I launched this sub-blog as a general Asian-related subjects opinions and experiences blog coming from an Asian-American’s point of view. It was supposed to be dedicated to my late father who recently passed away last year. He was known in our small suburban community for his hard work and dedication to serving the Asian-American community and promoting global friendships with different cities around the world through the Sister Cities program. I was also interested in the work he did and hoped that I could continue on where he left off by opening this blog. Sadly, it never really took off. And in addition, I found a larger role in his past communities that I could do aside from just writing personal opinions and such on a blog that would likely be unread by anyone. Not everyone likes reading personal blogs after all.
So instead, a little over a year later from its launching, I decided to just convert it to a more pop culture 1 related blog. To be a lot more specific, it’s not just J-Pop fandom, but primarily related to the latest craze to hit Japan as of late: PRODUCE 101 JAPAN 2 and the final lineup named JO1. Because PDJP was based on the hit Korean idol survival show PRODUCE 101, there is bound to have an increase of new JO1 fans coming from the K-Pop side, which can also clash with the other fans from the J-Pop side. I opened this blog to share my thoughts and opinions, as well as sharing of what I’ve learned throughout the 20+ years of being a J-Pop fan. There is a whole wealth of information about the J-Pop industry, fandom culture, and everything else. We just need to find them at the right places somehow and continue to dig deeper.
I also decided to keep the name Asiatic Takes, since in a way, this is a personal niche blog about J-Pop altogether, plus this is coming from another Asian point of view and every post I write are all from my own takes. Let’s just leave it this way. I could have continued with my old JO1 Tumblr, but I also love the freedom to customize the backend of this blog the way I want it from time to time and I couldn’t really do that on Tumblr with the exception of changing and customizing the themes.
This blog would pretty much contain stuff that are kind of like the stuff I wanted to tweet but saved on the Drafts section of my J-Pop fan Twitter. I personally don’t like ranting through my phone and I type a lot faster on a keyboard. At the same time, I’d like to use this as some kind of a resource guide to new JO1/PDJP fans too, little by little.
So, that’s it for the intro post. Till next time, for sure!