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#61 Variety Shows

Posted April 21st, 2008 by Peter · 11 Comments

Sorry for the 4 day hiatus. I was visiting Berkeley for its admit weekend. To make up for it: This is the first post of 2 new posts today.

Have you ever wondered why the only asian people you see on television are Michelle Kwan, Jet Li, or Jackie Chan? It’s because, the rest of the time, they are at home watching their very own Variety Shows on DVD. Now, there are many Asian Variety Shows out there, but I will focus mostly on firsthand experience. That’s right: I’m bringing viet-sexy back.


Asians love their Variety Shows for a variety of reasons (get it… variety?) It’s not the obnoxious comedy, clothing, hair, or extensive use of makeup that keeps Asians glued to their television sets. Is it the snooty hosts? The cultural appeal? The professional musicians that pluck strings in sync with computer generated sounds? It could be. Nevertheless, there are a few staple segments that Asians look forward to every time a show is released.

For example, Van Son Entertainment’s line of shows nearly always features immense amounts of “live” music performances. Now by live, I mean lip-synced… but Asians today have mastered the art of vocal deception to the point that most no longer doubt the existence of live asian talent. When the sappy music videos grow old and sickly, Asian producers throw in “original” comedy pieces.

These comedic pieces must feature well-known personalities to have any merit. ThuyNga Productions partially owns the rights to a pair of asian comedians, Quang Minh and Hong Dao, who are more popular in Vietnam than cheaply produced clothing goods because they provide heart-warming skits about family life and respect. Through the interjection of incorrectly-used english words, they, and other asians like themselves, have made names for themselves on the big stage. The trend today is shifting, however, as asians are embracing the “American Pizazz” and “Razzle Dazzle!” that they have lacked for years.

Now, more and more, asians are enlisting the help of “washed up” personalities that have been paraded around on the basis of their 15 minutes of fame on hollywood television. Most recently, Bravo’s Top Chef winner was Hung Huynh, who unexpectedly revealed his secret weapon to be fish sauce, which solicited a roaring crowd of applause.

If you want to see this gender confused man:

Or this extremely crafty chef:

Asian Variety Shows are the way to go. Asians love their own products. Where else can they find a larger collection than in one of their very own compilations? Compilations that provoke laughter, fear, inspiration, and sometimes perspiration (if you saw the picture above).

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toby // Apr 22, 2008 at 7:18 am

    My mom is vietnamnese and she has so many of those Paris by Night DVDs. I think they go up to 100 now! lol. I don’t understand why my mom loves it so much, they are all the same and the singing er – lip synching is not that great.

  • 2 everydayasian // Apr 27, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t know why this one doesn’t have more comments. So funny!

  • 3 sy88 // May 3, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Is it ridiculously un-Asian of me not to even know what language is being spoken in that video posted there? To me, it sounds like a mix between Cantonese and Vietnamese… *shrugs*

  • 4 sy88 // May 3, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Okay, I’m pretty sure that’s Canto but why does it sound even more nasal than usual? To be honest, Canto is an awful sounding dialect/language at times, up there with German/Dutch/Russian for sheer pain on one’s ears…

  • 5 sy88 // May 3, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Okay, I’m having second/third thoughts again, are they switching dialects or something? Gosh, I’m so un-Asian…

  • 6 sy88 // May 3, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Last comment, I promise. It’s just that I understand bits and pieces of Canto, and picked up a word or two here and there, then a minute later they starting sounding like Vietnamese… weird.

  • 7 Justin // May 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    it’s viet =) now u can rest ur mind and know ur Asian =)

  • 8 Crystal // May 10, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Visiting berkeley… does that mean you’re going there this year?! OMG ME TOO.

    Asians love Berkeley.

  • 9 Raz // Feb 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    It’s funny how I was thinking of suggesting this topic to the SAPL staff [because I can hear my cousins watching a variety show all the way from the living room], then I clicked “Previous Entries” and this is what appeared in front of me!

  • 10 Lulu Guinness // Nov 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

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  • 11 ilovehorseyrides // Sep 27, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Every time my family has a party, there sometimes is a Paris by Night DVD on.

    We also used to watch Super Trio Series on TVB. The show was weird but hilarious at the same time!!!

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