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Me Love You Long Tongue

August 12th, 2011 | 11 comments | Posted by Diana

Though it might seem a bit strange, I LOVE that 19-year-old Rhiannon Brooksbank–Jones, a UK student, got her slightly-shorter-than-average tongue lengthened–in a parent-approved, 15-minute elective lingual frenectomy.

All so that she could speak Korean without sounding “foreign.”

From the Telegraph UK:

“I’d been learning Korean for about two years, and my speaking level was high, but I was really struggling with particular sounds,” she said.

It became apparent after a little while that I was having trouble with the Korean letter ‘L’, which is very frequent and comes from a slightly higher place in the mouth than the English ‘L’, and that my tongue was too short.

Koreaphiles come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of commitment, but Brooksbank-Jones clearly knows that, err, bullshit walks and surgery talks. (Wait, what?) Or that getting freaky with Korean girls all through college does not a Korean expert make. Or that Korean culture is not *just* about imbibing copious amounts of Hite beer, KBBQ, TV dramas and sexy/angry/pretty men (Or is it?).

What I mean is, though she’s studied the language for two years, plans to major in Korean at University, and dreams of living in her beloved Asian country as an adult, she knows that real Koreans won’t pay her any mind unless she speaks like a native. And she did what it takes to speak like a native (in this case, that meant a small incision in the flap connecting her tongue and mouth floor). This chick is so not fucking around!

But just a quick aside: I had no idea that lingual frenectomies were so easy-peasy. To think that a simple snip could help someone speak an entirely different language? It has me wondering if a quick tongue-lengthening might help one speak all kinds of other languages… perhaps even the language of love? And by “language of love,” I mean YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

[Telegraph UK: British Student Has Tongue Lengthened To Speak Korean]

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WE NEED GIANT ROBOT!

February 3rd, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Diana

Hands down, the coolest thing ever to happen to Yellow people’s pop culture is Giant Robot Magazine.


Think of it this way: On this day 16 years ago, there was no glossy print publicasian featuring rising Asian/Asian American artists or filmmakers or writers or toymakers or skaters or bands. There were not yet hilarious Asian YouTube Stars, no awesome slant-eyed bloggers. Asian and Asian American pop culture certainly existed–but most of us couldn’t touch it, taste it or claim it.

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Giant Robot’s 15th Anniversary

October 26th, 2009 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana


Wong and Nakamura, Culture Giants

Nakamura and Wong, Culture Giants

It’s hard to believe that Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong have been producing Giant Robot–and cultivating the resulting community of dope, well-dressed, good-looking, art/music/pop culture/rad Asian stuff junkies–for 15 years.

It’s no surprise, then, that the benchmark anniversary is being honored (for three whole months) with a second Biennale exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum.

Biennale 2 launched on Saturday, and it is not only one of the most eclectic, impressive, lighthearted art shows you’ll ever see, but a true celebration of Giant Robot’s indelible mark on Asian American media and cool culture in general.

We couldn’t be more in awe of GR’s radness, nor more grateful for their contributions to the yellow planet. And we would like to wish them a very happy 15th birthday.

[Giant Robot - Official]

[JANM: Giant Robot Biennale 2 - 15 Years]

[The Daily Bruin: Giant Robot Magazine Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Exhibition At Japanese American National Museum]

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