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With his role on season five of the hit CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, DANIEL DAE KIM [Jack Kang] continues his string of multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles.

Prior to FIVE-0, Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series LOST, for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Best Ensemble, and was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. In 2009, he was recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Journal Achievement Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment and also named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” He received the Influential Asian Artist Award from the San Diego Asian American Film Festival, as well as the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater. Kim recently served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in Korea.

Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. After briefly considering a career as an attorney, he decided to follow his true passion and moved to New York City, where he began his work on stage, performing in classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Ivanov and A Doll’s House. Despite his early success, he decided to deepen his dedication to the craft by enrolling at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. In June 2009, he rekindled his love for the stage by performing the role of the King of Siam in the iconic production of The King And I, at London’s world-renowned Royal Albert Hall.

Upon graduation, Kim’s film career began in earnest with roles in The Jackal, For Love of the Game, Hulk, Spider-Man 2 and The Cave, as well as the Academy Award®-winning Crash.

On television, he has guest-starred on numerous shows, including CSI, E.R. and 24. In 2008, he starred in the Emmy® Award-nominated miniseries, The Andromeda Strain.

Kim has also lent his voice talents to video games, creating the character of Johnny Gat for all four installments of the “Saints Row” franchise, as well as games such as “Scarface: The World Is YourS,” and “Tenchu.” He has also voiced characters in numerous animated series, most recently for “Avatar: The Legend of Korra.”

Kim recently expanded his industry work to include producing and directing. In January of 2014, he signed a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios, the first of its kind with an Asian American actor. With his new company, 3AD, he is currently creating original content for both television and film. Recently, he also took on a new role, but this time behind the camera, directing an episode of Hawaii Five-0 this past January.

Though he spends time in Los Angeles and New York, Kim spends most of the year in Honolulu, Hawaii where he devotes his free time to his family and various charities. He can be followed on Twitter and Instagram @danieldaekim and on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/12jaY8n.

anonymous asked:

One of my protagonists is Korean-American. Both her parents are Korean but she was born and raised in America before moving to England. Do you have any tips for writing a Korean-American character?

Korean American Characters

Hey, Anon! So, this is a very general question. It’s general to the point where I’m finding it difficult to give a good answer.

Being Korean-American means different things to different people. My experiences growing up as a Korean-American in coastal Southern California are very different from a Korean-American who grew up in Northern California or Illinois or New York. The time period matters, too.

So I think a better use of your time is to flesh out your character some more. There are many resources that you can use to learn about the experiences of Korean-Americans, including magazines like KoreAm Journal

Another thing I highly recommend is reading books that feature Korean-American characters by Korean-Americans! Not every Korean-American author writes Korean-American characters into their works, but the ones on this list have: YA reads Featuring Korean and Korean-American Protagonists Written by Korean-American Authors 

If you’re not into YA, then here are some other options:

  • Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
  • Leonard Chung’s Choice series
  • Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
  • Person of Interest by Susan Choi
  • I’m the One I Want and I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight by Margaret Cho (nonfiction/autobio)

If you like comics, Derek Kirk Kim’s Same Difference and Other Stories may be a good fit for you~

There are many many more Korean-American authors and comic book creators, but their works don’t involve Korean-American protagonists. And there are many works that feature Korean-American characters that aren’t written by Korean-Americans! 

Not all of our experiences are the same, but these might give you a better insight into how to create a well-written Korean-American character. Do your research, be respectful, and find a good beta reader. Good luck, Anon!

~mod Stella


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