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Source: HBO

New 'SNL' Cast Member Bowen Yang Is Breaking Barriers for Both Asian and Gay Comedians

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The addition of comedian Bowen Yang to the cast of Saturday Night Live is a triumph being celebrated by two minority communities that have been historically underrepresented on the long-running sketch comedy show. Though the show is embarking on its 45th season on the air, Bowen joins the cast as the first Chinese-American performer in history and one of only three openly gay male cast members ever.

Only three other past cast members are of Asian descent. Alum Fred Armisen is part Korean, while Rob Schneider is a quarter Filipino and Nasim Pedrad is from Iran.