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The last broadcast of KQED Pacific Time is tonight.

It’s been 7 years since 2000. The radio show about Pacific Asia and Asian American is coming to an end tonight. It’s a radio show I always look forward to when I drive home from work, or try to catch up on iTunes Podcast when I was at Germany.
I am angry.

What the fuck is the KQED pledge drive for? Isn’t the pledge drive all about keeping shows like Pacific Time alive? Why is one of the best and the most unique local radio to the Bay Area being canceled? I don’t understand.

More details here. The profanity is because I am really upset at KQED.

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Chinese . Japanese . Korean

Recentrly I’ve picked up a
Chinese translation book
by the Korean author Jin Wen Xue. The title of the book is “Chinese . Japanese . Korea” (the Japanese
edition of the book
is titled “Japanese . Chinese . Korean”, and I am sure
the original Korean edition is “Korean . Chinese . Japanese”)

Anyhow, the book is not one of those stuffy cultural antrphology stuff, instead,
it’s a full color color boook and rather humorisly talk about the similar things
and the differences of the 3 cultures. i.e. Chinese is culture of “saulty”,
Japanese is the cultere of “sour” and the Korean is the culture of “bitter”.

I wish there will be an English translation of this book out soon in the US.

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What’s next (at least for me).

What I can’t stand is the fact many liberals are still lamenting why they lost. Time to move on buddy. I admit, I don’t have the time and energy to do much, but at least financially I can still do my part with organization like Democracy for America/Blog for America (a PAC group under Howard Dean). I am sure you will find your ways to do you part. Money talk, bullshit walks. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and do something about it.

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Let’s look back

– A few weeks back, I had a feeling that Bush’s going to win. He did.

– When Bush took Florida last night, I knew Kerry was going to loose. For sure.

– All the pre-elections talks (from my liberal friends anyways) on how “we will turn back the tide” were sooooo naive to a point that’s almost arrogant. Look who’s face down and tasting the ground right now.

– Most Americans are afraid to change, stubborn, like their false sense of security, and hypocritical:

Case in point: Iraq 2.0 > look for WMD > No WMD. With that reason alone it’s good enough for anyone to resign or be fired. Yet most Americans are willing to keep the same guy in offiice.

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Please vote tomorrow

I really don’t care if you are going to write in ZZ Top tomorrow (which some senior citizen actually claimed on an NPR radio program), please vote tomorrow. Thank you.

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June 4th – 15 years later.

There’s a recent Chinese saying going around: “Chinese aren’t afraid of speaking out on anything, except for telling the truth.”

June 4th, 1989 seems so long ago and I was only 17 back then. Hong Kong was still under the British control and Hong Kongness were scared shitless when they saw what’s going on CNN.

I remembered hearing crazy (and inaccurate) rumors about crazy PLA soldiers with leader-whip entering Tiananmen Square via “secret tunnels” and arresting students and such. I also remember me and a few mates back then took part in the march/protest in the rain. If I remembered correctly, a typhoon was actually hitting Hong Kong that couple of days. We were all soaked in rain. Yeah, we were young and stupid, and naïve. How embarrassing.

It’s weird to hear it on the radio program Pacific Time devoted entire show on 6-4 (how Chinese usually refer to it). Not to mention, learning the fact some of the “student leaders” back then are now dot-comers or working in the US investment banks.

It’s a weird complex I guess… For our generation that had experienced it, we’re afraid and almost embarrassed to look back in time to see how stupid we were…

On the other hand, for the Chinese government, it’s also time to admit the mistakes. You fucked up, let’s apologized and move on.

We shouldn’t all be spending time to look at 6-4 in shame and regret. For admitting the fact you fucked up (or us being stupid and naïve) is the first step for us to leave it all behind.

Hay, I am just telling the truth.

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It’s “Hip” to be Asian. Or is it?

Like one of the Creative Director I have worked with in the past once said, “It’s Hip to be Asian.”….

Today, one of my friend send me a link to the April issue of Details magazine. At the moment I am writing this, I am not sure if this is for real or not… but if it is a real scan, then I think this is pretty racist. I am by no mean a PC person ( most of you know), but I think whoever wrote this article or came up with the story idea…. if nothing else, maybe is jealous that Asian tend to have better taste, style and economic statue or something… 😉 Don’t know… A pretty uncomfortable article for sure being Chinese. Your thoughts?

I know Details is going to get a lot of shit on this….