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INTERNET CHAT TRANSCRIPT (Pt 2)
TUESDAY: JUNE 26, 2001

Subject: "Asian Pacific American Musicians & Artists

AA Radio:
About a year ago, I saw some articles in D.C. press remarking about the strength of non-black hip-hop.

bbleung:
Actually hip-hop exist in Asia, but it's too difficult here (United States) to be successful.

Isaac_Liu
IT'S an identity

Don't Listen to Me:
Hip-hop is imperialism in Asia

Interview Overview
Section Descriptions

Listed below is a breakdown of the various sections of this informative 2 hour Internet Chat on people's views of the past, present and future of Asian Pacific American music artists.

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PART 1 - Past reviews
PART 2 - Hip-hop - Good or bad?
PART 3 - "Asiancentric" sound
PART 4 - What hip-hop teaches
PART 5 - Chicago scene
PART 6 - AA filmmakers
PART 7 - Artist support
PART 8 - A new artist strugges
PART 9 - Going "Indie"
PART 10 - Achieving success
PART 11 - Christian & other music
PART 12 - What hip-hop teaches

Isaac_Liu
Asians these days aren't just 2nd generation anymore.

Don't Listen to Me:
The hip-hop industry is now completely owned by whites.

Isaac_Liu
In the United States

RootsMusic:
I agree, Don't Listen to Me, with the musical imperialism part

Don't Listen to Me
So international hip-hop is an outgrowth of white imperialism

bbleung:
Hip-hop is owned by whites because there are big $$$ in hip-hop

Isaac_Liu
I agree

Don't Listen to Me
Remember how rock turned from black to white? That's what's happening to hip-hop right now.

Isaac_Liu
But on the flip-side - the people purchasing all this hip-hop music isn't white

bbleung:
That's true

RootsMusic:
I don't think that it's a race thing. It's Asians trying to copy "what's cool."

Isaac_Liu
So what if Caucasians are at the top. That's because they have been here a tad longer than we have.

MC
People have complained that Asians in hip-hop is that they have always been the imitators - never the INNOVATORS. (Editor's Note: The music industry is filled with imitators from many nationalities such as Black, White, European, Hispanic, etc. to make money on the latest fads - why not Asians?) They've stated why must we always follow what others invent? Let's invent something original. Many people have stated that it should come from an "Asiancentric" perspective without providing any clear definition(s) of what this means.

Isaac_Liu
Its only time before there will be minority-owned companies (i.e. BET)

bbleung:
Does everyone know that Classified Records, a successful label, just folded?

Isaac_Liu
Classified Records folded?

RootsMusic:
That's part of AMedia, I think

bbleung:
Out of business. Click2Asia bought it (Classified Records)

Isaac_Liu
Click2Asia bought it for what purpose?

Isaac_Liu
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