Rolling Stone's Asian American 'Agents of Change'

March 19, 2009

Sri Lankan-British rapper M.I.A.

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Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's chief game designer who oversaw the development of the Wii.

Noble-prize winning Energy secretary Steven Chu.

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Momofuku restaurant owner/chef David Chang.

Sudhir Venkatesh, the Columbia University sociologist who rolled with the Chicago's Black Kings gang for seven years of research.

Check out the complete list at

Personally, I think they could have booted Taylor Swift, Andy Samberg, and Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz to make room for others. I'm glad they gave a nod to director Paul Thomas Anderson, but what about Ang Lee who's probably the most eclectic director in the US? And was no-nonsense DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee too polarizing to make the cut?

Any other glaring omissions from Rolling Stone's list?


Sylvie Kim

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Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

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miyamoto isn't asian american afaik.
Come on. Andy Samberg and Taylor Swift deserved their spots on there. There's not any glaring omissions from the list in my perspective.