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ASIAN FILMS & HOLLYWOOD'S ASIAN IMAGES
(Updated Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008, 05:02:53 PM)

rouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with its modest budget and phenomenal legs, was the past year's most profitable Hollywood release. It showcased the talents of multiple-Oscal-winning director Ang Lee and charismatic Hong Kong action star Chow Yun-Fat who had also co-starred in the lavish Anna and the King. Action director John Woo has helmed a half-dozen big-budget movies emblazoned with Hollywood's brightest names. Jackie Chan and Jet Li have each starred in a couple of Hollywood vehicles. The past five years has seen a virtual tidal wave of Asian talent washing into Hollywood.
     But some Asian Americans question whether the individual contributions of imported Asian talent, no matter how visible, have really changed the way Asians are portrayed by Hollywood and the way we are seen on Main Street. Others do see a shift, albeit subtle, and expect more to come.
     How do you see the effect that imported Asian talent has had on the images we Asian Americans must live with day in and day out?

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"look...I dont see how you cannot count a half asian-half white person as NOT asian american because they are ..."

Not all halfie's are Asian Americans. I think the key word here is American. If the white side happens to be a Brit or Dutch, would you still call them Asian American?
Storme    Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 09:06:16 (PST)    [66.230.17.65]
Yeah A halfie is a halfie.(Coming from a gal who is half white half filipina.)
I think that the media or people that are of another race would still categorize the bi-racial actor in question as just asian. (depending on how he/she looks.) But you must never deny exactly who you are. It's only repectful to the other person who helped create him/her.
*my 2 cents*
lonyy256    Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 20:38:49 (PDT)    [152.163.188.168]
look...I dont see how you cannot count a half asian-half white person as NOT asian american because they are the best of both worlds. I am a half chinese-half white girl and i know the differences and blending of the two cultures first hand. i have many friends that are half chinese and hafl white, my frend calls it winese ...the super-race. anyone who is full asian or full caucasian cannot fully grasp the "winese"culture and i think you need to do your research a little more before making prejudgements. as for kris phillips...i watched his special today and hes hekka cute very talented and i give him much props. keep it on representing us!
sweet winese grlie swtlilwin3s3anjl@aol.com    Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 17:01:51 (PDT)    [172.143.2.136]
Just as I was being critical of Jackie Chan's apparel, I saw him for the fourth time on a tv show promoting his movie "Tuxedo." This time he was back wearing the nice Asian type suit I had previously seen him wearing. You think someone told him to quit wearing the costume?
Lacey c.guymon@worldnet.att.net    Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 17:48:44 (PDT)    [12.81.163.237]
Jackie Chan is the busiest actor in the world at this time. You would think this would help the image of Asians in America. However, have you seen the clothes he is wearing doing the promotions for his movie "Tuxedo?" I realize he needs the long hair for the present movies he is making, but what is the reason for his clothes? In the past many times he has worn Asian casual suits and jackets for personal appearances which are fine. Chow Yun-Fat although I have not seen him doing so in the U.S. occasionally looks great wearing nicely taylored Asian type suits at appearances in Canada, France, Japan and Hong Kong, but the clothes that Jackie is wearing at every appearance for this movie in the U.S. are like some kind of costume. What do you think? Good for the Asian image?
Lacey c.guymon@worldnet.att.net    Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 07:15:27 (PDT)
"...There is a half Asian guy on broadway named Kris Phillips...the only Asian American to be a part of it...."

Look, a "half Asian" is not an "Asian American." How would the other side of the family feel? He's "half Caucasian and half Asian."

If I sold you a Honda with a Yugo engine, are you getting a Yugo or a Honda? You're getting both. It's neither a Honda nor is it a Yugo. It's really a hybrid.
NYC Guy    Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 07:23:33 (PDT)
Ghost Writer NYC
There is a half Asian guy on broadway named Kris Phillips. He started a popsinging career in Taiwan way back in the 80s and has risen to legendary status in the Taiwan, China, HK industry. His broadway career is kinda iffy compared to his career in Asia. He appeared on this PBS special, Music of Andrew Loyd Webber in China where he had a big part in performing it. He's good looking and has a gorgeous voice and hooray for him for sticking around in broadway, the only Asian American to be a part of it.

Like Phillips there is a new generation of ABCs that are developing their entertainment career in Asia to name a few: Coco Lee(the girl that performed at the oscars), Leehom Wang, Edison Chan, and the list goes on and on. Their they reached star status like they deserved for their talents in Asia. It's also in Asia where they aren't categorized as Kung Fu master, etc. but rather for the image that they want to promote. However non of these talented young stars have made it to Hollywood yet. Coco Lee (some of you might remember performed at the Oscars to the CTHD soundtrack) tried a few years ago to hit the states. She is a good singer, much better than Britney Spears for that matter. At one point her album was on the shelves of literarlly every record store. I thought she was really gonna make history for the AAs as the first to hit it in the music industry. However her songs were never played on the radio and I guess due to lack of publicity, her try at making it in to the states failed. Leehom Wang composed and sang a song "Like a Gunshot" for the spiderman soundtrack in English but his song was only allowed to be released on the Asia version of the soundtrack. I hate to see these talented people get rejected.
OneAF    Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 23:05:23 (PDT)
Asian-AMERICAN cinema has just begun:
www.betterlucktomorrow.com
The revolution WILL be televised
2muchGroove    Friday, June 21, 2002 at 04:52:01 (PDT)
is anyone aware of any asian american movies that deal with haunting as an explicit theme?
dingqiwoo xsiteding@hotmail.com    Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 23:54:39 (PDT)
I was forced to watch "Pavilion of Women" the other day. It's based on the Pearl Buck novel. Even though I have never read that particular book, I'm sure Pearl Buck novel was nothing like the movie.

That movie was the worst thing put on celluloid. Don't watch it. The worst movie in HK is probably better than this movie.
AC Dropout    Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 07:49:56 (PDT)
Does anyone know of any Asian American kids that are superb in any area of music, sports, or public service? I am looking for some ages 5-14 to profile.
Thanks!
California gal iron_viet@hotmail.com    Thursday, May 09, 2002 at 16:22:17 (PDT)
Hey all,

Have you checked out the new Celine Dion music video, the one for "A New Day Has Come"? It has Asian people in it! It has an extremely good-looking asian guy in it wearing white underwear. There's also a really pretty Asian girl in it too (I think she plays his girlfriend). Anyway, I only caught part of the music video, so I don't know the "storyline" behind the girl and guy in it. They're only in it for a small part of the video.

Does anyone know who the girl and guy are? They're both gorgeous!
Cute Chinese Girl    Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 16:54:43 (PDT)

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