Monday, April 11, 2011

I Met Mike Chang from Glee!

Photography credit: Lucy Huo, Vincent Wu, Matt Mitgang

Last last weekend I attended the annual CSA Speaker Event (made possible by many other student groups on campus of course), featuring Harry Shum Jr, who plays Mike Chang on Glee. I KNOW. It was such an experience not just from the fan-crazed side of things but I learned something from a humble normal guy who just happens to dance very well and be on one of the most popular shows to ever have grazed primetime. 

For those who don't know, Harry Shum Jr was born in Costa Rica and grew up in various places in California. His first language was actually Spanish. He inspires me because he fights the stereotype of nerdy, victory-sign posing Asian American (I wish the screenwriters actually did so more with his role in the show). He describes that when he dances, he "becomes a slave to the music" and my favourite line of the afternoon, "Dance is what music looks like." I faced a lot of the same prejudices as he did growing up in places devoid of mass Asian populations, being called names like "bonsai" and "flat-face," being bullied and ostracized because I stood out in the crowd, in the sea of same. And I learned how to break that barrier and speak through my leadership, through my writing, through my fighter spirit. Many times I did break down on this this journey of developing a positive sense of identity, but I came out the other end proud of my heritage, not only being Chinese, but being Chinese American. "Work ethic, work ethnic."

I relearned that day that you have to fight for what you love. Harry Shum Jr lets his feet do the talking, his mouth do the walking. It will be a long time before the American media accepts the Asian American face and voice as a strong vital character, not just for supporting roles or stereotypical "Asian" characters.  I'm glad I got to shook his hand and have my Gleek moment, but mostly I'm glad that I could renew my passion for hard work. I realize that I have not been blogging as much as I like but this is still something I  love to do. When things calm down in this final stretch month, summer will be here! Since my last update, I have met with my four advisors, been accepted to the Neuroscience summer research program, settled off-campus living for summer/next year, figured out how I want to approach medical school and the application process, and had quality time with friends in the STL spring summer. 

I thank you, all my wonderful readers, for commenting and supporting me and letting my voice be heard. To come this summer: 
  • Work-friendly outfit posts
  • Summer wardrobe
  • Busy busy premed
  • SLR camera! (Scholarship cha-ching)
  • Blog shop


- April 11, 2011 at 8:12 PM   said...

You are so lucky! :)

Quiapo Ilalim April 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM   said...

Ughh! I envy =p you both look adorable!

TINA April 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM   said...

OMG! he is soo HOT. Lucky you

Anonymous April 11, 2011 at 10:57 PM   said...

he such an amazing dancer!

Unknown April 12, 2011 at 12:59 AM   said...

yay! I love him! :) I'm glad you met him!

fifi April 12, 2011 at 2:57 AM   said...

WOWWWWWWW WOWOWOWOWW *lost for words* (yes I love glee)

hevn April 12, 2011 at 7:36 AM   said...

Wow, lucky youu! :DD

Unknown April 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM   said...

Great post. that is great that he could get past the stereotypes and become such a great success.

BTW, changed the blog from Exotic Japan to Ephemeral by Design

PinkOrchids April 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM   said...

OMGGGGG!!!!!!!! Angie you're so so luckyyyy!!!!! I love Mike!!!

Ping April 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM   said...

oh how exciting!! hes kinda cute. heehee

Oreleona April 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM   said...

sooo kool! and congrats on getting into the program!

Unknown April 15, 2011 at 7:07 PM   said...

Oooo how awesome is this?

K A T H L E E N April 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM   said...

omg how cool i love him! and great blog love the looks! xxo

N April 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM   said...

That's SO exciting!! I agree though-work ethic is critical to success. You can be talented, but you can't go anywhere without perseverance. :)

f i o n a (miss.tea) April 19, 2011 at 3:46 AM   said...

OMG i love harry shum! he does the asian population proud!

miss tea & co.

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