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Sumi Haru dies at 75; SAG official sought better roles for Asian Americans
Sumi Haru dies at 75; SAG official sought better roles for Asian Americans

Sumi Haru dreamed of becoming an actress, but found her true calling when she joined a 1970 picket line at the Music Center in Los Angeles, protesting the musical "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen," which was set in Japan but had white actors playing Asian roles. To her Philippines-born parents, dismayed that she had participated in a public protest, Haru said, "How else can we let people know that here's discrimination in the theater?" she wrote in "Iron Lotus" her 2012 autobiography. "You'll see, someday I'll make a living acting." That never quite happened. But through her activism, including years as a board member and...

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