[PIX11] Actor Tzi Ma talks CW show ‘Kung Fu,’ Asian representation in America

On the new CW series, “Kung Fu,” a man’s daughter left for three years and returned at a time when her family needed her most.

CW family member and New York’s Very Own Tzi Ma spoke to PIX11 News’ Ojinika Obiekwe about the show, what viewers can expect and the need to have Asian representation in all parts of American culture.

Catch “Kung Fu” Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on PIX11 or your local CW station. read more…

[CTV] Tzi Ma shows love to Sandra Oh for her activism on screen and off

Tzi Ma is not new to Hollywood and he’s not new to racism. The actor is the epitome of longevity in the entertainment business but he says it’s far more complicated than that. He shared with Etalk’s Tyronne Edwards that while he and other prominent Asian actors may strike big success, everything they do needs to be a form of activism against racism in their field and the world.

Specifically referring to Sandra Oh’s recent appearance and passionate speech at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Oakland, Pennsylvania, Ma commended her activism on the street and on the screen. He says the two cannot be distinguished from one another. read more…

[EW] Kung Fu’s Tzi Ma reflects on working with Coen brothers, Andy Warhol, & his ‘all-star daughter team’

He may be known as “Hollywood’s go-to Asian dad,” but Tzi Ma has embodied many other types of roles throughout his prolific career. He’s acted opposite Tom Hanks, Andy Warhol, Michael Caine, plus Rush Hour’s Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan (the first Asian and African American leads in a film), worked with directors like the Coen brothers and Lulu Wang, and he’s helped represent all the different ways Asians have been part of the “American fabric.” read more…

[HolrMagazine] Holr Chats: Kung Fu’s Tzi Ma

Kung Fu follows a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen, who drops out of Harvard Law School and goes on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China.

Upon her return, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption. Nicky’s parents Jin and Mei-Li are at the mercy of the powerful Triad.

Using her martial arts skills and Shaolin values, Nicky protects her community and brings criminals to justice. read more…

[Brieftake] Interview: Kung Fu’s Tzi Ma

As soon as I saw that Tzi Ma was cast in the CW series Kung Fu, I knew that we were destined to speak with the classy and dedicated actor who stars as the father of Olivia Liang’s Nicky Shen. Ma has attached himself to yet another strong project, as we were big supporters of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, Alan Yang‘s Tigertail, Mina Shum’s Meditation Park and Niki Caro’s Mulan. Kung Fu is a wonderful reinterpretation of the classic series, featuring an almost entirely Asian cast on a network series and Tzi Ma is a wonderful advocate for representation.

We sat down virtually with the delightful Tzi Ma from the Vancouver set of Kung Fu and he provided a legendary interview. read more…

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