Michelle Yeoh hopes Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a one-hit wonder
Things are changing fast in Hollywood for Asian actors, and it’s about time, says Michelle Yeoh. The Malaysian-born actress, who made her name as a Hong Kong action heroine in the mid-1980s, stepped back into the international spotlight with her performance in Crazy Rich Asians, the hit romantic movie she credits for Asian performers’ increased opportunities in American film and television. “It’s been a long time coming, so let’s not make it a one-hit wonder,” Yeoh says in New York ahead of the release of her latest film, Last Christmas, a light romance inspired by the Wham! hit of the same name. “There have been changes in Hollywood, and you can definitely see more Asian faces on the screen
Michelle Yeoh hopes Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a one-hit wonder
Actor’s death prompts debate over the ‘risky’ lives of TV stars in China
The sudden death of Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model Godfrey Gao has sparked a debate over the working lives of entertainers in China.  Gao died at the age of 35 due to cardiac arrest on Wednesday during the filming of hit reality show Chase Me, a sports challenge show produced by Zhejiang Television in eastern China.  Gao collapsed at 1.30am when he was running, according to a statement by the broadcaster. He was declared dead after being sent to a hospital in the major eastern city of Ningbo.  Gao’s death has shocked both fans and fellow actors in China. In response, a number of actors have hit out at what they call a toxic work culture, saying they are doing a “high-risk” job that ofte
Actor’s death prompts debate over the ‘risky’ lives of TV stars in China
Nurses share star’s medical waste online in case spotlighting fan culture
A hospital in eastern China has suspended 11 medical staff for leaking photos of medical waste, including a needle and drip bag, from Mando-pop star JJ Lin, in a case that highlights obsessive fan culture. Following a concert last Saturday, Lin visited the Zhenjiang First People’s Hospital in Jiangsu province after feeling ill, according to local media.  But after he was discharged, photos of the needle and drip bag used by him began circulating online. Some of the posts jokingly suggested the medical waste was for sale. Lin, 38, is Singaporean and sings mainly in Mandarin. He’s a multiple winner of Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards. He was in Jiangsu for the latest leg of his Sanctuary 2.0 Worl
Nurses share star’s medical waste online in case spotlighting fan culture
Fans call out Taiwan pop star Jay Chou’s new hit song for being ‘sexist’ 
Despite breaking the Chinese internet with a new hit song, Taiwan’s “King of Asian Pop” Jay Chou has received some heat for promoting “sexist” values with a music video that features the female lead sacrificing for her boyfriend.  The star’s latest single, Won’t Cry, has sold millions of digital copies and topped charts in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan hours after its release on Monday night.  But for some fans, the song depicts an ancient and tired archetype of a self-sacrificing woman expected to exhaust herself in order to support her man. In the video, the female lead, played by Japanese actress Ayaka Miyoshi, supports her boyfriend’s dreams of becoming a professional photographer
Fans call out Taiwan pop star Jay Chou’s new hit song for being ‘sexist’ 
The truth about Keanu Reeves and his Asian roots
There’s a photo that’s been skidding around the internet. It shows Keanu Reeves, whose career has been reignited by the success of the John Wick franchise and his brilliantly self-deprecating turn in the Netflix rom-com Always Be My Maybe, sitting on a couch with a smiling, bespectacled older East Asian woman in a flowered print top.  In truth, the picture itself isn’t particularly notable.  It’s actually the image’s whimsically spelled caption that has made the meme go viral: “Keanu Reeve’s grandma is Chinese Haiwaiian.” That Reeves has Asian Pacific Islander heritage isn’t exactly new information.  From his earliest initiation into Hollywood, Reeves has always been referred to as the “son
The truth about Keanu Reeves and his Asian roots
Disney got Mulan’s house wrong, say Chinese fans
Chinese fans are questioning the authenticity of Disney’s depiction of the iconic heroine Mulan, after viewing a new trailer for the highly anticipated live-action film. In the trailer, the titular character is seen riding her horse across emerald-green rice paddies and arriving at home – a distinctive donut-shaped structure with mud walls, tiled roofs and a bustling courtyard shared with neighbors. This scene has Chinese fans scratching their heads. The real Mulan, if she lived at all, could not have lived in such a house. “This is American-style ancient China,” said one internet user on the Twitter-like Weibo.  The unique, instantly identifiable home seen in the trailer is called a tulou,
Disney got Mulan’s house wrong, say Chinese fans
Why Chinese fans aren't crying over Fan Bingbing's break-up
The break-up between Fan Bingbing, China’s highest-paid actress, and her actor fiance Li Chen has made headlines around the world. Fan, 37, and Chen, 40, got engaged in 2017. News of the breakup, which was announced on Fan’s official social media page, soon became one of the most searched terms on China's Twitter-like microblogging platform Weibo. But considering Fan’s fame, the reaction was fairly muted, with a relatively paltry 40 million views. Most of the messages expressed support for her and her work, rather than sadness at her break-up. “Sis, get back to work and pack your schedule. Love is only like floating clouds, your career is more important!” a user called AmourFanFanSis wrote.
Why Chinese fans aren't crying over Fan Bingbing's break-up
Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on not being Asian enough
When Crazy Rich Asians premiered and became a worldwide smash hit, it wasn't just a moment for the Asian community to bask in the spotlight. It was also the moment that the little-known male lead of the film, Henry Golding, became a star. The only acting experience Golding had before his casting was a role in a Subway commercial, in which he and his real-life wife Liv Lo picked out each other’s dream footlong sandwiches. Meanwhile, his co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu had been acting for decades. But by the night of the premiere, he was not a complete unknown anymore. The casting net for the character of Nick Young, the Singaporean, Oxford University-educated, stupendously wealthy hun
Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on not being Asian enough
Who is Kris Wu and why are Ariana Grande fans so pissed at him?
Kris Wu? Who? That was the question on the minds of many a pop music fan, as he shot to the top of the iTunes charts over the weekend – pushing Ariana Grande off the list completely. Beast Mode all the way up #antares #1 pic.twitter.com/BrHtCtSJ62 — Kris Wu (@KrisWu) November 2, 2018 The Canadian-Chinese singer, who is huge in Asia but lesser-known in the west, has been accused of using bots to boost the performance of his new album – knocking American pop stars including Grande and Lady Gaga off the top spots. Now iTunes appears to have removed his music from the charts entirely. Kris Wu’s album and songs have been removed from the US iTunes Charts after accusations of boosted sales have su
Who is Kris Wu and why are Ariana Grande fans so pissed at him?