0:27 - 0:47 // "Didn't have the luxury" 1:19 - 1:31 // Butting heads + Differences v. Similarity 3:36 - 4:19 // Giving it back David So's video isn't anything much different than most of our own families. He talks about how the hard work his family had to put into their beauty salon and how they didn't have the luxury to come visit often.
One thing So mentions is how he would butt heads with his strict Asian parents growing up, especially revolving around topics like money and career. So states as he grew up, he began to realize "less of the differences and more of the similarities" he shared with his parents. So also goes on to talk about his career as a comedian was not an easy feat, and surely was not something strict Asian parents wanted of their son. However, So's perseverance to make it as a comedian sky rocketed and is now able to give it back to his parents. He says in his video that if he can make his mom happy, that's all he wanted. Why this is important to shed light on is because it IS so normal and it IS what some kids would do for their parents. Bringing into light of Korean families, people from other ethnic backgrounds are able to relate to, as David So puts it, "less of the differences and more of the similarities" we share multiculturally.
Not only does David So share intimate videos of him and his family, but he also show cases his talent as a singer songwriter. In popular media today, people often think of Korean singers as pretty boy K-Pop stars with a fragile frame and multi colored hair. So breaks this stereotype by showcasing raw talent as nobody else but himself.
While David So may seem all fun and games most of the time, he does have his serious moments. David So along with fellow Korean American actor Justin Chon, starred in the film Gook which was based on Korean LA Riots.
David So: I learned about them when it happened. Honestly being 4–5 years old you don’t remember much, or anything really, but I do remember my parents talking about it. That event had a ripple effect across the nation, especially in California. So, if you were a Korean business owner during that time, your guard was up. Issues of race was never something that hit me hard until I got older. I think I’m blessed to have grown up in Sacramento. Due to its culturally diversity, a lot of racial persecution that other people felt in their day to day wasn’t something I experienced. Having said that, as I got to read more and ask questions about the riots, it was an eye-opening moment for me. It reflected hurt, pain, and injustice that is still present today.
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