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11.25.2009

angry reader of the week: clifford song



Time again to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is longtime reader Clifford Song.

Who are you?
Clifford Song. As a child I thought I was named after the Big Red Dog. Later my parents told me the name came from a senator they voted for in the late 70's while living in Arizona.

Where are you?
Right now? In the office listening to Kid Cudi.
I'm from New York City. Work in mid-town, live in the upper East.

Where are you from?
I was born in Fairfax, Virginia. Moved to Korea when I was 1. My father worked for the US Defense Dept and he took a job on Yongsan US Army Base in Seoul. Returned to Virginia at age 7 when my father transferred back to the Pentagon in DC. Stayed in Virginia till my mid twenties, then one day I got stir crazy and bounced for NYC. I've been here almost 5 years. Not sure if I'll ever feel like a true New Yorker as I'll always be a VA boy at heart.

What are you?
I'm 100% Korean by blood. I identify the most with the label Korean-American.

What do you do?
I work at HBO on the Cinemax brand marketing team. The first time I saw breasts on TV was on Cinemax, back in third grade at a friend's house. 20+ years later here I am marketing Coed Confidential, Lingerie, Life on Top and Cleavagefield.

In reality, the Skinemax stuff is a small part of the job. The main focus is marketing programming events to our affiliates (Comcast, Time Warner, etc.) and consumers, ensuring they're up to date on our theatrical inventory and products (on demand, broadband, true HD). However, my friends find the Skinemax aspect of my job most interesting (or funny?).

On the passion tip, I work closely with HBO's segment marketing team to identify and create opportunities to engage the Asian American audience. In 2008 we helped launch the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) as the founding sponsor. This year we came on board with additional funding for marketing and special events such as a Q & A with actor Aaron Yoo. In 2010 we hope to raise the bar with an HBO on Demand programming stunt during Asian Heritage Month.

What are you all about?
Honoring my parents and family.
Following my heart and passions over money (or logic).
Making the ones I love laugh, although I don't laugh that much myself.
Contributing to the advancement of Asians in media.
Enjoying the simple things in life.
Keeping it Angry.

What makes you angry?
  • Closed minded people who make decisions or judgments without the heart and ability to understand the situations of others.
  • Leaders who don't value or utilize their position of power, influence and ability to inspire progress.
  • Bathroom stalls with too much space on either side of the door. I don't like looking out, or anyone looking in when I'm taking care of my business.
  • Non-Asians who assume they know your nationality and greet you with the wrong Asian greeting. I was just in LA and as I was checking my rental car out of the Hertz parking lot the Mexican security guard greeted me with Nee Hao Ma. That's racist! Actually, I'm not sure if he was Mexican. Now I'm racist!
  • Anything Ed Hardy. No shirt or jacket should have a heart, skull, mermaid, tiger, dragon and leprechaun incorporated into one design.