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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chinese-Am Veteran Actor Still Waiting for Asians to Break in to Hollywood

We may not be able to connect the name with the face, but veteran actor James Hong has been a steady fixture in the movies, theater and TV shows. We have been watching him since the Flower Drum Song with Nancy Kwan, to the pilot episode of Kung Fu with David Carradine, even amused our kids with his voice roles in Mulan and Kung Fu Panda.

Recent articles feature James Hong's musings on Hollywood's total acceptance of the Chinese. 80-year old James is definitely a veteran, acting in over 500 movies and shows. Yet, he has never really played the lead. He is still hoping that Asians will get to play lead roles as much as the Latinos and Blacks that have broken in to the limelight. CanWest News quotes Hong, ``There are so many series with black actors as leads. So why in heaven aren't there some Chinese-American series on television? There are so many good stories and situations that would make a good sitcom or drama, but it's just not being done.''

Read more about this here and here.



Blogger CailinMarie said...

I know. My husband and I feel like we have to watch what we expose our kids to, it seems like all kids movies have asian kung fu bad guys getting beat up by white heros. Every now and then we find one in which the asian isn't stereotyped. I don't think we've come across any with asian protagonists.

May 28, 2009 at 5:26 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

Asians seem to either have the stereotype of Kung Fu experts or Geeks with no social skills. And the stereotypes in Video Games for Chinese Females are interesting.

May 28, 2009 at 10:47 AM  

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