I sat down with @ronnychieng just ahead of the Asian August madness he is hands-down one of the most interesting people I've ever talked to. Some highlights: huffingtonpost.com/entry/daily-sh…
On that shitty Jesse Watters Chinatown segment:
“As soon as I got out of the car, people lined up around the block [to talk to us]. People in Chinatown are politically active and they were angry about what happened. I basically gave people a platform to talk about it.”
Aug 18, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
You’re 8 years old.
Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so excited to see your pops in school. He’s your hero. But apparently other kids don’t think he’s so cool. They laugh at him and mimic his accent. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore.
You’re 9 years old.
You attend ballet camp. Someone tells you that another girl *hates* you. She thinks your eyes are an “ugly shape.” You don’t have the vocabulary to describe why that’s hurtful. But now, you hate your distinctly Asian face. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore.
Aug 15, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Hello friends. I spoke with #CrazyRichAsians' director @jonmchu , who opened up about his struggle with his Asian-American identity -- something so many of us AAPI's go through. Some highlights: huffingtonpost.com/entry/crazy-ri…
On why #CrazyRichAsians is his first dive into any Asian/Asian-American material:
“The reason I did this movie and the reason why it took so long for me to explore this as an artist, explore my cultural identity, was because it was such a sensitive part of my heart and my soul.”
Aug 6, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I had such an awesome time kickin' it with @henrygolding ! some highlights: huffingtonpost.com/entry/henry-go…
On being mixed race/criticisms that he's not "Asian enough":
"When it comes to cultural identity, when it comes to being an Asian, there’s no litmus test for how Asian you need to be to be considered Asian."