Wong Fu Productions First Season of Yappie (Young Asian Professional)

I first learned about Wong Fu’s ‘Yappie’ scripted web series on this NBC Asian America article about Wong Fu Productions & Yappie:

“With more than 3 million subscribers on YouTube now, and 500 million-plus views, Wong Fu Productions — created by college friends Wang, Wesley Chan, and Ted Fu — has ambitious credits to their name that includes multiple web series (including a YouTube Red series starring “Glee” alum Harry Shum, Jr.), music videos, and two feature-length films (their most recent one hit Netflix in 2016).”

Wong Fu became a viral YouTube sensation back in 2006 with their first original waaaay back in 2006 with ‘Yellow Fever.’ I think my favorite Wong Fu video though has to be the VERY well produced and HILARIOUS (at least to me) ‘Asian Bachelorette.’

Yappie is self described as:

“”Yappie” is a single-camera comedy that explores the social and racial issues related to the contemporary Asian American experience from the perspective of Andrew and his bubble of friends who are all “yappies”[a slang word to describe a “young Asian professional who acts like a yuppie.”].

Asian Americans are an often overlooked minority in the US for a variety of reasons, and we’re creating a show to examine and share these causes and their effects on an entire generation.”

I watched all five episodes as the episodes were released and really enjoyed the series. I think Yappie does try to explore, often in a humorous way, the typical arguments around the whole Asian American dating dynamics and inter-racial issues around that have been around since the beginnings of the Internet (if you remember USENET news and soc.culture.asian.american, then you know what I am talking about …)

Also, the first season does dig into the awkward social stratus of where Asian Americans are found among our multi-cultural society within the United States. We’re definitely not treated like whites, but not like African Americans, Hispanics or Native Americans.

As someone who is way more politically involved than my fellow Asian Americans, I feel as though Yappie also exposes how apathetic Asian Americans can be in living in their own bubble – especially as portrayed in Yappie, which takes place in LA / Southern California. I think Asian Americans have a different kind of experience elsewhere in the U.S., especially in states with not a lot of Asians or other minorities.

Below, after the break, are all five episodes of the first season of Yappie.

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What Asian American (and Asian) Kids Watch on the Internet: Wong Fu’s “Strangers, Again”

I noticed The Daughter getting worked up and emotional while watching a YouTube video, and when I went over to look at what she was watching, she said, “You have to watch this.”  I took a look at the video, and it was a Wong Fu short called “Strangers, Again” about the stages of a relationship.   The day after The Daughter recommended it to me, her second cousin from Davao Philippines shared the same video on FaceBook, with a long chain of comments accompanying her sharing.    This video has seemed to really strike a nerve, garnering 3 million views in three days, with lots of blog buzz about the video.  The video’s comments are full of emotion and stories about similar relationships.

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The Working APA Actor: Randall Park

The Working APA Actor is a bi-monthly interview of Asian Pacific Islander American actors in the entertainment world, whether it be theater, film, television, or commercials. It is an inside look at these actors exploring their passion in their craft and how they balance their personal lives with their work. But more importantly, this column is dedicated to knowing these busy actors a little better as individuals.

That uberly funny man you see gracing this hilarious video is none other than Randall Park. I heard about him through a professor of mine back at the College of William & Mary and when I arrived here in Los Angeles, I got a chance to bump into him here and there at various occasions. If there’s something really awesome about Randall, it’s that he is always looking for more work that pushes him out there. He is never content just sitting around and is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. There is something beautiful about that and on top of it, he is extremely talented. He works hard and takes advantage of all visual mediums, whether it be commercials, film, television, or viral.

It was therefore a no-brainer that I wanted to interview him for The Working APA Actor and see what this amazing individual was all about. When he accepted, I became extremely giddy and even more so after reading his responses to the interview questions. I think you will too!

Tell us about yourself! What are you most passionate about in this world?

My name is Randall Park, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles.  I went to UCLA where I majored in English, Creative Writing as an undergrad and Asian American Studies in grad school.  I’m married to a gorgeous and talented lady named Jae Suh.  I’m an actor, writer, and comedian.  I’m most passionate about human rights issues, rap music, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Community on NBC.

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David Choi: The Official Music Video of “That Girl”

Since the official music video is out, and I figured with yesterday’s look at his album release, it was at least worthwhile to show the talent off. Again, I am amazed at the production quality of this music video. This is something that I’d expect on Fuze or MTV (do they even play music anymore?) and less so from a Youtube channel. Major props, guys… props.

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David Choi – Won’t Even Start – Official Music Video

Interestingly enough, I just found out that one of my favorite singers, David Choi has teamed up with Wong Fu Productions (another favorite) and produced an official music video. And it’s on YouTube! Sweeeet.