From the thousands of American Idol applicants, Saratoga’s Paul Kim has found himself as a top 24 semifinalist. Learn more about “the pool boy” and check out his interview with the San Jose Mercury News, including his feelings about Mr. Hung:

Q Why is William Hung your motivation?

A At first (his performance) was kind of funny. Then they kept playing him over and over and over. It started bothering me. That’s not what we look like, that’s not what we sound like, that’s not what we do. . . . That typical Asian stereotype: real nerdy, bookworm, unathletic, short in stature, the guy that never gets the girl. It just really bothered me how that’s portrayed in television and film.

Thanks to Angry Asian Man for the update!