So, where to start…
This site originally started out as a way to learn the WordPress platform for work purposes. I figured if I was learning about something for work, then I should also do something I am interested in so that I won’t let the blog fall by the wayside. Now this site and work take up a considerable amount of my time and I enjoy it still (for the most part). I started out doing reviews and gushing over Asian dramas and then somewhere, impressions and reviews morphed into recaps. I’m not sure why. Then I started keeping lists of English subtitles available for dramas so I could have easy access to what was being released for the shows I was interested in. Those have kind of fallen by the wayside and will probably be phased out. Of course, my obsession with various forms of Asian music has also reared it’s head along with some manga and movie commentaries and reviews.
NeeNee (aka “The Other Nicole,” “The Good Nicole”)
I am the managing editor for the awesome literary site NewPages.com. Plus, I have worked as an in-class tutor at my local community college for developmental math and English classes. I fell in love with Asian entertainment first by watching Anime. First came Sailor Moon, then came Ronin Warriors, Escaflowne, and InuYasha. Then I was introduced to manga by my good friend Jessie. Thanks to her I discovered Fruits Basket and Mars. And, for whatever reason, I did e-search into various mangas and discovered Hana Yori Dango which firmly cemented me into the Asian world. When I discovered HanDan had a live action adaptation, I immediately when out in search of it and bought it without ever having watched it. And thus I fell in love with Asian drama. My interests quickly left the Japanese realm and entered into the Korean with Full House and then I discovered the wacky Devil Beside You (a Taiwanese drama adaptation of the Japanese manga that I loved). Now I was completely addicted to all things Asian entertainment related. And then I started www.asianaddictsanonymous.com to blog about my Asian addiction which has morphed into this site (with anonymous spelled correctly this time).
nichan (aka “The Other Nicole,” “The Bad Nicole”)
i like Cantonese music, Japanese music, a dash of Korean music, and our site owner has recently exposed me to mandarin music. — joey yung was my introduction to asian music.
i like manga and anime. — “sailor moon” was my introduction to anime, and my first manga obsession was “gravitation”.
i really like ancient Chinese literature. — i believe “the tale of genji” was my introduction to Asian literature, but i very quickly converted from Japanese to Chinese. i’m pretty sure my first Chinese literature experience was “a dream of red mansions”.
i was a history major in college. i did my senior thesis on the comparison of yaoi and slash fan histories. when i got out of college, i still had a year left on my parents’ insurance, so i went back to the local college and did an independent study on learning world war i through “gundam wing”.
i like the occasional Asian movie, but i don’t really have the attention span for movies…
i loves me some loligoth/gothloli.
the problem, you see, is that i’m way, way, way too cheap and lazy to bother getting new stuff, so i predict that all of my reviews will be on things i’ve already watched/read/heard, rather than new and up-to-date releases. don’t be expecting to see new titles and whatnot listed under my name… i buy from the bargain bin!
I am a Ph.D. student in natural resources, hoping to become a college professor of biology in the future. However, I am also a very creative person and I enjoy the arts just as much as I do the sciences. As I understand it, middle-brained people such as myself are quite rare. I have been a fan of anime and manga for many years now and I am also interested in Japanese culture. During my undergraduate studies I double-majored in biology and Japanese Studies and spent a semester abroad in Japan, four months soaking in the culture of the country and working on improving my Japanese language skills. In this blog, in the music section, I hope to contribute album reviews of less ‘mainstream’ Japanese music, as well as lyrics translations of a variety of songs both mainstream and non. In the drama section, I will be blogging a little bit on drama, but more on anime, manga, and some video games. I’m a veteran of the latter three media forms, but am still familiarizing myself with Asian drama. Who knows, maybe I’ll blog more about it in the future ^_^