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INTERNET CHAT TRANSCRIPT (Pt 4)
TUESDAY: JUNE 26, 2001

Subject: "Asian Pacific American Musicians & Artists

Don't Listen to Me
Many believe that Asians won't buy Asian music until there is more proud of their heritage and start embracing their "Asianness" through a nationwide cultural movement.

RootsMusic:
I agree with that

Isaac_Liu
I think that us Asian Americans ARE proud of our demographic, but we are seeking a leader.

bbleung:
Asians are too critical of Asian American artists.

Don't Listen to Me
I agree.

MC
Which Asian American music artists should we support?

Isaac_Liu
bbleung, how many Asian American artists have you sampled?

Don't Listen to Me
We should consider supporting A.P.I.A.N. artists. (Editor's Note: Artists such as Linkin Park - that features 2 APA musicians, String Cheese Incident, Margaret Cho, YoYo Ma, Keiko Matsui and various others are doing well - though not in the musical vein that was mentioned above.)

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.

We hope that this transcript will provide thought-provoking insights of what it takes to achieve our goals.

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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

AA Radio:
From what I hear, Tatsu Aoki has done a great job connecting with sponsors to pull his events off.

Isaac_Liu
Support is one thing, selling is another

AA Radio:
He has a very successful Chicago AA jazz festival

Blue Audio:
I've found that most of the college crowd is very receptive until they think that it's huge, then everyone wants to get in on it.

Don't Listen to Me
If Asians in this country truly want to create a new and entirely original type of music, then we have to go back to the old traditional Asian music and base it on that.

Isaac_Liu
I disagree - traditional music only appeals to traditional Asians, in my view

Don't Listen to Me
We have to update the traditional Asian music and stop being Eurocentric or Afrocentric

RootsMusic:
Not OLD traditional Asian music. I don't think that'd be a bad idea.

Isaac_Liu
As for me, I'm into hip-hop and support all hip-hop artists - whether Latin, black or white

Don't Listen to Me
It would be updated in such a way that it wouldn't seem old - just as hip-hop is ultimately the 21st century updating of ancient African music.

Isaac_Liu
It's about talent, not color which makes music non-discriminating which leads me to believe that corporate America is open-minded and giving us access - maybe not in the short term, but definitely in the long term.

RootsMusic:
Traditional music can be updated. It's a pity that nobody wants to experiment.

Don't Listen to Me
Asians definitely have the talent, but they are resistant to coming out. I believe that there is a lack of interest from the Asian community on the artists that I feel are worthy. For example, 2 Tongues have never performed is in Southern California where there are more Asians than anywhere else. (Editor's Note: 2 Tongues haven't made Southern California a top priority, despite Asian American events booking virtually exclusive booking of r&b/hip-hop artists. This point is made more evident with the Bay Area having performances from such underground hip-hop groups such as Asian Crisis, Karmacy and other cutting edge groups.)


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