By Mandy Day
Asian Americans have long battled under-representation in media and entertainment. Inspired by the invisibility of Asian American hip-hop artists in mainstream American music, Bad Rap, is directed by Salima Koroma. It’s a documentary film about the struggle for Korean Americans to shed their “Asian rapper” label and … Read more
Miss Saigon, the smash 1989 musical that introduced Lea Salonga to the world is returning to Broadway. A new star may be in the making … Read more
BuzzFeed recently published 22 lyrics from such well known rap artists as Kanye West, P.Diddy and Lil Wayne that are demeaning to Asian American women and Asians in general.
That points to a need for more diversity in rap as a way to reach out to the young and other rap fans through popular culture.… Read more
An article by Lisa Bernier in Policy Mic features 11 Asian American musicians who are facing stereotypes head on in their music everyday.
“When I was growing up, I grew up in all white towns, and I was made fun of a lot for being Asian,” said Jhameel who has built a nice fan base … Read more
It’s not that they’re not out there, but unfortunately few with the exception of Psy have gained prominence in the mainstream or popular media.
I discovered Awkwafina from a tweet from @neaato. Not many female rappers around, certainly Asian Americans. Awkwafina’s lyrics will for sure grab your attention. Some will call the lyrics vulgar. But her whimsical style may make the lyrics acceptable, even humorous to others. You decide. Watch this video from You Tube.