Crushing Stereotypes


So grateful to be part of such a wonderfully modern & diverse cast!!! Asians are so rarely represented in non-stereotypical roles, in tv and film, that I found myself losing out on tons of acting jobs because the roles were rather racist, solely seeking Japanese or Mandarin speakers… This is America, it’s 2018, why are there no roles for Asian Americans? 🤷🏻‍♀️ The constant Asian stereotypes are obsolete.

I am a 1st generation, adoptee and I am #Korean #Japanese #Chinese 🇰🇷🇯🇵🇨🇳 English is my first language, as I grew up in Colorado. Being adopted & raised in #Colorado I didn’t look like any of my classmates or friends. I never saw Asians in tv or film and would be confused/disappointed when I looked in the mirror bc despite being American, individuals who looked like me, were never represented as American. I was ashamed of the way I looked and had people tell me they couldn’t be my friend or date me because I was Asian and/or adopted. 💔

DEAL is the first show to cast me for ME and embraces the fact that I am an #adopted Asian American. I couldn’t be prouder to be smashing stereotypes and representing a new era for all #AsianAmericans THANK YOU @dealornodeal @cnbc for supporting #diversity 🤟🏼❤️🙌🏼


Published by jlee_sweet16

Jessica Lee is a Los Angeles-based model/actress, host, LA social scene guide, influencer, motivational speaker, and active volunteer. Her recent work includes being featured in a global ad campaign for United Airlines, model #16 on Deal or No Deal hosted by Howie Mandel, and guest appearances on General Hospital. In her role as “Sweet 16” on Deal or No Deal, J Lee emerged as one of the stars of the show given her charisma, empathy, and unique ability to connect with the contestants and the audience. J Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Colorado before moving to Los Angeles. She has a very diverse set of talents and interests including behavioral and neuroscience, avid reading, yoga, health & fitness, fashion, dance, art, music and sign language. She has a passion for working with and inspiring kids and is the co-chair of a non-profit literacy program that serves low income and high needs elementary schools.

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