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About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

Earth and Sun Kiss


1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • Thursday, November 11, 2004

    Iris Chang found in Los Gatos, dead

    Iris Chang -- journalist and author of "The Rape of Nanking" -- was found dead in her car in Los Gatos Tuesday, an apparent suicide. Chang was sort of a hero for me. I looked up to her for bringing new light to a piece of history that has largely been ignored.

    Chang was also the first big story I wrote as a journalist, front page centerpiece in The Daily Californian. (UC Berkeley)

    The subject of her famous book, the Japanese atrocities in China in WWII, has been called Asia's holocaust. The topic was a popular one in my home when I grew up with my grandparents, who are from China.

    A Los Gatos writer, Richard Oxman, wrote to me in an email: "I fear there was some deep sadness, unrevealed to others, that drove want to leave us. It is something we should all ponder. What do we do to others? What do we not do with them? Where are we in all this?...Life is filled with mysterious omissions. Missed opportunities. Blessings in solidarity with Iris in mind."

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