audio: Good Asian Drivers in Boston, 8/6/08

I just got a job as a graduate consultant at University of Virginia's Scholars Lab. I finally can process and manage all the media that I've collected from my field research using the high-processing-speed mac at the lab. Here's an audio recording of Good Asian Drivers' two-vignette performance at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA. This performance took place as a part of the event “Outspoken: A Queer People of Color Spoken-Word Artist Showcase”, co-produced by queer social and arts groups Queer Women of Color, Queer Asian Pacific Alliance, and Truth Serum Productions.

Check out the YellowBuzz review of the performance: "Good Asian Drivers Speak Out with Power".

Stay tuned for more YellowBuzz media!


Rocking Out Between the Global and the Local: Transnational Independent Music Industry in Taiwan

I recently co-authored an article with Carey Sargent, a sociologist PhD candidate about the transnational aspects of the Taiwanese indie music scene. This article, titled "Rocking Out Between the Global and the Local: Transnational Independent Music Industry in Taiwan," contains my case study of Freddy Lim and Chthonic as well as Carey's take on the role of western foreigners ("Waigoren") in the Taiwanese indie rock. We were invited to publish this article by Amalgam: The Virginia Interdisciplinary Review at University of Virginia.


Thao Nguyen on NPR - again!

Thao Nguyen just did really fun "Tiny Desk Concert" at the NPR studio in Washington, DC recently. The 18-minute video consists of solo performance (yes, just Thao!) of four songs from her album We Brave Bee Stings and All interspersed by short banters between songs. This is a real treat for those who enjoy Thao's eccentric laxness embedded in her slippery diction and pitch-bending.

Of course, I saw Thao last February in Charlottesville and absolutely loved her set!