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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.
Filed under: Blogs, Culture Vultures, Death of Print Media, Donasians, Down Economy, Due Merit, Eric Nakamura, Giant Robot, Giant Robot Needs You, Giving Back, Godfathers, Goodbyes, GR, Martin Wong, Pop Culture, Print Publicasians, Sadness, Save Ourselves, The Art World
Ladies and Gents, it’s been quite a year: Dubya left the building, Laura and Euna came back to us safely, Miley got goofy, Nadya Suleman lips got tabloid time, Kanye lost his hand, the Gosselins aired every last Garanimal of their dirty laundry, and Tiger Woods fell off his hookerbitch-lovin’ pedestal.
DISGRASIAN also got a makeover.
Frankly, we’re pooped. So we’re taking the rest of the year off for a little shaming break.
But before we go, we thought we’d mention our plans for celebrasian–which include a bit of donasian to Hyphen Magazine!
Alright, maybe we’re a little biased because they’ve spent some of their non-profit funds photographing us this year. But we also believe in Hyphen–what they do and how they do it is an inspirasian to us all.
Filed under: 2009, Donasians, Dubya, Euna Lee, Hyphen Cover, Hyphen Magazine, Jon Gosselin, Kanye West, Kate Gosselin, Laura Ling, Miley Cyrus Chink Eye, Nadya Suleman, President Barack Obama, See you in 2010, Taking a Hating Break, The Gosselins, Tiger Woods
Happy 33rd birthday to the pretty-faced Zhao Wei, whose life as an actress in China has been nothing if not colorful.
We wish her good gifts (like a Lanvin necklace or dessert-of-the-month subscription), great gifts (like a donation in her name to Kiva or a personal robot), and–most importantly–a year without drrrrrrama! Don’t we all kinda need that?
receiving a Certificate of Honor from the China Association of
Social Workers. She received the award for fundraising for poor
families and disabled children in China during her “Best Damn Tour.”
BOY: What’s this lady’s name again? April?
GIRL: I don’t know.
AVRIL: Avril. Avril Lavigne. I’m a punk rocker.
BOY: What’s a punk rocker?
GIRL: Somebody with a clothing line at Kohl’s.
AVRIL: It’s a punk rock clothing line.
BOY: If it’s punk rock, should it really be a retail line for a corporate brand?
GIRL: I don’t know.
AVRIL: Hey (hey!)! You (you!)!
BOY: What is she doing?
GIRL: God, I think she’s singing again. I hate when she does that.
BOY: I think she got some eyeliner on my cheek just now.
GIRL: Gee, I hope it wasn’t…kohl…eyeliner. [they laugh uncomfortably]
BOY: Why are we here again?
GIRL: Because the government said they would take our parents away if we didn’t?
GIRL: No. Our names just got chosen out of a hat.
AVRIL: Come a little closer, my little friends! Did you know that I speak Mandarin?
BOY: I have heard that, but I don’t think that’s Mandarin.
AVRIL: It is.
BOY: Okay. Whatever.
GIRL: Are they gonna take our picture or what?
BOY: I hope so. This chick’s face looks like it’s about to melt off.
AVRIL: No it doesn’t! I can hear you, you know.
BOY: Dude, it really does.
GIRL: You could use a facial. Maybe you could get one here.
AVRIL: Waitaminute you guys. This is not about me. This is about me raising money for poor people in China.
BOY: Okay. Thank you.
GIRL: Thank you. From China.
AVRIL: Great. Let’s take the picture! Smile?
GIRL: No, but thanks.
Occupation: Non-partisan organization of Chinese-American leaders
Founded in: 1990
Known for: Being the Who’s Who of Chinese-American ballers, with members like Yo-Yo Ma, YouTube’s Steve Chen (pictured above), playwright David Henry Hwang, film producer Teddy Zee, architect Maya Lin, Gary Locke, former governor of Washington state, and our, uh, “friend” Lisa Ling; addressing U.S.-China relasians and Chinese-American issues; encouraging philanthropy within the community after conducting an alarming 2001 survey that found “one in five Americans polled said Chinese Americans ‘don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind’” and, to that end, raising $3.5 million dollars for Sichuan earthquake relief in the last month.
To learn more about The Committee of 100, click here.
To make a donasian to the Committee’s earthquake relief fund, click here.
Our thoughts go out to the thousands affected by this morning’s disastrous earthquake, which has already taken the lives of a confirmed 8,600 in the Sichuan province. We are so saddened by this incredible tragedy.
Thankfully, it appears that the Chinese government is responding quickly, but we urge our readers to take some time and donate to the relief effort by Mercy Corps here.
We are currently mourning over 22,000 deaths that resulted from yesterday’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar.
Regardless of whether or not you feel like you’re having Katrina lack-of-preparasian flashbacks, please rush to give aid to our brothers and sisters.
Donate to World Vision here.