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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Movies: John Cho on Harold and Kumar

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Posted by Unknown , , No comments

With the release of the new A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas trailer, I thought it would be important to just share the above video what John Cho (Harold) believes this role has done for Asian American representation in cinema.

The important line I wanted to highlight was Cho's closing remark: "Race is a fraction of their identity rather than a sum of their identity." This beautifully sums up what direction minority representation should be in cinema, and when I say minority, I mean all minorities. A female character should not have her femininity define her character, and I believe that Hollywood has gotten a lot better with that especially with films like Salt or Columbiana. Neither female is limited to the kitchen. They kick ass and their gender is only a fraction of their overall appeal.

Although I write frequently on this subject, change doesn't happen overnight and therefore writing should be ever vigilant in promoting a positive direction for our society. With that in mind, I'm glad that we no don't see characters like Long Duk Dong or Fu Man Chu as frequently (not to say they still don't exist), but at least with another Harold and Kumar movie hitting theaters, everyone can see two Asian American guys getting stoned and screwing up pretty much everything and everyone that comes close to them, which is so much better than the played out model minority theme.