Monday, December 5, 2011

West Coast Port Blockage 12.12.11

Very clever reference to the Star War's Empire Strike Back film, and particularly the usage of the Empire walkers in the silhouette. Rumor has it George Lucas got the walker idea from seeing the cranes at Oakland's port.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Full Video of UC Davis Peaceful Demonstration that Went So Very Wrong

I am thankful for the brave individuals that put everything on the line to fight for what is right for the many. Happy Turkey Day.

Monday, November 21, 2011

UC Davis Students at Center of Revolution

I am a professor at UC Davis. Nothing makes me more proud than faculty, students and staff coming together to fight for accessible education. More on the movement later.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oakland Did Wrong

Tonight Oakland police officers tear gassed and pushed out peaceful occupants from the 99% movement. This is so very wrong and I'm ashamed of Mayor Quan's decision to oppress the demonstrators. We should be a model for the nation of striking against generations of injustice instead of this. AGGRRRR!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

X-Factor USA

I usually do not watch reality talent shows. Having witnessed a few "American Idol" episodes nearly turned me off for life. I simply did not think there was talent there. But, alas, I was roped into watching "X Factor" this season and I'm surprised to report I'm slightly hooked.

Maybe because I like the reunion of the snarky Simon Cowell and loopy Paula Abdul. More so, I like that the singing contest is open to anyone between 12 to infinity. You're never too old or young to have a dream, right? Which leads me to my two favorites so far who are coincidentally the youngest and oldest contestants, Rachel Crow and Leroy Bell, respectively.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

More on how this man changed my life later...,r:10,s:378&tx=21&ty=9

Friday, September 30, 2011

Another example of our country's propensity for historical amnesia. 

Do you remember about why we entered Iraq and Afghanistan? If so, did we find what we were looking for? If so, why are still there?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Republicans are Out of Touch

Republicans are showing us again how incredibly out of touch they are with average Americans. Last week Tea Party Louisiana congressman, John Fleming, lamented that he barely support his family consisting of his wife and two kids on 400k (after taxes) a year. Tragic, right?

Well now, the U.S. is facing another government shutdown due to Republicans not wanting to fund FEMA while Democrats insists it's essential. Wow! How out of touch do you have to be not to remember that just last month hurricane Irene hit most of the East Coast? Well, at least the Republicans are consistently and increasing stupid. Perfect for the upcoming elections.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

No Peace for Troy Davis

Like many Americans, I'm disturbed and saddened at the news of Troy Davis' execution yesterday, September 21, 2011. Reports show that his case was faulty and new evidence present "reasonable doubt." But even after an outpouring of support for clemency by political leaders, stars and every day people, Georgia still went ahead with the execution.

Surprisingly, I do not dwell on the death of this one individual. My main thought is, why the outrage for this one man when the U.S. remains one of the few nations in the world that still has the death penalty. Why so shocked when yet another black man gets injected when the justice system is racist, biased and classist? For example, Blacks are only 12% of the population but 35% of those executed. It's not because Blacks are naturally violent, okay? Simply put, there were hundreds of Troy Davises before and there will be a multitude of Troy Davises after. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lynch Renigglican Uncle Toms

Why aren't more people of color outraged about this topic? Really, no one should be a Republican.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DWTS Season 13

I came to the DWTS fanship sort of late, but I'm a diehard now. I wrote much more on season 11 because of the controversial figures like Bristol Palin. Also, they had horrendous dancers like The Situation and Michael Bolton. Not to mention they got rid of viable contenders early like my fav comedian, Margaret Cho. 

Season 12 I didn't write anything because it lacked drama. I liked all the dancers and found their stories compelling. Hines, the Afroasian god, won as he should have. That ass, that cuban movement, I drooled. 

So, we are here at Season 13. There's controversy even before opening night.

DADT Repealed!

Congrats to our country for showing some humanity by repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell military policy that essentially discriminated our fighting men and women based on their sexual orientation. I have been waiting for this day since Clinton first spoke of an open-minded military during his premiere run for the White House. Ya, very overdue but I could not be happier Obama finally signed it into affect today. At least that's one promise Obama can finally check off, but there's many more to address,r:16,s:0

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Haters will Hate

It's human nature to hate. We'll always find something to discriminate. "Your shirt is bluer than mine," kind of differentiations, let alone, "You believe in Allah, I believe in Hesus."

Check out what Jamiroquai has to say about it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Google + vs Facebook

I have a confession, I'm a tech ho. Translation, whatever new tech device comes out, I gots to have it. If I cannot afford it, like the latest ipad, I'll drool over it and hate those who have it. This includes whatever is the latest and greatest on the Net. So, when Google +, google's social network, arrived, I all but abandoned Facebook.

So, here are the reasons why I prefer G+ over FB.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Obama is a Republican Mole

I write this entry not knowing if blogger will mysteriously delete it or not like they did with my previous posting, "Obama Got Osama." There I point the middle finger at Bush's administration for their war crimes. Here I plan to give Obama a tongue lashing.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bijou Has Been Lost Three Years This Week

...and I still think of her every day.

This was the last footage we had of her before she was taken from us.

More about her disappearance, click here.
To view reward flyer click here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Victim's Fantasy - How the Bully Fell

Okay, I will admit it, I was not the "bully" in grade school. What, surprising? Well, it's true. Instead kids bullied me and I never retaliated because aside from fear of being bashed, my family taught me to always take the high road. Engaging in any physical altercation equated uncivil behavior and not becoming of a good Vietnamese girl.

Even though I dutifully walked away from fights, often consumed with humiliation and shame for not sticking up for myself, I harbored many fantasies of being and acting differently. I dreamt of offensives that included witty remarks followed by kick ass Bruce Lee moves. I would become the instant hero!

Needless to say, my fantasies never materialized. However, recently in Australia, for one lonely boy, it did. Picked on for years because of his weight, 15 year old Casey Heynes finally had it and "snapped." He body dropped his tormentor, Richard Gale, while a student captured it on a mobile phone video. The footage was uploaded on youtube immediately and the rest is Internet viral history. Watch below the interview with Casey.

Notice the only person that remotely stood up for Casey was a girl who held off the bully's friends to give time for Casey to make his escape. Richard Gale was also interviewed. See below.

Maybe I watch too much "Lie to me," but shifty eyes is a telling sign. Nothing is more pathetic than to play the victim. In any case, it just feels good when in a rare instance, the bully gets his.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Nuclear Disaster 101 for the Poo Poo Heads

With the tragic 9.0 earthquake in Japan, so many thoughts arise. How, why, is this a precursor to 2012? Birds dropping from the skies, fish dying in the millions...But, then my concerns go back to the people of Japan as they struggle to rebuild. Most notably, I worry about the condition of the four nuclear plants and its short/long term affects on the people. So, here's a quick and cute lesson on the situation.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beating Racism with a Funny Bone? UCLA White Girl Rant

With the ending of my quarter teaching Asian American contemporary issues, a UCLA student's racist vlog rant against "Asians in the Library" goes viral. See below.

After having over a million hits in a few short days and a swell of negative responses, Alexandra Wallace, a member of the vlog Internet frontier, clearly had no idea her image and words would have such far reaching audiences. So, in a vain attempt at damage control, she issued a public apology, "Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate. I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I'd like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand."

Protected by the First Amendment right to free speech, UCLA did not take punitive measures, however, their chancellor came out with his own video to address the issue.

Asian American community groups and individuals chimed in as well. The Asian American Studies Department and Center issued a statement that included this observation, "
As the only University of California campus without a diversity requirement, UCLA surely needs to implement a diversity requirement that will expose every student to the task of living civilly with people of different origins, backgrounds, orientations, and beliefs, whether they are born here or come from abroad."

But most striking of all in my opinion, is how Asian American youth have responded. Not known to vocally express discontent, "comments" on the net have been equally racist and even sexist. Parodies by youtube Asian American "comics" have also run rampant, like the one below.

Possibly my favorite responses tended to be artistic in nature. Check out this catchy tune below.

As amusing as the reactions have been, a thought remains, how effective are they in curbing racism and ignorance on campuses nationally? Instead of hitting the pavement, rioting, demanding social justice, Asian Americans have been fighting back with their weapon of choice, the "funny bone."

Yes, the outrage is there as is apparent in the formal statements, vlogs, and "comment" sections of Internet publications. But, does anger and hysteria masked by humor alone change social discontent? I argue, NO! Thoughts?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Broken Heart Day!

Here's to all the broken and lonely hearts out there today. Just ignore it. It will go away.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Tet! Cat vs Rabbit

Happy year of the cat! Mistake you say, it's actually the year of the Rabbit? WRONG, and I'll tell you why. It's a Vietnamese vs Chinese thang and I'm a Vietnamese (American).

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ethnic Studies Professor and Student

Believe it or not, I have been on both sides of the desk and I can earnestly say, conversation is SPOT ON.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Human Soul

I have waited months for the return of "V," the exciting remake of the 1980s ABC TV series of the same name. However, she show that stirred my imagination in season 1 is a total disappointment in season 2.

There is a HUGE gaping hole in the plot.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011!

Difficult to write a recap of this year because politically and socially I don't feel there's been much change. There's just a general malaise about the future of our government and economy still and I'm doubtful things will improve much with the coming new year. wah wah

Personally, though, my life has been amazing. I'm in an extremely happy and healthy space with an ever expanding family. I am thankful for my wonderful friends. And I've finally birthed my 20lb-er monster called my book!

Looking forward to many more adventures in the new year. Always remember to stop and reflect on the good and wonderful things going on in your life daily.