Author: Yi Ning Wong

CHINA: NETFLIX FALLS SHORT WITH ITS UMBRELLA REVOLUTION ORIGINAL FILM

YI NING WONG WRITES – Netflix Original, Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, tells the story of young Hong Kong activist, Joshua Wong, as he leads the infamous Umbrella Revolution against China in 2014. Directed by Joe Piscatella, the docufiction keeps its viewers interested, featuring the inception of a student organized pro-democracy party, scholarism, righteousness with the party’s victory against government-proposed national education, followed by a climax involving one of the largest protests toward universal suffrage. The film is driven by the life of a complex teenage hero, Joshua Wong, who struggles to balance a social life, successful academics and Hong...

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LONDON: WPP GOES ALL HIPPITY-HOPPITY OVER ASIA’S MILLENNIALS

YI NING WONG WRITES – Digital content producer, 88rising, gained global recognition when the British multinational advertising agency, Wire and Plastic Products, decided to make a major investment in the company. WPP’s strategic investment in 88rising contributes to WPP’s goal to grow digital content companies within Asian millennial markets. 88rising is a promising investment, rapidly making an impact on millennial audiences. It has uploaded 197 videos on its YouTube channel, and accumulated over 465,000 subscribers in the past year. Although numerous media companies exist in the U.S., 88rising finds success through its dedication to celebrating global Asian culture by...

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EAST ASIA: GOOGLE, ADOBE HOPE FOR THE WRITE STUFF WITH MASSIVE FONT PROJECT ‘NOTO SERIF CJK’

YI NING WONG WRITES — Google and Adobe recently launched a unified font,  Noto Serif CJK, which provides support for simplified and traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The new font supports four different regional writing styles by automatically adjusting each character according to the keyboard language. This laborious creation requires individual designs for 65,353 glyphs in all seven font weights, totaling to 458,745 glyphs. Also, tackling font creation for complex written languages like Chinese means larger file sizes and advanced web font rendering. Google’s decision to embark on this feat is no surprise. It has always had an international...

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CHINESE FEMALE TYPECASTS: EMPOWERING OR NOT?

YI NING WONG WRITES – Slowly shifting from insulting stereotypes to socially conscious roles, typecasting has changed in recent years. With The Great Wall (2017) marching into its second month in U.S. theaters, the whitewashing in mainstream film productions is not the only element of the film that can be examined. A lesser noticed, yet highly relevant debate point is the implications behind Chinese actress Jing Tian and her portrayal of Commander Lin Mae. Five-foot, six-inches, beginning her acting careers at the mere age of 20, and unarguably attractive, Jing’s physicality almost perfectly fits the Suzie Wong model of...

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HONG KONG: JUST ANOTHER JACKIE CHAN?

YI NING WONG WRITES – It wasn’t until Ip Man (2008), a Hong Kong martial arts film, that Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen gain international attention. This led to his Hollywood debut, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016). He has since arguably been America’s favorite Chinese action star, featuring in recent blockbusters such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), where he plays a blind monk warrior, and xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), where he was a skilled sidekick to Vin Diesel. Both character inceptions are rooted in martial arts. Yen’s current trek is similar...

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