Reviews of Dr. Julie Park's brilliant and precocious characterization of the 90s...


Regarding the awkward, confusing era of the 90s, Dr. Park covered a litany of arguments supporting her claims of the decade as an adolescent transitional period. I think this is the first time that a LaaF lecture commodified both academia and nostalgia, hand in hand. The success of the lecture at a new location cemented the status of LaaF as the unlikely commodification of stimulating food and discussion in the midst of this crazy, hectic lifestyle. The litany of great food was an equal contributor to this. Hopefully there will be a litany of great LaaFs like this in the future, and our consistent attendance will help to commodify them.

   Also, it was nice to hear words like "commodify" and "litany" used in everyday, regular speech.

- Jon Yip, commodifier

What a great way to start a new year of LaaF! Who knew kosher could be so good? And the 90's... the Dr.'s done it again! Such depth of insight in one so young! How does she do it? There was nothing "wack" about this wonderful journey back in time. It was "all that!"

- Monita Scott, a fan of the 90s

Julie Park brought back so memories, I felt like I was an Alzheimer's patient unsure what decade it was. The newly minted Dr. Park exposed many of the motifs I enjoyed as a kid but can now perceive as an adult. 

- Matt Cheung, once blind to 90s motifs

Julie's analysis of the 90s was a fascinating look at the decade that most of us grew up and spent our teens in. As a professional lost-and-wandering child of the 90s, I can confirm first-hand the veracity of her report on the awesomeness of the decade that is yet difficult to categorize. After all, how can you go wrong with Hammer pants and ninja raps?

- Daniel Khim, forever young

I've made a huge mistake. That's the thought that enters my mind when I think about the 1990s, aka Nuthin' But a "G" Thang. No, I'm not just talking about wearing size 36 khakis so low that everybody could see if I was wearing Hanes or BVDs. I'm talking about the historic struggle of entering adulthood: choosing to follow dreams or recognize reality (or just get high everyday). Either way, it's a tough road fraught with doubt and lingering adolescent angst. How to put it all in perspective? Why, a lecture by newly-crowned PhD, Julie Park, of course. An attempt to encompass an entire decade in 30 minutes is bound to betray some egregious omissions, namely one Tupac Shakur. But Dr. Park is excused since she's from Ohio. Besides, it was more than enough to hear her delineation of the transitional nature of the decade as it paralleled the individual life progressions of Generation X members. I don't even know what I just wrote, but the good doctor does. Astute. I'm going to go write some songs now in my hash den.

- Jezreel Leung, stuck in the time-space continuum

As I thought about Zack Morris and his giant phone, the Asian financial crisis, and O.J. Simpson's circus of a trial, I truly believed that Julie couldn't do it. How could she possibly characterize this crazy random decade of the 90s? But Dr. Park knows her decades (see LaaF2, lecture on the 80s) and she certainly understands the spirit of the 90s. The lecture was truly a revelation! And now, everywhere I look in the 90s, I see the struggle of 80s materialism bumping up against 70s idealism...

- Ji, filled with the spirit (of the 90s)

The New York Times, always a little bit behind Laaf, followed Dr. Park as they analyzed our generation's obsession with nostalgia...