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GROUNDBREAKER RUSSELL WONG CHANGES IMAGE OF ASIAN-AMERICANS IN `VANISHING SON'
[NORTH SPORTS FINAL Edition]
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Darling, Cary
Date: Feb 8, 1995
Start Page: 5
Section: TEMPO
Abstract (Document Summary)

Russell Wong realizes his role as Jian-Wa Chang, the kung-fu crazy, violin-virtuoso good guy at the heart of the new TV series "Vanishing Son," is a groundbreaking one.

He's on the leading edge of Asian-American men entering dramatic roles on a weekly series in the United States. But, as much as anything else, he sees "Vanishing Son" (7 p.m. Sundays, WGN-Ch. 9), as black-belt revenge for David Carradine's white-guy-as-Asian-mystic on "Kung Fu."

Taking a morning break from the San Diego set, the New York-based Wong, who turns 32 in March, sits at a small table in a favorite, would-be-chic Santa Monica coffeehouse. Dressed for morning cold instead of martial conflict, he's hardly at all like the characters through which most Americans know him: the bullying, brutish husband in "The Joy Luck Club" and the rock-'em, sock-'em hero of "Vanishing Son" TV movies/series prequels that aired last year.

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