8Questions With Koji Steven Sakai

Meet my fellow Trojan and 8Asians writer Koji Steven Sakai. Since his latest film CHINK is in post production and will be coming out soon, I thought it was a great opportunity to interview him. Sakai is a super passionate writer who really will stop at nothing to tell the Asian American story through film. Many loyal 8Asians readers have probably noted that Sakai is a very prolific 8Asians writer, with many of his posts going platinum with hits and comments. With his newest movie CHINK, he’s pouring some arsenic down the throat of the model minority stereotype and seeing what gets upchucked as a result. So what is Koji’s favorite Asian comfort food? Read on after the jump to find out.
What made you decide to pursue your current career?

I LOVE writing. I would write for the rest of my life even if no one paid me to write. But don’t get me wrong I like getting paid. I like it a lot! 🙂

Who is your greatest inspiration?

My greatest inspiration is my father. I know that sounds cheesy but he is my hero and I strive to be a husband/father/man like him.

Where do you see the Asian Pacific Islander American community in 10 years?

I think I’m in the minority but I believe things are getting better and in 10 years we will have taken huge steps in the entertainment. We are seeing small steps already and they will only get better. Or at least I hope so.

What advice would you give the next generation of API aspiring to make it in entertainment?

Do it not for the money but for the right to tell your/our story.

What is your goal with the film CHINK?

To show that stories about identity don’t always have to be serious. They can be funny and bloody and dark.

How do you feel people will respond to the intentionally offensive name?

Some people will probably get mad. But as my favorite rappers always say: haters are always gonna hate!

What stereotypes will CHINK break and what new ones could it potentially create?

Good questions. I don’t know what stereotype it’ll break and I certainly hope it doesn’t create any new ones!

What is your favorite Asian comfort food?

Stinky Tofu!

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