gil asakawa | pop stuff

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

PSY performs on American Music Awards, and racist haters come out on Twitter

From my Nikkei View blog: The racist reaction to the PSY/MC Hammer collaboration is disturbing, but I think there’s a profound significance to the choice of Hammer performing with PSY.

"Gangnam Style" artist PSY signed by US label: Will he be the 1st Korean superstar here, or a one-hit wonder?

I’ll write a blog post about this, but the US charts have had a string of foreign hits over the decades (most notably, for Asian artists, “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto in the early ’60s). It’s cool but you have to wonder if foreign language artists really can have viable careers, or if they’re just a momentary exotic blip. So, kudos to Korean artist PSY for getting a US deal, but I hope he has lasting power. 

Caught this on Mashable: The mashup is a compilation of the viral-hit “Gangnam Style” with “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Like a G6″ by Far East Movement” featuring Dev, “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” by The Offspring and “Bad Touch” by The Bloodhound Gang.