Let’s take a break from talking about us for a change and talk about you instead. Without you guys, dear Kollaboration New York supporters, there would be no show, no talent, no Asian American movement. And that’s quite a scary thought, isn’t it? Which is why this year’s two campus coordinators, Dan Tran and Marian Asuncion, have been such an important part of our Kollaboration New York team (okay, we just shifted the dialogue back to us again, didn’t we?).
You’ve probably seen them out and about in the city tabling at events at your school and in your community, talking excitedly about who Kollaboration is and what we do. But we wanted to give you guys a better glimpse into these two hardworking staffers are as well, so the next time you run into them in the city, you can confidently say “What’s up” and “Thanks” without feeling totally creepy (unless that’s your style, in which case, go forth).
Read on to learn more about Dan and Marian’s involvement in the Asian American community, who is a self-professed “former FOB,” and which Kollaboration alum inspired Dan to get involved.
How do you measure success? The number of Twitter followers you’ve amassed? The tens of thousands of YouTube subscribers you’ve collect over the years? Or how about something a little less quantifiable, like a simple sense of accomplishment after penning a new song or choreographing a new dance? (Note, though: Twerking doesn’t count.)
For New York-based rapper Awkwafina (remember her? Here’s a refresher), taking the stage after legendary comedian and voice-actor Gilbert Gottfried is probably a pretty good sign that she’s on the right track. At Thursday night’s Running Late With Scott Rogowsky, the Forest Hills-born spitfire closed out the night with two of her hits: “My Vag” and “NYC Bitche$.” And she may have just gained herself some new fans.
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Did you know that May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month? No? (Saying yes because we have it stated up there as a headline doesn’t count.) Well, you might just be in good company, because even though the concept of celebrating the Asian Pacific American culture began in 1978 after Congress designated it a week-long shindig (it was later decided it should be a month-long celebration in 1990 because, c’mon, there’s a lot to celebrate), there are still a lot of people who are unaware of 1. Why we have an APAHM, 2. What takes place during APAHM, and 3. Why we enjoy acronyms so much (the short answer for No. 3 is because it makes things sound official and fancy.)
To that end, we at Kollaboration want to offer you a few awesome links that we stumbled upon while strolling ’round the Interwebs that might help you answer those questions. As Asian faces and voices are becoming more prominent in mainstream media, with the help of hit songs like Far East Movement’s “Like a G6″ and yes, Psy’s terribly catchy “Gentleman” (see: Matt Lauer above), more people are getting interested in the Asian American culture — which is a great thing.