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!):