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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….

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Florida 2.0 in Taiwan

I actually thought this is pretty hilarious… Florida 2.0 in Taiwan.

This is a big deal for most ethnic Chinese around the world since Shui-bian Chen and his party DPP, in most minds, stand for the independent movement of Taiwan. If he truly got re-elected (as the current count goes), things could turn nasty down the road for the Taiwanese.

I clearly have my own opinion and point of view that might piss off a few Taiwanese…

My mom was born in Taiwan but she’s being consider as the “outsider” since my grandparents moved over to Taiwan after WWII with the Nationalist Party. Taiwan was once a colony of Japan during the war, but post WWII it has been consider as a part of China and now the “native Taiwanese” is expressing their interest of “independence”. I say, let them have it:

Just make sure they stop speaking Chinese, stop writing Chinese, stop celebrate all the wonderful Chinese seasonal holidays, stop teaching your kids Chinese culture as well. And oh, good luck of starting a new nation identity in the mean time, which most likely to be Japanese.

My proposal sounds ridiculous, huh? That’s exactly the same issue with the the whole “Taiwan Independence movement”. Disagreement with the mainland (now powerful-econical-force-only-by-name-Commie-pty) on “who’s the boss” is one thing, but claim yourself as non-Chinese that’s another issue.

I wonder if Québec, Canada got the same issue?

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What scares me?

I was driving home Monday night and was listening to Market Place on NPR. They covered the story about two people at UCLA were arrested in connection with the theft of body parts…. don’t know why, I got really grossed out and almost sicken by the story… to a point that I have to turn off the radio… Listen to it yourself…