This month’s guest on Southern Fried Asian, Edward Hong, has been tapped to deliver the commencement address for the APIA students of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A fitting tribute to the college’s first ever Asian American Studies graduate in the 300-year-old institution’s history.
Edward talks about his journey to W&M and discovering his passion for acting (5:30), as well as his role in creating the college’s first Asian American Studies major (11:15). He also talks about what prompted him to drop everything and pursue an acting career in Los Angeles (20:00) and performing in Qui Nguyen’s play Vietgone, about a Vietnamese American family in Arkansas (23:45). Edward also explains the origins of his obsession with Cinnabon (30:00) and how it led to a meeting with the company’s CEO (35:30) and a role as “Cinnabon guy” opposite Dakota Fanning (39:00).
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