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Meet Artist Drue Kataoka, the First Asian American Woman to Be the Face of Clubhouse

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Clubhouse, the pioneering audio-focused social networking platform, has selected acclaimed artist, technologist and activist Drue Kataoka as its newest “icon.” This marks the eighth time the San Francisco-based company has chosen a face to represent its app, which has drawn 13 million users on iOS to date.

Kataoka — a Tokyo-born, West Coast-raised artist — is the first Asian American woman and first visual artist to occupy the role, which will last for several weeks in time for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Her selection also comes at an important time of reckoning in the U.S. for the treatment of Asian Americans, who have been targets of violence since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artist Warns Foreigners NOT to Move to Japan to Work in Anime Because of Painfully Low Paychecks

A Japanese animator has completely rejected the idea of foreigners moving to Japan to work in anime for one crucial reason.

Terumi Nishii, whose major credits include “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” and “A Town Where You Live,” explained her side on her second Twitter account, which reportedly functions as her primary connection to international otakus.

Japanese Artist Who Created ‘Momo’ Has Destroyed It After Causing Online Hysteria

The Japanese artist behind the horrifying image used in the viral Momo controversy stated that he has already destroyed the sculpture, proclaiming “Momo is dead.”

According to the artist Keisuke Aisawa, identified by the Sun as Keisuke Aiso, he feels “responsible” for terrifying parents and children around the world after online trolls used his piece to prank victims via the “Momo Challenge.”

Influencer Tries to Pay For Filipino Artist’s $300 Portrait With a Shout-out

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A budding artist in the Philippines has expressed his frustration on Facebook after a local social influencer allegedly sought his services in exchange for a “shout out.”

Hans Alcanzare shared screenshots on Facebook of his conversation with the said potential client who asked him to do a portrait just like the one he did of the reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray.

EXO Becomes First K-Pop Group in 18 Years to Hit 10 Million Total Sales

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South Korean K-pop group EXO has become the genre’s first artist of the past 18 years to hit 10 million sales in total.

EXO is making history as the artist to have sold over 10 million albums in Korea with their five studio albums plus an assortment of other releases including two mini albums, winter special albums and live albums, according to Naver as translated by Soompi.