Your Eyes Aren’t Slanty Enough to be Asian in Hollywood #oscarssoblack

Funnel Cake Flowers Urban Chameleon news reporter tickles.tv

I am Funnel Cake Flowers, The Urban Chameleon News Reporter for Tickles.TV.  I capture stories of Urban Chameleons who stay caught between tryin’ to  chameleon between white corporate America and our kinky hair handling, curry spice eating, hip gyrating, I-N-G droppin’ America. The stories shared here aim to highlight different perspectives on, race, culture and class in America from all different kinds of Urban Chameleons because it’s complicated out here in these streets.

 

 

 

Dear Funnel Cake Flowers,

My name is Emily F. Cho (no relation to Margaret Cho) but I admit that I am a twinkie. According to my parents I am full Korean but according to the film and television industry my eyes aren’t slanty enough to play the Asian prostitute,

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the martial artist

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Or tech geek.

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During a year where diversity apparently ended because so many “black actors” were recognized during the Oscar season resulting including the culminating moment of Moonlight being awarded Best Picture, I thought it was only right to start the hashtag #oscarsoblack. Often when people talk about diversity Asians are left out of the conversation.  After years of auditioning and constantly letting casting directors down with my poor Korean accent of “me no speak no English,” I finally earned the non-speaking part of a stripper wearing pasties and a thong on CSI.

“ You just have to do the Halle Berry thing then you can turn down those kind of rolls,” my friends said. I moved out of Los Angeles

Growing up I fit nowhere. Not the Korean church I was force to attend or the Korean Christian camp (yes they have those). Apparently I did not act “Korean” enough for Koreans.

What sucks is, if I WERE good at math or science I wouldn’t be stuck trying to break into the god forsaken entertainment industry. Instead I would be happy living my life like my Asian stereotype because it probably would pay more.

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