Fellow New Yorkers Jason Chang and Diana Park (or, the Charks) sit down with me in my sweltering Astoria apartment to discuss growing up Korean-American. They help shed light on my most burning questions, like: what's with PSY's music videos? Is he cool? Which K-Dramas are worth my time ("Signal") and which are best left alone ("Boys Over Flowers")? Why do Korean girls' skin look so good? And what is up with the demasculinization of Asian men? All this, plus why Diana loves natural disaster movies.
Joyce Chu talks with me about growing up in Hong Kong, then moving to the U.S. as an exchange student. We discuss tea restaurants, Hong Kong-style macaroni breakfasts, karaoke, C-Pop, Korean beauty products and the difference between Mandarin and Cantonese. Joyce also tells me about watching "She's the Man" and "Mean Girls" to learn English, her Chinese name and how she started liking avocados. Also, you know that feeling where you walk into someone's messy dorm, and you're like, "Oh no"? Joyce can relate because that was my room freshman year. But don't worry — she powered through and found a place to sit. And the rest, as they say, is HERstory.