Wednesday, November 14, 2007

(Azn) American Idol

THE EPIPHANY OF JD CHAN (A Synopsis) by Jason Magabo Perez

On a perfect earth where the only crimes worth ending are epistemic in nature, Asian American children are rigorously trained to become Super-Assimilators at the Fairly Eastern Academy of Transformative Superhero Studies. It is an institution of the highest learning, a place famous for its Radical Heroic Studies Department which offers the following courses: Introduction to Superhuman
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JD Chan is a boy who is fed up with the politics at the FEATSS. He discovers that he has no intention of becoming a Superhero of the status quo. His real passion is in becoming a news anchorman. Throughout his short life, he has been fed up with the exoticization of Asian American women and their roles on live American news. He wants to tell the stories. He wants to be the Almighty Reporter! He wants to be candy for the eyes. But he can’t, he is fated to become a typical superhuman—a gangster from a ridiculously wealthy family or a math genius or a hip hop dancer or maybe even a backpacking hip hop enthusiast who claims solidarity with the Underground. His best friends—Marky Malabanan and May Le—disagree with his push for Normal People Studies. JD Chan drops out of school and trains to be an anchorman. But he is confronted with the ultimate truth—No one really cares to see an Asian American male anchorman. After a bit of struggle, he returns to the FEATSS to write stories for comics for a meager living.

Can you believe Parry Shen turned this down? As Jay texted me, Azn America is not ready for high satire.

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