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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Thy Mai’s Hair Channel

August 27th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.




The cool kids at Giant Robot and Kumquat will probably tell you that they love Thy Mai. She’s been lopping off their locks for years (Ever checked out Martin Wong? Dude has an awesome head of hair!), and recently gave me a hot (if I do say so myself) new coif before donating my old locks to eco non-profit Matter of Trust.

Mai’s a saucy, sassy, ebullient hair afficianado who may be one of the world’s best natural conversationalists. Two things I already understand about her–she loves hair, and she loves to share. It’s no wonder, then, that she’s been offering free hairstyling lessons on the web via her hair channel, to show–by working on herself–how hair dunces like me can use bobby pins and flat irons to look hotter than the Hills chicks we make fun of on this blog. Like Michelle Phan with makeup, Mai operates in realistic body positions and points out easy fixes, which makes styles more doable than daunting–a welcome alternative to walking out of the salon looking like a supamodel, only to look like a supamoron for the following six weeks until the next visit.

[YouTube: Thy Mai's Hair Channel]
[Thy Mai - Official Site]

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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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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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