God, there are so many distractions. The more I try to focus, the more confusion there is. The more I try to listen, the more voices I hear. The more I try to remain faithful, the slower I feel like I’m moving. May my head be clear, my heart be strong, and my eyes be open. Keep me simple, keep me humble, keep me hopeful. Amen.
faith. hope. love. rap.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Over the past few years, as I’ve written more and more about my family, my friends, and their stories of leaving, moving, transitioning – translating – and growing, I’ve started realizing that culture isn’t an abstract noun. Culture is found on the deck of a refugee boat – the songs of a homeland – the memories of lost lives and lost loves – and the firm but tense bonds between generations. I offer this spoken word video in memory of those who came before: Their names, their stories, their journeys. Our history. A
Much Love. is a set of 13 songs that are about Love – but not Romance. Our world is hurting, broken, needy. We fill that emptiness with work, celebrities, money, toys, clothes, sex, vacations – but really? We just want to be loved. I’m very proud to announce the release of my new music video for MUCH LOVE, the title track from the album. You can watch it NOW at http://youtu.be/qqKifru9YnE. I hope this song inspires you to keep looking for love, even when it seems hardest. If it does, please Like & Share it with your friends.
CASTING CALL Seeking men and women, all ages, for FEATURED EXTRA role in a new music video! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! THE ROLE: We are shooting a street scene in Downtown Los Angeles. Looking for men and women to portray everyday people in LA: students, professionals, tourists, etc. We want REAL people so that we can portray an AUTHENTIC LOS ANGELES! MUST BE AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM! To audition, please submit headshot or current photo and link to reel (YouTube, Vimeo, or other) to firstname.lastname@example.org by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND. All roles are non-paid, but all actors
A new song from the Model Minority Crew (The Fung Bros + me) - “LUNAR NEW YEAR SWAG” The formula: Heritage + Swag. Check it out. Happy Year of the Snake. Lunar New Year 2013. www.facebook.com/thefungbros www.facebook.com/jasonchumusic www.twitter.com/DavidBFung www.twitter.com/AndrewJFung www.twitter.com/JasonChuMusic
I wrote this song because my friend Emily said that she likes stories… so I wanted to write a story for her. I like telling stories. I think stories are powerful, especially when they are stories that aren’t often heard. Stories that might otherwise not be told. So I wrote a story about a girl named Grace, and how Grace changed her family, her friends – and even herself. This song is dedicated to every family who made a new life in a new land, and to everyone who is looking for grace.
ChristianMuslim. We go back and forth in the name of religion – but both us believe that we’re all God’s children. About a year ago, I wrote a song about war, religion, conflict – and hope. ChristianMuslim was released as a track on last October’s THE UNCOOL mixtape, and my friends at Miyus Productions and I started talking over the winter about how we could work together to share this message even further. Fast forward a few more months, and the video for ChristianMuslim is on Youtube NOW! If you enjoy it, please Like and Share it with your friends!
A lot of people ask – why are Asian-Americans so apathetic towards politics? Others also ask – why let someone’s race affect the way you view their politics? Answers may be difficult to come to – but they won’t start until we talk about the hard questions. NEW SPOKEN WORD video – Presidential RACE (The Other Color) A poem reflecting on the 2012 election and the colors that start to define us: Red and Blue, Black and White. And even Yellow. If you enjoy, please Like it, subscribe, and share!
As I awoke Monday morning, I was shocked, along with the rest of the nation, to see news of a terrible shooting in Wisconsin. Grieving and reflecting over this tragedy, I wrote a poem expressing my frustration: over how often I have chosen to stay silent in the face of racist and hateful speech toward others. Frustration that so many communities often spend their energy and resources in fighting each other rather than building each other up. For all the times that I’ve held my tongue rather than speak up, I’m Sorry. I hope this poem can spark dialogue: about the silences
Over the past several days, I’ve been following Asian-American media, talking about the La Jolla Playhouse, whose creative team decided to stage a play set in ancient China with a cast of all-White leads, and only two minor roles out of 12 cast with Asian-American actors. The (sadly, unsurprising) insensitive casting decisions & stubbornness of the Playhouse have been frustrating - but I’ve been encouraged by the open and thoughtful dialogue that’s followed within the Asian-American community. Inspired by this latest incident of open bias in casting, I wrote a spoken word piece this morning, entitled “COLORBLIND”. This evening, my friend Tommy (YTF,