I remember when (graffiti film) 'Wild Style' came to the (Honolulu) Academy of Arts. We loaded up the family in the station wagon. At the theater it was us and a couple of hippies from UH.
There is so much about hip-hop culture that is peculiar to New York, and I got to understand it from that point of view.
It was just one of those nights. It was an out-of-body experience.
It's interesting to me that the questions assume that because I'm Asian-American and Pacific islander that I'm an outsider. But I'm not an outsider to the culture. In hip-hop, you either have something or you make way for someone who does. If you don't have it, step out and learn. I feel I've had to earn my stripes.
I entered at an interesting time, after the L.A. riots, when the field was in crisis. A lot of the movement was down with solidarity with other races, but the riots were a shock. The focus became interracial relations, and they wanted to know what I thought. It gave me a weird credibility in the field. A lot of us got published in academic journals right away.
We know that the PC sector won't be good in the first quarter but consumer products are playing a more important role now and that will help boost demand for chips.
I'm glad that the book has been recognized by people that I work with, but I'm a little disappointed that it's not seen for what it is.
I remember cutting out any article I could find about the guy. At the party, he gave me a piece of something he had done. I cried, dude.
At that point I had a real 30-year narrative to sink my teeth into.