You were born light-skinned.  Spent your whole childhood complimented on your appearance, with your red cheeks looking like a freshly molded doll.  You are 90%+ Japanese but the little haole you are holds just as much precedent.  As a child, your parents always had to explain “what you were” to others because you had the […]

Friday, August 17, 2018 was the start of an exceptionally Asian weekend.  The film adaptations of two New York Times Bestselling novels were released; Crazy Rich Asians (novel written by Kevin Kwan) and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (novel written by Jenny Han).  After the films were released book sales skyrocketed; Jenny Han’s […]

Imagine your only means of seeing yourself was entirely in caricatures.  A boulevard of broken English, underground criminal lords and exotic fetishes.  Images that are completely foreign to you in real life yet you experience them constantly on the screen as movies and television insist this is how people that look like you exist. With […]

Just A Bunch of Music By Asians and Pacific Islanders

1966 Don Ho “Tiny Bubbles” 1971 Fanny “You’re the One” 1972 Fanny “Blind Alley” 1977 Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You” 1979 Alien Kulture “Asian Youth” Aura “Yesterday’s Love” 1985 The Jets “You Got It All” 1986 Metallica “Master of Puppets” 1988 The Jets “Sendin’ All My Love” 1991 Metallica “Enter Sandman” The Smashing […]

2017 was an interesting year for AAPI.  From Jason Momoa starring in Justice League to Korean immigrant NFL player Younghoe Koo to Asian-American nazis in Charlottesville, here are some of the standout moments from the year.  Cheers to 2018! Everything Mazie Hirono Did In 2017 Hawai’i’s U.S. Senator, Mazie Hirono, was diagnosed with Stage 4 […]

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 […]

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 […]