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Media Outlet: The New Yorker

But there’s a paradox at play: as technology enables us to access the far reaches of the planet, the illusion swells that the rest of the world is merely a frictionless swipe away. In aspiring to sound like everywhere at once, the album risks sounding like no place at all. Even though “Future Brown” was mostly recorded face to face, in a physical studio, there’s little feeling of specificity. Some critics have accused the group of being overly strategic in seeking out collaborators, plucking rappers and singers from the streets and enlisting them in the service of a generically rendered worldwide struggle.  

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Hua Hsu is a New America fellow, working on a study of immigrant culture and American ideas around diversity. He is an associate professor at Vassar College, a contributor to the New Yorker, and an executive board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop.