Hua Hsu

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.
  • A Good Teen is Hard to Find

    Spent the past week reading books about maps, and came across this surprisingly absorbing video of Al Franken drawing the U.S.A.How Teenagers Consume…

  • Revenge of the Yellow Claw

    I'll be moderating a panel on "Nerds" this Saturday at the first-ever Asian American Comicon in New York. More information (and discounts) here.

  • Thursday mixes

    Jared (Big City/Bumpshop) on WNYU's "Downtown Affair" with a ridiculous 70s soul mix.Africa by way of Chicago by way of the future, House all the…


    Trailer for a really great documentary about Bolivian wrestlers my friend Betty recently completed. Watch for it at at festival near you:

  • random thoughts while watching the MJ service

    Given how fanatical Michael's fans can be, why didn't any of them ever go after Joe, the root of all Jackson-related evil? (Script idea...)Is Tyrese…

  • "Fela says, simply: Who no know go know."

    As a sucker for print, I will buy almost any magazine at least once. I just came across Chimurenga, an excellent biannual (?) out of South Africa and…

  • "On the cover of ya VIBE, XXL and Sources..."

    Rapper: This is Hua.Rapper's mother: Hello there, Hua.Rapper's aunt: Hi.Rapper: So this is where I grew up.Rapper's aunt: Hey, aren't you doing an…

  • Thursday mixes

    Via Matos: Woebot's really nice c. 94 ambient jungle mix.Fresh daily Boogie over at Beat Electric.Great live past/present/future of disco set from…

  • Like The Wire, only real

    Upcoming Newark/Cory Booker documentary that was supposedly shot/edited Wire-style. Looks great. 

  • a couple notes on delivery

    I totally forgot to post this whenever I started writing it. So pretend it's a couple weeks ago...In the Chronicle, Princeton University Press' Peter…

  • Stevie Wonder's Talkbox Tribute to MJ

    (Thanks to James)Also, I wrote this for Foreign Policy on the "globalization" of MJ.More regular posting as soon as I'm in the same city for more…

  • MJ R.I.P.

    I was waiting for the N train on the elevated platform in Astoria, Queens when I first read that Michael Jackson might have died. I had received an…

  • "Challah back"

    The untouched glee of a sincere fist-pump (0:17); a pubescent voice-crack reminds us he is small for a chiseler (0:29); the zealous purity of his…

  • Bass Culture

    I just need to remind you to read whatever Philip Sherburne has to say about electronic dance music. Over the past year, he's written great pieces…

  • Thursday mixes

    + Gang of Four, techno and everything in-between: Darshan from Metro Area and Tim Sweeney on Sweeney's Beats in Space show.+ Hypnotic thumb piano,…

  • "An Infinity of Jimis"

    speaking of bygone "youth cultures" -- Arthur Magazine with the stunning artwork that accompanied a 1969 LIFE piece on Jimi Hendrix 

  • "Bands start up, each and every day"

    Saw yesterday that Brian Graden -- the longtime MTV honcho who oversaw the network's shift from music video to youth lifestyle programming -- is…

  • Correct answers are: A&E and Nike

    What happens when there is nothing left to spoof?Is "viral content" merely the "infomercial" of the current moment? Does Charlie Murphy really yell…

  • "I was a surrogate, homie."

    Utterly entrancing ramble of hurt feelings, rickety metaphors, sideways subliminals and amorphous, the-audience-deserved-better…

  • Thursday mixes

    Blow your whistle: unbelievable Greg Wilson essential mix. Joey Negro vs. The Clash, Gwen Guthrie's "Seventh Heaven," Brenda Taylor, Stevie Wonder…


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming



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