The CW’s Kung Fu Cast Reflects On Asian Representation On TV

The cast of The CW’s Kung Fu series looks at the first times they were depicted on screen and how it influenced their lives.

Kung FuThe cast shared the Asian portrayal, or lack thereof, that they saw on screen growing up, discussing how these fictional roles have influenced their lives and careers.

“I didn’t see many people that I could point to and I felt like they looked and sounded like me,” shared Eddie Liu (Henry Yan) in the conversation posted on The CW’s. Youtube channel. “To be honest, if I saw something that focused on Asians, it was a joke at their expense.”

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Olivia Liang (Nicky Shen) redoubled this harsh truth, noting, “You know, every once in a while you’d get an Asian character. They were either dumb or bad, or the nerd.” Actor Jon Prasida (Ryan Shen) added: “The first time I saw a face similar to mine, I thought, ‘Oh, I exist.

Regarding the specific artists the cast was seen in, Vanessa Kai (Pei-Ling Zhang) cited Sandra Oh’s role as Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, saying, “She was vulnerable, sarcastic. She was unapologetically flawed. And she was riding a motorcycle! Okay? She happened!”

Tony Shung (Dennis Soong) noted that seeing James Iha in Smashing Pumpkins and Mike Shinoda in Linkin Park had a huge impact on his life.

“I liked [the Canadian series] Kim’s convenience“Yvonne Chapman (Zhilan) recalled. And like, similar to our show, it shows a glimpse of the Korean-Canadian family. I watch that show and I go, ‘Oh, my mom does that.

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Shannon Dang (Althea Shen) mentioned that she first saw herself depicted on screen in Rush hour. “I will never forget his daughter, Soo Yung, in the back of the limo, singing Mariah Carey’s iconic ‘Fantasy’,” shared Dang. “And I remember being like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s so cute. I want to be like her. That’s how I do that. I sing in the back of the car. Oh my gosh, that’s me. ‘ For some reason, I identified so well with Soo Yung … Being able to possibly do that for someone else is very rewarding. That’s super special. “

Liang concluded the discussion by revealing that he recently realized how important Kung Fu could be to Asian children who want to pursue acting as a career, noting, “Now I realize that this show is something that I wish I had. seen growing up … Hopefully someone else will answer this question and say: “Kung Fu. ‘”

Executive produced by Christina M. Kim, Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV, Kung Fu stars Olivia Liang, Tzi Ma, Kheng Hua Tan, Tony Chung, Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang, Eddie Liu, and Vanessa Kai. The new episodes air Wednesdays at 8 pm ET / PT on The CW.

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