“I had to watch this happen”

Jo Koy has spoken openly about the harsh experiences his mother went through as an Asian immigrant in the United States

“My mother came here in the late ’60s — an immigrant mother with no identity trying to find someone who looks like her, going on TV and what they see? Asian,” said Koy, 51, on his show Rise for Comedy. on Tuesday.

The half-Filipino, half-White comedian continued, “My mom went to church every Sunday, and church was about the only time she felt like she had an identity.”

While his mother was comfortable at church, making friends was a different story.

“There was no Facebook, there was no Instagram. There wasn’t a TikTok where she could build a community,” Koy explained. “She couldn’t go to Google and search for ‘Filipino community’ like these kids can today. My mother had to physically find her friends.

The actor and podcast host also shared a memorable incident he witnessed as a young boy.

He recalled filling out raffle tickets and winning a TV at Sears. On the way to her award, Koy noticed a little boy’s reaction to his mother, which opened his eyes to the painful truth of racism.

“We won the TV and then we went up the escalator, it’s like 1985 and my mum loves little kids. My mom sees this little kid and she says, ‘Hello, what’s your name?’ The child turns and pulls his eyes back and giggles. I didn’t know the giggles were because… I didn’t understand that kind of normalization. Why would that be funny?”

Koy explained that his mother had to endure the taunts because of how Asians were portrayed on television at the time.

“She says, ‘It’s fine, Joseph. He’s just trying to be funny, that’s all.’ But the pain that’s inside her, she doesn’t want to show me that she’s hurt. I had to watch this happen,” Koy said.

Asians continue to be treated unfairly in the US, according to a 2020 United Nations report, which described an “alarming level” of racially motivated violence and other hate incidents against Asian Americans.

On the work front, Koy will star in the upcoming movie Easter Sunday, which follows the story of a family reunion on Easter Sunday. The film hits theaters on August 5th.


Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy

Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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