Incredible! This Asian Actor Only Had To Say Karate Once In Their Ten Seconds Of Screentime
Following the successes of POC-led projects such as Insecure and Jane the Virgin, it is clear that Hollywood is slowly adapting to the current climate and pushing for increased diversity across media. In a stunning example of that progress, actor Evan Wei only had to say the word ‘karate’ once in his ten seconds on TV last night.
Wei, 20, who played Chang Liu Zhang on a sitcom with one POC writer, entered yesterday’s episode to tell the main character “Ah, I teach you ancient art of karate,” before having his shorts pulled down. The lead and his friends then laughed, followed by Zhang exiting the scene when his mother screamed at him to “come in and study to be doctor.”
This is the progress Asian Americans could only have dreamed of twenty years ago, when Asian characters could only appear saying the words, “Karate karate, me love you long time,” before leaving never to return.
In further exciting news for the community, Wei’s star appears to be on the rise, hopefully marking a radical change in the way we see Asian Americans represented on screen. This upcoming season, Wei will be playing ‘Nerd’ on Season 27 of The Big Bang Theory, ‘Nerd/Virgin’ on Young Sheldon, and ‘Yakuza Member Who Fights With A Katana Instead Of A Gun’ on NCIS: LA.