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The strange feeling of
how we all wanted the
show to be good and right,
but we never won that
struggle. You'll notice that
the Margaret we now
know — who's on fire —
that person isn't at all evi-
dent in the show. She's
just an actor playing a
two-dimensional part. For
a TV network and produc-
ers to have the opportunity
to marshal her energy and
totally miss it — not even
notice what it is that
makes her so great, that
was so frustrating.
Did you have a place
to go for relief?
We'd go and order takeout
food and sit around and
complain or strategize
how we could get things to
be different. Or we'd just
MEET B.D. WONG
B.D. Wong heads to The University of
North Texas for the 9th annual Equity and
Diversity Conference, Feb. 23-24. Along with
Yolanda King (daughter of Coretta Scott King
and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Wong serves
as a featured speaker, focusing on the confer-
ence's 2006 theme "The Power of Inclusion."
On Thursday, Wong leads a free program
titled "Change, Hope and Equality for Asian-
Americans" where he'll address racial self-
image, race-based rejection, Asian-American
parental pressure and the "model-minority
myth." On Friday, he presents at the confer-
ence's general session, "All The World's a
Stage: From Exclusion to Inclusion."
"Change, Hope and Equality," Feb. 23 at
6:30 p.m. Free, at the Lyceum in the
University Union. Fund-raising dinner at 5
p.m., $125. Private fundralsing reception at
7:45, $50. Dinner and reception held at the
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"The Power of Inclusion" Feb 24 at 7
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chill-out, watch the show
when it aired. She had just bought this really
funky '70s modern house on the hill and had a
new car. It was really fun."
Was the show met with an angst-filled
response from the Asian-American communi-
There was. There was so much invested in the
dream of an Asian-American family on TV. They
couldn't celebrate the mere fact it was on, in the
hopes of building up to something greater. Asian-
Americans were outraged by the lameness of it.
Do you find it shocking there hasn't been a
show about an Asian-American family since?
No. The reason why
there hasn't been one is
Girl' was such a misfire.
What did you think
about last year's "Law
and Order: SVU"
episode about the gay
man murdering crystal-
meth barebackers who
spread an HIV super-
I found the episode
kind of implausible. But
given the fact they were
dealing with serious
issues, I didn't think it
was overly politically
incorrect. The head
writer is a physician,
who wrote for many
years on "ER." He
wanted the show to por-
tray a medical perspec-
tive, and he's the reason
why my character is on
What was the best thing "All-American
That it happened. It put Asian-Americans on
TV. Sometimes wonderful things come from
things that aren't so wonderful. The incredible
artist who is Margaret Cho today is a result of all
the pain she experienced on "All-American
Girl." She's a swan. And that's what I'm grateful
for. All of us learned a great deal on the show,
and I don't fault it or wish it never happened. We
were the first and only Asian-American family
on TV, and there's something to be said for it. I
am very proud of it.
FALCON PROMOTES FORMER DALLASiTE CHRIS STEELE
In a Feb. 9 press release, Falcon Studios president Todd Montgomery
announced the promotion of director of production Chris Steele, pictured, to sen-
ior director of production and editing.
In his new role, Steele (also known around Big D as Jan Milstead) will now over-
see editing and all production aspects of Falcon and Mustang fiims.
Along with his new duties, Steele will also direct five new films for
Falcon in 2006, including Falcon's yearly two-part destination film.
Steele's Falcon directorial debut was the 2004 release of "Taking
Flight 1-2," which was shot in England and broke all company
sales records at that time. In the press release it was revealed that
the sales records of "Taking Flight 1-2" has been surpassed by
Steele's second two-parter, "Cross Country 1-2." So far, "Cross I
Country 1-2" is the most financially successful film in Falcon's
Steele's first film of 2006, "Big Dick Club" (FVP166), will be
released on March 20.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006, newspaper, February 17, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238896/m1/43/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.