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ROCK OF ASIAN: Geki the Great

March 25th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Geki the Great is the guitarist for UK actress-turned-dance-punk artist Ebony Bones, whose debut album drops sometime this spring. Our pal Adriel caught Ebony & Co. at SXSW and dubbed the headdress-wearing Japanese guitarist the “Coolest Asian Ever,” although we may have to jack that title up to “Coolest Human Ever” and call it a day.

The whole band oozes cool in a posterior way that’s become the calling card of other British artists like M.I.A. and The Go! Team–they’re at once post-punk, post-funk, post-modern, and even a little post-gender and post-racial. And you can dance to it!

So hitch your horse to Ebony Bones’s “post” here.

[Adriel Luis]


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Racial Musical Chairs

July 31st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Barack Obama might be the first Asian-American president. Michelle Malkin responds by claiming she’s black. Robert Downey, Jr. is a white actor playing a white actor playing a black character in the soon-to-be-released comedy Tropic Thunder. He’s either in blackface, post-blackface, or wearing some kind of meta-blackface. Vanessa Hudgens–who is Chinese, Filipina, Latina, Irish, and Native American–tells Teen Vogue that she loves that her High School Musical character Gabriella is “Hispanic” because “it’s nice to be able to stand up for people who don’t have someone to look up to very often.” To paraphrase our Pinaysian Intern Jasmine, guess her Chinese, Filipina, and Native American fans are SOL when it comes to role models. Wait, Vanessa Hudgens is a role model??

In other news, I just looked in the mirror, and I’M STILL ASIAN. Phew.

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Thanks, Jasmine!

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