Asian American Recs Week / Day 6: Birth of a nASIAN DAY 6: Birth of a nASIAN Tired of Margaret Cho, the only Asian comic who seems to get any airtime? Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung, who perform with Slanty Eyed Mama, knit together a series of character monologues and music segments to make "Birth of a nASIAN," a performance the better half and I saw here in DC last week. Rigg, daughter of white Australian and Indonesian parents, did a fabulous job addressing hapa issues (hapa being a term for people of half or mixed Asian descent), sending up stereotypes, and making fun of the confusion we face when people don't fall in easily recognizable racial categories. Hung played the electric violin. (Need I say more about that?) Interested? Here's a clip with half a dozen different Kate Rigg characters. (Running time 5:00 minutes, not safe for work due to language, the last segment, "I will survive," is best) As far as their music is concerned, Mulan has a nice montage of images of Asian in American movies and tv to accompany --and drive home the point of--the lyrics. (Running time 3:00 minutes, not safe for work) I can't seem to find a touring schedule, but you can check out the group's webpage if you're interested in their CDs.