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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

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Wesley Chan, Sixth 06, Ted Fu, ERC 06, Phillip Wang, Revelle 06

   
     

UC San Diego juniors Wesley Chan, Ted Fu and Phillip Wang met in a 2004 visual arts class and started making videos just for fun. “Our first movies were silly lip syncing videos that we put online,” says Wang. “Then we started getting thousands of hits and it just started snowballing from there.” As seniors, the team created “Yellow Fever,” which has been viewed on YouTube more than five million times.

After graduating in 2006, the trio formed Wong Fu Productions and its website gets more than 5,000 hits a day. Their independent films and music videos collectively have had more than 10 million hits on YouTube. They didn’t stop there. They created the popular “Nice Guy” clothing line and the successful “International Secret Agents” concert series featuring up-and-coming Asian-American artists.

The team members, who share a house in Alhambra, Calif., have millions of fans across the globe. They have been credited with having an impact on the Asian-American community because their films portray Asian Americans realistically. “There’s a lot of stereotyping in the mainstream media,” Wang says. “The actors in our movies don’t have accents; they’re not doing martial arts. We want to make movies that everyone can relate to and we hope we inspire other Asian Americans to be creative.”

The three alums share their inspirational story with college students across the country. “A lot of people have looked to us for advice because we have shown that through the use of the Internet, we were able to carve out a career as independent artists,” Wang says.

This fall, the team is sponsoring another International Secret Agents concert and they’ve already been asked to tour at more than 20 universities. One of their biggest priorities is developing their second feature-length film. The three will write the script in October and start filming in spring 2010.

—Christine Clark, ’06

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