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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

April 18th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:




Hyphen Magazine is now accepting entries for the fourth annual Asian American Short Story Contest. Judges Yiyun Li and Porochista Khakpour will select ten finalists, and the first prize winner will get $1,000. Submissions are due May 16, 2011. [Hyphen - thanks, Cat!]

Pacific Citizen News Magazine just announced the the winners of their “Extraordinary APA of the Year” Award. The honorees will be featured in the May 6 issue and include such leaders as Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, actress Tamlyn Tomita, and California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. [Pacific Citizen News]

Yoshiki of legendary heavy metal band X Japan will be auctioning off his favorite crystal piano to raise money for Japanese earthquake/tsunami victims. [Yoshiki Foundation America]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: X Japan And The Pursuit Of World Dominasian

July 28th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Yoshiki at an X Japan performance in 2009

The LA Times just published a lengthy profile about X Japan, a wildly successful J-rock metal band led by charismatic pianist-drummer Yoshiki (pictured above), that will attempt the leap from Japanese superstardom to American mainstream when they join the Lollapalooza tour this summer.

Why I know I already ♥ X Japan:

  • The band flanks a HEAVY METAL PIANIST-DRUMMER.
  • Hello Kitty produced a likeness of said heavy metal pianist-drummer, the only so far created for a human being. (Ed. note—Hi Sanrio! Jen and I are tooooootally open to having Kitty versions of ourselves!)
  • Yoshiki is apparently Bono-esque, and X Japan aspires to be Metallica-esque, yet they’re probably–most accurately–KISS-esque.
  • The early X Japan aesthetic appears to be a hybrid of early Mötley Crüe and Poison, but with almond eyes, so they look like the rockstars I wanted to be when I was a kid.
  • Every time I hear the words, “Arena Rock,” my personal areas get warm.
  • LAT refers to Yoshiki as a “fevered multitasker and established brand unto himself in Asia,” which means he is a) totally Asian and b) pretty AMAZIAN!
  • We need somebody to freak out over other than Rain.

Read the whole X Japan LAT feature here. Check out the Lollapalooza lineup here.

[LAT: America, Meet Yoshiki]

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Thanks, Tina!

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