Week 5 Blog by Xining Li

Jack Yang has devoted the last 8 years of his life to acting, modeling and film. This Canadian/American artist already established a career in modeling and commercial acting when his love for art lead him behind the camera to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for Film Directing and Photo. Further studies lead him to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he found his true calling. Two years of intensive theatrical training only fueled his passion for knowledge. The day of his graduation from the Academy his professor granted him an instant scholarship to study down at the South Coast Repertory Theater professional conservatory where he honed his skills. He landed four national commercials, a Skechers worldwide print campaign, roles in three movies, one of which is The Seat Filler produced by Will Smith, and the soon to be notorious Playstation 2 game, “True Crime: Streets of L.A.”. Jack plays the lead character Nick Kang and gamers will be able to drive around in a GTA-style crime/drama centered in Los Angeles.

The last two years have been very good to Jack. Guest-star appearances in shows such as Law and Order: SVU, CSI Miami, Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy have prepared him for strong leading man roles.

Jack Yang Filmography

Year Film

2003 The Yellow Truth

2003 Shadow Chaser

2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2004 Skin Trade

2004 The Seat Filler

2005 CSI: Miami

2005 All of Us

2005-2007 Grey’s Anatomy

2006 Nip/Tuck

2006 The Evidence

2006 Scrubs

2007 ER

2008 Seven Pounds

2008 Need for Speed: Undercover

2008 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

2008 Samurai Girl

2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

2008 Cashmere Mafia

2008 Knight Rider

2009 Chuck

2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising

Jack Yang In Red Alert 3

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is one of the most famous computer games. There is one nation in this game called the Empire of the Rising Sun, which has risen in Japan who declare war on the Soviets and Allies desiring complete world domination.

There is one antagonist as shown above named Kenji Tenzai. Kenji Tenzai is one of the youngest Imperial Shoguns, Kenji is known within the Imperial forces as an arrogant, lively and hyperactive general. He is nevertheless a true patriot and a loyal servant of the Empire, an important leader within the Shogunate and one of the masterminds of the Imperial Invasion of the Soviet Union. It is his goal to humiliate and crush the Empire’s enemies without mercy. If one can gain his respect, he is quite friendly and approachable. Resist him in battle, and he will show you no mercy.

Kenji’s mastery of the Empire’s advanced technology can not be equaled. An enthusiastic commander with a modern attitude to warfare, he prefers using vehicles over infantry in battle. Any commander facing him on the battlefield should be prepared to deal with waves of Tsunami Tanks and various transforming vehicles, as well as heavier, more advanced weaponry.

Kenji Tenzai is the symbol of advanced military technology of Japan in that game. One of the most important figures in that game.

Did you know that Commander Kenji Tenzai is played by Jack J Yang? I haven’t heard of him before, but I am surprised to find out that he is a rising star in Media. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been recognized in the general public eye, which is a shame too, because the media definitely needs more Asian American Actors in it.

Jack Yang In A Leading Man

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After witnessing the repeated stereotypical and two-dimensional depictions of Asian Americans in film and television, Kung was inspired to write A Leading Man. He specified examples being media backlash against Jeremy Lin, the “appallingly offensive”[4] stereotypes of Asians on the NBC television series Outsourced, and a SAG-AFTRA report which concluded Asian Americans are underserved within the entertainment industry, coupled with the fact that people were not aware of the issue.[4]

He based Jack Yang’s character of GQ Chi on an Asian actor friend of his who had had extensive experience and training and who had landed a major role in Broadway theater, whose difficulty finding steady work despite his skills and accomplishments, was “emblematic of how Asian actors are treated in general.”[4]

With a few key exceptions, casting choices were made with the intent to “cast unknowns to introduce a new generation of Asian American performers”.[3][4]

Filming took place during August 2012, with financing provided by Kung’s mother, who also held the role of GQ Qi’s mother

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