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ROCK OF ASIAN: Onra

February 23rd, 2011 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Reasons why French beatmaker Onra is my obsession:

  • SPEX (obvs)
  • Hot-ass variety beats
  • Lickable likeable French accent
  • Chinoiseries (rel. 2007), the widely-lauded, smooth-souled, crackly, interpretation of 30 old Chinese and Vietnamese vinyl albums he lugged home to Paris from a trip to Vietnam
  • Dead sexy, head to toe. Even his fingers are sexy. I want to [blank] them.
  • Latest full-length: Long Distance (rel. 2010), which can best be described fun, funky, funky, funky, flirty, fresh
  • Forthcoming Chinoiseries Pt. 2
  • Occasional beard
  • merveilleuse vie paresseuse
  • Given name: Arnaud (say it aloud, reverse it; you’ve got his stage name)
  • Half-Vietnamese, half-French, he is the human equivalent of my two favorite comestibles: cà phê sữa đá and bánh mì
  • Love of cigarettes, basketball, vinyl rekkids, computers, joints
  • Inclination and ability to sample and build albums with respect to the source material’s societal context, while avoiding the pitfalls of politicizing his tuneage. Always, the music remains deeply, easily individual. Howdoyoosay, “Onra tracks are like a travel diary, joining the artist in a lighthearted pursuit for cultural and personal identity?”

[MySpace: Onra]

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10 Reasons Not To Get Plastic Surgery To Look Like Jessica Alba (And One Reason To Do It)

February 5th, 2010 | 11 comments | Posted by Diana

A 21 year-old girl in China is getting plastic surgery to look like Jessica Alba.

Now Jess is really, really hot. Damn near perfect, if there is such a thing. Worse, she’s only better in person.


But why would anyone want to look like some actress instead of like themselves?

Why, for love.

You see, Xiaoqing (future patient) was dating some cheesedick for a year and a half that was so obsessed with Alba that it consumed him entirely (read: he is a freakish stalker gnome), and eventually she had to bail. Post facto, instead of thanking bejeezus that she got away from that sick, sad, reality-challenged nerdbomber, Xiaoqing began to regret the split and brainstormed ways to get him back. The result of all that thinking was the choice to alter her appearance and become, as Erasure may have put it, Alba-esque.

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ROCK OF ASIAN: My Little Airport

August 12th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


My Little Airport, in many ways, could be Jen’s and my dream band. Two adorable Hong Kong sweeties (Ah-P and Nicole) rocking addictive Casio/Twee tunes, obsessed with cute things but charged with a naughty fire. Ever-so sweet and spicy–our favorite combination! In fact, we can’t believe it’s taken us so long to discover them (Thanks, Rameniac, for the video below):

But now that we have, we must urge you to sample some My Little Airport tonight. Pairs well with smoked cheeses, seafoods, sexy Hansel from Basel socks, the film Heavenly Creatures, and the twinkly tunes of Takako Minekawa. Enjoy!

[My Little Airport - Official Site]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Rita Chao

November 5th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


We all get lazy when it comes to 60s nostalgia and all of that dopetastic punk rock, pop, and garage just seeping from the archives. Frankly, it’s simply not enough to limit your vintage record collection to The Velvet Underground and Mott the Hoople, Jane Birkin and The Jam, The Stones and Serge Gainsbourg, The Kinks and Brigitte Bardot. That’s a great lump, but it’s just a lump.

If you’re going to dive back, don’t forget hot and sassy Singaporean favorites, like my new obsession Rita Chao:

Who I want to dress like and dance to until I’m blue in the face.

Join me! Rita Chao dance partay!!!

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Rickmond Wong

January 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Rickmond Wong

Occupation: Food blogger

Known for: rameniac.com, an online ramen-noodle encyclopedia, insightful reviews of the top L.A. ramenerias, eating 18 bowls of ramen in 14 days, reprzenting rockin’ Asian-American bloggers.

Check out last week’s excellent LA Times’ profile of Rickmond here. Check out rameniac here.

Speaking of bloggers, did you know that there are 47 million in China, and more than half are women? We love you, our blogging bruthas and sistas!

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