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Asian Pop Entrepreneurs: Giant Robot Returns to UCLA

Careers in Asia talk with Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, Co-editors of Giant Robot

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
UCLA Faculty Center, Hacienda Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Launched in 1994, Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong’s magazine Giant Robot has emerged as one of the leading publications on Asian and Asian American pop culture, appearing in newsstands across the nation. Giant Robot has by now grown beyond the magazine to become a pop culture destination as well, with five retail stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City and a restaurant, Gr/eats in Los Angeles. Giant Robot has paved the way for creating a space to discuss the latest trends in Asian and Asian American pop culture. In an informal discussion with the founders and co-editors of GR, this Careers in Asia presentation will provide an opportunity to learn more about the humble beginnings of Giant Robot and their path to becoming Asian Pop Entrepreneurs.

Eric Nakamura, Publisher, Co-Editor
Eric graduated from UCLA with a degree in East Asian Studies. He got his start in magazine making through a stint at Larry Flynt Publications. In addition to publishing issues of GR, Nakamura has made an independent movie called Sunsets, shot photos for punk rock bands, and designed t-shirts.

Martin Wong, Co-Editor
Martin graduated from UCLA with a degree in English. When not co-editing Giant Robot, he has edited for McGraw-Hill Publishing, written freelance for various magazines (including Asiaweek, Slap, and Dirt), and contributed to various dot-com companies.

Careers in Asia is an occasional series on professional careers in, with, and about Asia.

There will be a reception immediately following the talk.

Cost : Free

(310) 825 - 0007

Sponsor(s): Asia Institute, Asian American Studies Center

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