Every year we’re experiencing something new. And, of course, there’s psy, whose gangnam style video became the biggest hit in youtube history, who doesn’t seem very concerned very much with the standardized ideas of beauty. They’ll dig the story lines, too, involving a just-graduated-from-high-school girl’s relationships with a dreamy boy who has depth, a distant dad who is artistic and witty, and a little brother who is helpful and lovable. I have a song on my record that i wrote with dolly* called rainbow land and it’s inspired by this place. In 1973 my father was killed by his best friend, but according to the internet he never even existed. And the other individuals in the photograph encouraged and legitimised the taunting and mocking of people of asian descent, she has also insulted her many asian pacific american friends.
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