BD Wong on playing Awkwafina’s dad and teaching audiences about anti-Asian racism

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B.D. Wong (back row, center) plays Wally in “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens.” Photo credit: Comedy Central.

Comedy Central’s hit show “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens,” now in season two, is loosely based on the life of actress/musician Awkwafina. Her father, Wally, is played by BD Wong (“Law and Order: SVU,” “Jurassic Park”). He talks to Press Play about how this role is a refreshing departure from all his past ones, and how directing an episode is his chance to remind audiences of the impact of anti-Asian sentiment. 

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