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To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese

Hollywood roles for actors of Asian descent are still mostly limited to immigrant or foreign characters.
For better or worse, Steven Eng, an actor who teaches voice and speech classes at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, says the ability to speak in foreign languages or accented English is “an essential part of the actor toolkit” particularly for Asian-American actors.
"We are constantly going in for roles that are characters from foreign countries, so it’s necessary for us to not sound ‘American,’ regardless of the fact that we were born and raised in the U.S." explains Eng, who says he emphasizes to his students the importance of specificity when developing an accent.


YES!
I was so upset about this.

As a child actor in the 90s, I didn’t get roles because I couldn’t speak either Japanese or English POORLY enough; Because they saw me for the race I could represent, not the person or character. Either they wanted me to be the tragic Child of the Diaspora, lost to the connections of her homeland, hobbling together broken Japanese (Bell Pacific, who tried in vain to coach me to “say it just a little worse, slower, and like you don’t understand”), as if language alone was the benchmark for pride in one’s heritage. Or, I was too fluent in English (fuck you, King and I) and had to pretend like I was some dumb precious foreign thing who couldn’t possibly be fluent in two languages at once. I don’t even want to talk about The Disney Channel’s demands. My shining beacons as a child actor were the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, who wrote for me and saw me for who I was - A child. An Asian American child who could act, dance, and sing, just like all the other kids.

fascinasians:

paach:

To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese

Hollywood roles for actors of Asian descent are still mostly limited to immigrant or foreign characters.

For better or worse, Steven Eng, an actor who teaches voice and speech classes at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, says the ability to speak in foreign languages or accented English is “an essential part of the actor toolkit” particularly for Asian-American actors.

"We are constantly going in for roles that are characters from foreign countries, so it’s necessary for us to not sound ‘American,’ regardless of the fact that we were born and raised in the U.S." explains Eng, who says he emphasizes to his students the importance of specificity when developing an accent.

YES!

I was so upset about this.

As a child actor in the 90s, I didn’t get roles because I couldn’t speak either Japanese or English POORLY enough; Because they saw me for the race I could represent, not the person or character.

Either they wanted me to be the tragic Child of the Diaspora, lost to the connections of her homeland, hobbling together broken Japanese (Bell Pacific, who tried in vain to coach me to “say it just a little worse, slower, and like you don’t understand”), as if language alone was the benchmark for pride in one’s heritage.

Or, I was too fluent in English (fuck you, King and I) and had to pretend like I was some dumb precious foreign thing who couldn’t possibly be fluent in two languages at once.

I don’t even want to talk about The Disney Channel’s demands.

My shining beacons as a child actor were the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, who wrote for me and saw me for who I was - A child. An Asian American child who could act, dance, and sing, just like all the other kids.

(Source: NPR)

Fun fact:

Ben and I have never spent Valentine’s Day together. This year is because of track days and New York-San Francisco-Tokyo craziness instead of Indianapolis, which is nice I suppose, and reason enough to find joy.

Happy Valentine’s Day, tumblr ♥  

Loved and lost.

When your friends say yes to last minute trips because,

"I won’t be able to go to New York with you often anymore :/ "

…you become acutely aware that your time is running out. I’m done with the East Coast but I’m heartbroken leaving such good people behind.