Harvard Asian Alumni Summit 2014

Panel Session 3C • Live Debate: Is Hollywood or the Internet the Best Gateway to Entertainment Glory?

October 25, 2014 @ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Center Hall A
1 Oxford Street
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

In this Oxford-style debate, two teams of provocative and influential entertainment innovators will argue FOR and AGAINST the following resolution:

“If Asian Americans want to become breakthrough stars today, they should forget Hollywood and the ‘traditional’ entertainment industry — and head directly for the Internet.”

Asian Americans have traditionally been underrepresented in (some would say “locked out” from) the mainstream entertainment industry. But the rise of digital media and the emergence of crowdfunding has made it possible for a new generation of self-made stars to arise on online platforms. Which way should aspiring Asian American creators and performers turn — to Tinseltown or the World Wide Web? You — the audience — will get to decide, in this unique head-to-head debate!


For the Resolution:
Warren Chao AB ’89, Co-Founder/COO, My Damn Channel
Jennifer 8. Lee AB ’98-’99, Co-Founder/CEO, Plympton and Rooster

Against the Resolution:
Georgia Lee AB ’98, writer and filmmaker
Mynette Louie AB ’97, independent film producer


Moderator and Coordinator

Jeff Yang AB ’89, Columnist, Wall St. Journal Online; Senior VP, The Futures Company