Tag Archives: Hong Kong

The buzz around Wong Fu Productions keeps getting louder

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I just bought this cute fob shirt from the Wong Fu Store, the merchandise section of Wong Fu Productions.  The characters say, jia you, or “add oil”–it’s the Chinese equivalent of sporting chants like “Go! Go!” or “Come on!”  I love it.

Cute shirts aren’t the only thing Wong Fu makes, though.  This home-grown film production company, run by three super-talented Asian-American guys, has gained increasing popularity since they started making short films, or “shorts,” in 2003.  A few years ago I stumbled on their short, “Yellow Fever,”a hilarious exploration of the Asian-girl-dating-white-guy phenomenon, and was hooked ever since.

It’s awesome to see how far they’ve come, and how exciting their future looks.  They were recently interviewed by CNN, featured in the Cannes International Film Festival, and last year went on tour to speak at college campuses about their work.  Jia You you guys!

Check out their newly-released short, “Dreamline,” which makes me love being from Hong Kong (and it’s the Official Selection to LA Asian Pacific Film Fest 2009!):

Suzie

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Why I don’t walk under building windows

“Lots of crazy people,” my mom said, pulling me away from the street and into the covered walkway.  Ever since I was a kid, my mom warned me about walking under the building windows in Hong Kong.

_45783468_007332368-1Take that as a word of caution from a wise fob.  Last month, 30 people walking the busy streets of Mong Kok were struck by acid from a building.  In December, 46 people were hit by acid on that same street, and on another street, two kids threw shards of glass at the people below.

What is it about these Hong Kong crazies and throwing things out of windows?  Sadly, it’s a type of violence that’s characteristic of Hong Kong–just as random gun shootings seem to be characteristic of the US.

Suzie

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