Greta Lee, the mastermind behind developing HBO dark comedy “KTown” based on the fictional kingpins of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, just might be spearheading the first premium cable show to feature Asian Americans.
The story will focus on Lee who plays Yumi, daughter of a Kingpin family in the Los Angeles neighborhood who explores her “embarrassing” Korean roots
. The show will follow how Yumi becomes a powerful Korean-American woman in her own right.
“When you have no sort of representation, when you’re completely absent from media or from everything you’re consuming, no matter how strong your support system is, subconsciously, the subliminal message is, ‘You are defective.’ And I’m just beginning to understand the scope of how damaging that is to people and to myself.”
“The show is going to be largely about our families, because it takes place in Koreatown, L.A.,” she said.
Author Jenny Han of the book made popular Netflix movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” tweeted her support of the show.
Fans also tweeted their support of the new show and what it will mean for Asian Americans moving forward.
Lee herself is known for her roles in Heidi on “High Maintenance,” and Soojin on “Girls.”