To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese
Hollywood roles for actors of Asian descent are still mostly limited to immigrant or foreign characters.
For better or worse, Steven Eng, an actor who teaches voice and speech classes at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, says the ability to speak in foreign languages or accented English is “an essential part of the actor toolkit” particularly for Asian-American actors.
"We are constantly going in for roles that are characters from foreign countries, so it’s necessary for us to not sound ‘American,’ regardless of the fact that we were born and raised in the U.S." explains Eng, who says he emphasizes to his students the importance of specificity when developing an accent.
Here’s what we know about the Oscars: they’re Hollywood’s penultimate celebration of achievement in film. And the people who will decide them are generally old, white men.
That last point has increasingly become a problem as America’s movie-going demographics have changed dramatically over the past several decades. The country is growing more racially diverse, but our films — particularly the ones that reach Oscar consideration — don’t often reflect those changes. It’s a structural problem, of course. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts the Sciences, the group that votes for the Oscars, is nearly 94 percent white and 77 percent male. Oscars voters have a median age of 62 and people younger than 50 constitute just 14 percent of the Academy’s membership. Black voters make up just 2 percent of the academy, and Latinos make up an even smaller percentage. Check out this infographic from Lee and Low Books.
As of late, mental health issues on campus have been increasing in popularity and recognition here on Penn’s campus. President Amy Gutmann and provost Vincent Price, as well as other programs and resources, have sent out emails/letters to the Penn community responding to the recent issues and…
Issued by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, this order authorized the evacuation of all persons deemed a threat to national security from the West Coast to relocation centers further inland. In the next 6 months, over 100,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were moved to assembly centers. They were then evacuated to and confined in isolated, fenced, and guarded relocation centers, known as internment camps.
It‘s not surprising anymore that young people’s fashion choices are influenced by their grandparents’ closet, especially for the past few years. But can older people pull off the outfits that youngsters wear these days? Photographer Qozop captured pairs of relatives (parents and kids or grandparents and grandchildren) after they’ve exchanged outfits in his aptly-named “Spring-Autumn” photo series.
The project focuses on Asian cultures, where the fashion gap between generations is more evident. Older people tend to stick with more ethnic clothing, while youngsters are up to conquer new fields of contemporary fashion. The most amazing thing is that, after switching the outfits, both the youngsters and their older relatives look naturally hip and beautiful. This is the best proof that the stereotype about what is proper to wear for one’s age needs to be shaken up.
A new report from NYU, CARE (National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education), and the ETS (Educational Testing Service) disaggregates educational attainment data among different AAPI ethnic groups.
Falling From the Nest: Tales From Gay Men Who’ve Been Shunned By Family
A child dispelled from an Asian household is rare, especially in a community where family members looking out for one another is such an important cultural value. For many of us, parents look toward physical disciplining as a means to hammer in a moral lesson. And though there might be bruises… a speck of blood or two, tough love is how we’ve learned. But for some parents, homosexuality is like a bloodstain on a white carpet. It’s cat urine seeping underneath wood tiles leaving a foul odor. It’s a harmful pesticide sprayed onto the family tree with the threat of ending the lineage.
And though it’s rare for Asian men to get kicked out as long as they have a shake-hand agreement with their parents to finish college before they do anything they want with their lives, sometimes getting kicked out happens out of no where.
*A project of the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania
PAACH is Penn's Asian American resource center, an office that works to develop and implement innovative programs for leadership development and community service in close collaboration with student and community groups.