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What I don’t understand is where some people get the idea that “white people are superior.”  And don’t tell me about eurocentricity, because that is definitely not the only source.  There must be… other “things” helping to form this kind of thinking among people.  And besides, if the superiority of a race was really based on technological advancement, I’m pretty sure the Japanese are ahead of all of us.  But then, that doesn’t explain why Asians are bombarded against these days, just as much as the Blacks and Hispanics.  In fact, Blacks and Hispanics are probably more accepted than Asians in society  due to affirmative action.

Though I’ve grown up in a predominantly white community, I’ve never experienced a significant amount of racism directed towards me.  In fact, most people never really cared that I was not white.  But, I’ve noticed that, in my 4 years of high school, I’ve started to get a little more racist attacks.  And the thing is that these racist antics are not even from my peers… rather, they are from teachers and staff members of the school.  I mean, these adults have never outright called me “chink” or done anything/say anything racist to me, but it’s the treatment that I receive as opposed to that of a white student.

For example, today, I was randomly stopped as I went through the library to get to the computer room.  One of the librarians called me out on where I was coming from and the other one, who I passed already and said nothing to me, suddenly looked over at me and told me that I shouldn’t pass through the library to get to the computer room.  Then, they both moved on to ask me why I did that.  Of course, I shut them both up by saying that the computer room is usually locked and students have to go through the library to get in.  This incident didn’t surprise me completely.  Since I had a free 9th period last year, I’ve been the target of these librarians every time I step in.  This year started off fine.  No questions or anything, I just moved on about my business doing my work in the library and going to the computer lab.  And today, randomly, I get questioned about my activities.  I feel like a criminal around the library!  Every move I make is being watched, like they’re waiting for me to do something wrong.  I just don’t understand.  I am a model student pursuing my studies, using the resources that my parents paid for through tax.  So why am I pissed?  Because, from my observation, I am the only one subjected to such treatments.  And I’ve clearly noticed that I am different than everyone else: I’m not white.

My case is a minor one.  I’m not afraid of bringing the issue to my principal, who already knows how I feel about racism.  All it takes is for those librarians to strike me again and I will confront them about their racist actions towards me.  On the other hand, outside of school, there are far bigger issues.  I’ve heard about several issues where minorities were pulled over on the road or arrested by white cops just for being a different race.  Seriously, WTH?  Oh and you know these cases can never be fair, due to the fact that most government positions are held by white people (who might be racist)!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a person who accepts all races.  There are plenty of white people I know who are great friends of mine and I think are the sweetest, kindest, and loveliest people on earth.  But just as there is an angel, there is also a devil.

Something that I cannot stop thinking about is the ERASE Racism conference I participated in last June.  Andrew Young, the guest speaker, had said that racism can never be erased.

Essentially, “racism is like rape. The victim loses their dignity and the damage is beyond repair. The sad part is that neither racism nor rape will ever stop.”


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So, rain is seen everywhere, from ads to the entertainment world.  What does rain signify?  The hotness and popularity of Rain 비?  Nawww… lol but I do wonder why he chose Rain as his english name…

All kidding aside, the real rain is what I’m referring to.  Whenever someone is having a bad day, there’s rain.  In dramas, the climax is always when there is a thunderstorm… with a downpour.

Now, I did read in English class that rain signifies a spiritual cleansing of some sort… but I think that refers to literature.  I’m pretty sure there’s not that much spiritual cleansing in dramas, music videos, or ads.  Rather, I feel like rain is more of a symbol of romance… even in literature, I think rain adds a romantic dash to the story.

Let’s redirect to dramas for a moment.  I have a couple of examples to back my rain theory up.  First drama that comes to mind is Autumn’s Concerto- a drama that is filled with rain.  For example, that night that Guang Xi and Mu Cheng *ehem ehem*, aka the night Xiao Le was made, there is a powerful storm, one with bolting thunder and whipping rain.  And what about the cover for the drama?  They are united under an umbrella, which is useful because there is rain.  Yea, I like that idea- the one about a romantic unification.  🙂

Another drama that uses rain at a climax is Fated to Love You.  Before I go on, may I add that sometimes these rain moments come up randomly?  One moment, there is no rain, and then suddenly, when there is a climax, the day turns dark and there is downpour.  Like when Xin Yi is running away because she thinks Cun Xi wants her to abort the baby… there is no rain, in fact, the day is normal with a sun and all.  And then comes the moment when Xin Yi is about to be hit by a car- BAM! there is suddenly all this hard rain that pours down… and the day goes from sunny and bright to gloomy and dark.  Again, we see the use of rain at a turning point in a drama.  Isn’t it just slightly a coincidence that rain appears when Xin Yi loses the baby?  Hehehe…

Moving on, we have the dramatic rain scenes of Mischievous Kiss and It Started with a Kiss.  Even though Mischievous Kiss’ version was less emotional than ISWAK’s version of the scene, we can still say it was a rain scene, no?  I mean, the concept is the same, just the Koreans did a horrible job re-enacting that scene.  In general, the rain scene was used to move the plot forward, so that AT LAST, Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu or Oh Ha Ni and Baek Seung Jo, were together.  The true feelings are finally thrown on the table and they decide that they only belong with each other… mhmhm the typical love story.

Finally, my last example is Last Friends.  This one is not so much, but still, there is that one scene where Sousuke is waiting in the rain for Michiru to talk to him again… even though he beat the crap out of her.  Touched, Michiru approaches him in the rain and they get back together… and then begins the abuse all over again.  I guess you can say that this is a turning point in that Michiru chooses to go back to Sousuke again, and this sorta leads to Sousuke’s suicide and Michiru’s baby. 

Yea these examples are only from dramas, but don’t you see it too???????  haha~ rain is used as a romantic unifier!  Honestly, romance in the rain seems icky to me- soaking wet and cold, with your clothes sticking to you… that is not a romantic scene to me.  But hey, I guess if an umbrella is involved, then I guess rain is truly a romantic bonding moment. 🙂

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OMG.  Have you ever thought about how cute Bento boxes are?  I can’t help but love those things!  Haha,,, I mean, they’re a great way to brighten up a person’s lunch!  Come on, no one can turn a smile away from a Bento box, especially when it’s made so adorably.  And you can just tell that they are made with love!  Lol…  Like, if you ever go to East Asia, Bentos (便當) are extremely popular.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about (or if you do, for that matter), well, Bento boxes are a huge aspect of Asian culture because they have all the nutrients we need for lunch in them, *cough cough* by that, I mean it has a huge amount of rice in it 😉 .   It keeps us full and it’s uber tasty!  Yea, well, while we’re at it, we like to make it all cute and fancy… And originally it was made by parents for their children because the adults wanted the kids to have a good lunch so that they would do better in school (good logic, no?).  But nowadays, the tradition has passed onto making it for someone you love in general!  For example, sometimes a girl will make it for her boyfriend or someone she likes… or, a girl may make it for a good friend she is close with.

The point is that Bentos have become a symbol of love (familial or … that other kind of love).  It’s a way for people to express their love and a way to brighten up another person’s lunch.  People always say that food is the best medicine when you feel down… Bentos are the answer- kawaii and delicious… Who can deny such a box? 😀


P.S.- I’m hungry for Bento boxes lol… I think I’ll start making some for myself to bring to school for lunch… Nom Nom Nom…

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Once you enter East Asian entertainment, it is a whole different world.  That is, in terms of body and weight… an extremely sensitive issue in America.

America has always been one to abstain from criticizing people about their weight and body shape.  In fact, there are many famous plus sized entertainers.  For instance, we have Queen Latifah and America Ferrera, among other plus sized stars.  Even on shows, like American Idol, we make it a point not to judge contestants by their size, but rather their talent.

In Taiwan, there is a singing competition show called 超級星光大道 One Million Star, which is like the asian version of American Idol.  Last week was the premiere of Season 6 and many, many people auditioned for the show.  One contestant was slightly out of shape (at least by Taiwan standards) and was told to lose weight if she wanted to continue competing.  I was shocked.  How can a judge say that to the poor girl on camera????  And there was even a specialist telling her how difficult it would be for her to lose weight (that’s right, I’m talking about Roger).  I thought the girl would be angry and retaliate.  Instead, she said that she knew and was already on a diet.  This happened at least twice more on the airing (including one girl that was on the 11/13 episode).

As it turns out, this is fairly… natural in east Asian countries.  Natural that you have to have practically a size 0 waistline and be wholesomely small and petite.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an ABC and don’t get it, but seriously, like why does every girl have to be so small and skinny?  What’s wrong with a little shape and curves on a girl’s body?

In a way, this idea explains why so many female Taiwanese stars are so skinny.  Compared to these Taiwanese girls, American entertainers are “fat.”  For example, Scarlett Johansson is considered skinny here, right?  Well, she would be dubbed “too fat” in Taiwan and other east Asian countries.  Here are examples of what the Taiwan industry would say is the perfect body shape and size.  Keep in mind that the camera usually adds 10 lbs…

Yes.  I know.  They are indeed the dream size we all wish we were.  Even if I lose 30, 40 lbs, I could never match their body size.  *sigh*  Well, actually, personally I like the healthy look.  Imagine when Brooke Shields was a young, teen model.  That’s what I want to look like.  It just disappoints me to see stars succumb to the business by losing tons of weight.  Just take Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan as examples.  In the asian world, I’m very disappointed in 林依晨 Ariel Lin.  She was my idol because she was the exemplary size.  She was skinny, but not to the point of being just bone.  I guess you can say she used to be chubby.  But recent pictures of her show that she has turned into another skinny Taiwanese girl.  What made her lose the weight?  I have no idea.  But the Taiwanese industry certainly won’t question the lost, they probably embraced her newfound “skinniness.”  Another girl to accept into their circle of “skinny bitches.”  And please don’t get me wrong, I love the music these people make and they have great personalities, but I just think the body image message they are sending out is just inappropriate.

This is 林依晨 Ariel Lin before (notice how she is skinny, but not as skinny as the other girls you saw previously) :

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Ariel Lin

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And here is 林依晨 Ariel Lin recently:

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Ariel Lin

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Please think about this.  Body image and self-content with it should be totally up to you.  Do not let the media or society influence how you look, or how you view yourself.  Feel comfortable in your own skin, and do your body a favor.  That’s all there is to it.

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Circle lenses

So, these past few days, I’ve been hearing a lot about these “Circle Lenses”.  It’s on Facebook, the street, advertised on the web, practically EVERYWHERE!!!!!  Omg, it’s seriously driving me crazy.  For those of you who are not familiar with Circle Contact Lens, it is a product famous with East Asians.  It was developed in South Korea and is made so that when people put it in, their irises look bigger, giving the person an Ulzzang or Kawaii look.  In layman terms, the person looks like a doll: big colorful eyes, a small nose and mouth, and fair skin.  Currently, many of those East Asian celebs use them.  For example, Angela Zhang, Ayumi Hamasaki, (possibly) Cyndi Wang, and much more.

Now I have to admit, these contacts do make Asian girls look “cuter”(Ulzzang/Kawaii), more “attractive”, and more like Anime characters, but I just think this is silly.  Asians are characterized by their beautifully almond shaped eyes, not big European eyes.  I mean, it all comes down to this fact that Asians are trying to be more European.  They simply want the big round eyes!  It can’t be denied any longer now that there is also this… this… creation!  It’s so upsetting to see these actresses, that girls look up to, get caught into this tangle of europeanization.  By using this product, it makes these actresses emphasize beauty, and essentially, fans see this!  This is why we have so many girls out there who want to “disown” their natural beauty for “White eyes”.  Me, I’m a glasses wearer and don’t have contacts.  But even if i chose to wear contacts one day, I’d never choose Circle Contact Lens.  This invention of contact lenses was made for people who find glasses very uncomfortable in situations such as sports.  But to go as far as also making them so that their eyes look bigger as well  is ridiculous to me.  I don’t see why our Asian eyes have to be made bigger and more colorful…  We are Asian, have almond eyes, with a dark brown color to them.  Why change that so that our eyes are big like Europeans, and have colors such as blue, green, purple, etc. that simply do not make up our Asian genes?

I’m a believer in natural beauty.  Even if someone is ugly, they can be made beautiful without all the nonsense of plastic surgery and “circle lenses”.  I am especially disappointed to see Asians change their natural look…  We simply are not Europeans.  We shouldn’t have to change the way we look in order to resemble the Europeans.  Yes, Europeans are beautiful, but so are Asians.

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