Living in South Central Los Angeles, Billy finds it impossible to fit in. His father, Daniel, finds it impossible to live without Billy and goes to extremes to take matters into his own hands.
This short definitely challenges the audience and doesn’t provide easy answers. Hopefully, this piece can be used to open up dialogue about racial tensions that occur between the Asian American and African American communities, especially when violence is a factor. You can see some of the online discussions about the short here.
what’s your reaction to this short? What kind of emotions do you feel as you watch the film? Should this short have more visibility on the Asian American film festival circuit?
If I Was Like You – Part 1 (contains profanity and violence)
If I Was Like You – Part 2 (contains profanity and violence)
A few weeks back, the guys at the404 interview Japanese pop star Leah Dizon. She talks about how she got into music, life in Japan, and technology differences between US and Japan. The model turned singer isn’t Japanese, but picked up the language in high school.
Kina Grannis’ album Stairwells is now available after two years in the making. Lots of great songs on her album including Valentine. Upbeat love songs with Kina’s vocals. How can you go wrong? We could listen for hours. In fact, we’re listening to it as we write this post. You can listen to it too. She’s even giving all her fans a chance to hear Stairwells online for FREE until March 1st! Check it out while you can.
If you like what you hear, support her by buying her album on . She can’t keep producing great music without the support of her fans. Listen to her top 10 reason on why you should buy her album
Wong Fu Productions wishes everyone a Happy Chinese New Year. They also tell Chinese Americans to “Join the Wall” at The World Expo (aka World’s Fair) in Shanghai. You have until February 29 to upload your photos. If you’re not Chinese, don’t worry, you can Join the Wong Fu Wall on Facebook. Their wall is already blowing up.
Also check out guest “Ted,” who speaks very good Mandarin.
Interesting commentary from Sam Ock (he’s the guy that did Different Galaxies with dumbfoundead.) about breaking Asian American barriers to go mainstream. We launched channelAPA.com as a way to showcase Asian American talent to the masses. Breaking down these barrier isn’t going to happen overnight, but we’re optimistic to see some changes happening. Far East Movement has done a great job reaching a mainstream audience along with getting great support from their Asian Americna fans. The group recently signed with Cherry Tree Records (Interscope), which is the same label as Lady Gaga and LMFAO. Last year, we also saw Jay Sean and Black Eyed Peas with Apl.de.Aptopping the Billboard charts. There’s some momentum, but we haven’t reached the tipping point yet. So continue to spread the word about Asian American artists to your friends and family.