Quoted: Bai Ling on Accepting Stereotypes

Excerpted by Latoya Peterson


I asked her if she’s comfortable with the way Crank 2 portrays Asian people, since its main villain is Hu Dong, a 100-year-old Chinese gangster. She responded, “I don’t consider myself an Asian actress or an Asian American actress. I’m just one of the creatures in the world, happy to have the gift as an actress [who’s] working.” People might point out that a lot of actors from Asia or Eastern Europe play prostitutes or “somebody’s girlfriend,” but “a lot them in real life are.” So there’s nothing wrong with showing it. And there’s no point in having a lot of anger, or being caught up with criticizing one aspect of a movie. “There is a Chinese mafia, and they do a lot of bad things. So it’s fine for this film to show that. It’s their choice.”

—Bai Ling on her new movie Crank 2, from an interview on io9.com


(Thanks Jason for the tip!)

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