Archive for January, 2008


January 28, 2008

Non-Asian related item.



Olympic Training

January 11, 2008

No Big Bums: China Prepares Olympic Hostess


Steph Song

January 7, 2008


Give her a role she can really sink her background into

The most attractive woman in the world, officially, is Canadian and lives in Vancouver’s upscale South Granville neighbourhood. Better still, she’s circumspect about her title. She disparages it a little, but also considers it a lark.

Most attractive in the world! That’s saying something. I’ll be anxious to see her in the new show called jPod. She played a bit role in Dragon Boys but playing a girl tricked into prostitution, she didn’t look her best.

Do you use/believe in Western medicine or Eastern medicine?

January 6, 2008

Here’s a thought i had today as I’m watching football players get hurt on the field.

When I was in high school and sprained my ankle playing basketball, my dad took me to a Chinese herbalist to heal it (instead of a Western doctor). The herbalist checked my pulse and rubbed at my ankle. Then he put together some herbs, added water, and made it into a smelly paste (it looked like dirt to me), and proceeded to tape 1″ thick, flat bamboo sticks to my ankle as a brace. He applied the herbal-dirt-looking-paste around my ankle, bandaged the whole thing with plastic and sent me home.

About a week later when my ankle still hurt, I finally convinced my dad to take me to a Western hospital. I wanted to get an x-ray and make sure it wasn’t broken. In order to take the x-ray, the nurse had to remove my bandages. At the time, I was really embarrassed by this. It seriously looked like dirt packed around my ankle and it smelled bad!

Now that I’m older, I’m not so ashamed because I understand that my parents were brought up using Eastern medicine and it has real value to them. I’m still skeptical about it since I was raised in Canada, but I’m open-minded. My parents are over 50 and they have used it with great success!

When my dad fell off his bike and hurt his shoulder, he saw three Western doctors (one was even a “specialist”) who weren’t of much help. (He was in a lot of pain when he moved that arm.) A few months later, my dad saw a Chinese herbalist during our vacation in Hong Kong and his shoulder finally started to feel better.

So I wonder: how many Asian-Canadians believe in Western vs. Eastern medicine? Maybe the older generation believes more in Eastern medicine while the younger generations believe in Western?

NB: Western doctor does not mean a White doctor. There are lots of Asians and other ethnicities practicing Western medicine.

Fugu Home Cooking

January 6, 2008

In Japan, there are two Schools of fugu-loving gourmets: those who think paying inflated restaurant fees for the expertise of a specially-trained fugu chef is worth the price… and those who rarely make it to their next meal (same, Google-translated).

French-Canadian Discussion About Inter-Racial Relationships (asian/white)

January 6, 2008

Here’s a topic I found on a forum for you french speakers. The name of the thread is ¨Le blanc et le jaune¨ which means the white and the yellow. The original posters asks why they are a lots of AF/WM but not a lots of AM/WF relationships. Most of the girls answered that they are attracted to good looking Asian male but that they’re not enough of them in the movies and the media so they associate the Asian male as asexual (the name Jackie Chan came offen)

Some of them said also that the Asian male is too shy and don’t show their emotions enough and there are some very good comments from girls who talk about Vietnamese guys they dated. The province of Quebec has a huge Vietnamese community.

Rockin’ Ramen!

January 5, 2008

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting profile on Rickmond Wong (if that’s not a true Chinese American name, I don’t know what is), aka the Rameniac, a popular food blogger on all things ramen: He’s the rock star of ramen. His blog includes an in-depth discussion of Japan’s regional styles of ramen, reviews of ramen restaurants, reviews of packaged ramen, and even videos of ramen being made and slurped.  On a cold winter day, a big bowl of steaming hot ramen sounds pretty damn good. I’m now really really hungry!

Dear Son: Asian Pop

January 4, 2008

The latest installment of Asian Pop is very amusing and sad.

Dear Son

In the article Jeff writes a letter to his unborn son with hilarious stories. (ie.. Jun Natsukawa is NOT research!). And the article ends with a list of notable Asians who past away in 2007.

Cop goes undercover in school to trap Hong Kong triad gangsters

January 4, 2008


Anyone remember Fight Back To School? 🙂

Hong Kong – An undercover Hong Kong police officer posed as a 15-year-old schoolboy for four months to trap dozens of triad gangsters recruiting students, a news report said Friday. The fresh-faced officer, whose real age and identity have been kept secret, provided information that led to the arrest of 117 people, the South China Morning Post reported.

He made friends with the gangsters operating in and around the school and watched them deal drugs, recruit students and beat up other students, according to testimony at the trial of one suspect.

At Thursday’s hearing, a ringleader of the gang was jailed for 14 months after being convicted of drug trafficking, assault and engaging in triad-related activities, the newspaper said.

Five other defendants, aged 18 to 20, were given probation terms ranging from 12 to 18 months on similar charges. Dozens more suspects were expected to be brought to trial in the coming months.

The undercover officer posed as a student from October 2005 to January 2006, using a tactic from a 1991 movie featuring Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow called Fight Back to School.

Hong Kong’s triad gangs are secret societies that operate drug-trafficking syndicates and protection rackets. Police estimate they are responsible for 3 per cent of all crime in the city.

Toronto’s Language Quilt

January 3, 2008

From Accordion Guy.

56% English. It’ll be under 50% sooner rather than later. Toronto is really turning into an Interntational City.