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Ken Jeong and Greta Lee secure new acting roles

Actor Ken Jeong is going to be working with Daniel Dae Kim on a half-hour dramedy for Amazon called “Shoot The Moon,” reports Deadline. The story is loosely based on the “life failures” of real-life Korean-American Paul Bae who created the “The Black Tapes” podcast series. Bae used to be an evangelical youth pastor and high school English teacher. But he quit both after he became an atheist and a stand-up comic.

In the series, Jeong will play Michael who finds himself having to reevaluate his life after his career and marriage falls apart. As for Kim’s involvement, he’s producing the show under his studio 3AD.

“Paul’s irreverent and unapologetic writing, along with Ken’s impeccable comedic skills makes this a project all of us at 3AD are very excited about,” Kim said. “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with them and Amazon to bring this unique, Model Minority Myth-busting world to life.”

“Paul’s brilliance and Daniel’s producing prowess along with 3AD and Amazon rounds out one of the most dynamic groups of talent I have had the good fortune to collaborate with,” Jeong said. “It’s truly a dream come true to be able to create an Asian American project told by Asian American storytellers, and hopefully this will inspire more people to share their experiences through the lens as well.”

In other Asian Hollywood news, Greta Lee will turn Cathy Park Hong’s best-selling book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” into an A24 series. Lee will star, write, and produce the series.

The nonfiction book was published in 2020 and won a National Book Critics Award. According to Penguin Random House the book is about:

“Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.

Binding these essays together is Hong’s theory of “minor feelings.” As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would later understand that these “minor feelings” occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality—when you believe the lies you’re told about your own racial identity. Minor feelings are not small, they’re dissonant—and in their tension Hong finds the key to the questions that haunt her. 

With sly humor and a poet’s searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. This intimate and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and female friendship. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche—and of a writer’s search to both uncover and speak the truth.”

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