gil asakawa | pop stuff

Bits and bytes of Asian American pop culture and politics served up in small chunks

Why Asian Americans hate hearing “Where are you from?” | NIKKEI VIEW: The Asian American Blog - GIL ASAKAWA'S JAPANESE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON POP CULTURE, MEDIA & POLITICS

Help Denver’s Gamelan Tunas Mekar produce a documentary | NIKKEI VIEW: The Asian American Blog - GIL ASAKAWA'S JAPANESE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON POP CULTURE, MEDIA & POLITICS

“Linsanity” DVD now available for everyone to be inspired all over again by Jeremy Lin’s story | NIKKEI VIEW: The Asian American Blog - GIL ASAKAWA'S JAPANESE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON POP CULTURE, MEDIA & POLITICS

#NotYourAsianSidekick kicks off worldwide conversations about racist & sexist Asian stereotypes | NIKKEI VIEW: The Asian American Blog - GIL ASAKAWA'S JAPANESE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON POP CULTURE, MEDIA & POLITICS

Public Shaming: Idiots Use Plane Crash in San Francisco to Mock Asians, Blame North Korea

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Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, from Seoul, South Korea crashed upon landing at the San Francisco International Airport today. Upon hearing the terrible news, many people checked the world wide web to find any info they could about the tragedy.

Others, well, I think this tweet…

Bravo to Bravo for stopping use of “JAP” for Jewish American Princess in reality show | NIKKEI VIEW: The Asian American Blog - GIL ASAKAWA'S JAPANESE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON POP CULTURE, MEDIA & POLITICS

Kudos to former SF supervisor Michael Yaki for getting the Bravo TV network to stop allowing the use of “JAP” to describe “Jewish American Princess” in a new reality show.

It’s time to take the offensive yellowface of “The Mikado” off the stage | NIKKEI VIEW: The Asian American Blog - GIL ASAKAWA'S JAPANESE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON POP CULTURE, MEDIA & POLITICS

What It Means To Be Asian

generasian:

Asian. What images flash to your mind when you see that word? Some classmates from China, maybe some fleeting moments of anime, chopsticks, perhaps noodles. 

But what about the other parts of Asia?

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Nikkei View: Mystery author Naomi Hirahara comes to Denver for a reading of her new book, "Strawberry Yellow"

The fifth novel in Hirahara’s series about elderly retired Japanese American gardener Mas Arai, “Strawberry Yellow,” has just been published.

Nikkei View blog: South Korea's obsession with plastic surgery is creepy

South Korea is the world’s busiest country for plastic surgergy, especially for women. By some accounts, 20% of South Korean women have had some form of cosmetic work done on their face, with eyelid surgery to add a fold being the most popular cut.

But the amount of surgery goes way beyond just making an epicanthic fold  in the eyelid. This is human sculpting of the face… and it’s leading to a generation of clone-like young people.