Kim’s convenience star Jean Yoon has made her own claims about the recently completed CBC / Netflix comedy after TV son Simu Liu expressed some frustrations.
Earlier this month, Liu penned a lengthy Facebook – Contribution that had some problems with the upcoming spin-off Strays, in which actress Nicole Power will play her role as Shannon. “I love and am proud of Nicole, and I want the show to be a success for her … but I’m still angry at all of the circumstances that led to the one non-Asian character getting her own show,” said Liu .
John Doyle, a columnist for Canada’s Globe and Mail, analyzed Liu’s Facebook post, which he described as “mean insults while driving by” and at least one “weird explanation” – although Doyle admitted on Liu’s last point: “Yeah , it would have been noble and proactive for the producers to hire more Asian writers. “
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Yoon, who plays the Matriarch of the Kim family Umma, responded to Doyle’s column with a series of tweets saying that “As an Asian-Canadian, a Korean-Canadian woman with more experience and knowledge of my characters’ world, the shortage of Asian women, especially Korean writers in the Kims writing room made my life VERY DIFFICULT and the experience of working on the show is painful. “
” Your attack on my actor Simu Liu in defense of my Korean Fellow artist [and series creator] Ins Choi is neither helpful nor deserved, ”Yoon continued. “Mr. Choi wrote the play [and] created the TV show, but its co-creator, Mr. Kevin White, was the showrunner and set the parameters clearly.”
Yoon claimed that the oversight was postponed “Was hidden from us as a cast,” but was made evident by Choi’s “reduced presence on set” and lack of feedback on script issues. Yoon claimed the situation had reached a “crisis” point in season five at which the scripts ” Obviously racist and so extremely culturally imprecise storylines that the cast came together and voiced concerns together “.
As a result of the unified cast,” S5 restored many of the core values of the original show and removed most of the offensive ‘jokes’ ” , Yoon wrote. (The actress described a troubled scene in which her character inexplicably failed to notice her beige training shorts bare her from the waist down made appear.
“THIS scene would have aired hours after 8 people, 6 Asian women, were shot dead in Atlanta, GA in a hate crime series that shocked the nation,” she noted. “That’s why it’s important. If an Asian actor says, ‘Hey, that’s not cool’ then maybe he should just fix it and say THANK YOU. “)
Yoon also claimed that if she hadn’t spoken up,” all Korean food would have been WRONG on the show. Ins doesn’t know how to cook or how things are prepared, no one else in the writer’s room was Korean, and THEY HAD NO KOREAN CULTURAL RESOURCES IN THE WRITING’S ROOM. ” a lot that I’m proud of. But especially S3 & S4 had many moments of dismissal & disrespect as an actor where it mattered to the writers. And the more successfully I stood up for my character, the more resistance and distrust I got from the writers / producers. “
Some time after Yoon tweeted, screenshots of a Facebook page were posted on the official social media accounts of Kim’s Convenience. Posts shared by author / co-EP Anita Kapila attempting to “publicly recognize the women and BIPOC I was honored to work with.”
Anita Kapila is a South Asian award-winning writer and co-executive producer and works at Kim’s Convenience since the first season. pic.twitter.com/L2O9soBGlo