Kenya forwarded this to me, an article on Hung in the SF Chronicle by Emil Guillermo
It’s interesting. It brings back the issue of “Sixteen Candles” where there was a caricature of a dorky Asian male, played by Gedde Watanabe (whom I understand is a Japanese-American actor who presumably speaks fluent English.) As “Long Duk Dong”, Watanabe was forced to affect an Asian accent for the role in the movie.
William Hung, however, grew up in Hong Kong, and appears not to have lived here long enough to lose his Cantonese accent. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to him, if/when he loses the accent, gains a queer eye for straight guy makeover and takes singing lessons. Would the Hollywood entertainment industry still be interested in marketing him then? Or would they simply wise up and move onto marketing some mainstream/ hip/ young/ metrosexual Asian guy?
On top of that, would William Hung chose to remain “dorky” as a public persona to stay viable in the entertainment business, even if he could or wanted to become hip and accent-free in private?