Kim’s Convenience star Jean Yoon describes ‘painful’ experience working on Canadian sitcom due to lack of Korean writers
Another star of the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience speaks out about the behind-the-scenes drama in the TV series.
Jean Yoon posted a series of tweets Sunday as she supported her co-star Simu Liu who had posted a long message on facebook borders on his frustrations with the way the characters were portrayed and the actors were treated.
“The lack of Asian women, especially Korean writers in Kims’ writing room made my life VERY DIFFICULT and the experience of working on the show painful,” Yoon, 59, tweeted.
Spoke: Jean Yoon posted a series of tweets on Sunday detailing the “painful” experience of working on Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience that just got canceled after five seasons
The sitcom, about a Korean-Canadian family who runs a convenience store, was just canceled after five seasons on CBC.
Yoon shared that some of the scripts for the final season contained plot points that were “openly racist,”
She stated that some of the storylines were “so extremely culturally inaccurate that the cast got together and collectively voiced their concerns.”
She also claimed that if she hadn’t spoken, “all the Korean food on the show would have been wrong” because “they had no Korean cultural resources in the writer’s room at all.”
Hurt: Yoon, 59, claimed storylines for the show’s final season about a Korean-Canadian family running a store were “overtly racist” and “so extremely culturally inaccurate”
Problems: The actress said that if she hadn’t spoken, “all the Korean food on the show would have been wrong” because “they had no Korean cultural resources in the writer’s room at all”
Canceled: Yoon took to Twitter to support co-star Simu Liu who made a lengthy post on Facebook about his frustrations with the way characters were portrayed and actors were treated
The official reason for the show’s cancellation is the departure of showrunners Ins Choi and Kevin White.
But in his lengthy Facebook post, Simu Liu pointed out that the producers are moving forward with a spin-off starring the only non-Asian protagonist Nicole Power.
“I love and am proud of Nicole, and I want the show to be a success for her,” the 32-year-old Chinese-born actor wrote. “But I remain outraged by all the circumstances that led to that one non-Asian character getting her own show. And not that they would ever ask, but I will firmly refuse to reprise my role in any capacity.”
He also complained about how the Asian cast was treated and ignored, sharing, “We were a cast of Asian Canadians who had a plethora of lived experiences to draw from and offer to writers. But we were often told about the plans for the next season just days before we were due to start filming.
“I remain fixated on the missed opportunities to showcase Asian characters with real depth and the ability to grow and evolve.”