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As Katy Perry’s “Firework” verse “Do you ever really feel like a plastic bag” performed throughout Andrew Zheng’s Mr. ASIA competitors video, the Syracuse College freshman let go of a plastic bag — which then blew within the wind. Within the bloopers, the viewers noticed Zheng chasing the bag.
A Mr. ASIA panelist, SU sophomore Thomas Cheng, commented within the chat, “Environmentally involved, gifted, and he can code — a real renaissance man.”
Along with Zheng, three different college students submitted two movies that showcased them redefining masculinity and performing abilities — like taekwondo and a comedy sketch — within the hopes of being topped the subsequent Mr. ASIA on Friday night. The Asian College students in America group hosted the fourth Mr. ASIA 2021 pageant through Zoom.
Together with the four-person pageant, YouTube influencers CantoMando dropped into the Zoom occasion. The group of three Asian Canadian YouTube influencers answered questions from the panelists and viewers members and introduced the runner-up and winner of Mr. ASIA 2021.
Whereas earlier years’ contestants launched themselves in individual and carried out for stay crowds, this yr, the contestants — Zheng, SU sophomore Win Tran, SU junior David Lee and SU senior Asif Mohammed — submitted movies of two abilities for a panel containing most of ASIA’s government board and CantoMando to evaluate.
For the primary spherical of movies, the 4 college students lip-synced a tune that redefined their masculinity. For Lee’s efficiency, he accomplished the TikTok dance for the tune “Weak” by Larissa Lambert. One viewers member commented, “is that David D’Amelio.”
The final lip-sync and dance got here from Mohammed, who selected Thundercat’s “Dragonball Durag.” Mohammed’s video contained soar cuts round completely different components of the room it was shot in, close-up face pictures and no less than 4 completely different wardrobe modifications.
After his efficiency, the night’s host — ASIA’s cultural director and political schooling chair Brandon Lau complimented Mohammed for his well timed lip-syncing and the a number of outfits he wore all through the video. Nevertheless it was within the second spherical of movies that the contestants bought to point out their true abilities that might seize the judges’ consideration.
Two of the contestants, Zheng and Lee, carried out separate martial arts routines. Zheng carried out his routine solely on his personal and used an umbrella in lieu of a sword. Lee carried out taekwondo with a black belt. Whereas he began out solo, midway via his efficiency, Lee began kicking via wood planks held by pals, then completed by breaking a number of layers of planks sitting on two concrete blocks.
Tran, who lip-synced “Nice Guys” by Ryan Higa, Chester See and Kevin Wu, confirmed off his expertise of taking pictures his shot — in pong. All through the video, Tran took “trick pictures” with ping-pong balls — throwing the ball on the roof or rolling it on the desk — earlier than replaying the identical clip of the ball falling right into a purple Solo cup.
After Tran’s video ended, the present shifted to a Q&A bit with CantoMando. According to the theme of defying Asian male masculinity, the influencers attempt to make content material that defies Asian stereotypes which can be typically perpetuated within the media.
A part of this activity is creating content material that’s not pigeonholed for Asian audiences, the group stated. An instance they spoke about was using the offended Asain mom character in content material curation. Whereas it’s relatable to many Asian viewers, it’s not content material that can assist to propel the careers of Asian influencers.
Early within the Q&A, Lau requested the three influencers — Sheldon Ho, Mike Wu and Edward Leung — how they might describe CantoMando to an alien.
“We need to make (an) Asian American/Chinese language social hub,” Leung stated.
Earlier than saying the winner, the influencers additionally spoke concerning the current uptick in hate crimes in opposition to Asian Canadians and Asian Individuals. Lueng stated the occasions present that there nonetheless is a stigma towards Asian folks in Canada and america, however Ho took a extra optimistic outlook and reminded the viewers concerning the progress Asian people have made in North America.
After answering a number of extra questions from the viewers and Lau, the trio introduced the runner-up, Mohammed, and the winner, Win Tran. The group laughed as they realized Win had received the competitors — a becoming end result given his first identify.
“It was destined to be,” Leung stated.
Printed on April 10, 2021 at 12:32 am