Chinese in the Mainstream: Three Delivery? Sigh.

three delivery wallpaper
Next week (June 27) Nicktoons will premiere “Three Delivery“, a cartoon about three Chinese teenagers saving Chinatown from evil one delivery at a time…
I don’t know about this one.
Is three delivery a play on “free delivery”?
Why do Chinese always have to be associated with take-out and kung fu?

The artwork is somewhat nice. The clips off the site were so-so. Not as funny as The Notorious MSG. It hasn’t grabbed me. I’m still a little taken back by how it all seems very backwards in these times. We’ve come so far from this image.
Please, just don’t suck.

Three Delivery.com
Official Nicktoons Site
Also check out…Why is TV so White? Entertainment Weekly pulls out a very interesting article on the topic of why there is such a lack of diversity on TV.

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10 Responses to “Chinese in the Mainstream: Three Delivery? Sigh.”

  1. 1 Steve
    June 20, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    This sounds racist. Sounds like they’re trying to legitimize racism and stereotyping with good artwork. Pretty slick way of legitimizing racism, don’t you think?

  2. 2 L T
    June 20, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Yea it seems that way but again I don’t want to be quick to judge. I don’t know much about the background of the show. It’s part of that argument, on one hand it reinforces stereotypes but on the other Asians become a greater part of the mainstream. I’ll have to watch more before I can dismiss the show. If anyone has more background on the show holla!

  3. June 24, 2008 at 4:24 am

    It looks to have a solid voice cast and nice designs, at least. The flash animation, stereotypical premise, and “me-too” vibe doesn’t bode too well, though. I don’t know if they’re just jumping on the bandwagon, but it looks like these Asian-themed martial arts kids shows are the new big thing. This actually looks pretty decent, but I can’t help but worry a bit.

    Creator Larry Schwarz was apparently influenced by kung-fu movies and his childhood experiences in New York. This honestly looks like a way to capitalize on the popularity of anime and sell to the substantial Asian population. Whether or not it turns out to be legitimate homage or a poor mockery will soon be discovered. I hope this one will be different.

  4. 4 L T
    June 25, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for the info Redskyy. I agree with you. The creator and the production teams behind this effort are not Asian which is why this doesn’t exactly sit well with me. The only Asian names that I’ve seen attached to this project are the voice-overs. We’ll soon see how this goes.

  5. 5 missrain
    July 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    please give the show a chance. i’ve come across a lot of asian-americans who were skeptical, sometimes even insulted because the premise appears to be “stereotypical.” it’s not about that at all! i myself am asian-american and i think it’s about time we had a cool show about us! sure, the main creators are not asian, but it just proves how strongly they admire chinese culture so much that they were inspired to create a show on it, so you should be proud!

  6. 6 Jesse
    July 9, 2008 at 9:38 am


    I couldn’t help but come across this website when I did a goggle search for “Three Delivery.” I can see your point about stereotypical depictions of Asian-Americans in the media and as a European-American I don’t pretend to know what that feels like. But I agree with missrain, please watch the show before you judge it. I also can understand how bad it could look to have a non-asian production team, but it really is about admiration of culture and style. And at the core, it really is a visually entertaining show. I’ll leave some links to Official YouTube clips.


    Teaser 1:

    Teaser 2:

  7. 7 L T
    July 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks for the info and for leaving comments. Honestly I’m trying to give it a chance and I haven’t had the opportunity to really check it out. I will do so soon and post about it.

  8. July 26, 2008 at 1:41 am

    I’ve posted my own thoughts and reviews about Three Delivery on my blog, but you can check out the entire first episode along with some other “mobisodes” at their official Nicktoons site. I’ve only seen that one episode, but it’s not bad so far. Worth checking out.



  9. 9 NaS
    August 14, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    It’s good wholesome family racism.

  10. 10 Amy
    August 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve watched the show before, and read different reviews on it, and it’s not in the least racist.
    The creator was influenced by his want to create an animated show, and his love of kung-fu movies and the like.
    You really should give it a chance before judging so harshly on this show; I really like it.

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