‘The White Lotus’ returns for Season 2, slowed down and sexed up for a new generation
Season 2 premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sundance Channel
“The White Lotus” returns to Sundance Channel Tuesday night with a new story (not a sequel) and a whole new set of characters.
We meet a new character named Chinglish in the first hour of the new season. She’s a Chinese-American who works in tech and has a secret affair with one of the young Indian men at the center of the first season.
There’s a good reason why the show’s story is called “The White Lotus.” The story opens with a young woman getting into a car accident, which results in an attack on her and her family. We’re told she’s dead by the end of the episode.
That’s “The White Lotus,” a show about a young Chinese-American man and his struggle to find his place in the world. What we don’t know when we meet him are the reasons why he was the target of an attempted carjacking and a kidnapping, both of which he narrowly escapes with his life and a promise to return for one more mission he never completes.
His mother isn’t part of the first season, but the new storyline — set to open Monday — is the origin of a relationship between the parents of a young woman who was found dead in the California Bay Area.
Chung Lee and his wife, Annie, created a fictional show called “The White Lotus” in order to bring awareness to issues, like child trafficking, of Asian Americans.
In the past, Lee had worked as a television producer, but he said he didn’t have the experience to do the job. “I just was a fan of the show, so I pitched the show to them and they were very open to it,” Lee said.
They liked the idea of a show that could bring awareness to Asian-American issues and then asked if they could do a spinoff about the character, Lee said.
“I’m going on a journey, and I want to do it my way,” he said, adding that he hopes the new storyline can create a better life for people who are involved with