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The last time the Olympics were in London in 1948 was also the first time an Asian American won a gold medal in the Games. That distinction belongs to 91 year-old Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Lee, who was born in Fresno, CA and is of Korean descent.
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After two years of hype surrounding every aspect of the so-called “Asian Jersey Shore,” K-Town premiered today on YouTube. The reality show was so thoroughly dissected before it ever saw the light of day–Is this good or bad for Asians? Does it promote or break down stereotypes? Is this something to be ashamed of or to celebrate?–the 12-minute pilot is, inevitably, something of a letdown. It’s not quite the trainwreck it was originally touted to be, and without something to really rubberneck in the pilot, the whole thing feels a little bland, actually. The guys and girls kind of blend one into another, a cheesy, homogeneous mix of muscles and eyelash extensions. The teaser for the rest of the season doesn’t give you much to hang onto either: They drink, party, have a few fakish conflicts, rinse and repeat.
Let’s hope the next ep has more to gawk at, or, at least, offers clearer stakes–how very fuddy-duddy of me to want them, I know–because a show like this that once promised to be new and “groundbreaking” could get really old, fast.
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There’s been a lot of talk about whether the K-Town Reality Show–aka “The Asian Jersey Shore”–will break down or reinforce stereotypes of Asians (check out this comment thread over at channel APA, for example).
But no one’s talking about how the show might create new stereotypes. Like, the stereotype that…
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A casting call has gone out on Craigslist: LA looking for “interesting, attractive, colorful Asian-Americans” to star in a reality show in the style of Jersey Shore and The Real World. Tyrese is allegedly producing.
The notice sez:
We need attractive Asian-Americans with lively, strong, and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share, especially individuals who know about and/or experienced the Koreatown life.
Personally I think this idea’s genius, and I’d like Diana to audition for the show–I’m too old, which, for once, I think, is a good thing–mostly so she could fuck some bitches up, because that’s what they do on reality TV, right? That and get arrested? Plus, she has access to a Bumpit–her sister’s–plus, she loves the Koreatown life, particularly the Koreatown restaurants. (I actually had to look up what a Bumpit was, which, also, I think, is a good thing?)
The show is even looking for non-Asians to round out the cast.
If you are not Asian but are obsessed with Asian culture or people in some way, email us and please explain.
Yes, yes, and while you’re at it–you who are obsessed with Asian culture or people in some way (um, I think you know what they’re talkin about)–why don’t you email us and explain, too, you horny freak you.
Hails from: Hong Kong and South Korea
Why He’s a Babe: Cuz Jun speaks four languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and English) and makes the rest of us look like lazy douchebags. Cuz he rocks the facial hair. And cuz he’s smokin’ AND goofball.
Here are some excerpts from our Q&A with Jun:
“i used to be stockbroker and started acting about 5-6 years ago in korea. u wanna see bad acting look at my reels back then. no, don’t.
first acting gig was rocky horror show. i was broken into acting via garter belts, feather boa, and kissing a gay dancer every show.“
Get more of Jun Kim and our boyfriend John Cho in West 32nd, a film directed by Michael Kang about the underbelly of NYC’s K-Town, slated for domestic release later this year: