Annie: Yo yo!
Kelli: Welcome to Hello Kimchi! This is the place we’ve created to talk about Asian [American] stuff we try and discover around where we live and travel. Also, to review resources and fun stuff we find online.
Annie: Think of it as a sort of scrapbook with lots of critiques and experiential stories. Maybe like Pinterest…but with less weddings and baby stuff.
Kelli: Quick background – I’m not an “otaku” – neither in the Americanized sense of the word nor the actual Japanese cultural meaning… But I recently developed an interest in Asian pop culture, through my dabbling in Asian pop music.
Annie: Out of the two of us, I guess I’m the closest to being an “otaku”…more in the Americanized sense of the word. Well, rather than being and otaku, I think it’s more that I understand otakus. I read manga (mainly shoujo and josei, but some others) and I used to watch some anime for a couple of years, though I don’t really do that anymore. I, too, like Asian pop music and lived in Japan for a three years after school.
Kelli: We’re not really outside the culture – I grew up in an Asian American household.
Annie: And I grew up in an Asian immigrant household.
Kelli: Anyway, we hope you have fun reading!
Annie: And we hope we help you find some cool stuff to get into!
Kelli & Annie: Hugs and kimchi!