Steve Aoki on how his Asian-American identity shaped his career in music


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    Steve Aoki on how his Asian-American identity shaped his career in music

    The new Netflix documentary “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” mostly focuses on electronic music superstar Steve Aoki’s day-to-day life and his complicated relationship with his father, Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, but one of the film’s most powerful narratives is on the DJ’s identity as an Asian-American.

    Steve Aoki spoke with CBS News about the documentary and why it’s important to him to speak out about issues facing the Asian-American community.

    In one scene in the film, Aoki recalls being bullied and laughed at in school for being Asian-American. He revisited the anecdote and told CBS News, “The first thing my mom did was apologize to the other mom because that’s her style.

    “‘We don’t want to cause any problems’ and I’m like, ‘I got into a fight with him because he was throwing s**t at me and calling me names,’ and my mom was like, ‘No, we have to apologize. I don’t want to be ostracized in this community because they won’t support us.’”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/steve-aoki-on-how-his-asian-american-identity-shaped-his-career-in-music/


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