#MAIPVibes for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Tai Koga (2015)

Growing up, I lived in a very Asian neighborhood in San José where I felt supported by my kin. Comedy from Asians was something that brought us closer together and it really sparked inside me to care more about my own and other Asian’s culture. Comedians who spoke on the contrast between our parent's upbringing and my generation's upbringing were so fascinating. I can credit comedians such as Margaret Cho and Russell Peters for building this foundation personally. Being part of the Limewire generation, I made sure I had everything that featured Russell - sorry Russell. 

Comedy from Asians was something that brought us closer together and it really sparked inside me to care more about my own and other Asian’s culture.

Then I moved back to Japan. I almost felt alienated by my own people because of my Americanized upbringing. I really found refuge in music, and I gravitated towards artists who really didn’t give a shit about what other people thought about what they were making. That punk attitude really influenced me to start digging for music and to find cool shit that made other people excited. 

I feel that Asian women really push the boundaries in r&b and in punk/rock music. Asian women were the most neglected groups within the Asian community and they are channeling that emotional energy into music.

I feel that Asian women really push the boundaries in r&b and in punk/rock music. Asian women were the most neglected groups within the Asian community and they are channeling that emotional energy into music. The music comes from a generous place, and it’s really raw. Believe me, it’s really sick what’s going on in bedroom pop/bedroom producer music for Asians. 

I think it's a great time to be Asian. We have so much to tell, and I see the lack of representation in media more as an opportunity for us to craft and voice our perspectives. Big ups to my Asians who are in the creative fields and happy APAHM. You are beautiful, you have talent and you are unselfish. Deep down you care about your community and you care about your heritage. These are qualities other people can really learn from us. Especially when we are at a time when all of us know that a lot of things in the world is wrong, but we can’t quite find the root problem(s). Our fight for equality is different from other communities, and it takes time and exceptional mentors to figure that shit out.

My hope is that you find inspiration from this playlist. I hand you an arsenal of Asian artists so that you got receipts when people ask questions like, “where are the creative Asians?” 

I hand you an arsenal of Asian artists so that you got receipts when people ask questions like, “where are the creative Asians?” 

Blast this shit. It slaps.

Huge shout out to 88rising, just cus.