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2.18.2020

Interpreter Sharon Choi's Wild 'Parasite' Journey

Things to Know From Angry Asian America



Interpreter Sharon Choi Relives Historic 'Parasite' Awards Season
From her first appearance at Bong Joon Ho's side in Cannes, where he accepted the Palme d'Or for his sensational Parasite, interpreter Sharon Choi has been an unwitting award season MVP. Clad in minimal black and permanently clutching a notebook, the retreating student filmmaker has imparted Bong's messages of gratitude on the most coveted stages of Hollywood. After declining hundreds of interview requests, Choi shares exclusively with Variety the 10-month ride that began with a phone call last April, and ended two weeks ago at the Dolby Theater with a Best Picture trophy.

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'Are You Sick?' For Asian-Americans, a Sneeze Brings Suspicion
The coronavirus outbreak has so far largely spared the United States, with only 15 confirmed cases across this country, even as the virus has rapidly spread around the globe and killed more than 1,100 people, most of them in China. But many Asian Americans have felt an unnerving public scrutiny, noticing that a simple cough or sneeze can send people around them scattering.

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Tzi Ma & Kheng Hua Tan To Co-Star In the CW's 'Kung Fu' Reboot Pilot
Tzi Ma (The Farewell) and Kheng Hua Tan (Crazy Rich Asians) have been cast as series regulars in the CW pilot Kung Fu, a reimagining with a female lead of the 1970s David Carradine TV series. Ma and Kheng will play the parents of the protagonist in the project.

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Comedian Jo Koy to Star in 'Easter Sunday'
Comedian Jo Koy will star in the feature film Easter Sunday, inspired by his life experiences. The film, written by Ken Cheng, will be a Filipino narrative set around a family gathering to on the high holy holiday of Easter.

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The Paper Kingdom
The Paper Kingdom, written by Helena Ku Rhee with art by Pascal Campion, is a dazzling new picture book for young readers about a loving family who turn a routine and ordinary experience into something much grander. "When the babysitter is unable to come, Daniel is woken out of bed and joins his parents as they head downtown for their jobs as nighttime office cleaners. But the story is about more than brooms, mops, and vacuums. Mama and Papa turn the deserted office building into a magnificent kingdom filled with paper. Then they weave a fantasy of dragons and kings to further engage their reluctant companion–and even encourage him to one day be the king of a paper kingdom."