Giant Robot Magazine

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Giant Robot was an American bi-monthly magazine of Asian and Asian American popular culture, published from 1994 to 2011.

Founders and Publication Information

The magazine was established by Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, two Californian-natives who previously dabbled in zine culture, a movement of self-published original content. The two combined their passions for Asian pop culture, music, and political roots to bring Giant Robot to life.

Content and Format

Giant Robot's editorial mix consisted of feature stories, interviews, art, and reviews of underrepresented or overlooked aspects of Asian and Asian-American pop culture. It also showcased Asian and Asian American artists, musicians, and filmmakers, contributing significantly to the visibility and understanding of this cultural sphere within the American context.

Impact and Recognition

The magazine earned wide recognition for its role in promoting contemporary Asian and Asian-American topicalities, and was often credited for its sharp wit and insightful gaze into the Asian American experience. Its reach extended beyond print, spawning successful art galleries and stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.

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