last night, while searching for apia spoken word artists to possibly bring to school for asian american awareness month, i came across beau sia and his multiple guest spots on the def poetry jam [via youtube] on hbo.
i’d heard of him before via word-of-mouth and really liked the open letter he wrote to all the rosie o’donnells of the world during that whole idiotic ching-chong incident but wasn’t particularly aware of his other work.
anyway, while going through his youtube videos, i came across one that now holds a special place in my heart:
i think one of my most favorite parts has to be:
“…’cause we’re not just on the big screen, in the kung-fu flicks you adore. WE ARE EVERYWHERE. we are programming your websites, making your executives look smart, and getting into your schools for FREE. THAT’S RIGHT. RAISE THE BAR.”
one of the things i think i like most about him is his intensity. he really gets into his pieces. you can tell that he really is passionate about the work he does. and i like the fact that his pieces are accessible [if you know me, accessibility is a huge issue for me] and easy to process.
“…’cause i got a chip on my shoulder the size of 25 years of being underrepresented, lumped into a group, and made to feel inadequate, and i’ve HAD ENOUGH. i currently have a nonspecific game plan though right now it’s just very very angry. but will be better thought out later. so until then, RIIIIIISE UP.”
you hear that? get ready for the ASIAN INVASIAAAAN MOTHERFUCKERRRSSS.