Jason Chu is a poet, musician, artist, and activist who in part is inspired by his progressive faith as a Christian. He talks about the renewed partnership of AAPIs with BLM. He also expounds on how and why his music has evolved since landing in LA several years ago. Intro: Eavesdropping on a Karen
Based in LA, rapper/poet/activist jason chu is on a mission to speak hope and healing in a broken world. As a solo artist and 1/3 of Asian American trap crew NITEMRKT, he blends introspective lyricism with high energy bangers and thoughtfully crafted spoken word poetry.
jason’s music has been heard on Wu-Assassins (Netflix) and Warrior, seasons 1-2 (Cinemax). He has shared poetry at the Obama White House, been featured in the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, and presented at the Getty Center, Flushing Town Hall (with Joe Kye), the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (alongside Clairobscur Dance), and the Museum of Chinese in America. He tours extensively, with hundreds of shows across the US and worldwide.
As an expert on Asian American identity and hip-hop culture, jason has spoken and led workshops at UPenn, Dragon*Con, ArtCenter, Stanford, NYU, Yale, and beyond. He is a contributor to the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture.
Follow him at @jasonchumusic everywhere.
jason’s work has been graciously supported by The Slants Foundation, Equal Sound, and the California Relief Fund for Artists & Cultural Practitioners.