CAPE champions diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.
CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) creates systemic change in Hollywood by focusing on two critical access points: writers, because diversity starts on the page, and executives, because inclusion starts with the gatekeepers. Through our signature CAPE New Writers Fellowship and CAPE Leaders Fellowship, CAPE is increasing representation from the writers’ room to the boardroom to the living room.
CAPE was founded in 1991 by publicist Fritz Friedman, television producer and executive Wenda Fong, and film producer and executive Chris Lee. They saw a need in the industry for AAPIs to regularly connect and support each other.
In October of 1991, a handful of friends and colleagues met in the private room of The Mandarin in Beverly Hills and determined that there was interest, support, and the desire to create a new organization with the common goal of advancing AAPIs in the entertainment industry. It was a time when pioneers like Wayne Wang (JOY LUCK CLUB), Ang Lee (WEDDING BANQUET), and Steven Okazaki (Oscar-winning DAYS OF WAITING) were punching through decades of media stereotypes. Hollywood had yet to grasp that AAPIs were about to become a significant force in the world´s most influential cultural industry.
On November 5, 1991, CAPE launched its first official mixer with 90 AAPI film and television executives, producers, directors, writers, and actors. CAPE has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings in 1991 to an outreach of thousands of supporters. CAPE has become a force to be reckoned with. Many AAPIs have fostered and advanced their careers in entertainment by attending our numerous educational programs and opportunities that offer the tools and connections to excel in a highly competitive industry. CAPE gives voice and a forum to emerging and established actors, writers, directors, producers, agents, and executives, and has helped improve the landscape, relevance, and empowerment of AAPIs in the entertainment industry.