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"What Sleeping Dogs Gets So Right About Being An Asian American"

"I identify closely with Wei Shen, the lead protagonist, who takes a tired archetype — that of the Asian American who is ‘trapped between two worlds’ — and reframes it in a way that is both authentic and relevant for a new generation of Asian American men.

"Growing up, I was a novelty in my age range. My sister and I were second generation Chinese Americans…and the few Asian kids in my town were all first generation — their parents were born in the old country. I was jook-sing — hollow bamboo. Neither as rich nor as substantial as a more ‘Chinese’ person could be…

"Wei is not a Chinese male character — Wei is a Chinese American male character, and to me, that makes all the difference. I see myself represented, finally, with all the inherent contradictions and struggles in tact."

(Source: Kotaku via io9)

Interesting article. I suppose I wouldn’t have expected this type of video game to have the depth to capture such a complex experience in an authentic way. Though, I can’t even remember the last time I played any video game. Maybe they’ve just evolved.

I think a lot of the themes mentioned in this article are generalizable to the experience of most immigrant groups, both in this country and elsewhere. Some of them even resonate with me, and I don’t at all identify strongly with the half of me that’s second-generation immigrant.

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"This Woman Can Sing Multiple Notes At Once"

"What singer Anne-Maria Hefele is performing is a style of overtone singing, and it’s one of the most otherworldly sounding things I’ve ever heard. The whole thing is worth a watch, but the part at 3:25, where she moves the fundamental and overtone in opposite directions, had me shaking my head in disbelief."

(Source: YouTube via io9)


It is no woman. It is a siren.

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