The Hangover’s Ken Jeong

Ernie had previously blogged about Asian American doctor AND actor Ken Jeong when he first appeared in the comedy hit Knocked Up; Ken has been making the rounds lately and was most recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live promoting The Hangover, where he plays an angry gay crime boss.

Over this past weekend, I got an email from my high school friend Gordon — who isn’t Asian — who saw The Hangover and wrote: “I think 8Asians needs to call for a community boycott of The Hangover, which had the worst Asian stereotyping in years.  It was uncomfortable to watch.” I sent that comment out to our internal 8Asians email list and someone who saw the film replied:

“I saw the movie last night, but I didn’t really find it offensive because they didn’t really make any outright Asian jokes, especially since he was pretty funny in it. He plays a gay Chinese gangster in Vegas, so he has an accent in it, but they certainly didn’t play up anything else about it. It could have been a lot worse.” picks up on this on-going “controversy” and provides a nice roundup of Ken’s character “Mr. Chow” and his offensive stereotypical portrayal of Asians and gays. The movie has been getting pretty fantastic reviews so far, so I’m definitely inclined to see the movie.

The Los Angeles Times recently had a nice profile on Ken, who has put his medical career on hold to pursue his career in acting, similar to the doctor who put his medical career on hold to do full-time. Ken’s wife is a doctor as well, so I guess if the acting gig doesn’t work out in the short-term, his wife can support the family in the mean time.

Had I known that I could have been a doctor AND actor, maybe I would have gone to medical school (And, you know, be able to act.)

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I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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