Charice Gives ‘Glee’ a New, Cute Asian Voice

Besides Harry Shum Jr.’s abs, Filipino import pop sensation, Charice was the hot topic of the second season premiere of Glee.

If we sidestep the ignorant comments (which, by the way, were cleverly executed) made by the show’s resident diva, Rachel (Lea Michele), Charice’s character’s blatant Filipino name (Sunshine Corazon) and that hideous Hello Kitty backpack, it is safe to say that the mini diva held her own against the veteran Gleeks. Actually, the writer of this episode played it pretty strategically and totally played to Charice’s strengths. She had a total of about seven lines that were as easy to remember as a five item Ranch 99 grocery list and two musical numbers that blew everything else out of the water — even Rachel’s rendition of “What I Did For Love” couldn’t stand up against Charice’s “Listen.”

I am not a fan of Charice. Never have been. Yes, I am kind of a hater. So for me to say all those things was kind of painful — just like that Parisian beatnik prostitute look she was sporting in her final number. But damn. That Pinay could sing — I ain’t gonna lie about that. And seeing that she got purloined by (spoiler alert) rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline at the very end of the episode, I am thinking we haven’t seen the last of her.

But Charice isn’t the only hot Asian injection that flowed through the veins of Glee’s season premiere. Asian (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Other Asian (Shum Jr.) sparked a relationship at “Asian Camp,” which will lead to a love triangle involving Artie (Kevin McHale).

Juicy stuff.

Asians are taking over Glee. I think I may have a chance to have a recurring role as a cocaine-addicted Bruno Mars-esque character with a heart of gold and an affinity for boy band music from the late ’90s and early 21st century.

P.S. I never attended Asian Camp. Is it fun?

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Dino-Ray Ramos is a movie hobbit, social media swaggerist, pop culture junkie, smart-mouthed Asian American warrior, and a well-rounded inhaler of all things entertainment. After uprooting from Texas, he migrated to San Francisco where he shares his irreverent take on high and low brow aspects of culture. In addition to feeding he writes for, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can also boost his self-esteem by following his musings on Twitter
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