish.
During her keynote address, Stone is expected to defend her casting in the ‘Aloha’ film on the grounds that aside from being a really good actress, her mixed heritage makes her qualified to play the role of Ng.
The Adobo Chronicles could not reach MANAA founder Guy Aoki for comment. Aoki is not expected to attend the AAJA convention because of ideological differences with AAJA’s leadership.