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8Asians Article: Was Snake Eyes Asian?

Take a look at my newest 8Asians article: Was the G.I. Joe character known as Snake Eyes Asian?

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Growing up there just weren’t a lot of Asians—let alone Asian Americans—on television or in the movies. And when there were, they were very rarely people I actually looked up to. However, when it came to my day-to-day playing, I was a G.I. Joe junkie. I watched the G.I. Joe cartoon religiously and spent hours upon hours playing with my action figures. I made up scenarios where the good guys always won.

My two favorite characters were Snake Eyes (right) and Storm Shadow (left). Snake Eyes was this bad ass guy in a black/dark blue uniform with a mask over his face. He had a big dog—a husky or a wolf—as a companion and never said a word. He knew martial arts and was the good guy’s ninja. Storm Shadow wore white and was the bad guy’s ninja. I don’t know this for a fact, but my memory seems to recall the two of them being mortal enemies—but take that with a grain of salt. I could have just made that up. In my play though, they were friends and both were always on the side of good.

I knew Storm Shadow was Asian. His backstory was that he was from Japan. And from what I could see of his face—since half of it was covered by a mask—was that he had “Asian eyes.” But Snake Eyes was totally different. Snake Eyes’ entire face was covered with a mask. So in my head, I always considered him Asian too.

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ALL I WANT IS AN ASIAN SANTA FOR CHRISTMAS — New Kizuna Article

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Whether you like it or not, the holidays are upon us. Ever since my child was born we’ve visited the mall for our yearly, obligatory crying picture with Santa. At the mall we go to, there is only ever a Caucasian Santa. I’ve heard stories where parents get to choose between an African American or Caucasian one. Unfortunately, I’ve never had a chance to make such a choice. On a side note, I think I’d choose the African American Santa.

To be historically accurate, the real Santa probably looked more olive skinned than anything. And technically, since Saint Nicholas was born in Greece, which is Asia minor, he should be considered Asian. Don’t believe me? Take a look at my 8Asians article, “Is Santa Asian?”

But my visit to Santa this year got me thinking: What if we could go to a place that had an Asian Santa?

Read the rest of my article here.

Talking Pictures: Launch of Asian/English streaming service CHOPSO

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Host Paul Booth interviews  CHOPS CEO Koji Sakai,  CHOPSO officially launches its subscription based streaming service with movies, documentaries, short films, TV and digital series…All Asian, all English, 24/7!   The service kicks off the launch with exclusive Oscar content, celebrity Brand Ambassadors and content partnerships including Hatchfund.

8Asians: Introducing CHOPSO, video streaming platform for English-language Asian content

Check out my article about why Quentin Lee and I started CHOPSO.

Introducing CHOPSO, video streaming platform for English-language Asian contentOver the last year director/writer/producer Quentin Lee and I have been working hard on a new company, CHOPSO, the first video streaming platform featuring English-language Asian content in the world. As a filmmaker/writer and as a former Vice President at the Japanese American National Museum, I had the unique perspective of being on both sides of the art world. Looking back now, I can see that together they led me toward the path of creating CHOPSO. […] Continue »

CHOPSO Launches Today!

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Today, my newest venture CHOPSO, is launching. I’m super proud of the team behind it. Please consider supporting this project.

CHOPSO (www.chopso.com) is the first all Asian-English streaming service. We have feature and short movies, documentaries, web series, music, and podcasts.

We (and I include myself in this) always complain that there’s no place for Asian American stories, well we’ve created one. Help us make sure it can be a success,

It’s only $4.99 a month and less than $50 a year. And if you sign up now, you can get a discount. Also, we do have 30 days free.

Hatchfund and CHOPSO partner to create and distribute Asian-English video content

Great article about CHOPSO over on Silicon Prairie News

Omaha-based AIM Hatchfund, a public charity and grant-making organization for artists, has partnered with video streaming service CHOPSO to promote the creation and distribution of English-language Asian video content.

Here’s my quote… I think I sound better in quotes than in real life. 🙂

“One of the biggest challenges for Asian-English content around the world is that traditional distribution has not really covered that market,” said CHOPSO’s CEO, Koji Sakai. “CHOPSO is hoping to create a marketplace for that content and to be able to show it around the world.”

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