Banana’s latest issue includes a story on Asian Americans in the cannabis industry and an ASMR-inspired photoshoot of shaved ice.
Asian-American magazines were actively involved in the creation of Asian-American identity since the very first usage of the term.
Before Asian-American magazines, there was no Asian America.
The Asian-American magazines that launched in the late eighties and early nineties reflected the increased visibility of Asian Americans in the culture at large.
Whereas A’s tagline was “Inside Asian America” and Rice’s was “The Magazine of Asian American Influence” and Monolid’s was (prepare to cringe) “The Asian American Magazine for Those Who Aren’t Blinking,” Giant Robot declared itself “The Magazine for You.”Hua Hsu, a staff writer at The New Yorker, recalls the appeal of reading Giant Robot in the nineties.