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He did WHAT?! — A monthly column about all things Asian in popular culture

He did WHAT?! — A monthly column about all things Asian in popular culture

By Vivian Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

Comedy is supposed to be funny, right?

Several comedians came under fire for making homophobic jokes during their standup routines. Among these ostracized funnymen is Filipino American actor and comedian Jo Koy. Koy is best known for being a regular on the weekly late night comedy talk show “Chelsea Lately.” Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Column: Pop Culture, Vol 30 No 29 | 7/16-7/22Comments (0)

‘Panda 2’ thrilling, though underuses Asian actors

‘Panda 2’ thrilling, though underuses Asian actors

By Andrew Hamlin
Northwest Asian Weekly

The original “Kung Fu Panda,” an animated film from 2008, gave us the enchanting, if unlikely, premise of an overfed giant panda (voiced by Jack Black) who struggles to master kung fu.

The sequel, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” finds the panda, Po (again voiced by Jack Black), already a kung fu master. But he faces a new menace from Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman), a power-hungry albino peacock who dreams of conquering China. Lord Shen has discovered the secret of gunpowder, and his huge cannons threaten to render kung fu obsolete.

As before, Po takes spiritual advice from his own master, a red panda named Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). However, Shifu plays a much smaller role in this film. He dispenses spiritual advice, sends Po to fight Lord Shen, and then disappears for much of the film.

The Furious Five martial arts team accompanies Po on his mission. The team pulls the headstrong panda out of serious trouble many times. Read the full story

Posted in At the Movies, Vol 30 No 22 | 5/28-6/3Comments (0)

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