Halloween has been a struggle for many Asian Americans as they are faced with many non-Asians portraying racist stereotypes and calling it a “costume.” There’s also another conversation about how the lack of representation in media gives so few good character options for Asians who wish to represent without reinforcing any stereotypes proudly.
One person who has successfully gone against stereotypes and proudly represented his Asian heritage on Halloween almost every single year is Eugene Lee Yang.
Eugene is a Korean American filmmaker, actor, producer, author, director, and human rights activist. He also hangs out with cool people like Jessi and Eric Nam…
This will be his 13th year doing his Asian Halloween tradition dubbed “Eugenoween.” Every year, he dresses up as a different Asian character, and it’s simply iconic.
This year, he’s going harder than ever! It’s not even Halloween yet, and he has already released stellar cosplay shoots showing not just one, not even two but multiple characters.
He calls this year’s series “Beauty & Blood.” As an advocate for equality, especially in terms of Asian Americans and LGBTQIA+, his costumes this year couldn’t be better as he portrays powerful Asian women from film and TV. The first of the series is Eve Polastri from BBC America‘s Killing Eve.
Eve is a spy played by Canadian American actress Sandra Oh who is also of Korean heritage.
Actress Kat McNamara portrays the Villanelle to Eugene’s Eve.
Jodie Comer plays villanelle in the original series.
These two really killed it with this one!
Like do you see any difference?
We don’t know if it can get better than this, honestly. He really set the bar high with this costume.
Still, Eugene couldn’t do Halloween without doing something from this year’s most talked-about show and one of the most popular Korean shows of all time, the one and only Squid Game!
Who is better to represent “Beauty & Blood” than the one and only Kang Sae Byeok? The lovely Jung Ho Yeon originally plays her.
He got the set, props, outfit, everything exact! That’s definitely our beloved Sae Byeok!
He not only did the iconic green tracksuit but even her suit. Can we please talk about how perfect this is, from the set design to the makeup?
He literally slayed.
Of course, we know Sae Byeok needs her Ji Yeong…
Are we sure this isn’t a shot from the show? Could this be any more perfect at this point?
Lee Yoo Mi‘s character is portrayed in this photoshoot by music artist and content creator Wengie. Literal chills!
She totally captured her vibes!
Love her or hate her, we can’t forget Han Mi Nyeo…
Played by Kim Joo Ryung on the show and portrayed by Japanese American YouTuber Mari Takahashi.
She literally captured the character’s craziness, and we are shook.
If you think that’s all for feminist icons from Squid Game… Well, you’re mistaken.
We can’t forget this baddie! The creepy giant doll from “Red Light, Green Light” is none other than drag queen Kim Chi!
Eugene is continuing his Halloween tradition with new costumes leading up to October 31, so we can look forward to even more. His latest post is his take on Kill Bill‘s 17-year-old bodyguard Gogo Yubari.
— Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) October 29, 2021