Welcome to the LET’S GYO CRAZY MUSIC CORNER, where music and nerdiness collide! For this debut segment, I’d like to spotlight musicians of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.  Listening to music is a euphoric experience to begin with but seeing someone that looks like you perform said music, even after attending more than 200 shows […]

What is Hawaiian Pidgin? Iss da kine bah.  Nah keeding. For rio kine it wen staht in da sugacane plantations befoa time wen planny immigrants wuz cahmeen to Hawai’i in da mid-1800s tru da earlay 1900s.  Eh had planny different kine peepo, Americans an immigrants yeah so had to create wan common language so dey […]

One of the biggest pop culture phenomena in Asian America hit us 24 years ago; and she wore yellow all the time. giphy.com When the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (adapted from the Japanese series Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger) debuted, producers knew it would be successful, however, nobody could predict the insanity among its young audience that it produced.  […]

In 2015, The Rap Year Book was released chronicling the evolution of rap from 1979 – 2014, highlighting the most influential song from every year and written by the hysterical Shea Serrano.  It included giants like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Notorious B.I.G., N.W.A. but also shone newer talent with Big Sean, Macklemore and Rich […]

Karen O and the Evolution of Asian American Identity

As a child growing up in Hawai’i, the term “closed off” was an understatement.  My island bubble, the capitol of both slipper-wearing and of Asian and Polynesian dominance; fighting the juxtaposition of being a part of the United States and somehow existing culturally separate for so long, perhaps (definitely) led to my teenage-Asian American-Pacific Islander […]