107.9 WRNB


Source: 107.9 WRNB: RNB Philly.com, August 13, 2010

Tyrese Producing Asian American Version of "Jersey Shore"

The cast of K-town, the reality show

Tyrese Gibson wants to help Asians get a break in the media and get the same shot as everybody else
The Ktown Cowboys have moved on into the sunset (actually, one bonus episode left, with a cameo by Bobby Lee), but Ktown the Los Angeles enclave continues, this time, in the manifestation of Tyrese Gibson’s Asian American version of Jersey Shore named appropriately enough, K-town. The lucky eight have been chosen and filming for the pilot is underway. And if you thought the boys in the fictionalized version was over the top, the reality show promises to make the movie look tame.
But if scriptwriters endeavor to tether their characters to reality, reality shows turn its namesake on its head. Personalities with a penchant for drama go into overdrive in front of the cameras. And often encouraged to do so.

Asked what Gibson wanted out of the show, he answered, “I want sexy, wild, personality, I want hot tubs, sex scenes… at the same time, I want people to know the many different layers and characteristics… I want people to know that Asians have layers… we’ve got insecurities… heartaches… challenges… I want to capture all of that on camera for all the world to see…”
Of course, you can’t squeeze water out of rock. So casting is important. This may be an Asian American reality show but no wallflowers or bookworms need apply.

Photos of the cast were released on Facebook. “And you can already tell who’s supposed to be who,” said Elizabeth at Koream magazine. “There’s the bleach blonde, the bi-sexual pornstar nude model, the aspiring actress, two meatheads, and even a Korean Snooki.”

We’re clueless about the “Snooki” [never watched Jersey Shore] but Peter Le (Vietnamese) appears to be the bisexual pornstar/nude model. And Scarlet Chan (Chinese) is evidently a hooker, or was, according to her site. The self-dubbed “Eurasian” Jennifer Field (Korean, English, Irish and German descent) is the beauty queen/aspiring actress, we presume (actually, they’re all probably aspiring actors). And the meatheads? We’re not sure which two fit that bill.

Are we just ending up with more negative stereotypes? Maybe, but we don’t see a problem with meatheads, blonds or anything else that pretty much go against the established grain. Indeed, it’s the one-sided reinforcement of negative ones that dehumanizes and turn people into caricatures. Thus negative or positive, three-dimensionalizing the Asian American tableau is a good thing, we think.

The motivation
“I don’t wanna make it too heavy, my reasons, my motivations,” Tyrese conveyed, explaining his motivation for the show.

“When it comes to Asian Americans and Asians in general, everyone’s still fighting to get their faces and images in mainstream media… but Asian deserve to be on TV like everybody else… for me, that’s the motivation,” he said, nobly.

“This ain’t for me about making no money, but this is really allowing the people to see Asians, Koreans, showing your character, your personalities, allowing the world to embrace you as they’ve embraced everybody else… African Americans dealt with it forever, we still deal with it on certain levels, but we’ve been able to push through through music and through film… but you know I think it’s about that time for Asians to get their same shot and here we are…”

Rafu Shimpo


Source: Rafu Shimpo, August 12, 2010

Into the Next Stage: Do We Need a "K-Town" Version of "Jersey Shore"?

(First published in The Rafu Shimpo on August 12, 2010.)

It’s been four months since we heard the announcement that R&B singer Tyrese was developing an Asian American version of MTV’s popular “Jersey Shore,” the reality show which focuses on mostly 20-something Italian American underachievers getting drunk, rowdy, and stupid.  A pilot for “K-Town” has been shot, but it’s yet to be picked up by any cable channel. This is what we can glean from press notes and the trailer:

Over a high tech, catchy theme song, we’re introduced to blonde hairdresser Jasmine Chang, 23, originally from Hong Kong; Young Lee, 24, originally from Guam, who dresses in suits and walks like a gangster as guys light his cigarette; Jennifer Field, 26, a hapa-hottie who won the 2006 Miss Asian American Pageant; Peter Le, 26, a buff gay porn star who’s seen working out in the gym; the likewise muscle-bound Joey Cha, 25; the scantily clad Scarlet Chan, 24, a stripper/hooker who talks to us while doing her business on the toilet; the bikini-clad single mother Violet Kim, 27; and Steve Kim, 25, who wears a mohawk.

We don’t actually hear most of them talk except for Jasmine Chang and what appears to be Jennifer Field at the end. After screaming a song at a karaoke bar, she exits exclaiming, “I just tore that place up like I tear up every place in K-Town!” She has a remarkably annoying, over-articulated voice (is she a wanna-be newscaster?!) and that one line gave me the impression that she’s totally self-absorbed and for no good reason. Why so defensive? Why was it so important she prove to someone that she could “tear it up?” And really, who cares?

Tyrese put together the production with three Asian Americans who say they want to break stereotypes by showing that we’re just like everyone else.  Although many are alarmed at the prospect of seeing loud, outrageous, trashy young people from the community, I’m not that concerned: What’s wrong with seeing buff Asian dudes surrounded by (usually) attractive Asian women? Would we rather see the women surrounded—as usual in TV shows—by white guys?

Left to right: Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, Peter Le, Steve Kim and Jasmine Chang

One community’s stereotype is another community’s godsend. While many Italian Americans protested the cast of “Jersey Shore” saying it reinforced stereotypes about their people, Asian American men are stereotyped as quiet, nerdy, and asexual. Showing us at our gaudy best (worst?) would certainly turn that impression on its ear.  If nothing else, we’d see some very bold and confident young Asian Americans who—unlike on countless television shows and movies—don’t need to be saved by nor sacrificed in place of Whitey. And hopefully, Asian women who don’t only want to date white men.

Co-producer Eugene Choi asked The Daily Beast, “Why can’t you see the Asian man get the girl?” He pointed to the ending of Romeo Must Die, where Jet Li didn’t get to kiss his Juliet, Aaliyah—just hug her!  Choi’s heart seems to be in the right place. Perhaps a more alarming concern is if this series doesn’t get picked up for broadcast. While it could be because it’s a crappy production with uninteresting people, my first guess would be Hollywood assumes not enough people would watch an all (or pretty close to it) Asian American cast. Maybe they’d wanna see more of the ladies and less of the men.

This is what it comes down to: You don’t have to actually like the people in “K-Town” to appreciate the greater good they could do for our community. In much the same way, you won’t catch me dead watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” But I’m glad Sandra Oh’s there being her usual imperfect self reminding viewers that we’re in mainstream positions, don’t all talk with accents, and are just as relatable as any white or black person.



Source: MTV IGGY

AB-OFF!! K-Town Reality Star Peter Le Challenges "The Situation"!!

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BY: Samantha

When we first heard about a reality show starring Asian Americans, we got pretty curious. It was being touted as “the Asian American Jersey Shore” and well, this is MTV! We thought we’d know about it first!

So we investigated further, and covered this new show through the casting process…and WOW. This show looked crazy!! Called K-Town, it’s set in the Korea Town area of Los Angeles and looks like it’s going to shatter every Asian ethnic stereotype imaginable.

Peter Le -- "The Situ-Asian"?

We recently met the cast after they shot the first pilot episode, and followed Peter, Violet, Joey, Jasmine, Violet, Young, Scarlet, Steve, and Jennifer as they worked out, tanned by a pool, and got ready for a night out. The sexy cast invited us to go clubbing with them in K-Town and we brought our cameras along as they danced, karaoked, and got very very drunk.  Seriously people, these kids are something else.

So stay tuned…everything you ever wanted to know about this ridiculous, hilarious, eye-popping, jaw-dropping cast will be right here on MTV Iggy very soon!

Don’t believe us? Check out Peter Le, the Vietnamese cast member with a body to die for. TMZ compared his abs to those of The Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino in an ab-off poll.
Peter got 95% of the votes, and when we asked him about it, “the Situ-Asian” talked to our cameras about what the “The Situation” should do to improve that six pack. This Asian’s washboard abs can launder, dry-clean, and press!

Don’t be fooled! The cast might look demure in this photo but they definitely know how to raise hell!

From left to right -- Young, Jennifer, Joey, Scarlett, Violet, Peter, Steve, Jasmine.

I Am Koream


Source: I Am Koream, August 10, 2010

Meet The K-Town Reality Show Cast

Whether you’ve panned the show or defended it, chances are you’re more than a little curious about the “stars” of the new K-town reality series
Meet the K-town cast: (from left) Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, Peter Le, Steve Kim and Jasmine Chang

By Elizabeth Eun
Drum roll, please. The cast for the Jersey Shore-esque K-town reality show was unveiled last month, and they are four guys and four gals with names as common as the generic “Steve Kim” to those that inherently scream drama, as in “Scarlet” and “Violet.” The pilot episode was reportedly shot at such familiar Los Angeles Koreatown haunts as BCD Tofu, Bohemians and BoBo’s, so as you can imagine, there was some drinking—and, well, you’ll have to stay tuned. It’s unclear yet who will air the show, but for now, here’s a sneak preview of The Eight.

Jasmine Chang, 23
Ethnicity: Korean
Occupation: hairstylist
Role: “Artsy Party Girl”
As a recent grad of the University of California, Irvine, and Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, Jasmine is the youngest cast member on the show. She’s probably going to change up her look every episode and end up with no eyebrows. But word on the street is that she only looks wild; she may end up being the most normal one.

Jennifer Field, 26
Ethnicity: Korean and Irish/German
Occupation: bartender, aspiring actress, former beauty queen
Role: “Hapa Trying to Reconnect with her Roots”
She may end up being Jasmine’s foil: Jennifer was the 2006 Miss Asian America, but we have a feeling as soon as her pageant queen veil comes down, the crazy will come out. From what we’ve seen so far, there’s hair pulling and strident proclamations of dominance over K-town. She’s made for TV.

Peter Le, 26

Ethnicity: Vietnamese
Occupation: personal trainer, body builder
Role: “Narcissist/Divo”
Peter’s already been called the “Asian Situation,” thanks to his killer body, and he’s also the one raising the most eyebrows. He’s modeled for Playgirl and has an X-rated website (warning: he
exposes the full monty) that attracts a sizable male following—which doesn’t seem to bother him.

Scarlet Chan, 24
Ethnicity: Chinese
Occupation: census worker, former exotic dancer, model
Role: “Nympho”
After getting sucked into the exotic dancing industry while doing research for a college thesis, Scarlet scrapped the job to become a U.S. Census taker. But don’t think she’s straight-laced now. She may be the female version of Peter;  she calls herself “pan-sexual,” and has a penchant for taking risqué modeling photos.

Violet Kim, 24
Ethnicity: Korean
Occupation: bartender
Role: “The Normal One”
She’s been compared to Jersey Shore’s Snooki, mainly because she’s short and well-endowed, but she’s the only one with her Twitter blocked off to the public, which may indicate some normalcy. Her blog does have a content warning, but the actual posts seem pretty tame; it’s mostly about food, her boyfriend and her…son. Oh wait. What? We’re guessing she’ll be the one with a secret past.

Young Lee, 24
Ethnicity: Korean
Occupation: nightclub promoter
Role: “FOB/Korean Dancer”
Originally hailing from Guam, Young was apparently the first Asian nightclub promoter at Tao in Las Vegas, which must mean he has some sort of game. Or more likely, he was hired because he dances really well. Like all the other Asians currently on MTV…

Joe Cha, 25
Ethnicity: Korean
Occupation: entrepreneur
Role: “The Ajushi Who Wants to Be Called Oppa”
Joe is also a club promoter with his own company, Whisper Entertainment, which may explain why he looks so old—all that tanning and drinking has prematurely aged him. He’s clearly fixated on being in the mix of everything; just a few of his monikers: Joe K-Town Cha, Joe Scenario Cha, Joe Whisper Cha.

Steve Kim, 25
Ethnicity: Korean
Occupation: salesperson
Role: “Background Player”
We have a feeling Steve is going to be the one who tries too hard at everything, ends up being too nice to cause any real drama, and ultimately fades into the background. But he is originally from K-town, so he could be the one who takes the lead on things, at least as far figuring out where to go when they inevitably get kicked out of restaurants and bars.



Source: Jezebel, August 10, 2010

A Conversation With The "Situ-Asian" From The Asian Jersey Shore

By Dodai Stewart, Aug 10, 2010 01:09 PM
A Conversation With The "Situ-Asian" From The Asian Jersey Shore
Remember the Asian Jersey Shore show? We had a chance to ask Peter Le — a 27-year-old Scorpio who grew up in San Jose, California and has been dubbed "The Situ-Asian" — some questions about what to expect from K-Town.

Peter is a personal trainer and bodybuilder who "only" trains for 45 minutes, 3 times a week. He'd like to travel create online businesses that he can manage from "anywhere in the world" and "semi-retire"; he plans to travel around the world before he's 30. Peter's not Korean; he's Vietnamese. He's coy about his sexuality (although he tags many of his posts #gay), but you can see videos of him jacking off or wearing leather daddy gear on his website. He was once featured in Playgirl, and his sex fantasy involves a threeway with a man and a woman.

On thing is for sure: Peter loves to party. (Recent posts on his Twitter account: "i had 12 shots and im ready to party like i always to[sic]." and: "let the party start. shot shot shot.") When asked what viewers can expect from K-Town, he told us:
K-Town is very different from the other shows because Asian-Americans
know how to party. I believe the Asian-American nightlife is way more fun,
interesting, and adds more life to the nightlife scene.
I can read people quickly; within a few minutes of meeting the cast I knew that certain cast members would clash. People are already picking sides and there is going to be drama, some spiteful commentary, and maybe some hook-ups. Oh, did I mention, you will see how Asian-Americans really party?
We are sexual, outspoken, and interesting people that I know America will love.
Some more questions and answers:

Do you think that Asian women appear in TV shows and in movies more often than Asian men? If so, why do you think that is?
Asian-American women definitely appear in the media more than their male counterparts. That's because Asian men are still typecast into a very small segment, which I plan to change. And when Asian men do play the leading role, they rarely get the girl (that needs to change).

Recently, actor Dev Patel — who was in Slumdog Millionaire — said: "Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I'm likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek." Do you agree or disagree?
I have to agree with Dev Patel. A popular Asian-American columnist recently visited a college campus and students told him that they didn't want K-Town airing because it would make Asians looks bad. The columnist asked the students if they could name five Asian stars and they couldn't. He said, once K-Town airs you will know eight. Asian actors are tremendously underrepresented in the media.


In the poll for "better abs," you beat the Situation! What do you have to say about that?
It wasn't really a competition.

A Conversation With The "Situ-Asian" From The Asian Jersey Shore

[Images by Don Pollard via PeterFever.com]
Related: PeterFever.com
Catching the Fever: Interview with Peter Le [BlasianBytch.com]
Earlier: Meet The Well-Muscled Cast Of 'The Asian Jersey Shore'

Angry Asian Man


Source: Angry Asian Man, July 28, 2010

Koreatown: Where Shirts Must Come Off

Some more K-Town reality show photos. Is it me, or does a night of partying out in Koreatown always result in one or more shirts coming off at some point in the evening? A new Asian male stereotype? Disgrasian might be on to something: K-Town Reality Show Promotes New Stereotype Of Asian Men.


The Campus Socialite


Source: The Campus Socialite, July 21, 2010

Watch Your Back Jersey Shore...Here Comes K-Town

By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)
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The cast of Jersey Shore had better watch their back, because something is brewing on the other side of town and I’m not quite sure if Snooki can compete with this one. Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson is producing the Korean version of the popular show, K-Town, will feature eight characters that, from the cast reel, seem to be even more out of control than the Jersey Shore characters we have grown to love.
The show will take place in the Los Angeles Korea town area, which is known for its nightlife and boasts over 1000 nighttime establishments; this alone proves that there are endless possibilities of what can happen in K-Town.

Unfortunately for the world, this isn’t an actual trailer because the greatness that is K-Town hasn’t been picked up yet, but, with the cast of Jersey Shore holding out on the third season because of money, we might be moving to a new side of town, Koreatown that is.
According to celebrity Gossip website TMZ, the producers over at Jersey Shore are thinking about downsizing and only keeping the most interesting characters, Snooki, Pauly D, and The Situation. Those other duds are looking at being put out to the curb… I’m looking at you Sammi “Sweetheart” and Ronnie.
K-Town’s eight person cast includes Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha (the Asian Situation), Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim (Karaoke enthusiast), Peter Le (former porn star), Steve Kim, and Jasmine Chang.  These eight are already more exciting than the most of the Jersey Shore cast so that leaves the question, is there room for both K-Town and Jersey Shore? Well with a cast reel that exciting, I think the world can make room for the K-Town cast.

Now I’m a Snooki fan until the end (I think it’s because of her cute “WAHHH!” sound she always makes), but from what I can tell I’m already excited to see Jennifer Field tear up Hollywood just like she tears up EVERY PLACE IN K-TOWN.

The Celebrity Cafe


Source: The Celebrity Cafe, July 25, 2010

'K-Town,' the Asian 'Jersey Shore'

'Jersey Shore' spin off is currently being filmed.
Singer Tyrese has produced a new show modeled off of MTV’s successful, yet trashy reality show Jersey Shore. It follows the same format, but the show is set in Los Angeles’ Korea Town and has an entirely Korean-American cast.

K-Town has cast eight stars (like the Jersy Shore) and will feature an American subculture (similar to the “Guido/Guidette lifestyle of laundry-tan-gym of the Jersey Shore). When the show was announced producers said that they are, “Going to show Asian Americans like they’ve never been seen before to the rest of the world.”

You can see promotional photos of the cast living normal, well rounded lives here. They were originally posted on the show’s twitter page; if you would like to keep up with the new series, you can follow it http://twitter.com/KTownRealityTV.

The show has yet to be picked up by a network, but it more than likely will. Audiences seem to enjoy their share of reality shows starring young adults being irresponsible.

Hyphen Magazine


Source: Hyphen Magazine, August 1, 2010

Doing Bad All by Ourselves

The Asian American blogosphere has, over the past couple of weeks, been abuzz over publicity stills for K-Town , dubbed "The Asian Jersey Shore." A lot of folks are afraid it'll make Asian Americans (Korean Americans, in particular) look bad, will introduce another stereotype to the mainstream (you never know, this Asian Men Hate Wearing T-Shirts stereotype might really catch on), and will cause lasting damage to the Asian American image, etc. But I think the general consensus seems to be, "I am fearful but also intrigued."

Point blank, this has never been done before. When have we ever seen that many Asian people together on US television? When have we ever seen Asian characters not rehashing the same five stereotypes in the mainstream (nerd, martial arts master, dragon lady, geisha, bad foreign driver)? How often do you see hot, shirtless Asian men on television? It's rare, and while none of us have actually watched the show and the consequences have yet to be seen, do we really believe that this show is capable of introducing an entirely new stereotype to the mainstream?

Now the only TV shows I've seen in the past two years have been Ni Hao Kai Lan and Yo Gabba Gabba, so I may be a little out of the loop, but the issue I saw with Jersey Shore is that it reinforced a stereotype that already existed in the mainstream, a stereotype people have actively been trying to bust. So is this really as terrible or even in the same ballpark as the public fascination with William Hung? He shot to stardom because he was the actual embodiment of every bad Asian stereotype in existence: He was foreign, a nerd, unattractive, and socially awkward. K-Town seems to me the polar opposite.

All Voices


Source: All Voices, July 16, 2010

Peter Fever and the All-Asian Jersey Shore Cast (NSFW)
Peter Fever and the all-asian Jersey Shore cast of K-town
K-Town hopes to be the next Jersey Shore, just swap Asian-Americans for “guidos,” Jersey for L.A.’s Koreatown, and one eternally shirtless former stripper for an eternally shirtless former porn star. WAIT, WHAT?!!!! BodybuilderMuscle-fetish nude video star Peter Le, 27, AKA “Peter Fever” has been cast in the Tyrese-produced reality series that has yet to find a network. And his ab-flashing ways makes him out to be the next Mike “The Situation.” Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, Steve Kim and Jasmine Chang round out the cast of eight who plan to humiliate their families.The Situasian’s casting video:

Here’s a casting call Tyrese’s production company posted on Craigslist back in April:Looking for interesting, attractive, colorful Asian-Americans to cast in a reality show similar to ‘Jersey Shore’…We need attractive Asian-Americans with lively, strong and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share, especially individuals who know about and/or experienced the Koreatown life. If you are not Asian but are obsessed with Asian culture or people in some way, e-mail us and please explain.If the show finds a network, expect to see it as early as winter. Take a look at photos from the pilot episode AND NSFW shots of Peter Fever naked after the jump!NSFW NSFW NSFW NSFW of Peter Le AKA Peter Fever naked below.

View the uncensored naked images of bodybuilder and nude model Peter Le AKA Peter Fever, new cast member of reality series K-Town.

Pop Crunch


Source: Pop Crunch, July 19, 2010

"K-Town" - Asian-American "Jersey Shore - Trailer

Jesus Take The Wheel…And Send This Mess Flying Over A Cliff!
Singer-rapper-actor Tyrese Gibson is producing an Asian-American reality show set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood and inspired by the success of MTV’s controversial sleeper hit, Jersey Shore.

Wait until you get a load of this season’s contestants!

Following an exhaustive search that began with a Craigslist casting call “looking for beautiful Asian-Americans with lively, strong, and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share”, “Black Ty” has selected eight of the hardest-partying Asian-American twentysomethings in the City of Angels to give Snooki, The Stich, J-Woww and the rest of the well-gelled gang from Seaside Heights, USA a run for their tanning gel.

Meet the eight barflies who have signed up to star in K-Town, an envelope-pushing docu-soap presently being shopped to networks: Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, Peter Le, Steve Kim, and Jasmine Chang.

There’s even a bulked-up doppleganger for The Situation, a former adult film star.

K-Town is expected to premiere later this year.

Anything Hollywood


Source: Anything Hollywood, July 19, 2010

KTown, the Asian Version of Jersey Shore, is Coming Soon

KTown, the Asian version of Jersey Shore, is coming soon. There has already been casting and a loose plot thrown together to do for Asians what the Jersey gang has done for Italians. But no network has picked it up yet.
More pictures of   after the taping…
Do we need reality shows for every ethnic group now, so as to not make the networks look racist?
There will be 8 people, 4 guys and 4 girls, living in a house and partying together in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The official cast members of KTown are Young Lee, Joe Cha, Peter Le, Steve Kim, Jennifer Field, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, and Jasmine Chang.
The producers say that they are, “going to show Asian Americans like they’ve never been seen before to the rest of the world.”
Oh boy…do you think you can handle another show like this? Will you tune in to see if it is better than the east coast Jersey version?

Asian Walkway


Source: Asian Walkway, July 31, 2010

K-Town Meets Reality TV

K-Town Splash

If you guys have been keeping up with American reality television entertainment (which I usual don’t) you might noticed an upcoming reality show focusing on ASIANS! Yes, that is right Asians in America! It just might be a huge success because it will not be your stereotypical school boy/girl cast of Asians but just the exact opposite, dirty, crazy, drunken Asians. Supposedly the cast was picked up through Craigslist’s ads calling for all attractive Asians to apply.

Also Tyrese Gibson will be co-producing the show. Yes, Tyrese Gibson, the African American R&B singer/rapper, and actor that was in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Transformers. Here was one of the Craigslist posting from earlier this year.
“Tyrese Gibson’s production company HQ Pictures is looking for interesting, attractive, colorful Asian-Americans to cast in a reality show similar to JERSEY SHORE, REAL WORLD, THE HILLS, etc.. We need beautiful Asian-Americans with lively, strong, and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share, especially individuals who know about and/or experienced the Koreatown life.”
The funny thing is that you do not even need to be Korean or Asian to be a cast member on the show and already more than half of the cast members are not even Korean, supposedly there is only two Koreans in the cast. Now this show has already been deemed as the “Jersey Shores” for Asians and has all the similarities to the original Jersey Shores. So watch out Asian parents and school boys/girls, you might be in for a big surprise of what young Asian Americans do during the late hours of the weekend and during the week in Los Angeles. I would not be surprise to find some people I know running around on this show doing something crazy. Lets hope this gets aired and does not fail like all the other Asian shows before it because it would be just interesting to watch Asian people make a fool of themselves instead of the typical people we always see on Reality TV shows.

News Music Reviews


Source: News Music Reviews, August 7, 2010

An Asian American Jersey Shore Coming to TV Soon

An Asian American Jersey Shore Coming To TV Soon
K Town

Singer-rapper-actor Tyrese Gibson is producing an Asian-American reality show set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood and inspired by the success of MTV’s controversial sleeper hit, Jersey Shore.
Wait until you get a load of this season’s contestants!
Following an exhaustive search that began with a Craigslist casting call “looking for beautiful Asian-Americans with lively, strong, and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share”, “Black Ty” has selected eight of the hardest-partying Asian-American twentysomethings in the City of Angels to give Snooki, The Stich, J-Woww and the rest of the well-gelled gang from Seaside Heights, USA a run for their tanning gel.
Meet the eight barflies who have signed up to star in K-Town, an envelope-pushing docu-soap presently being shopped to networks: Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, Peter Le, Steve Kim, and Jasmine Chang.
There’s even a bulked-up doppleganger for The Situation, a former adult film star.
K-Town is expected to premiere later this year.

Global Grind


Source: Global Grind, July 15, 2010

Tyrese Takes The Jersey Shore To Korea Town

If there is one thing that Tyrese knows better than any of us, it has to be abs.  What is he up to these days?  He's putting abs and Asians together by producing a reality show called "K-Town" which will follow the format of the Jersey Shore to showcase Asians like you've never seen before.

The Jersey Shore is a specific subculture which comes with its own rules, uniform, code of conduct and likewise Korea Town is a removed world which one cannot enter without passing various rites of passages.  Following the formula of its predecessor K-Town is cast accordingly.

It may be a surprise to some, but bleach blond over-tanned girls in preppy clothes are more abundant than palm trees on the West Coast.  Asian American males trying to fight their emasculated image in mainstream media can often be found drinking too many protein shakes and chasing those blond-wanna-be girls all over Korea Town.  Many guys at the casting call claim that they are the Asian Situation or even more corny- Situ-Asian which makes us wonder why the stereotypical Asian American in Hollywood or televison all seem so 'different' from the rest.  The producers want to higlight just how much Asian Americans have appropriated mainstream elements into their own subculture which results in a unique intersection of ideologies and aesthetics.

Most are probably wondering how Tyrese will convince bible-study-loving Asians who turn tomato red with one sip of alcohol, to be outrageous enough to gawk at on reality television.  But producers and K-Town regulars know that there is little work involved with riling up rowdy Asians.  The K-Town bunch are already conditioned with soap operas from birth and lubricated with soju.

'K-Town' will be like a secret agent for outsiders who have no access to what goes on within the few blocks that define "Korea Town".  Like a fraternity, they K-Towners remain exclusive within themselves and members must go through an intensive initiation process, and hazing is definitely allowed.

Bowls of soju will be chugged by hopeful K-Town members, then put in the spotlight to perform karaoke songs, become enslaved as a worthless intern to their elders, drink every glass of Johnny Walker poured into the glass, walk through the gauntlet of picking up girls through "booking", and last the entire night until 5 AM to eat ungodly spicy foods before trekking out of Wilshire or Midtown Manhattan in a black cab.
Take a look at an interview with the producers and the cast of "K-Town" who will be dubbed the ultimate Asian-Guido and Snooki.

Now Public


Source: Now Public, July 20, 2010

K Town TV Show: Asian Jersey Shore - Cast List and Preview Video

by Amy Judd | July 20, 2010 at 09:20 am
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K Town, Produced by Tyrese, is the Asian Answer to the Jersey Shore
Seems like everyone wants to get a piece of Snooki, The Situation, Pauly D, Jwoww, Ronnie, Sammi, Vinny (and maybe Angelina) these days, with Tyrese being the latest to capitalize on the reality show focused on a particular group of young people trend.

This new show, called K Town, so named for the area of Koreatown in New York City, is being billed as the 'Asian version of the Jersey Shore' and it looks like it has the potential to be just as crazy as Jersey's version.

The cast features four boys and four girls living and partying in 'K Town':
  • Young Lee
  • Joe Cha
  • Peter Le
  • Steve Kim
  • Jennifer Field
  • Scarlet Chan
  • Violet Kim
  • Jasmine Chang
In this preview video, we are introduced to the cast and there are some obvious comparisons to the cast of the Jersey Shore. Naturally there is some fighting and even some drunken yelling.
What do you think of K Town? Will you watch it?


Buzz Tab


Source: Buzz Tab, July 20, 2010

Meet the Asian 'Jersey Shore,' K-Town!

We have heard enough about the shenanigans of ‘Jersey Shore’ cast, now is the time to meet the newest ‘Jersey Shore’ of the town. K-Town is the Korean version of Jersey Shore which is inspired from MTV’s hit series.

K-Town is produced by Korean singer/actor Tyrese who created quite a scene by blocking traffic at Michigan Avenue with Shia LeBeouf.

K-Town is featuring 4 boys and 4 girls living (read partying) together in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The cast involves a Snooki, a Situation (or may be two), and a Pauly D type Asians, and I have to admit that K-Town’s cast is way more impressive than the original ‘Jersey Shore’ cast.

One of the cast members, Peter Le, is a body builder and a porn star (at least rumors are saying so). The official cast members of K-Town have definitely more personality and hotter looks than Snooki, Pauly D, and The Situation. Seriously, are they all fashion models? We are hearing a lot about the charming cast members of K-Town, and we can’t just wait to see them on our TV screens.

K-Town is not picked by any network yet but probably it will hit your TV screens soon. We’re just hoping that K-Town won’t offend the Asian-Americans as Jersey Shore had offended Italian-Americans, and that someone sees the potential stars in these new faces just like MTV did in the case of Snooki and Sorrentino.

K Town



Source: Hanopolis, July 19, 2010

TMZ Sneak Peak at K-Town 
TMZ's exclusive reel of K-Town portends a lot of drinking, drama, and yeah, girl fights!

Hanopolis | 4:06pm, Mon, Jul 19, 2010 | Comments (3)

Gossip site TMZ has an exclusive reel of the K-town pilot and the intro augurs some wild and crazy stuff. But Mike Le is apparently not too happy. "FML! Bastards at TMZ leaked our K-TOWN cast reel," he tweeted.

Opinions on the show are expectedly divided. Some user comments on TMZ:

That sounds even more boring. What are they gonna argue about? How much fish sauce to put in the meal?

Please no, don't ruin our asian girl fantasies and makes us despise them like those talantless skank whore italian trampy trolls from the Shores. Those worthless, vapid pieces of **** are hated by all (except for the skanky worthless s*** who wanna be just like them)!
Please no, for the love of god, don't do it!!!

Wow.. hope it doesn't get picked up. Embarrassing for any Asian out there. Somewhat entertaining 2 minute clip to watch as a spoof. Can't imagine a network paying for a show like this.

Reinforcing stereotypes and dumbing-down. On TV? Impossible, surely?

How embarrassing for us Asians in Ktown. Bunch of losers and tools as cast members. this is not how it goes down in Ktown.

This will continue with all races most likely. Until they create a show about afro-americans. They seem to be the only ones who have the NAACP and Jesse Jackson types to stop it.

This is not really my bowl of rice... What a fishy premise for a show!

I think the show looks fun! Nobody knows how crazy Asians can get. Until now.

It's like Jersey Shore but with higher IQs. Honestly, I see the many of the cast members overacting. Asians are way too rational to be over the top.

i hope this show gets picked ,it looks kinda interesting cuz asian people need more mainstream **** in the US besides owning it and making all of its stuff lol (pinoy pride still asian)

Yeah, who wants to watch Asians? Boring. Trying to hard.

well hopefully this will crush all the stereotypes about asians being nerdy and anitsocial LOLOL

This is a huge step backwards for asians. I'm sure only white guys with yellow fever will the only ones watching this.

Prediction: This is going to be exactly like Jersey Shore only hotter and skankier, with more overly-dramatic crazy people and unnecessary BS.

What an ugly cast! They would never even have made it through an audition in Asia looking the way they look. Please! Spare me, networks. Don't pick up this show.

i'm asian but this concept is really dumb. What asian problems are there? are they going to fight over math homework?

The silly sh*t people will do to be on TV! I thought Asian cultures were very conservative and had high standards for showing class. Maybe, Koreans will protest by lynching the cast.

Vancouver Observer


Source: Vancouver Observer, July 27, 2010

Bieber on CSI, Wipeout Canada, K-Town, and Rogers Communications: The Four Horsemen of Canadian TV

Cast of new reality show K-Town, an Asian version of Jersey Shore.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are coming to Canadian TV. Last week MTV announced a new reality show called K-Town, an Asian version of the super-trashy Jersey Shore. With a cast of eight living and partying together in Koreatown, L.A., K-Town threatens to “show Asian Americans like they’ve never been seen before to the rest of the world.”

The second Horseman arrived July 21st, with Rogers Communications Inc. deciding to cut back the amount of data its Internet subscribers can download each month. The move comes just two days after Netflix announced it would start offering a Canadian version of its popular video streaming service in the fall. Consumer advocates believe Rogers, one of Canada’s largest cable TV and Internet companies, is trying to outfox Netflix by making users less willing and able to stream movies and TV content online.

In the third bit of bad news, call-backs for Wipeout Canada took place on Thursday (July 23rd) at Richmond’s River Rock Resort. About 45,000 people signed up to be contestants, with 260 selected for call-back. The show is a Canadian take on the U.S. game show where contestants humiliate themselves on a ridiculous obstacle course to win $50,000.

And the most ominous sign of all: that same day (July 23rd) CBS announced that prepubescent pop idol Justin Bieber will make his acting debut on the season premiere of CSI on September 23rd. The Stratford, Ontario-born Bieber will play a “troubled teen… faced with a terrible decision regarding his only brother.”

I Am Koream


Source: I Am Koream, July 14, 2010

K-Town Cast Revealed...

Author: Elizabeth
Posted: July 14th, 2010
Filed Under: BLOG

…and they’re just as tan and drunk as we thought they’d be.
Photos of the cast of the Asian American reality show everyone’s been talking about have been released through Facebook, and you can already tell who’s supposed to be who. There’s the bleach blonde, the bi-sexual pornstar nude model, the aspiring actress, two meatheads, and even a Korean Snooki. Surprisingly, all the girls do seem to have eyebrows. For now, at least.
They started shooting around Los Angeles’ Koreatown this week, and according to the cast members’ tweets, the show promises at least some drunken entertainment.
Last night was truly unbelievable.. you take 8 crazy personalities and the result, epic madness! love all the cast! – Steve Kim
Craaaaaaazy night with the cast. Good night! Xoxo. – Jennifer Field
Huuuuuunng ooovvveeerrrr daayum… Talk about some crazyyy night, Welcome to Ktown LA .. Seriously – Young Lee
Welcome to Koreatown indeed. More trashy goodness after the jump.

6 Theory Forums


Source: 6 Theory Forums, July 13, 2010

Ktown Reality Show Cast Revealed

I don't know if there's already a topic about it but if there is go ahead and redirect me to the right forum or just close this one. So yeah how do you guys feel about it? They did a pilot episode for it already. I don't know how I feel about it but it should definitely be interesting!!

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more Info about the reality show

So it looks like the shortest girl in the middle has a blog! Violet Kim's Blog
I don't know about ya'll but to me she just seems like a regular Korean American girl in my opinion. Its just that they just come off as trashy or people that parties way too hard. There's also a link to her fb/twitter when you can find the other cast members.
EDIT AGAIN: after reading some of her blog stuff and watching some vids of her on YT she definitely has a diva attitude

Also I've been hearing its true that it might be coming out? I don't know what channel but I'll definitely watch it to see how crazy these ppl are.