August 3, 2012

Me and my Asians.

If you have been around me long enough, you know I eventually start talking about Asians, and more specifically, Asian Americans. I can't help it. It's weird that being Chinese American myself somehow wired itself into my brain so that I have a sort of OCD about my people: I have to know about all the Asian Americans making it big out there in entertainment. I have to support them in some way because...well, because there is a small number of them and the ones who have made it into the spotlight shouldn't have (ahem...William Hung...who I totally forgot about until he made a cameo appearance on an episode of "Arrested Development").

But why entertainment? Simply because we all know Asians excel in everything else and one thing lacking may or may not be bugging me...

YouTube. Great, glorious YouTube is where most of my Asians reside. I love them.

Here is one of my favorites: JRA, a Filipino from Alaska

Here is the first concert I went to: Kina Grannis, a Japanese/English mix from California

Here is one of my first YouTube loves: AJ Rafael, a Filipino from California

And all their related videos link back to one another eventually. They collaborate with one another. They're all best buds or they all know of each other. I love them all.

On another note, looks like the United States has more golds than China for, I think, the first time since the 2012 Olympics started. If you're wondering, I'm rooting for both (and a little part of me is cheering for South Africa).

I also believe that Ye Shiwen did not dope and that she won based on her skills. I mean, do you know how the Chinese train? They start at the average age of 6 after being selected by government sports officials who then take them from their homes to train, train, train and train. No drugs needed. Just training...and the shame of dishonoring their country. And family. And fear of embarrassment in Chinese national media.

The Chinese culture is a very interesting one, and their history is most rich, intriguing and sad. So why do I follow China in the Olympics? It is my culture and history as well.

Whoa. I'm getting deep here. As I am writing this, I realize that I need to do some serious family history work. I was on a roll for a while last summer...the school started and I haven't gotten back into the whole thing. It was interesting too; part of my family lived through Mao's China. (Read my grandma's story here.)

Mental note: become more fluent in Cantonese and acquaint self in Mandarin.

Anyway, my birthday is coming up in a couple weeks. From now on, for the rest of my life, I will be older than most Mormon missionaries and a third of the Olympians.


  1. Yay for the blogging. I needed more Asian youtubers, Thank you!

  2. I'm pretty sure the majority of people I'm subscribed to on youtube are asian.