July 7, 2004
The New York Times just ran an article the other day on the zine Giant Robot. Giant Robot started out as a tiny, photocopied zine and now is a glossy. Ten years of influence on pop culture by two Asian-American guys not much older than me. This is really just the tip of the iceberg, though; Asian cultures have had a huge impact on pop culture. Japanese manga and anime and Hong Kong action flicks have influenced visual media from comics to cartoons to graphic design to Hollywood movies. The Japanese are even influencing auto racing with the new trend of drifting. Fashion, music and more - it's interesting that Asian cultures have had such an effect on Western culture, and yet there are so few prominent Asians in Western culture. I suppose I'm hardly saying anything new (see Oliver Wang's site, Pop Life for a nice jump-off point if this is something that interests you) but I find it interesting that the Gray Lady is picking up on it...
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