Southern Fried Asian: Sung Kang

Justice is coming to Southern Fried Asian! Ahead of the world premiere of F9, the latest installment of The Fast Saga, its fan-favorite star Sung Kang joins the podcast to talk about the film and growing up in Georgia.

Sung kicks off by talking about how the Georgia of his childhood has evolved into the Hollywood of the South (2:00). Then, they reminisce about Sung’s first collab with Justin Lin, the iconic Asian American indie, Better Luck Tomorrow — and its connection to the Fast Saga (7:00). Speaking of BLT, they remember Roger Ebert’s passionate defense of the film at Sundance and how the movie presaged the use of the internet to get the word out (10:00). He also reflects on BLT’s legacy, especially as Asian Americans are currently experiencing a renaissance in mainstream entertainment (17:30). That legacy also has direct tie to the Fast Saga as a POC-led billion-dollar franchise, the #JusticeForHan moment, and the gentrification of Hollywood blockbusters (22:55). Finally, Sung shares why a big ass jar of pickles is what brings him back to Georgia every time (24:30).

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Southern Fried Asian is produced by Keith Chow and Jes Vu.