Asian Pop's 2009 Year in Review: From Bad to Verse (with apologies to Clement Moore)
Thanks to all of you who shared your suggestions and thoughts with me for this year's "Best and Worst in Asian Pop"! I was so inspired that I ended up writing my column entirely in verse. (Yeah, it was that kind of a year.) Look forward to seeing you all in 2010, which hopefully will be a better year for us all...From bad to verse: Asian Pop's 2009 year in review
By Jeff Yang, Special to SF Gate
The general rottenness of the past 12 months puts Jeff Yang in a poetic mood....
'Tis the day before New Year's, a date that reminds us
Of all that we saw in the year that's behind us
So to give an assessment that just can't be ducked
Two-thousand-and-nine? Well, mostly, it sucked
Recession, rescission, Iran and Iraq
Swine flu, banker bailouts, and plummeting stock
Ponzi fraud, acts of God, sky-high unemployment
Not a lot to look back on with too much enjoyment
In fact, all in all, we'd much rather forget
This horrific year; is it January yet?
Oh well, it's our duty, so let's start at the top
And review '09's "Best and Worst" in Asian Pop...
[and much, much more]
Sidenote: I was on NPR's "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin today recapping 2009 and looking ahead to 2010—here's a link, check it out!