FB group Subtle Asian Traits inspires TV series now in the works
A television series inspired by the Facebook group Subtle Asian Traits is now in the works under the new studio Jumpcut, which launched earlier this month.
The TV series will have a “college-set narrative” to be penned by Ivan Tsang and Justin R. Ching, as per The Hollywood Reporter‘s exclusive report on June 24.
The said real-life online group, made up of members of Asian communities from all over the world, is a place where Asians share memes, opinions and stories of their experiences as Asians from several cultures.
“Our mission is to connect Asian individuals globally to create a community that celebrates the similarities and differences within the subtle traits of Asian culture and sub-cultures,” the group describes itself on the social media platform.
The group was created by nine Chinese-Australian students in 2018, who were high-schoolers back then. Now, the Facebook group has over 1.9 million members.
Producer John Zhang was able to secure the right to create a project inspired by the group from its founders, according to the report.
No further details have been revealed about the show so far, but the Subtle Asian Traits team on June 25 noted that the show will have Asian stories shared on the group shown on screen.
“Growing up, many of us did not have the community to share some of the nuances of being Asian. Starting the group, we never thought that Subtle Asian Traits would impact so many people and result in such a shared sentiment of belonging,” the Subtle Asian Traits team said.
“Over the past couple months, we’ve been in contact with passionate filmmakers, producers and writers in our community who wanted to bring the sentiment of subtle [Asian] traits to the screens.
“We’re humbled in being part of their vision to focus on the diverse subtle [Asian] traits throughout the diasporic Asian community, and as part of this new wave of Asian representation in media dispelling stereotypes previously used to characterize us,” they added.
The Subtle Asian Traits team noted that they are continuing discussions with the writers and producers of the show, which is still in early development. Ian Biong /ra
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