Earlier this week I read about Korean musician MC Mong’s upcoming comeback and had a positive initial reaction being an MC Mong fan. I thought his last couple albums were definitely solid and I really enjoy the fact that he’s a rapper that doesn’t take himself too seriously. He’s the kind of guy who seemingly doesn’t mind being the butt of a joke.
Then I paused to think for a second about this new image/style concept… an ‘Indian Boy’. I scratched my head… and asked myself… “Wait, is this OK?” Look at the following images…
I’m honestly a little torn as to whether these images are humorous or offensive. Now, before we go down the road of adhering to absolute strict political correctness all I’m saying is let’s consider both sides of the coin here.
On one hand, I’m fairly certain there is no ill will here. MC Mong & company found a new/interesting concept direction to pursue and they ran with it. It looks light hearted and fun and I gotta admit it intrigues me enough to stir anticipation for his new release.
On the flip side, the term ‘Indian’ in reference to a Native American is already a bit of a faux pas. Additionally this is a culture that has gone through a long history of various struggles since the discovery of the ‘New World’ by Europeans and continues to be misrepresented in media and contemporary culture to this day. Lastly, if Lil Wayne were to start taking goofy pictures dressed up in a hanbok you can bet your bottom won that he’d be scrutinized by Korean culture, as they criticized anything that could be the least bit offensive.
I don’t think MC Mong’s new concept will really upset many people, especially considering the cultural separation of those involved; but it does make me think a little bit. If no one’s upset is it “no harm, no foul”? Is this a point where we realized we need to lighten up? Or do we need to take a step back and reconsider our predispositions?
Now this is my opinion, but us Koreans as a people often tend to be a culture that can dish it much better than we can take it. Koreans are a proud people, for better or worse but would we be as accepting if the tables were turned?
OMG. Why is this day not over yet? It’s Friday and we’re fried. So, to give all our brains a break, we’re going to look at the latest piece of crazy ricocheting around the internet. Yes, it’s true. Dogs wearing bikinis:
The video is of a July 15th doggie fashion show in Taipei, Taiwan. Can someone explain to me why dressing animals up in human clothes is supposed to be cute? I don’t get it. This swimwear thing is a travesty. Animal rights groups should be outraged. WTF, people!!
The pooches wore everything from bathing suits and evening gowns to bridal wear. Chihuahuas and French bulldogs were accompanied by two-legged models to show off the designs made by top Taiwanese dog clothing companies.
The company is hoping to catch the eye of owners who treat their pups like family members.
Say hello to your newest congresswoman. As most expected, Judy Chu has claimed the vacant Los Angeles-area House seat in yesterday’s special election, becoming the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress: Democrat claims US House seat in Calif.
Chu’s victory makes her Southern California’s only Asian American in Congress. The seat was left vacant after Rep. Hilda Solis was named U.S. Labor secretary to the Obama administration.
Most residents in the 32nd Congressional District are Hispanic (64% Hispanic, 20% Asian, % white and 2% black), but Judy Chu assembled a diverse coalition and stressed her ability to work across racial and ethnic lines.
Yesterday, according to the White House Press Secretary, President Obama called up Congresswoman-elect Judy Chu to congratulate and acknowledge her historic victory. The first Chinese American woman elected to Congress — it’s about time!
Israel’s hip hop sensation will hit the United States this July and August. These five extremely talented musicians, from Jerusalem and around the world, woo fans with their intelligent blend of genres, combining hip hop, rap, jazz and funk — and they’re one of the very few emerging acts known to pull it off.
Their current project is a documentary on the local Go-Go phenomenon. Go-Go, a genre of music unique to DC, is best described as a mixture of Funk and Hip-Hop, although many elements have fused into its distinctive sound.
Slump, the percussionist from U.C.B., the Legendary Go-Go Band, grows a third arm and gives NYC a taste of DC’s sound.
Since its birth over thirty years ago, many DC artists have contributed to this indigenous music. Some of its pioneers are the Young Senators (aka the Emperors of Go-Go), Chuck Brown (its official Godfather), Trouble Funk, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited and Junk Yard Band. Many of these iconic groups share the Go-Go scene with today’s popular artists such as: Back Yard Band, Mambo Sauce, TCB, Wale, and Uncalled 4 Experience. So, this musical subculture continues to evolve and to influence the Hip-Hop scene.
“Beating yo feet” is a unique dance that originated from DC’s Go-Go music. The Beat Ya Feet Kings are one of the top dance crews in DC, here one of the members flexes his new move called “Da Max Payne.”
Over the years Go-Go has been sampled by several main stream artists. Unfortunately, the genre is barely recognized on a national or international level. For the past year and a half L.S. Films has been documenting the Go-Go scene and other live music in the DC area. Quite the buzz has been spread through their YouTube and Vimeo pages. This multi-faceted documentary, will show the “Real DC” by including interviews with top artists and live Go-Go performances. The still-untitled film is scheduled for release in early 2010.
Wale, a DC rapper singed to Allido/Interscope Records, is helping spread the Go-Go sound on a national level. Here he performs his mixtape mash-up hit “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.” where he fuses styles of gogo, hip-hop, and even some grunge-rock.
Written by Matt Echave for Nomadic Wax
L.S. Films LLC
Finally! After Infernal Affairs, The Ring, The Uninvited and all the rest, here’s a Hollywood remake of an Asian movie where the main character’s ethnicity isn’t magically changed to white… I’m speaking, of course, of Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, starring Richard Gere. Wait, what?