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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Mike Shinoda

April 19th, 2010 | 11 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Mike Shinoda

Age: 33

Hails from: LA-ish

Occupation: Artist, musician, record producer

Known for: Staying busy. Shinoda is beloved by some for his decade of rockstardom with rock-hop (hip-rock?) band Linkin Park and side project Fort Minor. Others hail him for his music producing achievements, which include tracks and albums with the likes of Busta Rhymes and X-Ecutioners, and a slate of remixes from Depeche Mode to Metric.

Still others gasp at Shinoda’s art (he’s an Illustration grad of Pasadena’s Art Center, and created a scholarship there five years ago), which is integral to LP’s visual identity. Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Mike Shinoda

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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.

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[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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ROCK OF AUDIO INUNDASIAN: My Bloody Valentine

October 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

As many of you know, Jen’s having a great week. Her Red Sox clinched the series over the Angels to make the semi-finals (or whatever you call them…? I have no idea what I’m talking about in baseball-speak)–and just one week ago, she was inches away from the grass watching them win the first game of that beautiful winning series.

I wasn’t with her that night. Instead, I was trucking my junk over to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, an oldie-but-goodie LA venue better known for punk rock shows in the 80s than shoegaze reunions, to see My Bloody Valentine. Many of the friends alongside me had had the wherewithal to see them sixteen years ago (before the period I would refer to as “Valentineless,” if it didn’t sound so lametarded) but having missed that opportunity, I had no idea what to expect besides… bliss.


If you can imagine bliss at a volume that goes to eleven (and then times eleven), ripples through the body like an audio tsunami, rushes through your eyes to make you weep without warning (I know this sounds like a mushroom trip, but it wasn’t), then my expectations were right on.

I’ve been floating on the high now for a week, and so happy to see that Eric over at Giant Robot had a similar reaction as well–blogging a review a week after the fact JUST LIKE ME.

I guess we’re not all Loveless, after all.

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Giant Robot

November 19th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Giant Robot

Occupation: Asian-American pop culture rag and brainchild of Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong

Known for: being The Little Yellow Zine That Could, showing the world why they should get on the Asian Cool tip, profiling street and pop artists like Barry McGee and Murakami before they were in every major museum collection in the free world, legitimizing skate culture, an empire of publications, shops and one restaurant in Los Angeles.

(True story–Jen met Martin Wong at Comic-Con in 1997. Martin was hawking dopeass t-shirts with an image of Bruce Lee rockin’ a turntable at the edge of the convention center. Jen was, like, “What the hell is Giant Robot and how can I be your intern?” She and Martin exchanged messages on this newfangled thing called e-mail. Martin never got his shit together to let Jen work for Giant Robot for free. The upshot? DISGRASIAN might never have happened if she had gotten that job. So thanks, Martin and Eric, for allowing us to find our own voice.)

Check out L.A.’s Japanese American National Museum’s celebrasian of Giant Robot’s 50th issue and ten artists’ work that GR has curated for the show, which runs through January.

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