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Besides kicking off the summer-movie season – fun fact time -- May is also Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Heritage Month in the United States.
Asians have traditionally been the least-represented ethnic group in Hollywood, whether on television or films. But we've come a long way since David Carradine squinted through "Kung Fu," or the embarrassing stereotypes of houseboys, geishas, and Long Duk Dong (damn you, black eye on "Sixteen Candles"). Today, Asians on primetime and multiplexes are sexy, funny, and taking on leading roles.
We're celebrating the month by profiling 10 young and talented Asian (which we expanded to include a couple of South Asian performers) rising stars.
A child model of Hmong heritage, Song landed a lucrative Disney contract at age 14. The Mouse House cast her in supporting roles in its made-for-tv movies and as the air-headish hotel heiress in the popular tween series "The Suite Life" and its spinoff "The Suite Deck, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Currently filming in downtown Los Angeles is Rock Jocks. Starring Felicia Day, Jason Mewes, Justin Chon, Doug Jones, Robert Picardo and YouTube superstar KevJumba (Kevin Wu), the film is a sci-fi comedy about a top-secret band of dysfunctional government employees responsible for shooting down Earth-destroying asteroids. From what I've been told, shooting wraps next Wednesday and they're hoping to promote at this year's Comic-Con. While the poster is just a teaser, I'm a fan of some of the cast and hope the film turns out to be something worth watching. Hit the jump to check it out, and you can follow them on Twitter here. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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