On the eve of the 21st century, a group of young Asian American writers bravely announced—tongue partially in cheek, in keeping with the aesthetic of sincere irony that characterizes the so-called Generation X—their recreation of “a monster.” This announcement, posted on the internet (at www.gidra.net), was drafted by the “editorial recollective” of Gidra, a samizdat (self-published) monthly newsletter launched thirty years earlier by a group of UCLA students who wanted a forum where they could address the particular concerns and issues facing Asian Pacific Americans in the Vietnam War era. Writers and editors of a new Gidra declared in 1999 with a flourish their intention to create a publication that would provide a way to “get off our collective asses, look ahead and define the world of tomorrow.”
Rubin, Rachel, "Cyberspace, Y2K: Giant Robots, Asian Punks" (2003). Institute for Asian American Studies Publications. 20.