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May 18, 2004 - "Big Straw" Out this Week!
Well, it took a little longer than expected, but we are finally ready to release the first issue of "Big Straw" to CMU, the greater Pittsburgh area, and the globe. There will be two release parties for the magazine this Thursday, May 20, 2004: The first will be outside Rose Tea Cafe in Squirrel Hill, 5874 Forbes, from 5-6 pm. The second will be at Club Havana in Shadyside (5744 Ellsworth) from 10-11 pm (this is 21+), w/ special appearance by Japanese underground video jackers Laboratory Type-0, and international techno DJ Shawn Rudiman. What is "Big Straw?" A new magazine dealing with underground Asian and Asian American culture. But donít expect to get any clear definitions of what those terms mean here, because we arenít tour guides. Our mission isnít to define culture, but to explode it, locating fragments of identity and meaning in film, music, anime, literature, fashion, car culture, sports, toys, and so on. Rather than fix things, we want to put them in motion. Rather than erect borders, we want to sneak across them. Like the automotive subculture of ďdrifting," we want to move sideways as fast as we can. Hope to see you! Please feel free to send this announcemt to all interested parties. Dr. John R. Eperjesi Postdoc, Dept. of English Author of _The Imperialist Imaginary: Visions of Asia and the Pacific in American Culture_ (if you are one of my student who already left for home, send me your address and i will mail you your copies)