Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Post Script: For a Friend

 Goodbye, Miriam.

I remember our last Commons breakfast. The end of your first year, the end of my last year in New Haven. I told you (and Eunju - and Christina?), "four years pass so quickly. Years from now, this moment will be a vague memory. If you remember me, I'll be 'that guy who was around' your freshman year."

That was true, and it wasn't. A decade sped by, but our friendship and conversations continued, from New Haven to Beijing, LA, DC. I got to witness a time-lapse portrait of your convictions as they sharpened and realized. They took form and touched the world around you: in your activism, your allyship, your breaking ground to make sanctuary for those who need it.

You were passionate, kind, and generous, and only became ever more so. "Generous" in many ways: your words and presence. The way you spent your time. The passions you chose to pursue. They'll continue to bear fruit for so many hungry for truth and freedom. I've seen your work, and work that bears your fingerprints, bleed into view from across the country. It was always deeply-rooted, thoughtful, caring. As you were.

As you are, even now, somewhere.

The next time I see you, I'll shout: "Miriaaaaaaaaaam Chooooooooooooo." You'll mirror back: "Jason Chuuuuuuuuuu." We'll have a lot to talk about, and we'll have plenty of time to talk.

Rest well, sister.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

a new chapter: jasonchu.net

hi, friends;

this blog has been useful, but has long since been replaced by my facebook artist page and other forms of social media.

as i prepare to launch my new project, THE UNCOOL, in Beijing and online worldwide, I've set up a new site to post music, videos, photos, and musings: www.jasonchu.net.

as i continue to grow as a servant, a brother, a son, a musician, a writer, and a friend, i hope you will also continue walking with me...



Saturday, July 9, 2011

THE TIGER SONS Tape - Online Now!

MODEL MINORITY is proud to present THE TIGER SONS Tape, following up on their previous release, THE MODEL MINORITY REPORT.


On THE TIGER SONS, emcees D-One, Grand Master Chu, and Inglish continue to speak about the lives of young, modern, Asian-Americans with their signature wordplay. Humorous, self-deprecating, and thoughtful, they address a range of subjects from growing up in Asian-American households (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Sons), online romance (Twitter Girl), historical struggles against racism (Vincent Chin.), and drop bilingual party tracks like Xian Kan Kan Wo (a Mandarin cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now”) and Ooh It’s Just Genetic, Girl.

The lead single from THE TIGER SONS, Invisible People (Where’d You Go?), and its accompanying music video, are dedicated to those people whose voices and stories have been lost or ignored. With a music video shot in San Francisco, directed by Angela Yu, the song sees the three rappers speaking out against injustice in the classroom, courtroom, and media.

THE TIGER SONS Tape is available for free download & streaming at http://grandmaster.bandcamp.com/album/the-tiger-sons

The INVISIBLE PEOPLE music video is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tqpEF9-_lw

Contact links:

Model Minority - http://www.facebook.com/themodelminority

D-One (@DavidBFung) - http://www.youtube.com/davidbfung

Grand Master Chu (@JasonGLChu) - http://www.facebook.com/grandmasterchu

Inglish (@AndrewJFung) - http://www.youtube.com/andrewjfung

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vincent Chin. - memorial song

In March, Model Minority recorded "Vincent Chin." for our upcoming mixtape THE TIGER SONS, in the hopes of continuing to use music to educate our listeners and friends about the struggles and victories of Asians in America.

With Thursday being the 29th anniversary of his death, we decided to release "Vincent Chin." early, before the rest of the project, as a sign of respect for those who have come before us, and in the hopes
that the tragedy that ended his life would never be forgotten.

The video clips that play during the song are selections from Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña's 1987 documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin? and the instrumental is from Fort Minor's Kenji.

-Model Minority

Grand Master Chu

Friday, April 29, 2011

Re: UCW leadership

Me: I'm so sad
that I didn't get to see you two in action together

Moh lei: no worries it wasn't that great


Thursday, April 21, 2011

NEW STICKERS from the homey JP!!!

Most people don't really know this, but my dad was born in Thailand... 100% Chinese though, ethnically, not to mention his father was a Chinese journalist who moved to Thailand RIGHT before the Cultural Revolution (thank God) + his stepfather was 100% Chinese... but anyways I had never been to Thailand before a short trip earlier this year...

Why do I say this?

My homeboy JP, aka the creator of the art for our Japanese Tsunami benefit song remix, has been in Thailand for work for a minute, and I just got this DOPE package today with a Thai return address!!!!

Inside: New stickers from their DOPE skateboarding company!!

Thanks, big dog! See u next time u come thru BJ! Say what up to Paul 4 me!

BONUS: You're Not Alone (Japan Tsunami relief song) REMIX ft. a lot of rappers & singers

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

One of the (Many) Reasons I Like Her

Jessii: in my life i never got those
Jessii: 5 & 23
Jason: i like 5's
Jason: anything over 11 or 12 isn't interesting 2 me though... my favorites are III-V, VII, VIII and XI
Jessii: 23 is okay but my friend wear em and they want me to match
Jessii: most of the time i wear 4 & 5s
Jason: yea! I have some 4's i bought here, they're OK but a little big

any gf that will talk J's with me is someone to hold on to haaaa