On the Difference between Being a Role and Playing a Role

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Well, it’s interesting that I was offered those Chinese roles, and I think there was a lot of people who were Chinese who were very upset about the fact that I was playing a Chinese role, when there are so many good Chinese actors, you know? Just like now, I’m sure there are a lot of Japanese, Japanese-American roles, and there are Chinese or Koreans playing it. So, there’s always jealousy, but if you’re an actor, you don’t have to be that part, you’re playing that part.

Date: November 8, 2018
Location: California, US
Interviewer: June Berk
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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