No More Yellowface

No More Yellowface What's good Vagabonds? Today I'll talk about why it's so important to remember a few things that went down with regards to Asians in the West. First of all, this: the Chinese Exclusion Act, an ugly US federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. Then when they were allowed in again, they weren't allowed to have any relations with white women. This was the only known law in history to target a specific ethnic group or race, as the wording in this Act was 'the Chinese race' which automatically puts all of East Asia in the mix too. Fast forward to 1941. After Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were put in camps for fears of conflicting loyalties. This was even briefly touched upon in the classic war film 'Battle of Midway' which is pretty remarkable for the time. Also, Koreans were mistaken for Japanese and abused as well. More recently US President Trump made a...
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Our Privacy and Net Neutrality

Our Privacy and Net Neutrality

Let's talk Privacy and Net Neutrality for a minute, fellow Vagabonds. If, like me, you like tech, the internet and related culture, you will find these topics over and over again. We have long lost our digital privacy; many of us just didn't know it yet or were / are in denial. Remember the proposal to implant chips underneath our skin? That was a bit too much, right? So instead they made chipping our pets mandatory. Voila! The government can still trace your steps by doing the math. Fast forward to today. Tracking cookies are nothing new but with the Republicans in control we are going to see a number of things: the rollback of the FCC rules implemented during the Obama administration which leaves our browsing behavior data up for sale to the highest bidder and the demise of Net Neutrality because cable companies / ISPs will favor their own acquired companies over their competitors, including the small innovative companies that the Googles, Facebooks,...
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I’m a legal alien from Planet Rock

What's good fellow Vagabonds? An Alien? From Planet Rock? The famous Zulu Nation reference lives on but in a slightly different context. And no, not the UK radio station with the same name either. 8) To me, travelling is very important. It keeps me grounded by seeing how people live in different parts of the world. It gives me inspiration to create. And through it I stay in touch with my friends and family all over the globe. With all these travels you need a place to call home. This is where it gets tricky. You see, you can have a bed where you lay your head to rest in a loving home, that is, home in the sense of that it's an actual house. However, it is the place in which the house stands that I'm talking about. Because you can grow up in a nice house/home, surrounded with love and good intentions, all that can change the moment you step outside. Outside of the...
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Shoreditch x Kimoxavi

What's good fellow Vagabonds? I was out and about today in Shoreditch, an interesting area with quirky little shops. I was tagging along with my friend Lex Jones who was interviewing Kimoxavi, a Hip-Hop duo from South Korea who were in town to shoot their first music video. It brought me back to the old days when I ran with Deph C and Sniff Z when we were the Young Gunz Click and blew up the spot at Racism Beat It '96, or later when I was one of the founding members of the 124 Cypher, a collective of MCs, producers, B-Boys and DJs. When we bumrushed the stage after a DITC show they were playing along with us, chanting "124, 124!" along with the crowd... And then there was TrackAddicts, technically a live band but we rolled tight like any other Hip-Hop crew. To me, Hip-Hop crews are something special. You become part of something bigger and roll with each other for better or...
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My life as a Vagabond

What's good fellow Vagabonds? For years I was lost, looking for an identity that was ever-elusive. I was adopted when I was 6 months. Was I Dutch? Was I Korean? Turns out I was neither. It was a difficult pill to swallow. I was truly a mental Vagabond, wandering aimlessly without a beginning or end in life. Fast forward to 2010. That's the year I went back to South Korea for the first time. I was fortunate enough to be reunited with my birth family and even got to visit the house where I was born. It was like an alternative reality. But what hit home the most was what I saw in one of the rooms: a keyboard and a guitar. Turns out I'm from a musical family - this felt like a real-life August Rush to me. It changed me to my core. Making music is so much more special now! So far I've done many interesting things in music and most of...
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My Music

My Music

What's good today fellow Vagabonds? The styles of music I love listening to even before creating are: Hip-Hop, both classic and modern downtempo R&B, both classic, down- and uptempo Funk Soul Jazz Some EDM, the slower kind mostly Funky K-Pop which can be any of the above and more Some Trap See I refuse to acknowledge Trap as the new Hip-Hop because I believe Hip-Hop's essence has deeper roots than Trap, which can be seen as one of its many many spin-off genres. However in this case it has outgrown the term 'spin-off' because Trap is about to overshadow Hip-Hop. Is this because it is easier to market? And because there is less pushback from the people who actually care about Hip-Hop culture? I love Hip-Hop, I was born in the same year as the Sugar Hill Gang dropped Rapper's Delight. When I learned how to really play the piano I gravitated towards R&B and Jazz, but I really grew up on Native Tongue, NWA, BDP and Eric B. & Rakim to...
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