Tzi Ma on Being the Go-To Onscreen Asian Father, What ‘Mulan’ Means for the Asian-American Community [Interview]
Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Tzi Ma has become the go-to dad in countless Asian-led movies. From The Farewell to Tigertail, culminating in this year’s highly anticipated Disney remake of Mulan, there’s a warmth and world-weariness that the Hong Kong-born actor brings to films that are beginning to evolve audiences’ understanding and exposure to Asian-American culture. But despite that, Ma is not a dad himself, though he assures that as an uncle of many nieces and nephews, he’s changed many a diaper.
“I have been able to do surround myself with children growing up. So, I feel that I have a connection to them,” Ma told /Film in an interview over Zoom.