Interview: M.I.A.


Maya Arulpragasam sighs into the phone. I’ve asked her if journalists have accurately depicted her life story, and she seems tired of the question.

“My story?” she asks. “Which one? There are so many.”

Arulpragasam has been called many things in her short career: refugee, revolutionary; terrorist, tastemaker. To activists, she is a musician with a message. Online, she represents the positive side of file-sharing. To music magazines like Urb and Spin, she is 2005’s Artist of the Year, with her debut album “Arular” topping dozens of influential must-have lists.

Read the full interview at The Japan Times Online.

M.I.A. terrorizes the dancefloor | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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