Today is my birthday. I'm not doing anything huge - mostly spending the day with my partner and doing some work. In the past, I've usually been on tour. In fact, Facebook Memories reminds me that I was in Taiwan with The Slants just four years ago (we even made a tour documentary on it, … Continue reading On Milestones and Birthdays
It's easy to write a book, a song, direct a film or to start a business. Everyone with a pen or smartphone can do so. It's much harder to create something that is meaningful and can shift the culture. The difference between those two extremes seems stark: one seems like it could be mundane, rejected, … Continue reading How to Write a Book
About this time last year, I had an impactful (and surprising) discussion around race. Here's how it went...
What is it that causes otherwise kind and gentle people to become villainous beings? What is it drives people to compromise their moral code, to distort their constitution? It's uncertainty. Fear is the thing that breaks us. Fear "is a unique political force. Its ebbs and flows through American political history have pulled on elections, … Continue reading Justice is not a destination
It's hard to find a news source that isn't reporting about the coronavirus at the moment. Despite the fact that death and infection rates are fairly low (nearly 500 deaths at the time of this writing, compared to the 60,000 who died from the flu last year), fears over this disease are leading to a … Continue reading Unmasking Our True Fears
There are specific tactics for winning Tic Tac Toe, or at the very least, to never lose. I took this knowledge by challenging restaurant regulars who were friends with our family to a friendly wager of fifty cents per game.
It's not surprising to find contradictions in our ideas, values, and beliefs. For example, many who are pro-life also support the death penalty and military intervention that includes swift, violent retribution or the assignation of others. Or, those who say they believe in freedom of speech... at least until they find speech that they find … Continue reading Oh, the Contradiction
Cruelty... is never necessary is not justice is something we're all capable of is always a choice says more about those who inflict it than those who are victims of it is upheld by the status quo. ... Just a reminder that our country is still locking up and separating families - two thirds of … Continue reading On Cruelty
Yesterday, I was honored to join several wonderful people at the Washington Post for a live event and discuss the importance of artistic expression highlighted by freedom of expression. Wes Lowery moderated the questions for me, Michael Render (A.K.A Killer Mike), and John P. Elwood. Later in the afternoon, the event continued with other panels … Continue reading Free to State
My memoir is finally available for pre-ordering! This deeply personal story is about the adventure of starting the world's first and only all-Asian American dance rock band and the many adventures along the way, especially fighting my way through the U.S legal system for my First Amendment rights. You can pre-order it from Amazon, Barnes & … Continue reading Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court