Marvel Comics recently released their newest rendition of the Hulk comic books, this time titled “Totally Awesome Hulk”.
More importantly, the new comic features a Korean American main character known as Amadeus Cho. Cho plays the Hulk himself, and has the ability to turn into the famous green monster we all know. The story follows the young Asian American character as he navigates through life, learning lessons, and finding his true identity as a super hero.
The two authors of the series, Greg Pak and Frank Cho, decided to include a Korean American main character, because of the lack of Asian American representation in comic books. Pak and Cho both explained how “[Asian Americans] don’t complain or stand out or rock the boat. It really is long overdue to have important Asian characters in big books”.
The goal is to inspire Asian Americans in the community, as there has long been a lack of representation in all forms of media.
So after submitting and receiving feedback on my final project proposal, I’ve decided that I will not pursue the idea as my final project. Initially, I wanted to make a buzzfeed or Vsauce stye/inspired video showing the oppression against Asian Americans in the current and historical American media. Initially, this seemed to be a good idea as, after taking this Asian American Studies class, I am well aware of the problem present and have many great examples in mind, but this does not mean that it is the best project choice for me. Completing the project as I initially intended would not be a subversive way to change the culture and status of Asian Americans in the media or even entertaining.
Now that I’ve decided not to complete the project as I initially intended, I’m now left with a bunch of great video clips that I would still love to share with the world! The first video clip is a 1971 “the lost” interview with Bruce Lee. It includes some amazing quotes including:
Interviewer: Are you going to be able to live in both worlds? Are you going to be a super star here [Hong Kong] or one in the States or both?
Lee: I am going to do both, because you see, I have already made up my mind that in United States I think something about the oriental, I mean, the true oriental should be shown
Interviewer: Hollywood sure hasn’t
Interviewer: Let me ask you about the problems that you face as a Chinese hero in an American series; have people come up in the industry and said ‘well we don’t know how the audience will take a non-American.’
Lee: Such questions have been raised and in fact that is being discussed in fact that’s why The Warrior will probably not be on. You see because unfortunately, such thing does exist in this world… They think that business wise it’s a risk… but if you honestly express yourself it doesn’t matter.
The next video clip that I planned on including in my initial project was this example of a hyper-sexualized Bruce Lee from a Hong Kong production of The Big Boss which I intended to juxtapose to an American representation of Asian sexuality.
So I guess in the end I just wanted to share my feelings on why I decided to change the topic of my final, but I still wanted to share these links with you all!
The Fung brothers are an Asian-American duos, specifically of Chinese descent, composed of rappers and comedians, Andrew Fung and David Fung. They are located in Alhambra, California but originate from Seattle, Washington. They are extremely popular on Youtube for their comedic and entertaining videos regarding Asian-American subjects. What I found most compelling about their work is the amount of collaborating they do with other Asian-American individuals. It adds this greater level of exposure and diversity in their videos. It also rapidly expands their audience base. They have done some notable collaborations with people such as professional Asian-American basketball player, Jeremy Lin. They are also in a rap group titled “Model Minority,” with Jason Chu, which has even been reviewed in a positive light by the Los Angeles Time. Therefore, they do great work at addressing and deconstructing the issues that the Asian-American population has to deal with in a really fun, engaging, and clearly successful manner.
While they have an extensive amount of youtube videos addressing a variety of issues, some of my favorite ones are “18 types of asian girls” and “east coast asian vs. west coast asian.” I find these videos most exciting because, not only did they incorporate the collaboration aspect with some other fantastic asian-american individuals, but they also highlighted this idea of diversity among a population of people that is so very often grouped as one.
We see that in the 18 types of asian girls, there are so many types that the fung bros describe, along with their subgroups. What’s notable is that even though all these are described, they bring about the main idea that there are so many different presented types that you cannot just pigeonhole a race or ethnicity into one way of being. The East Coast vs. West Coast Asian does that as well, with both genders. I also really appreciate that they will touch upon little historical backgrounds or fun educational facts.
While not entirely unrecognized, the Fung Bros definitely deserves acknowledgment, as well as further recognition and publicity. Keep up the good work!
Below are the links to the discussed videos:
Reversed racism, recently I saw this standup comedy show of reversed racism and it changed my entire perspective of revered racism. I always thought there was a possibility of reversed racism but I recently realized that you cannot create systematic racism of white people. There may be some racial commentary, but you can’t have racism towards them, there isn’t systemic system that enables them in anyway. I feel bad for the new generation of white people, but I don’t know. What do you think?
In this episode of Master of None, it was about brown faced acting roles. Similar to Asians or all the minorities, there are acting roles that exaggerates the culture of the race and I find it very offensive. In Master of None, it was awesome how he brought this brown faced issue up. It’s these type of shows that creates the right representation of racial groups. I enjoyed this show very much because it deals with current issues that this society does not like to face. And this on of the many episode that deals for social issues.