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DWTS’ Carrie Ann Inaba Honored By Cultural Coalition

June 19, 2012 08:47 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

Carrie Ann Inaba is known for being the most level-headed judge featured on Dancing with the Stars. But few are aware of Inaba’s cultural background and the role it has played in her career.  Keep reading to learn how Carrie Ann Inaba is planning to help those from similar backgrounds achieve the same level of success in the entertainment industry.

Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba owes much of her success to the help of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). Now, Inaba is ready to help others by becoming a part of CAPE’s board.

CAPE co-founder Wenda Fong interviewed Carrie Ann Inaba onstage at an event held to honor the DWTS judge. Inaba spoke at length of her unique heritage. “I’m from Hawaii, born and raised. I’m Japanese-Chinese-Irish, and a Pacific Islander at heart, so really there’s no other place for me to be except involved with CAPE.”

Inaba’s involvement with CAPE began at a time when the star was still an unknown aspiring to accomplish great things. “I was a dancer at the time. I was like, ‘I want to become an actress. I want to try and see how it goes,’ and I was fortunate enough to be one of those chosen for [CAPE's] program. And it really made a huge difference. For the first time I was in a room with other Asian Pacific Islanders, working on my craft and having people that looked like me who had similar backgrounds but yet different.”

It’s wonderful to see Carrie Ann Inaba giving back to the very community that helped her get her start in show business. Hopefully, others will be inspired to do the same.

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