Hi everyone, my name is Larry Chan. I have just graduated from UCSB and attending couple of courses to fulfill the remaining units. I am a Sociology major but have taken an interest in Asian American courses, which I might decide to minor in. My favorite Asian American pop culture has to be Pokemon, Gundam, Naruto, and Dragonball series. These hold a special place in my heart because I grew up with it and witnessed the generations and changes that have made it so successful. Not only do these shows exemplify great entertainment, but also brilliant marketing techniques and variety as well such as gaming, clothing, media, and collectibles. As I grew older, I became more fascinated and interested in cars and imports such as The Fast and the Furious series because of how one can personalize and customize a car.

I would describe pop culture as hype, such as what is in style or trending, such as the increasing hype in boba shops, KPop, Boiling Crabs, Candy Crush, sneakerheads and their Jordans, fixies, and more. Similarly with Asian American pop culture, the plethora of culture and topics within the Asian community causes mixing of the ethnic groups and cultures, producing false depictions of one group, such as stereotyping, which is overwhelmingly common in the Asian American community. It is important to learn about Asian American pop culture to learn about the culture and heritage of different ethnic groups, the stereotypes and other depictions about the ethnic groups popular culture have created, and moving forward by deconstructing the stereotypes.

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  1. How do we distinguish or relate the pop culture hype to a broader conception like Qua’s, which appeals or is available to the masses?

    And, another question for you anime fans, how does anime, traditionally a Japanese (i.e. not “American”) phenomenon, become Asian American? What does that process look like? Why is it important?

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