Lately, I see this guy everywhere. He’s in a movie called HANGOVER, he’s on a new sitcom with Chevy Chase called COMMUNITY on NBC. I guess he’s kind of funny, but he does the same thing a lot of other Asian comedians do: they ONLY make fun of Asian people! This has got to stop. It’s making us look bad. If you watch this video, he makes a little fun of his own kind, Koreans, but he goes way over the top with Vietnamese. He’s antagonizing Vietnamese with his humor, further creating rifts between the different Asian groups. His humor is a little too mean, and lacks subtlety IMO. He’s also repetitive and lacks a deep repertoire. I saw three videos of him at different periods, and he says the same jokes every time. And the ones he repeats are average. I think he is getting the attention because of his over the top energy, and his facial expressions, and the fact that he will gladly take any role even if it is demeaning to the Asian image. He’s the go to guy when the white movie producers need to make fun of an Asian guy. For that reason, I don’t like him.
When you make fun of your fellow Asians within an only Asian crowd it might be funny. But, once you have other races watching, it becomes a situation where they are not laughing with you, but at you. This is the dilemma that David Chapelle had: he got so popular with the whites, and then he realized that they were laughing at him just as much as ‘with him’. But, the great thing about black humor is that they will make fun of themselves, but they will also make fun of white people, too. They have the confidence to go there. I think Asian American comedians that are out there are still afraid to go there. But, unless they do this, we will continue to be the butt end of the jokes.