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What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Sunday, 08 May 2022

What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres
What’s Going On? Everything, All at Once By Ben Fong-Torres MAY 6, 2022 With “Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres” the documentary about me, now out today and streaming merrily along on Netflix, I’m officially in the film industry.  Actually, that’s been the case since last June, when the documentary, which stole its title from a popular column at Asian Connections created by director Suzanne Joe Kai's son Mike when he was 14, premiered at the...

American Born Chinese coming to Disney+

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Sunday, 14 August 2022.

American Born Chinese screen 072"American Born Chinese", an exciting, groundbreaking series is slated to premiere in 2023. The Disney+ series was introduced to the Asian American Journalists Association's National Convention this summer. The convention was attended by more than 1,500 journalists from all over the world. 

The Disney+ series is based on Gene Luen Yang's award-winning graphic novel. The main character, Jin Wang, played by actor Ben Wang, navigates supernatural action-comedy adventures between his immigrant family life and teenage life at school. His journey is propelled into a realm of Chinese mythological gods and creatures when he meets a new foreign exchange student.

Cast announcements include Ben Wang (MacGyver), Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once/Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Poppy Liu (Better Call Saul). This Disney cast will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who also helmed Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 

The President of Disney Branded Television, Ayo Davis said, "We are delighted to continue our relationship with Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan and thrilled that Destin Daniel Cretton is set to direct. The team are visionaries in bringing character-driven adventures to life, and we cannot wait for our audience to experience this fantastically memorable and imaginative adaptation of the graphic novel. This is a great universal story that moves between worlds and explores the impact of culture, identity, and acceptance through the lens of adolescence."

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Suzanne Joe Kai attends the Disney+ American Born Chinese panel at the Asian American Journalists Association National Convention in Los Angeles (L to R): (attendee) Filmmaker/Journalist/Co-Founder AsianConnections.com Suzanne Joe Kai, Executive Producer Melvin Mar, Executive Producer Kelvin Yu, Writer and Executive producer Gene Luen Yang, and (attendee) KGO-TV San Francisco Senior Producer/Founder AsAm News/Journalist Randall Yip. 

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Disney+ Executive, Director of Communications Lakeitcha Thomas with Suzanne Joe Kai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

American Born Chinese Adds Hacks Star Poppy Liu (collider.com)

American Born Chinese TV Show Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton Coming to Disney Plus (collider.com)

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