The Oscars took place last Sunday, and the big news for Asian America was that “Big Hero 6” w0n for Best Animated Feature. The Disney hit follows a teenage robotics expert Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) and his adventures with his big brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), his big white robot Baymax and his group of superhero friends, including GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung). Not only were the voiceover actors a multicultural bunch, but the main characters themselves were written as half-Asian and the entire story takes place in a fictional futuristic city called San Fransokyo, a blend of San Francisco and Tokyo.
Another notable winner of the night was Tom Cross, a Vietnamese American editor who took home an Oscar for editing the feature film “Whiplash.”
Here’s what to watch this week!
“Fresh Off the Boat” — When Eddie asks for money to buy the new Shaq Fu video game (reminder: the show takes place in the 1990s), Louis Huang tries to teach his son to work for his money — by making him serve fajitas at their family restaurant while donning a black hat, fake mustache, and an apron with red chili peppers on it. That’s father-son bonding for you. Meanwhile, Jessica can’t stand the Orlando heat wave.
“The Walking Dead” — The crew meets a new seemingly friendly person that Rick doesn’t trust, but unfortunately, Rick’s paranoia puts the rest of the group in danger.
“Elementary” — A throwback: a couple weeks ago, the CBS detective series aired an episode called “The Female of the Species,” that was directed by co-star Lucy Liu. This is the second episode of the series that Liu has directed.
“The Mindy Project” — Danny says he’ll stop smoking if Mindy adopts more nutritious eating habits — a concern of his that’s heightened now that they are starting a family together.
Everybody’s Talking About:
“Parks and Recreation” — The hit NBC sitcom ended its run after seven seasons, and the gang completes one last task together before saying so long to Pawnee.
Steven Yeun takes Conan O’Brien to a Korean spa — This video from earlier this February was comedy gold. If you haven’t seen it, you have to watch it.
Keiko Agena answers questions on Reddit — Agena, who played Lane Kim on “Gilmore Girls” for all seven seasons from 2000 to 2007, got Gilmore fans excited when she participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) recently. Some of the highlights — she talks about how Emily Kuroda, who played her stern mother on the show, is a sweet computer geek in real life, how she learned to play the drums just like her character, and how Lane’s boyfriend Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody) was named after the real-life husband of “Gilmore Girls” producer Helen Pai, the real-life inspiration for Lane Kim.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” — The ABC drama’s mid-season premiere is next week, and from the promo that aired during the Oscars, it seems that Skye (Chloe Bennet) is having some trouble adjusting to her new inhuman powers.
Weekend Date Night Pick:
“American Revolution: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” — Get inspired by Grace Lee Boggs, a 99-year-old Chinese American activist that’s put in decades of work into everything from the African American rights movement to her community in Detroit.
And read XFINITY Asia’s interview with director Grace Lee: A 99-Year-Old Radical On The Front Lines of Social Justice