Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bok Choy Boys

The Bok Choy Boys was formed by members of Lapu the Coyote that Cares (LCC)Theatre at UCLA. The students performing in the video are part of a larger theatre company that was established in 1995 on the university campus. LCC aspires to promote a voice for Asian American creative expression. By increasing the visibility of Asian Americans through improv, music, videos, and various forms of media, the larger LCC group ridicules stereotypes that could harm the community.
In the Bok Choy Boys videos, the characters exaggerates the stereotypes behind Asian and Asian cuisine. "Fry, Fry, Fry" and "I Want My Chow Mein" borrows music from popular American boy bands and adds a bit more flavor. In doing so, the performers challenges you to think about the connection between food and identity. These videos definitely made me question the culture behind food. Although certain dishes are more closely associated with Asian identity than others, they are not necessarily the Asian family favorites. Thus, the cuisine that is connected to the Asian identity is one that is universally palatable, such as sweet and sour dishes. This reduces all Asian cuisine to Kung Pao Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Chow Mein, and Boba. The Bok Choy Boys do a great job at criticizing stereotypes surrounding Asian food and identity through their humor.

Bok Choy Boy website:

Bok Choy Boys - I Want My Chow Mein

Bok Choy Boys - Fry, Fry, Fry

LCC Theatre website:

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