Edward Hong is an actor and spoken poet. Passion to make a change in this world through the performing arts and activism defines his ongoing life and it is the struggle against all things unjust that gives him this passion to be one heck of a talkative, stubborn man. It, however, does not mean he strives to be a champion or role model of any community but to be the man who will be honest and say the things nobody will have the balls to say. He is the jester who is outspoken in what he believes in most passionately and therefore cannot be pinpointed that he will do what you expect him to do.
Based on the true life events of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Indonesia and killed over 200,000 people, Hollywood has decided to make a film called The Impossible that stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as wealthy European tourists caught in the disaster. If I can summarize this film in a nutshell, it would be: “A touching film starring white people who survive while seeing the poor dying brown people around them and realize how fragile [...] Continue »
Whether this is a matter of sheer coincidence or a disturbing trend, there have been reports of increased attacks against mosques in the United States after the shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. It is important to note that mosques are of Muslim delineation while the attack that took place on August 5th was conducted in a temple that is of Sikh delineation. Sikhs and Muslims are two completely different religions.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece contains viewpoints from the author regarding the alleged gunman and the gunman’s possible intent(s). As the investigation of the Sikh temple is ongoing, the Editors remind all readers that the opinions and assumptions in this piece are solely that of the author’s and do not reflect the opinions of other contributors of this site, or of 8Asians as a whole. –JW On Sunday August 5th 2012 around 10:25am, a white armed [...] Continue »
Check out this amazing spoken word piece by Jason Chu that comments on the La Jolla Playhouse casting controversy, as well as that of the obstacles Asian and Asian American actors when trying to be seen in the Hollywood system. Here’s what he said about how the piece came to be: Over the past several days, I’ve been frustrated by the insensitive casting decisions & stubbornness of the La Jolla Playhouse – and encouraged by [...] Continue »
If you haven’t heard already from numerous sources, Jeremy Lin has officially taken the $25 million offer from Houston Rockets after his home team, the New York Knicks, refused to match the offer. If I was in his shoes, I would take that offer because I could certainly use the payroll upgrade. But then there is that question of loyalty and being grateful to the people that made you a standout in the first place. [...] Continue »
Within the Asian American theater and entertainment community, a huge uproar is in the air after the announcement was made on who the cast members were for La Jolla Playhouse‘s The Nightingale, a musical set in feudal China. This came to light for many APA folks in the community after actress Erin Quill released her biting article aptly titled “Moises Kaufman can kiss my ass and here’s why,” in where she is bewildered by the [...] Continue »
It is a great pleasure of mine to introduce you all to Red Bean & Kimchi, a new online improvisational talk show which features many emerging Asian American Artists and non-profit community service organizations. It’s a YouTube show that broadcasts weekly every Monday night with special footage airs on Thursday and Sunday nights, with Facebook contests throughout the season. This can be likened to Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns except a lot less awkward for [...] Continue »
Have you always wanted to dance and actually look awesome while doing it? Thanks to Mike Song here (from KABA Modern fame), he is providing a fantastic service where a new dance tutorial will be released every Tuesday. It’s EXTREMELY informative, and Mike definitely takes his time showing the moves so you can learn at your own pace. Unlike dance classes, you can always pause and rewind and keep doing it until you get it [...] Continue »
When this video got uploaded around 11pm on Sunday night, I don’t think anybody could have possibly expected how epic in scope this was actually going to be. What is possibly the first conscious venture of mainstream media fusing with new media, the YOMYOMF (which stands for You Offend Me You Offend My Family) channel promo boasts an impressive collection of talents from both worlds, including NigaHiga, KevJumba, Chester See, and mainstream stars like Jessica [...] Continue »
Coldplay’s single, “Princess of China” featuring Rihanna, now has a music video which was released on last Sunday night. Other than the title, I knew the music video was going to be Asian-themed from the amount of Asian actors they needed to cast for this project.
The buzz and excitement for Uploaded: The Asian American Movement was tremendous at the world premiere, even before the film began. But I was not among one of them and instead, I was quite the doubting Thomas. I was reluctant to watch this in the first place because I am extremely critical of many YouTube stars but I came down to support the crew team who put more than 8 months of work into this, [...] Continue »
UPDATE: Rich didn’t actually know Lynn or Parry before shooting this movie, they were introduced to him by his friend Dave Boyle, after seeing his film and feeling like they’d be great in the roles. The film was actually more than that the originally reported $10,000…it was 30,000. The $10,000 came from the kickstarter campaign, and the rest Rich financed on his own. Finally, Lynn did introduce Rich to Sheetal, but Kerry is an old [...] Continue »
A_Lee: Facebook is interesting because it's a more impulsive, less filtered medium, and lets you see what's right below the surface. Are these women crazy? No,... – An Asian Girl's Definition of Herself