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Meet Flowsik, The Korean American Rapper From Queens Who Adopted Hip Hop Culture to Survive

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There’s a popular clip on YouTube from Korea’s rap reality show, “Show Me The Money”, showcasing the Team Battle Mission segment in which contestants duke it out in a scripted rap battle on stage. The two contestants are Donutman, a more-or-less obscure Korean rapper who has received some controversy for his pro-marijuana stances, and a rapper named Flowsik from Queens, New York.

Flowsik sets the battle off by spitting rapid flows over the instrumental to Desiigner’s “Panda,” one of the year’s top tracks. He’s composed and malevolent; he throws Korean won on the stage and sizes up Donutman’s team members, telling him he’ll “chop him up like Lee Yeon-bok” in his signature gruff, husky vocal tone. Donutman fails to impress with a shorter, messier team-oriented rap over The Throne’s “Otis,” in which he takes shots at Flowsik’s age. At the end of the video, contestants and judges agree that “Flowsik did better.” Their assessment was rather measured.

Meet the Chef Using Food to Change the Way People See Asians

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“I feel like I was put here to do this. When I cook, I feel something.”

That’s something Jenny Dorsey told me about 30 minutes into our 40 minute interview over the phone. It’s hard to pick quotes from her because she gives you so many to pull. I struggle to keep up at times; it took hours to narrow down something resembling a transcript, and now it takes longer for me to choose what to select. Nothing she tells me can be left out of this article with ease.

‘You Gook! You Slant Eye!’: Steve Aoki Recounts Struggles Growing Up Asian American

Steve Aoki is hands down one of the most successful DJs in the world. He was ranked 5th on the Forbes 2016 list among the world’s highest paid DJs and raked in $23.6 million in 2015. These are well-deserved accolades for the man once dubbed the “hardest working DJ in the world”, having done up to 300 shows a year.

A fun fact about Aoki is that he’s the son of Rocky Aoki, the former pro wrestler and founder of the Benihana restaurant chain. While some might immediately assume that Steve Aoki was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, it’s the opposite that’s true.

Ming-Na Wen is Playing ‘Mulan’ Again

Aside from the two live-action Mulan remakes currently in the works, the popular heroine from an ancient Chinese legend will also make an appearance in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”.

While it is expectedly just a short scene where Mulan will be seen with all the Disney Princesses, fans are excited for this particular iteration of the character as it will mark the return of Ming-Na Wen reprising the role of Fa Mulan.

Until Three Months Ago, I Was Ashamed of Being Asian

Until three months ago, I was ashamed of being Asian. It wasn’t until I ran for local office this year, at 19-years-old and as a Harvard sophomore, when I had to suddenly defend being Asian (even for my own pride) against visceral racism usually from strangers over social media who were unafraid to call me a “chink” or “gook” and labeled my campaign as the start of some young “Asian invasion.”

In many ways, I’m still learning to be proud of what I look like as an Asian person, and trying to understand what that even means since I don’t feel very connected to my heritage. When people look at me, I am usually categorized as just Asian. In reality, I am half-Japanese and half-Chinese (my maternal grandparents are Hakka from Taiwan). My maternal grandparents grew up in Taiwan while it was occupied by Japan, and my grandmother’s house was occupied by Japanese soldiers. Growing up, my paternal Japanese grandmother used to give me baths to wash the “dirty Chinese” off of me. I later learned that she was secretly part Chinese, raised by a mother who grew up in China, and grew up in a racist Japan that made her feel ashamed because of that.

Ed Lee, San Francisco’s First Asian American Mayor, Dies at 65

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, who championed affordable housing and the tech boom in Silicon Valley, has passed away at 65.

Lee collapsed suddenly while shopping at a local Safeway grocery store near his home in Glen Park at around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, according to SF Gate. He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital where he died at 1:11 a.m. surrounded by his friends and family. His death was ruled a heart attack.