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ROCK OF ASIAN: Lydiajojo

October 21st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Why we approve of YouTube darling Lydia Jo:

  • Though she’s got about a jillion videos of her singing on the Internets, she’s smart enough to set her social networking profiles to private and keep her junk to herself (Good girl!).

  • With her cute hair flip, baby cheeks, and funky earrings, she kinda vibes like a modern Claudia Kishi.
  • She loves family. Try to resist this performance with sis and bro. TRY TO RESIST! (Also, props for roping in siblings… no easy task):

  • She is a very talented singer.

[YouTube: Lydiajojo's Channel]
[via Urlesque]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Judith Hill, "Heal the World" Singer

July 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The only time I cried Tuesday during the Michael Jackson memorial was in the middle of it, when I went back to sleep after an awful night of tossing and turning and dreamed that I was crying, uncontrollably, that hiccupy, face-contorting, ugly kind of crying. It was unclear in the dream why I was crying, but I remember being surprised by my tears. And then I woke up and watched the rest of the memorial service, which I had recorded, dry-eyed.

There was something so chilling about mourning a man in the most public of ceremonies whose great tragedy was that he had never had a private life. Even in death, there wasn’t any way for Michael Jackson to walk–or be driven in a casket–down the street unnoticed.

And the memorial service itself, while undoubtedly providing fans some kind of catharsis–and entertainment, searing into our brains one last time this notion that Michael was the consummate entertainer–felt strangely like an awards show and not a funeral, an awards show with a peculiar dress code: black clothing, sad faces, choked-back tears. (Except for Mariah, who, god bless her, adorned her mourning garb with a Farrah Fawcett-worthy hair flip, cleavage down to there, and sequins.) Everyone who eulogized Michael was so famous, chyrons identifying them to the general public were dispensed with by and large.

Perhaps that’s why I found Judith Hill‘s performance of “Heal the World” towards the end of the service so moving. Hill, who’s half-black and half-Japanese and whose parents met in a funk band in the 70′s, was scheduled to be one of Michael’s backup singers during his shows in London, and was, until yesterday, a complete unknown. Hours before Rolling Stone identified her, our friend Raymond, cofounder of URB magazine, Tweeted her identity and website (I don’t know how he figured it out, he’s just brillz that way).

Every time she sang the line “heal the world,” I thought she might actually do it. There was joy tempering the pain, and unlike so many of the other performances of the day, hers didn’t feel produced–in the sense of “lights, camera, action”–for an audience. Hill’s rendition of the song Michael once said was the one he was most proud to have created wasn’t transmitted through this thick static of celebrity, performance, apology, legacy-asserting, and possibly fake-tears. Which is why it almost brought me to real ones. And I think I might have cried if I knew what exactly I was crying for, unlike in my dream, where I cried and cried for no reason.

Would I be crying for him? Me? Those lost moments of childhood, jumping on my bed, singing every line that I could make out in Thriller, believing there was no greater happiness?

[Judith Hill Music]
[Judith Hill MySpace]

Thanks, Raymond!

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Imperfect, Indeed

May 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Mariah exclusively announced the name of her new album today on Twitter, which is slated to be called Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.

Frankly, we figured after all of our helpful comments regarding her last record, the new LP would have been dedicated to us, and maybe even called DISGRASIAN is the Bestest Blog Ever–but no dice. WTF!?!?

Overall, though, we’re just glad she didn’t follow up E=MC² with a rekkid called U Hotter Than Quantum Theory, Lamb. Or Memoirs of a Hot Geisha. “Glad,” by the way.

Additional note: Think we’re wrong to judge Ms. Carey on her brains? Try “reading” her tweets (if your brain starts to hurt, stop) and we’re sure you’ll feel differently.

[Mariah Carey on Twitter]


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And the Joke’s On…

January 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

After Dave Chappelle stopped doing Chappelle’s Show, he did an interview with Oprah to discuss what happened. There’s one quote in particular that has always stuck with me:

“There was a good-spirited intention behind it,” Dave says. “So then when I’m on the set, and we’re finally taping the sketch, somebody on the set [who] was white laughed in such a way—I know the difference of people laughing with me and people laughing at me—and it was the first time I had ever gotten a laugh that I was uncomfortable with. Not just uncomfortable, but like, should I fire this person?”

We laugh a lot here at DISGRASIAN, which can be a challenge when dealing with the arguably touchy subject of Disgrace. Sometimes laughter is the only answer when shit gets really dark–or, more importantly, when shit is just funny. And I’m no stickler for what exactly makes funny things funny, and I know that sometimes the “what” is a grey area.” But like Chappelle, I often find myself looking at tips from readers and thinking, that seems to be funny to everybody, but I’m not sure I’m so comfortable with why.

For instance, when I first saw this Internet gem, a Korean guy doing his rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body”:

…it was too ridiculous to pass up. Ridiculous-funny. So I wrote about it.

But today, when somebody sent me the updated karaoke version of this video on YouTube, which subtitles the poor guy with the garbled nonsense it sounds like he’s saying (because he’s got an accent, and he’s singing in another language), I paused.

Why? Because I didn’t know if people digging this version are laughing with him or at him. At his Asianness. At his Koreanglish.

And that makes me feel funny.

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Toss My Body

November 26th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Groups that were hurt by the making of this video:

  1. Asians
  2. More specifically, Koreans
  3. More specifically, Korean dudes
  4. Gaysians
  5. Singers
  6. Singing Gaysians
  7. Recording Studio Engineers/Techs/Producers
  8. Ears
  9. Pop Stars
  10. Casey Kasem
  11. Mariah Carey (bringing more shame to this diva is hard to do)
  12. ASCAP
  13. Those with Rhythm
  14. Those without Rhythm
  15. Korean Superpopstar Rain
  16. Paris Hilton’s New BFF, ONCH
  17. Korea
  18. Asia
  19. Jen and Diana
  20. World

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Thanks, Michael!

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Hello Grody

May 19th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Japan has named Hello Kitty a goodwill tourism ambassador in hopes that “tapping into that fan base will lead to a bigger flow of tourists into Japan.”

Really, Japan? You sure about that?


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Mariah Crazian

April 14th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Dear Chubs Mariah,

You’ve had a long, illustrious career that, for the most part, we don’t really understand. How does anyone as obsessed with glitter, honey, and butterflies actually make money besides Lisa Frank? How can you make psychotic multi-part appearances on Cribs or perform as pictured above and, as a result, outsell Elvis–while Britney Spears does most of the same shit and gets called a fat, crazy, pig while being forced into lockdown by her father?

You are nuts. We’re pretty used to it. But since we hum along to your Christmas tracks every December, we tend to let it slide.

But now, this E=mc² business, naming your album after a theory you probably can’t spell, is bologna, as we’ve stated. That doesn’t make us mad, it just makes us sad. You’re trying to claim our shit–brain stuff–and you don’t gots any, yo. We can get over that.

What we can’t get over, is you titling a song on that album “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time”… NOW THAT IS BULLSHIT. What’s Track #8? “Suckee Fuckee U So Luckee!”



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We Don’t Buy It

April 11th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Girl, we know science is hot. But you gotta know it to own it, and frankly, we don’t think you do.


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August 8th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Korean reggae artist Cho Sung-jin, aka Skull, has released a single “Boom Di Boom Di” that’s made it to #5 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hiphop Singles Sales charts.

Skull is managed by Morgan Carey, Mariah’s brother, so there are already rumors of a future collaboration between Skull and Mimi.

Go to Skull’s myspace page to have a listen. He’s pretty easy on the eyes, too.


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June 21st, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I’ve wondered for some time from where Masi Oka has drawn the strongest influence for the behavior of his Heroes character, Hiro…particularly the truly iconic stereotypical cartoonish stupid fun and silly fist pumping.

In March, Jen made a strong bid for Gedde “Long Duk Dong” Watanabe:

…but then I got to wondering, what if Masi never saw Gung Ho? What if he was too busy learning how to butcher the English language for the good of network television? Well then, it might have been someone else.

But if it wasn’t:

Tommie Smith and John Carlos

and it’s not:
His Airness

and not:
This random baby

or even:
The stock photo Asian Dude

…then who could it be? Who? WHO?

And then it hit me.


Oh Masi baby, you really are a disgrace, aren’t you?


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Crazy Woman Following in Angelina’s Footsteps

April 4th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

There’s a rumor floating around that Mariah Carey is going to adopt a child. I don’t know, can you picture calling this woman, “Mommy”?

Source: Glitter

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