Feodor Chin portrays legendary Asian American actor in new biopic

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Actor and writer Feodor Chin portrays Keye Luke in a new biopic about the legendary Asian American actor and artist premiering at this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Directed, Produced and Edited by Timothy Tau, the biopic short film will be presented as part of a shorts program that combines projects from UCLA’s Video Ethnography Workshop and Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists. “Keye Luke” was an Armed with a Camera Fellowship film.  Scroll down to read a Q&A with Feodor.
Tell us about your role as Keye Luke.
I play the “young” Keye Luke from the beginning of his acting career through the heyday of the studio system.

When did Timothy Tau first approach to play the role?

I believe it was January of last year when Tim sent me an email pitching an idea he had for a film project about Keye Luke.  It definitely seemed like an interesting topic and it certainly would be an honor for any actor to get the opportunity to portray such a pioneering figure in American cinema.  I was flattered that he would consider me for the part.

What kind of research did you do to prepare for the film?

Tim did some pretty extensive internet research and has probably found just about every article and every interview involving Keye Luke that has ever been written.  He shared all of his findings with the cast and I read a good deal of them.  I also watched clips of Mr. Luke’s work on YouTube.  Prior to this film, I was probably most familiar with Mr. Luke’s later work, such as “that old Chinese guy” from “Kung Fu” or “that old Chinese guy” from “Gremlins”.  I say that half-jokingly, of course.  I think to the average moviegoer, Keye Luke is probably best remembered as “that old Chinese guy”, but the truth is, Mr. Luke enjoyed a long, impressive career in films and television that spanned decades and his impact on Asian Americans and on American cinema is still being felt today.  In many ways, he was far ahead of his time and one could argue, that he is still ahead of the times.  Here was a handsome, eloquent, and masculine Asian American man playing leading roles in Hollywood films.  Some seventy years after Mr. Luke starred in “Phantom of Chinatown” we still don’t see much of that in American film or television.  So that makes Keye Luke not only a pioneer, but almost one of a kind.

How has learning more about the history of Asian American actors in
Hollywood impacted you?

Asian Americans have been in Hollywood since the era of silent films, often unseeen, marginalized, or forgotten completely.  But the fact remains:  We were there and we still are, struggling to make our voices heard and our visions seen.  I can only hope that this film would inspire folks to do their own internet sleuthing to learn more about Keye Luke and other pioneering Asian American actors and artists or better yet, pay a visit to the library or the video store to check out what is a real treasure trove of films from the Golden Era of Hollywood.  For Asian Ameican artists, I think Keye Luke represents how much we can achieve and how far we still have to go in Hollywood.  He stands as an inspiration and as a challenge.  I look at Tim’s film as a call to arms to Asian American actors and filmmakers.  Get out there and make your voice heard.

Where are you in your own career?

I’m not a Hollywood legend but I play one in short films.What’s next for you?
Working on a few different projects that I’m contractually obligated not to discuss. But I can tell you that I’m just writing, writing, writing.  Well, actually it’s more like procrastinating, procrastinating, procrastinating. But I’m doing a lot of thinking about writing, I can assure you.  Otherwise, just the usual auditioning and whatnot.  I’ve had the good fortune of doing some more voiceover work recently so be on the lookout for the audiobook version of sportswriter Timothy Dalrymple’s “Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity”, which I narrated.

Teen truly regrets making racist video, dad says

does she really “regret” making a racist video? and where did she get this racist attitude from?  and notice the “she have non white friends” excuse her dad used

 

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It may be two minutes she’ll regret for the rest of her life. That’s about the time it took a young white teen from Brampton to record a YouTube video in which she comes across as a racist.

The 16-year-old rants to a camera about how everyone in her Brampton high school “is brown,’’ equates “turbans’’ with “terrorists,’’ moans about having to move from Toronto to “Bramladesh,’’ asks white people to get in touch with her and advises brown people to “go back to your own country.’’

And now the teen — who made those comments in a recent YouTube-posted video gone viral this week with copies — faces death threats.

But her father says his daughter is truly sorry she made the video, which is “totally out of character,” and that she has struggled with depression and is now in hospital.

“She has some challenges,’’ said her father. (The Star has decided not to name the student or her family.)

He wanted to make it plain that he’s very sorry about the content and apologizes on behalf of his family “to anyone who’s been hurt by this video.”

“I’m angry at the content of the video — it’s not who she is as a person or how she was brought up,’’ said her father.

His daughter is definitely not a racist and has non-white friends. “The first thing she said, was ‘Dad, I’m not a racist. I don’t know why I did it. It was stupid,’” said the father, who’s not sure when his daughter made the video and posted it to YouTube.

He says he hasn’t been able to get an answer to why she made the video. “It might have been a cry for help. I don’t know … an attention-seeking thing. I have no idea.’’

His main concern right now “is to help her with the challenges she’s going through.’’

Students at Brampton’s Turner Fenton Secondary School told the Star Tuesday that the teen had been jumped the day before by another student. Teachers had to call police to escort her from the school safely, the students said.

The Grade 11 student has not been at school since, and her Facebook and Twitter accounts, which she identified in her YouTube video, have been dismantled. Friends told the Star she’s dropped out of sight and no one has heard from her.

On Tuesday, her angry peers — most of whom aren’t white — don’t expect her back at school any time soon.

“That was blatantly racist,” said a Grade 10 student during the lunch hour. “She should have recognized that everyone here is from a different background.”

The video seemed to come out of the blue and doesn’t reflect on their school, which has people from all cultures and religions, students said. Everyone gets along, for the most part. Just two weeks ago, the school held a culture festival with presentations and food to celebrate its diversity.

A group of Grade 10 boys playing football said they didn’t take the video personally, but thought it was “ignorant.” One joked that he smells like Axe — not curry.

“I’m only offended about the ‘go back to your country’ part,” said one student, 16. “Most of us were born here.”

The students who spoke to the Star condemned any violence against the teen and hoped she has learned her lesson. Friends of various races expressed shock that she posted it in the first place.

Certainly the video has launched a firestorm of tweets and comments, overwhelmingly critical of the teen.

Const. George Tudos, media relations representative for Peel Police, confirmed the teen has had death threats and police are monitoring the situation. He said the police have had many emails and phone calls from people “who are outraged’’ about the video, which started circulating on Sunday, with posted copies gaining thousands of viewings. The original has been deleted from YouTube.

“It has created quite a stir,’’ he said.

Police have looked at the video and, while its contents are “disappointing,’’ Tudos said at this point they “don’t think there’s anything criminal in nature.’’ He said police don’t believe it qualifies as hate propaganda but the investigation is ongoing.

Further, the postings under the various copies of the YouTube video contain “hurtful’’ comments, he said. “There’s a back and forth … kind of like a feud.’’

A request from the Star for comment from the teen’s school principal was refused on the grounds of privacy rules. Carla Pereira, acting manager of communications for the Peel District School Board, said she could not confirm that she was a student at the school or, if she was, whether she had been suspended.

But Pereira did acknowledge that Turner Fenton Secondary School made an announcement to all students Monday about “appropriate use of technology’’ and that students can face penalties if they don’t abide by the school code of contact.

In cases like this, involving suspect use of social media, she said school authorities would begin an investigation and contact police.

“We take reports like this very seriously,’’ Pereira said. “We expect all students to demonstrate appropriate online conduct and refrain from improper/unethical use of technology while at and away from school. That is the expectation in our schools’ codes of conduct. Students who do not abide by the code will be subject to appropriate progressive discipline.’’

 

here is the racist video which is copied and mirrored

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion Keeps Blacks in Fear (Episode 33) SLAVE SERMONS “Fear Gene”

Jeremiah Camara explores whether or not Blacks have developed a “fear gene.” Blacks have been conditioned to be afraid and have passed down this conditioning to their offspring. It was beneficial for Blacks to be afraid. Blacks were afraid to get caught running away, reading, looking the master in the eye etc. Ironically, the only genes that get passed on to the next generation are the ones that help us survive better. Have Blacks actually developed a fear gene?