58-62; and Elizabeth Flux, 'Battling with Stereotypes: Maximum Choppage
and Asian Representation', Metro, no.
In a typical case, in the Siberian Gazette of 1881, "choppage
" by Russian authorities was so egregious that the editor replaced deleted text with blanks such that "small islands of print had been left in a miniature sea of white paper." The authorities hurriedly confiscated all copies, and telegraphed the publisher: "Blank spaces ...
Ayres, who also executive-produced the ABC's Maximum Choppage
(starring Lawrence Leung), tells website Joy House Productions that the Anglocentric network status quo would be difficult to shift:
(1) That year, Leung himself both starred in and wrote for the ABC series Maximum Choppage, which features a predominantly Asian cast--something that, up until that point, was highly unusual for Australian television.
As Leung puts it, 'Like Maximum Choppage, [Sucker] was designed for everyone to watch--not for one specific audience.'
THE CABRAMATTA OF MAXIMUM CHOPPAGE IS ONE OF KARAOKE, DUCK SOUP, COUNTERFEIT DVDS AND KUNG-FU--A WORLD AWAY FROM THE ANGLO-CELTIC COMMUNITIES COMMONLY SEEN ON LOCAL TV.
Maximum Choppage is silly and eccentric--and incredibly important.
There are a lot of ways Maximum Choppage could have gone very wrong.
But none of the fight scenes in Maximum Choppage were left up to chance.
I think it's the only time in my entire thirty years of working as an actor that we sat down with the director [...] and had a 'tone meeting', where the kind of comedy that Maximum Choppage is was articulated to us.
As Benjamin Law has argued in The Monthly, one of the highlights of Maximum Choppage is the way it 'spins stereotypes on their head or smashes them'.
'The politically incorrect humour of Maximum Choppage is very much there,' affirms Wong.