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There are No Asian American Movie Stars

Last week, North Korean hackers allegedly broke into the personal files of Sony Pictures execs as retaliation for the studio producing the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy The Interview, which is about a CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un. Normally, we’d be all over the nerd-friendly news about, say, Spider-Man coming home to Marvel Studios, but that’s been covered plenty of times on the web. Besides, we already told the world the best way to mashup Spidey and the MCU.

The thing to emerge out of the Sony leak that really bugged me was the assertion by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin that “there aren’t any Asian movie stars.”

Sorkin with Olivia Munn, who is definitely not an Asian American movie star.

The context of Sorkin’s statement was in regards to a heated exchange between the writer and the studio over developing an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys. The book is about corruption on Wall Street and is centered around the exploits of Bradley Katsuyama, the financial services exec who tries to counter the rise of high-frequency trading by founding his own investors exchange.

In an email to Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal, Sorkin laments the fact that writing a script from Lewis’ book would present several problems, one of which is that the protagonist of the flick would be, god forbid, Asian American1. (This despite the fact that the last time a non-fiction book about Asian Americans was turned into a movie, they made it about white folk instead).

But it got me thinking. Is Sorkin right? Are there no Asian American movie stars? And what makes someone a movie star anyway? After about five minutes of research on the internet, I came up with the following, ranked by their lifetime domestic box office gross according to Box Office Mojo.

Keanu Reeves

Lifetime box office gross: $1.9 billion ($2.9 billion when adjusted for inflation)

People love to hate on Keanu. I am not one of those people. Sure his acting can be wooden, and he’s done some questionable roles in the past because he “passes” as white, but two things are undeniable. He’s still Asian American — being of Chinese and Native Hawaiian descent — and he is, by all quantitative and qualitative accounts, a movie star. Say what you will about his acting or his down-ness, but his record is proof that Sorkin’s assertion about Asian American movie stars is fundamentally untrue.

To me, it’s actually surprising that more Asian Americans don’t “claim” Keanu as one of our own. (I wonder if this makes him sad?) Is it because he’s never explicitly “played Asian” in his movies (Little Buddha and 47 Ronin, notwithstanding)? Personally, I always just assumed any character Reeves portrays — from Theodore Logan to Johnny Utah to Neo — was hapa unless told otherwise, anyway.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Lifetime box office gross: $1.6 billion ($1.8 billion when adjusted for inflation)

If we broaden out to the larger AAPI community, one of the most bankable stars in the world is Dwayne Johnson. There is actually scientific evidence that if you add The Rock to your movie, he will breathe new life into your stale ass franchise. Just look at what he did for G.I. Joe and Fast and the Furious. Not to mention the fact that his is the only upcoming DC movie I have any hope for. (If only they had cast Jason Momoa as Captain Marvel, though).

Now, granted, The Rock — who’s mother is Samoan — probably isn’t the number one choice to play a Wall Street exec who specializes in high frequency trading, but that wasn’t necessarily Sorkin’s problem, was it? If you believe an Asian American or Pacific Islander can’t top line a successful movie, then you must also believe that none of The Rock’s movies have been successful. Maybe Aaron Sorkin should just know his role and shut his mouth.

If ya smell what The Rock is cookin’.

Lucy Liu

Lifetime box office gross: $895 million ($1.1 billion when adjusted for inflation)

Next on the list is the first Asian American woman with the box office clout to be considered an A-list movie star. Like Keanu, Liu has had a complicated relationship with the Asian American community. Also like Keanu, a lot of that has to do with the types of roles Liu has played on the big screen. From Kill Bill to The Man with the Iron Fists, she hasn’t shied away from problematic Asian female stereotypes. At the same time, though, she is one of the most visible Asian American stars on any screen. For what it’s worth, what she’s doing as Watson on CBS’ Sherlock Holmes reimagining Elementary is some of the most nuanced work she’s done in years.

And if you need further proof that Lucy Liu is a pop cultural phenomenon, her name’s been immortalized in songs by both Outkast and Beyoncé!

Honorable Mentions: John Cho and Sung Kang
The stars of Better Luck Tomorrow

Lifetime box office gross: $1.6 billion (Cho)
Lifetime box office gross
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$774 million (Kang)

Back in 2003, a little film called Better Luck Tomorrow rocketed a bunch of Asian Americans into the top tier of blockbuster filmmaking. Along with star Parry Shen and director Justin Lin, John Cho and Sung Kang became household names in households that weren’t Asian American. Kang and Lin have been able to parlay their success into steering the Fast and Furious franchise into billion-dollar territory — something unfathomable after the first few films in the series. Meanwhile, Cho top-lined the cult-favorite Harold and Kumar trilogy with Kal Penn, making them the Asian American Cheech and Chong for the 21st century, and is a major player in his own billion-dollar movies, the rebooted Star Trek franchise.

But what do I know? If Aaron Sorkin says there are no Asian movie stars, then there are no Asian movie stars. Or maybe, to paraphrase Chris Rock, Hollywood is just a racist white industry.

You guys decide while I go pop in my Fast Five blu-ray and call it a day.


  1. Just so we’re clear, Bradley Katsuyama is actually Canadian, but the point remains that casting of the movie would require hiring an actor who’d likely be Asian American. Also, it has been pointed out that Sorkin said there were no Asian — not Asian American — movie stars, but I’m pretty sure the context is about the lack of Asian Americans. Because saying there are no movie stars in Asia is an even more ignorant assertion.  

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  1. I think the major problem here isn’t Sorkin’s statement so much as the fact that we need to look to Pacific Islanders and white-passing Asians, otherwise this list would be “Lucy Liu and maybe John Cho. I’ve had this very discussion and the related “does Hollywood have a single Asian man who might be considered a ‘romantic lead’?”

    There’s such a dearth of Asians allowed into Hollywood, it’s really not surprising that Sorkin can’t think of a bankable star to play in his potential movie. Pointing to these few is, at best, tokenism. I think it speaks more to the point Sorkin accidentally raises if we actually agree with him, because this article resembles what people will use in defense of the status quo.

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    1. Sorkin probably mean’t the American audience isn’t ready to see an asian male lead yet, asian female leads will probably make it.

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  2. The Rock is Pacific Islander, not Asian. This is a constant issue within the Pacific Islander community – our voices are always silenced and our concerns overlooked because we are always grouped as Asian Pacific Islander. So even though it was nice of you to include The Rock on the list, you should really check your facts. He is Samoan, which is an ethnic group of Pacific Islander descent, therefore, not Asian, and shouldn’t be categorized as such.

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    1. Maybe not everyone realizes it but people say Asian when talking about people – they’re actually referring to peoples native to the *continent* Asia (which is freaking huge, btw). The Asian Pacific Islands are part of the Asian Continental plate. So, really The Rock can claim to be Asian, Pacific Islander, Samoan, and American.

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  3. The context of Sorkin’s email shows that his statement is not dismissive as much as it is critical of the Hollywood standard. He’s absolutely right.

    I haven’t read Flash Boys but a quick wikipedia search shows that the protagonist looks like a typical Japanese-Canadian male. Sorry, but The Rock or Keanu won’t pass. The dude from FF is an unproven lead. John Cho maybe… but even then I’d agree with Sorkin that a studio would be hesitant to greenlight a project based on the confidence these few names alone would provide.

    Obviously it shouldn’t really matter since he’s done movies with B/C-listers in the lead before, but his point here is the commercial viability of the film in the eyes of the production companies, who are known for playing it safe.

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  4. It’s funny how you point out that Bradley Katusyama is Canadian in your notes, but fail to do so for Keanu Reeves. And he recently played Asian for the first time in the horrible 47 Ronin film as the son of an English sailor and a Japanese woman.

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  5. I understand what is being said in this article, but I feel that it is also a little misdirected. The more valuable discussion seems like it ought not to be “Hey, look at these famous Asians!” , but rather: “Yes, it’s true – we have almost no Asian actors which Hollywood considers to be bankable, and that’s a problem that will never be fixed if nobody is willing to take the chance on some.”

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  6. I’m Asian American, but I’m not going to scapegoat Sorkin for the fact that most of America isn’t interested — generally — in non-white protagonists. I’m sure there are many white people where this is largely subconscious–they’re not trying to be racist, they just relate to white faces more. That’s not morally condemnable in itself. That’s part of being human.

    If anything, Hollywood is an industry filled with relatively liberal-minded people, compared to other industries where racism can be much more overtly oppressive. But Hollywood is also filled with greedy people. If America wanted non-white protagonists in movies more than they do white protagonists, I don’t believe Hollywood would waste one second before shoe-horning Asian Americans into every role they could.

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    1. “I’m Asian American, but I’m not going to scapegoat Sorkin for the fact that most of America isn’t interested — generally — in non-white protagonists.”

      Let’s “scapegoat” Sorkin for not only being appallingly racist, but appallingly ignorant about his own industry. And while we’re on the subject, let’s stop letting white men in a profoundly racist, sexist and homophobic industry palm off their own bigotry on “most of America”. If we can’t hold racists unconditionally responsible for their own actions and choices, what’s ever going to change?

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  7. Godfrey Gao is Asian Canadian and he’s starting to get big in hollywood! I have no idea how they want Flash Boys to look but there are several “Wall street” type films with handsome leading mean and if Gao starred in this one I would definitely watch it.

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  8. The problem with white people is that when they think “Asian” they often think East Asian, but not Lebanese, Middle Easterners, south Asians.

    There are few trans actors, but none real popular trans men–heck, we don’t even have an insult for others to hurl at us! (Sorry, “tranny” doesn’t count. That’s usually meant with trans women in mind.)

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  9. I really hate it when people use barely Asian-looking Hapas as representatives of the Asian community. Keanu Reeves barely looks Asian and has hardly ever, if ever, played an Asian person in the movies. The fact that he was in “47 Ronin” was an insult to Asian actors because the story had absolutely no need for a White-looking guy to be the lead character, yet they shoehorned in one anyway.

    I love the Rock, but he’s way too ethnically ambiguous to be a true representative of the Asian community. Most people probably think he’s Black, anyway.

    Some people may have a problem with what I’m saying, but racism is really just “lookism.” Tiger Woods is Black because according to our society’s standards, he is Black. Same with Barack Obama. Therefore, they are Black. Having to use someone like Tiger Woods or Keanu Reeves, both of whom would never be visually identified as Asian, as representatives of Asian America just shows how impoverished our community is in terms of visibility and respect. Only by looking like other races will we be accepted.

    TL;DR verison: An Asian American movie star has to actually look like what we conceive of as “Asian.” Anything else is just watering down our Asianness because, god forbid, epicanthic folds and straight black hair are just too repulsive to be seen in their fullness.

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  10. Doesn’t really have to be Asian-American/Canadian. Hollywood barely ever has Africans (from Africa) playing Africans. Hell, Hollywood rarely ever lets Europeans play as Europeans. Look at Scarlett Johansson as a Russian in ‘The Avengers’. So what about Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Dev Patel, and Naveen Andrews.

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  11. I have the same problem when I insist on writing Asian American men in my romance novels. I’ve had other authors [specifically an Asian female and white female author] tell me to make my hero Caucasian for better appeal. In fact one of them told me if I really wanted to have an Asian name and Asian culture that I should write a Caucasian guy adopted by Asian parents so I can sneak in the culture and have him be Asian in every way EXCEPT looks. I went ahead anyways and wrote five romance novels with Asian male heroes and I’ll continue to do so. See my post http://www.rachelleayala.com/2014/12/are-asian-men-not-sexy-whats-asian.html for details. Sometimes it just takes artists and writers who are not AFRAID of the mainstream to speak out and keep producing works, no matter what people say.

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  12. Bruce Lee passed away 42 years ago and never has an asian male played a similar masculine role again. Forget Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The former is more comedy and the latter is just not cool enough. African americans are huge in hollywood so I don’t agree there is a bias against dark skin, just a bias against what is considered perceived not masculine enough asian males.

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    1. And if you want a fierce martial artist, google Donnie Yen. He’s had a long career in choreography and controlled violence and has been in in American movies too (in supporting roles, usually as the guy who gets killed by Jackie Chan or Jet Li). Don’t trick yourself into thinking that the people inspired by Bruce Lee are limited to the two who made it in the USA.

      It’s not as though masculine Asian male actors don’t exist, it’s that all the movies with Asian male leads are only being made in Asia, thanks to opinions like Aaron Sorkin’s.

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  13. Sure if you want to take Sorkin’s comments completely literally then yes, in fact, there are a dozen or so Asian movie stars. That’s not the issue. To think there isn’t a glaring disparity between the population of Asian Americans in the United States and the number of Asian American celebrities is being naive. Even including celebrities like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Michelle Yeo who only do martial arts movies, you’re not left with much. I wouldn’t put any Asian Americans within the A-List, and only a handful in the B-List. It’s also pretty telling that the biggest male stars off the top of your head are Keanu Reeves and Dwayne Johnson, two stars who are only half Chinese and half Samoan, respectively.

    Also, if you actually read Sorkin’s email, he simply states that he doesn’t want to waste time writing the script for a movie that would likely not get greenlit anyways, because a movie about business practices in Wall St. with a B-list at best Asian-American in top billing is a risk that few movie studios are going to bother taking.

    So lets recap: You’re taking Aaron Sorkin’s email entirely literally and out of context so that you can condescendingly berate him by listing a handful of B and C list celebrities, and only 3 of whom are of full Asian heritage? That’s some hard hitting journalism right there, Keith.

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  14. It seems to me that Sorkin should receive rather a lot of credit for caring that the protagonist of Flash Boys is Asian at all, instead of concluding that the best way forward is to just replace him with a white person like 21 etc. did.

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  15. So, I enjoyed reading this article, however I feel as if the author is using a snippet from an email to discuss their own grievances rather than really trying to understand the context of the email.

    The author makes Sorkin the main antagonist in this article, as if Sorkin is trying to state a fact that there are no Asian American movie stars. However, in reading the whole email (which I’m going to assume is made difficult to read out of neglect and not intentionally), we discover that Sorkin’s entire comment is over Sony’s assessment of movie viability. What you actually read, in that email, is a description of profitability factors that any number cruncher, which is a huge part of big business, takes into account.

    He was clearly venting about his recent movie writes that were not being produced/shot down and how he didn’t see the reason for it. He went so far as to point out that, to confound him further, Sony had shot down two of his films that SHOULD have been most appealing to them in terms of an low risk profit, and was making him work on a film that he had not nearly finished nor fit their criteria. (You even get the tone that he wonders if it will even be produced after finishing it, because they already shot down the other movies.) It is in that respect, that he makes the statement about asian movie stars: referring to the safe bet that Sony would normally, even statistically, take.

    While I appreciate the paradigm shift provided for anyone who may think “there are not asian american movie stars”, I find its assessment of Hollywood and even Sorkin to be unfounded and frankly, a bit insulting in its presumption. It can be argued, moreso, that since Sorking took the project Flash Boys project, and went so far as to insist on an asian actor as lead, that he does not want to white wash stories. We clearly see that he is not apathetic about the story itself, but has clear trouble making that his sole focus when it is very unpolished in comparison to his other works. Also, when you look at Sony’s request, (which is addressed by Sorkin’s comment), you can at most posit that Sony is more interested in a film WITH AN ASIAN AMERICAN LEAD than a film about Steve Jobs.

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    1. So, I enjoyed reading this article, however I feel as if the author is using a snippet from an email to discuss their own grievances rather than really trying to understand the context of the email.

      Yeah, I really love how people of colour always have to see the “context” of white racism, and just accept that’s the way it is. And frankly, I’d find it hilarious that Aaron Sorkin is so concerned about films with “Asian” protagonists being hard to finance, when I’ve lost track of how many of his scripts about rich, neurotic white dudes are currently languishing in development hell.

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  16. Thanks to everyone who read this post. I’m floored by all the attention it has received! I wanted to address some concerns I’ve seen floating around ever since this thing has been shared. First, the above list is by no means meant to be my casting suggestions for the hypothetical Flash Boys movie. Instead, I was more concerned with Sorkin’s assertion that Asian movie stars didn’t exist. So I went to Box Office Mojo, and scanned their list of actors’ all-time domestic grosses and looked for the ones who were (North) American of Asian descent — whether or not you think hapas or Pacific Islanders should’ve been appropriately considered criteria is another matter. Doing this exercise, the three names I listed were all in the top 300 in box office earnings — Keanu (#73), Rock (#115), Liu (#291). Cho and Kang don’t have Box Office Mojo indices, probably because they haven’t been solo leads, but their ensemble films (mainly Trek and F&F) have still grossed high enough numbers to be considered stars in their own rights. So if your favorite didn’t make the list, it’s not because I don’t think they’re talented or Asian enough, it was because they haven’t been in billion-dollar grossing movies (Sorry Kal Penn. If only Superman Returns didn’t suck).

    Secondly, I’ve seen folks say that I’m basically proving Sorkin’s point by only finding three (or so) Asian folks in a sea of Hollywood stars. Well, that’s really the point of the whole exercise, isn’t it? It’s the vicious circular logic of Hollywood that’s really the problem. More often than not, Asian American actors aren’t given an opportunity to lead a tentpole movie (I mean, Jim Sturgess can’t star in everything). But then those same execs who won’t give an AAPI actor a chance turn around and say there aren’t any AAPIs who are stars. When I would speak at colleges — PS, I’m totally available to speak at colleges — I used to do this bit about the movie “21” and how the actual guy getting whitewashed, Jeff Ma, was totally okay with a white dude playing him because there were no Asian actors who were cool. That’s the attitude that permeates Hollywood.

    If anything, the takeaway of this post is that AAPI actors shouldn’t be invisible. Folks in power don’t think they exist because they’re not looking. Hollywood is supposed to be colorblind and all they see is green, right? Well, the names in this post have generated nearly $7 billion in box office combined, and there are countless more out there who can be just as impactful. They just need an opportunity is all.

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  17. is your name kenneth chow? are you the guy that writes this? On your remarks about ‘the Interview’, I guess, you should be celebrating this seth rogen disaster,because it sports an asian actor who plays Kim jun?,right? I mean, seriously,North Korea hacks into sony by proxy(hiring professional hackers to infiltrate their servers?)I mean, couldn’t you have just suggested that they could have re-written this nightmare using a fictional country(Mouse That Roared, w/ Peter Sellers?)….I mean that would have solved everything,eh, Mr.chow?

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  18. Maybe they could hire an actor from Japan to play Katsuyama (since the name is Japanese and the movie is a fictional depiction). It’s kind of weird when Hollywood has role with specific ethnic roots (i.e., China, Japan, Korea) and used actors who don’t themselves have roots in those countries.

    Likewise, they could hire a Japanese-American actor. If the person is not “a star” as in having a lot of instant brand recognition, they can become such over time by doing more films.

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  19. Adam,

    That would be a terrible idea. Brad Katsuyama is Japanese Canadian, speaks English fluently, and even has a white wife. Besides appearance, he probably has little in common with a native Japanese man whose primary tongue is Japanese and has a very ethnically homogeneous social circle.

    It’d make way more sense to get another Asian American, even a Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese/Thai American, to play him, as opposed to a native Japanese actor (unless that actor is an Asian American who went over to Japan much later in life).

    Asian American/Canadian =/= Asian.

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    1. In an unrelated issue, I do recall seeing that movie,’ better luck tomorrow’—-I thought the first 60-90 minutes was pretty good, but the ending was a bit of a mystery? Instead of a traditional movie ending wrapping up all the loose ends, everybody gets into their cars & drives away! Did I miss something? But of course this movie launched the careers of cho( Selfie) & Justin lin( true Detective). So they didn’t make out too bad……

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    2. Interesting. This plot aside, which I’m really not familiar with, I’ve just always thought it odd that actors who are clearly Chinese looking (i.e., bone structure, whatever) play the part of a person from some other nation. I mean, it feels kind of like watching a play, where you have to just suspend disbelief. I was surprised and interested to hear that this can be seen as preferable from an AA perspective. Thanks.

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    3. if you Count all the Hollywood big guns who have made a handsome living,more from their awesome physical, athletic skills than their actual dramatic abilities, you would have to name Scharzennegger(terminator), every schlock movie Stallone has made, Willis, Statham,& throw in Tatum.All millionaires for starring inBlockbusters. But who are the Asian millionaire stars? Maybe Jet Li, Bruce Lee,& certainly Jackie Chan. But sometimes physical Dexterity is mandatory? Other than channing Tatum(who actually had to train at least 8 mos. before shooting even began),who do you know had the requisite wrestling skills to take on that role?( foxcatcher?) Chan?, jet Li, Cho? Sometimes you have to hire a white actor for the stamina required for such a grueling role.

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  20. In. An. unrelated issuev as regards Hollywood Asian angst(?), have u noticed the plethora of somewhat jarring ad campaign s using ethnic role. Models? Is this a new trend(2015?)…..I mean , in the past, it was maybe a McDonald’s tv commercial w/ a white couple dining w/ their children, & in the back, there might be a black/ Hispanic couple eating. Now , in large cities,( progressive S.F.?), there are these massive ads in the metro subway walkways,advertising some thing(clothes?)……It will show a fashionably coiffed black businesswoman walking past an outdoor cafe, & there will be a white businessman sipping coffee, giving her the sly once-over?(Jim Carrey in the Mask?)…. Also , note the massive ‘Zoosk’ dating website billboard( what looks like an Asian woman next to a white guy( mid-eastern git?), underneath the caption,’ it starts with LIKE’????????

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  21. Sony, Asian corporation, Night Shyamalan, Asian Indian, Mindy Kaling, very dark skinned “can pass for black” Asian Indian…but they do not include Asians in their shows, cast or scripts…why are we blaming white producers and directors for not including Asians…they are just following the example of other Asians who are in positions of power in the movie industry…give me a break man…Sony a Japanese corporation is struggling with finding a Japanese origin actor? Really?

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    1. yes, I would like to issue a rebuttal to ann’s cry for people to apply for jobs in the entertainment industry. I will keep writing until the library closes(the desktop PC’s are more reliable than my laptop battery that dies in the middle of a key point I was trying to make. First off, I like to do a lot of pseudo-research on popular topics, trying to find hidden flaws in a person/writer/journalists’s presentation(reddit.com). I could not find any flaws in your video , well produced , not to mention well researched. I have not as yet researched diversity in employment in the entertainment industry. But , before I issue my rebuttal, I would like to say that I am a resident of san francisco, a medium size population( they say it is only 40% asian, to me it feels morel like 90%, but that’s just because I am in the lower socioeconomic classes, not the gogle Tech nerds flooding into this city, uppin rents to upwards of $3K+/month….Oh, btw, I often use public transportation, & in the underground loo( MUNI), I often see the walls covered in ads for the usual products,ie, Macy’s , Jamba Juice,Priceline,etc. For the last several months, there is a huge billboard, 8 x 20′ long,excuse me, 8 x 8′ billboard, with what appears to be a very attractive asian woman w/ her eyes closed, a slight smile, & next to her , some sort of white guy( hispanic?,Middle Easterner?), also with eyes closed, ,smiling,underneath the caption,’It starts with like….’——Ok, now with my rebuttal…..THis may sound crass, but anyone who has ever tried to contact the board of supervisors, seeking assistance w/ a complaint,dispute,parking ticket, will probably cringe after seeing your video!WHy? Well, this is not to say that the profession of politics is similar to those engaged in the entertainment industry, whether an actor, screenwriter, gaffer, choreographer, director, producer, or for that matter, the CEO’s at the top of the food chain who actually ‘greenlight’ a project, which you seem to have mentioned in your video( the lack of asian executives in hollywood?). I will proceed to explain why they are dissimilar professions. I don’t want to be a dream killer, but I think you are leading many young people down the wrong path. A long time ago, this city was in the grasp of politicians, who gave more than ‘lip service’ to the phrase, ‘public servants.’ Alas, many of these old fashioned civic leaders, have been termed out, retired, or gone on to Sacramento. WHere are the leopards, lions,& tigers of CIty Hall?( Gavin Newsom, TOm ammiano, Bevan Dufty?). Now a infllux of a new breed of ‘public servant’ has arrived to take on the reins of power, & it doesn’t look good to me? A flood of educated, sophisticated, wealthy, WHite, Hispanic & asian GenXers who bring a wealth of political experience(more like Tammany hall chicanery , if you ask me?). WHen I use the phrase,’white, Hispanic & asian GenXers’, I actually mean Katy Tang,Eric Mar, & the president of the board of sSUpervisors,David Chiu. I always use that phrase, so people don’t accuse me of being racist( I mean for god’s sake , even the mayor, who is oblivious to the corruption under his nose, is chinese!). WHy, do I bring this up, since it is completely unrelated to your video? Well, I agree with you, there is really no similiarities between the two professions, I just wanted to get it off my chest (vent)! , SUffice it to say, I’ll be glad when the TANG-MAR-CHIU-LEE money machine is ousted from power.( I am tired of their slimy machinations!’..I don’t lift a finger until somebody greases my palm’ type of politics is the order of the day w/ these jackals, hyenas, & coyotes infesting City Hall!) Although , I feel uncomfortable with this troika of Asian GenXers who talk & vote in lockstep, I am surprised that there doesn’t seem to be any uprising at their subtle leap to power at City Hall? Now, ann, do you see why I am blathering on about the politics of san francisco? ONce asians get into power , it all goes downhill from there! As they say in Hollywood, ‘Power corrupts, & absolute power , corrupts ABSOLUTELY!)..The Katy Tang-Eric Mar-David CHiu regime in power fears the idea that a citizen has an opinion to express , even if it is about her hairdo, much less their imperialism(they do not respond to people who do not fit their desired voter demographic,vis a vis, not fans of theirs!) The continued election of these tinhorn politicians(Dragon Ladys & Dragon men?) represents a potential risk to good governance. The continued influx(flodd) of thes e Asian GenXers , sophisticated, highly educated, ‘public servants’ represents a disaster to the future of san francisco. I guess I am making an assumption w/o giving proof, that the entrainment of asian actors would represent a disaster to the future of the Hollywood ‘myth making’ machine. Thank you for your patience.The library is CLOSED>

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      1. Afraid there isn’t really a coherent argument here, other than “when Asians get into power, things go downhill.” That argument can’t apply because it contains too many people. It’s true that a specific number of people can be corrupt, but when you make sweeping generalizations, the truth value of the claim gets weaker and weaker as the number of people grows larger (some, many, most, all…)

        I am sorry to hear your experience in SF has been difficult and I hope things will pick up for you soon.

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      2. when I said hollywoood makes movies,I meant they really make ‘myths’,some good,some bad,old, or fresh ones. some are old, cinderella,snow white,Wizard of Oz, others are fresh,’Terminator’, it’s just stupid, harmless fun passing as entertainment(ex-governor?) . Others are bad myths,’ARGO’, the last 5 minutes, where the plane w/ 40 hostages is taking off,chased by a jeep of security agents,shooting AK-47’s? That was a myth(complete fabrication).Ask Affleck, he made that up(also called ‘artistic license’ to sell more tickets)…….
        I also tweeted Katy Tang once, I said,’ WIth wealth comes privilege,with privilege comes arrogance, with arrogance comes hubris,’ ‘WHat comes after hubris,Katy?’…….You know when you have ticked someone off when they never respond……hahahhaahah

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      3. Well, yeah, but was left unsaid, but what I should have known was that for decades(I mean it’s not like this is a new trend or something), everyone knows but no one actually says it out loud ,but tons of Asians enter careers in public service, probably by default, since they know they can’t make it in Hollywood, with decidedly mixed results…….

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  22. I did not know that many of the public servants are would-be Hollywood actors. That is fascinating. I mean, take a look at Ronald Reagan.

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  23. I hope that you were being sarcastic when you posted a picture of Sorkin with Olivia Munn and said that she’s not Asian American. If you weren’t well, FYI, she’s half-Chinese. Her mother was born in Vietnam and of Chinese decent. Just clearing that up.

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