“Racist, Sexist Boy” by the Linda Lindas: A Song for the Asian American Pandemic Experience

A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy in my class came up to me and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people. After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience. – Mila de la Garza of The Linda Lindas

I first heard of the Linda Lindas while listening to the radio – the DJ mentioned this up and coming band by that name.  I made a mental note that they had an interesting name, and then I was surprised to see them mentioned on Angry Asian Man for this LA Times article about the group and their song that had gone viral, Racist, Sexist Boy.  When I listened to how Mila de la Garza introduced the song, I was saddened that kids have had to deal with racism but was blown away by their musical reaction.  Pulitzer winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen called this a song we need right now.

The Linda Lindas have been building momentum for some time.  They wrote and performed a song on the Claudia Kishi Club documentary short on Netflix.   They have played at the Hollywood Palladium, which got them noticed by Amy Poehler, who put them in her film MOXiE.

The Linda Lindas were recently signed to a recording contract by Epitaph Records.

(h/t:  Angry Asian Man)

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Jeff lives in Silicon Valley, and attempts to juggle marriage, fatherhood, computer systems research, running, and writing.
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