Half Korean


Source: Half Korean, October 27, 2010

K-Town Reality Show Featuring Jennifer Field

Not exactly “new” news, but the K-Town Reality Show (aka “The Asian Jersey Shore”) has created a steady buzz online for the past few months and with good measure. The Tyrese-produced project is the first reality show concept to feature an all Asian-American cast. I had been meaning to post a blog about the show for some time and, in particular, because it so happens that one of the cast members is a fellow mixed Korean (Jennifer Field).

Back in mid-July when the cast was leaked, HalfKorean.com experienced a surge of traffic from searches for actress/model Jennifer Field. It seems that the world wanted to know more about the former Miss Asian America 2006.

Although the K-Town show has not been picked up by a network yet, I’m sure it will at some point soon. I won’t debate if the show’s concept is good or bad (there has been plenty of debate online), but I do want to spotlight the fact that Jennifer landed a spot on the show and to congratulate her. I’m not the biggest “reality TV” fan but I do look forward to seeing Jennifer’s role along with what the show will be all about.
Here is Jennifer’s promo reel that features her work prior to K-Town (including her Miss Asian America victory)

I Am Koream


Source: I Am Koream, September 14, 2010

Ktown Reality Show Producer Responds to Concerns

The cast of the Ktown reality show. 

Eddie Kim, one of the producers of the much talked-about Ktown reality show, responded to questions and concerns about the project on Angry Asian Man. He’s been seeing a lot of comments on Facebook, news sites and blogs, and wanted to share with the community where he and his team stand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Question #1: What channel will this show be on?
It’s in the works. True story. I’ve had a number of people commenting on facebook with passionate, fuming responses wondering when the F this show is gonna be on TV. And other FB patrons would respond by saying it’ll never be on air. At the same time, others are constantly confusing this with KTown Cowboys. I just met with my good friend Danny Cho from KTown Cowboys the other day, and he told me he gets asked a similar question all the time. All I can say is…it’s in the works. TV shows do not get made overnight. I am just grateful that there is such a huge demand from both yaysayers and naysayers. (Yaysayers…is that even a word?). Having said that, we hope to find out real soon. And when we do, I’ll of course let you know.

Common Question #2: Is this show going to perpetuate negative stereotypes?
This is an interesting question because the Asian American community immediately thought of the worst and made various negative judgments about the show while comparing it to Jersey Shore.
Although I understand the community’s desire to not display anything negative given the history of Hollywood’s portrayal of Asian Americans, I would like to remind the fact that the casting call said that this show would be similar to MTV’s Real World, Jersey Shore, The Hills, and more. The media and the community zoned in on the comparison to Jersey Shore alone. On a side note, I have a question: have you actually seen an episode of Jersey Shore? The guys there are pretty funny. All jokes aside, we are interested in portraying multiple sides to the cast’s personalities, not 1-dimensional characters. I would even argue that Asian male stereotypes might change from nerds to badasses. Hey, it’s possible. By the way, the last time there was an all-Asian cast on television, it was 15 years ago with Margaret Cho’s show, All American Girl. And last month, Margaret Cho stated on TMZ and CNN that she supports and would like to be a cast member of the K-Town reality show.

Common Comment #1: “This show is going to take Asians back 10 years!”
I’ve seen this comment floating around facebook a lot during the months of May and June. In fact, I personally know some of the people who were writing that statement and passing it on to their friends. It’s all good. As Tupac said, “I ain’t mad at cha. Got nothin’ but love for ya.” Let’s consider that comment though. 10 years ago was actually the year 2,000, man. What stereotypes have changed since that year? In the year 2,000, Michael Chang the tennis player won his final top title; Yu-Gi-Oh was a hit; and Yao Ming, the sexiest NBA player ever, was sought after only to join the league in 2002. In a related note, William Hung would enter our consciousness in 2004.
So I ask again, what major stereotypes have changed since the last 10 years? The bucktoothed ninja physicist with slanted eyes…I’m thinking that stereotype is still out there.

Common Comment #2: “This show is gonna be a disgrace to Asians!”
The last time I saw something similar to this kind of a response was during the VTech times of Cho Seung Hui or whenever anybody talked about Michelle Malkin.
Can this actually be a legit or even a logical comparison? But you know what? All of these comments and concerns are actually good. It proves that this show has struck a chord with America. This show has created more debate and discussion than anything in a long while. I’d say since Better Luck Tomorrow.
Overall, I believe this passionate debate is good. All of these clashing concerns are good. It’s been 8 months since the creation of this idea; 7 months since Tyrese Gibson (star of TRANSFORMERS and 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS) got involved; 5 months since casting; 2.5 months since filming the pilot; and 2 months since editing and planning for the show’s future. This show has garnered more press and attention here in America than any K-pop star, actor, or anything Korean since the LA Riots. And all I can say is that we are excited and we really appreciate all of the people who have been following this show! Let the healthy debate continue and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube where all the updates are. Thank you!

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Entertainment Weekly


Source: Entertainment Weekly, April 8, 2010

'Jersey Shore' Producers Casting 'The Persian Version'

Speaking of Jersey Shore, with rumored rip-offs of the MTV hit in the works (reality shows revolving around the lifestyles of Asian-Americans and Russian-Americans), I’m experiencing a strange sense of loyalty to 495 Productions, which produces the series and has just announced that it’s casting for a series tentatively titled The Persian Version. It’s odd for a couple of reasons. 1) I’ve never seen an episode of Jersey Shore. 2) I’ve read the casting notice, pasted after the jump.

“Two thousand years ago the Persian Empire ruled the ancient world…but they didn’t have your soundtrack, your style, or your swagger! Today there’s a new Persian empire growing right here in L.A. and it’s ready to conquer the world all over again. It’s a bad-ass new dynasty where exotic beauty and wild style dominates the sexiest nightlife, exclusive venues and hottest beaches the modern world has to offer.
You’ve got the means, the money, and the motivation to cut through the velvet rope and rule the VIP! For you life is all about Gucci, Gabbana, Cavalli and Cristal. From BMWs and Bugatis, to Mercedes and Movado and money is no object.
You live a lifestyle most people only dream of. In your world, nothing is out of reach, and though you are surrounded by the jealous, the posers and the haters, one thing’s for sure…once you go Persian, there is no other version!
Time to show the world that being Persian-American is about living the true American dream…a lifestyle most people only wish they could. So if you are at least 21 years old, appear younger than thirty and are outrageous, outspoken and a proud Persian-American, then Doron Ofir Casting and 495 Productions, the team who brought you Jersey Shore, are looking for you!
Casting is already underway don’t miss your chance to join this A-list.
Do you reign over the most exclusive spots in the city?
Do you use your exotic appeal to get anything or anyone you desire?? Prove it!
Send your NAME, AGE, 2 PICS, PHONE NUMBER and WHY we should pick you to PersianVersionCasting@gmail.com <mailto:PersianVersionCasting@gmail.com>”

Does it sound more or less compelling (if that’s the right word?) than Jersey Shore?