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There were also other pioneering [East and Southeast] Asian American actors like Benson Fong, Victor Sen Yung, Lotus Long, Suzanna Kim, Barbara Jean Wong, Fely Franquelli, Chester Gan, Honorable Wu, Kam Tong, Layne Tom Jr., Maurice Liu, Teru Shimada, Willie Fung and Wing Foo; all began their film careers in the 1930s and ‘40s.

With the relatively small percentage of actors that support themselves by acting, it was only logical that they should try to limit the available talent pool as much as possible. One way of doing this was by placing restrictions on minority actors, which, in the case of Asian actors, meant that they could usually only get roles as houseboys, cooks, laundrymen, and crazed war enemies, with the rare “white hero’s loyal sidekick” roles going to the big name actors. When the script called for a larger Asian role, it was almost inevitably given to a white actor. (A Brief History of Hollywood Yellowface)

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In Kali class earlier this week. Combining the Hubud, a practical pummeling and entanglement exercise with the Wing Chun principles. Here’s a simple flow that we did in Jeet Kune Do class at the Tigard location.

This drill provides the fundamentals of proper range and tactile awareness. Layers of it will be used in sparring but you wouldn’t see two people permanently attached at the same range. Think of it more like the wrestling drills of wakizashi or wrist pummeling. The pattern helps orientate the student into the correct position with proper timing and build those foundations in muscle memory. 

In our JKD class we have all skill levels from beginner to advanced and follow the Inosanto curriculum directly. For the closest local source to JKD in Portland, look no further than River City Warriors.