*Disclaimer: This article is not a first-hand account, but a perspective article of multiple accounts in society, from the entertainment industry to the social scene.*
“If there’s any advice I have for any aspiring Asian filmmakers or artist is to not compromise your vision because someone else is telling you to do something a certain way… especially if it deals with your Asian-ist”
-Eugene Lee Yang (quoted from his interview w/ NBC Asian America ‘Life Stories’)
You can argue this very blindsided issue a lot by saying various ignorant opinions, but when the art of a certain culture is twisted into something it is not then, there’s no debt whether or not it’s wrong. Our [Sparx Entertainment] personal views really doesn’t show it’s side at all. However, more than ever the misconception and misrepresentation of Asian Americans from art to film, culinary to sports, and other forms of expression have been undeniably portrayed in the media. We surely don’t ignore the contributions done by many talented and influential Asian & Asian-American figures throughout the media.
Yesterday, Eugene Lee Yang, a filmmaker for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures sat down with NBC Asian America for a perspective look at the misrepresentation of Asian-American in the media. The interview was an insightful look at what he’s been trying to do for the Asian community using his creativity to be the voice for those who continuously don’t recognize Asian-Americans as a vital part of the entertainment industry.
The Fung Bros. entire career catapult to fame have been driven by them simply being themselves and sharing their culture with the world. Not many people know about the vast pool that the Asian cultures. Andrew and David Fung use their talent with music, culinary, and film to make sure the Asian figures are best represented, even including those of other racial groups. “How we get portrayed in the media does kind of affect how people treat us in our real lives.”
Back to the interview, Eugene Lee Yang talks about how his artistic side at a young age motivated him to become who he is today. You can only dream at a young age, but when you go through with it that’s when your life will be complete. Yang was asked if he could get in front of the camera and simply he obliged. I simply respect the fact that man when silently judged by his race does not allow those hold him from realizing his dream. Being introduced (on the internet of course) to such an ambitious artist that wants his life’s work to be admired for who he is and not for his heritage and race is simply inspiring. The one lesson to be taken from the video is to be true to who you are. No matter your skin color, race, or creed the deck will always be stacked against you. People will always try to cut you down for the ugly manufactured stereotypes that exist. As long as you’re being who you are in your dreams the time you spend here in life will never be judged only if you allow it to be.
The one lesson to be taken from the video is to be true to who you are. No matter your skin color, race, or creed the deck will always be stacked against you. People will always try to cut you down for the ugly manufactured stereotypes that exist. As long as you’re being who you are in your dreams the time you spend here in life will never be judged only if you allow it to be. Once you watch this interview it will remain clear that Asian-Americans will always have a presence that will only get stronger to the point where ignoring is no longer the option, take notice today.
To see the entire interview view the video below:
Source(s): NBC Asian America & Eugene Lee Yang