Fallout Central @ the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards

The guys over at Fallout Central recently got a red carpet press pass to the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards and do what press people do best: interview a bunch of Asian American celebrities about their upcoming projects. Guests included Kaba Modern and Jabbawockiez (as nominees for Best Reality Star, since Yul Kwon can’t win four years in a row) as well as Lucy Liu’s two-episode boyfriend from the now canceled Cashmere Mafia and Indian-Canadian comedian Russell Peters, which led to this gem of an exchange:

Albert, the interviewer: How can I get my Indian accent to be as good as yours?
Russell Peters: Uhm, you know. Just listen when people are talking. What are you, Albert?
Albert: Korean.
Russell Peters: Well, how can I get my Korean accent to be as good as your parents?
Albert: [nervous laughter]

Zing! Also, Ron Jeremy was there, although no one really knows why.

Mild snarkiness aside, former 8A columnist Min Jung and I had done something like this seven years ago, heading down to the LA Convention center to cover the AMMY awards. AMMY, like an Asian Emmy! Except it was the year 2000, which meant that hob-knobbing in the Green Room was pretty much eating snacks and taking photos with the cast of the Joy Luck Club, a pre-Grey’s Anatomy Sandra Oh, and Rufio from Peter Pan. Lucy Liu won all of the awards, where she was promptly whisked away by her publicist afterwards because she was getting mainstream, baby.

And therein lies the thing about Asian awards – because there aren’t a ton of Asians in the media, it’s not so much an awards show as it is for Asian musicians and actors to hang out in Vera Wang dresses. And the winner is essentially the most mainstream person who didn’t play a negatively stereotypical role. (WHICH MEANS YOU WILL NEVER WIN, JACKIE CHAN.) And what exactly IS “Asian Excellence,” anyway? Besides getting a perfect score on your SATs?

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About Ernie

I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog, littleyellowdifferent.com, for seven years.
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