Kai

All interested in JA/AA issues
I read a post by Kai that reflects many of the things that I have discussed. Click on her name and read about her experience on the DC Metro. This is soooooooooo typical! Give ’em hell Kai!

#1000
By the way, I appear to be reaching 1000 hits. I’ve been on Xanga only a month and a little bit, and I’m nearing the 1K mark. I guess, writing heavy stuff–not just fluff–will attract people after all. Thanks for the love people–although Purin-kun reminded me in very plain terms, “This is not a contest”…. Okay, and there is no prize. But still, if you are number 1000–scroll down to the bottom to see the hit number–let me know! And don’t hit the reload button, alright–you know who I’m talking to!

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hanzo

A good guy, HattoriHanzo from Florida, has an opinion on AAs in the movies–actually one movie, a forthcoming Tarantino flick called “Kill Bill” (Hey Hanzo, that the right title?). Click on his name to read what he has to say.

In general, most directors–including Tarantino–see no difference in East Asian actresses, or even any Asian actress from Japan to Vietnam. They look the same to them and so have no qualms about using them in roles that do not reflect their actual ethinic background. I don’t really have a problem with this. Besides the fact that I can’t even tell the difference sometimes–re: July 02 and the Alllooksame quiz–corresponding ethnicity would require many directors to avoid an actor of Mexican descent, such as Anthony Quinn, to play a Greek (Zorba the Greek), a Jew (Barrabas), or a Turk (Lion of the Desert).

Ethnic roles have always been difficult, but in Lucy Liu’s case, at least she is Asian. This is not an evaluation of her acting ability–I have seen her in “Ally McBeal” and “Shanghai Noon” and “Jerry Maguire”. The problem, if any, is the “authenticity” training. If she’s going to play a Japanese, people like Tarantino have to budget for cultural and language instruction. Get someone who could teach her how to act “Japanese” and speak “Japanese”… hmmm, anyone know anyone in Hollywood? I come pretty cheap….

hanzo

A good guy, HattoriHanzo from Florida, has an opinion on AAs in the movies–actually one movie, a forthcoming Tarantino flick called “Kill Bill” (Hey Hanzo, that the right title?). Click on his name to read what he has to say.

In general, most directors–including Tarantino–see no difference in East Asian actresses, or even any Asian actress from Japan to Vietnam. They look the same to them and so have no qualms about using them in roles that do not reflect their actual ethinic background. I don’t really have a problem with this. Besides the fact that I can’t even tell the difference sometimes–re: July 02 and the Alllooksame quiz–corresponding ethnicity would require many directors to avoid an actor of Mexican descent, such as Anthony Quinn, to play a Greek (Zorba the Greek), a Jew (Barrabas), or a Turk (Lion of the Desert).

Ethnic roles have always been difficult, but in Lucy Liu’s case, at least she is Asian. This is not an evaluation of her acting ability–I have seen her in “Ally McBeal” and “Shanghai Noon” and “Jerry Maguire”. The problem, if any, is the “authenticity” training. If she’s going to play a Japanese, people like Tarantino have to budget for cultural and language instruction. Get someone who could teach her how to act “Japanese” and speak “Japanese”… hmmm, anyone know anyone in Hollywood? I come pretty cheap….

Kai

All interested in JA/AA issues

I read a post by Kai that reflects many of the things that I have discussed. Click on her name and read about her experience on the DC Metro. This is soooooooooo typical! Give ’em hell Kai!

#1000

By the way, I appear to be reaching 1000 hits. I’ve been on Xanga only a month and a little bit, and I’m nearing the 1K mark. I guess, writing heavy stuff–not just fluff–will attract people after all. Thanks for the love people–although Purin-kun reminded me in very plain terms, “This is not a contest”…. Okay, and there is no prize. But still, if you are number 1000–scroll down to the bottom to see the hit number–let me know! And don’t hit the reload button, alright–you know who I’m talking to!