adjective /ˈso͞opər/

1. Very good or pleasant; excellent
* – Julie was a super girl
* – You’re both coming in? Super!

2. (of a manufactured product) Superfine
* – a super quality binder

as·tig (pronounced ahhs-teeg)


1. unique, cool, bad-ass

This blog is dedicated to showcasing, from around the world, all things Super Astig. Curated by Christine Balance and Gary Gabisan.

Christine Balance
Christine Bacareza Balance is Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). For the 2014-2015 academic year, she serves as a Society for the Humanities faculty fellow at Cornell University. As UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2009) in Music at UC Riverside (mentor: Professor Deborah Wong), Balance organized the two-day conference Tropical Renditions: Popular Music in Filipino America (February 2009). Prior to completing her PhD dissertation, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CFD) Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the American Culture Program at Vassar College (2006-2007); a Research Consultant in the Ford Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program; Events Associate in NYU’s Asian/Pacific American Studies Program; and assisted writer Jessica Hagedorn in editing the anthology Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World (Penguin, 2004).

Balance’s essays on Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Imelda Marcos, karaoke aesthetics, and spree-killer Andrew Cunanan have been published in Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ), Women & Performance: a feminist journal, the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS), Theatre Journal, as well as online at In Media Res. She has presented her work in both national (ASA, PSi, AAAS; Princeton University, Experience Music Project, University of Hawaii-Manoa, USC, UCLA and UC Berkeley) and international venues (University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines and the University of the Philippines, Diliman).

One-ninth of the Polynesian-inspired indie rock band The Jack Lords Orchestra, Balance is currently completing her own book, Tropical Renditions: Popular Music and Performance in Filipino America (forthcoming, Duke University Press) while she continues to collaborate with Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA) on an anthology entitled California Dreaming: Production and Aesthetics in Asian American Art.

Gary Gabisan
Gary Gabisan is a digital media producer, filmmaker and musician. While attending NYU film school, Gary focused his studies on Experimental Film and Documentary Filmmaking. After graduation, Gary began working in the digital media industry, building web sites and producing content for MTV and Walt Disney Studio. In addition, Gary is a founding member and vocalist for the jazz/funk live hip-hop band known as P.I.C and the ukulele/percussionist for the Jack Lords Orchestra. Currently, Gary is teaching eskrima, training brazilian jiu-jitsu and developing transmedia storytelling techniques for non-fiction.

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