The video Bobalife II: Pearls Gone Wild (see video at end of story) released just three days ago already has 38,000 views as of 8:30 am Pacific Time.
“There was no other outlet for us to go out there and get our face out,” said Andrew, one of two brother’s who make up the Fung Bros, told the Pasadena Star-News. “There was no young, Asian voice anywhere. A lot of it started just as fun, and they realized this is the only way (for them to enter the media world). Asians got to act ‘normal.”
The Fung Bros and other popular Asian Americans on You Tube are an AAPI response to stereotypical portrayals of the community which still rear their ugly heads today.
More recent examples include Matthew Moy’s character in CBS’s 2 Broke Girls, Brenda Song in Fox’s new comedy Dads, and Day Above Ground’s music video, Asian Girlz,according to Jasmine Trice, a film television and digital movie professor at UCLA.
You can read a lot more about what has spawned a new generation of Asian American You Tube stars in the Pasadena Star-News.