This is the video I can’t stop playing! Canadian Andrew Huang did a cover of “99 Luftballons” or “99 Red Balloons” by Nena that’s sweeping social media by storm, especially by those of us old enough to remember the 80s. The video has been viewed about 1.5 million times after only 3 days. (I swear, I only account for like 100 of those views.) From his FAQs about this video: 1. How many balloons did [...] Continue »
Drake did the above spoof of Manny Pacquiao singing Let it Go on the ESPY awards show. I personally thought it was funny and was not at all offended. As this Buzzfeed article points out, some Filipinos agree with me while others thought it was racist. The comments on the above video also divide along these lines. What do you all think? Is it a case of brown-face that insults all Filipinos or just satire? [...] Continue »
By Eugene Hung This post is part of a series that will introduce 8Asians readers to some of this year’s V3 Digital Media Conference (V3con) honorees, speakers, panelists, and performers. The V3con Opening Awards Reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 and the V3 Digital Media Conference will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The first time I heard of [...] Continue »
After finding out that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet was actually a popstar in China as a teen, I was curious and searched for some videos of her singing in Chinese, and here it is, posted above. Very bubblegum, very pop, of course. Personally, I enjoyed this one a lot more.
East West Players (EWP), the nation’s largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work and the longest-running professional theater of color in the country, announces its extended 50th Anniversary Season, GOLDEN, a celebration that will take place over the next two years. On the heels of a record-breaking Visionary Awards Gala, Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang, announces the shows that comprise the GOLDEN season, which will take place from Fall 2014 through Summer 2016. “We [...] Continue »
Douglas Kim previously released his “I’m Asian American” music video and now he (and a bunch of friends) are back with “Forever Hyung”, a parody of the Jay-Z song “Young Forever”. It’s a satire of recent media that has been released by Koreans about Koreatown, LA, serving as a sort of music video mockumentary. It features cameos of Joe Jo and Bart Kwan of JK Films, Yuri Tag, James Kyson Lee, Jun Kim, Peter Jae, [...] Continue »
Robert Lopez made history when he won the Oscar® for Music (Original Song) at the 86th Academy Awards® for writing the music and lyrics of “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (along with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez). Robert is only the twelfth person who has achieved an “EGOT” (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award) and he completed this achievement faster than anyone has previously done: in only ten years. He is also the youngest person to [...] Continue »
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: Jane Kim is a soulful singer [...] Continue »
Asian Americans have made themselves known through YouTube videos, but can fame be achieved when those videos are only six seconds? Michael and Carissa Alvarado, a husband and wife team making up the group Us, have gained notoriety by using Vine to showcase their talent. For those of you who may not know, Vine is a social network where people exchange videos that are six seconds in length . The Alvarados have amassed more than [...] Continue »
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: Director Steven De Castro and www.discoverfredho.org [...] Continue »
I’m no devotee of The Voice, but ever since I caught Tessanne Chin‘s performance in the blind auditions, this is the post I have been hoping to write. According to Billboard: Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin sang landmark songs associated with the Beatles and Whitney Houston for her final performance on “The Voice” and walked away with the season five crown. New Jersey teenager Jacquie Lee came in second, journeyman musician Will Champlin was third in [...] Continue »
As always, the arrival of end-of-year mash-ups reminds us that is truly is almost January. In case the Christmas lights (up since before Thanksgiving) and the carols on the radio hadn’t clued you in, it’s that time of the year. Inspired by DJ Earworm’s annual epic year-recap-mixes, Daniel Kim creates his own musical masterpiece, Pop Danthology 2013. It has arrived and it is spectacular. A reminder of all the popular music – both loved and hated [...] Continue »
Paulus Magus: Liberals like to look for reasons to be offended. It's hot they find purpose in life. – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Paulus Magus: Asians produce a type of melanin called phaeomelanin. Phaemelanin is yellow. Just as white people are not ivory, but peachy-to-bronze, so Asians are not crayola... – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Azus: From a Chinese perspective, the term 'yellow' was actually self-imposed when Westerners, primarily European, were carving out spheres of influence across the country. The Chinese... – Why Are Asians Yellow?