Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
I have been seeing more about mixed couples... And I think an entire. Blog could be about just this subject alone. Also being mixed I think it would be easy to just speak from experience.
Whatever, like, it's something t o talk about.
Interestingly I happen to write on another news site, Cabo Verde network, and although it's not like race or color has no issue at all with the vape verdeans, let's just say it is a fairly mixed group of people.
So are Hispanics. And another term I learned was "red bone."
Red bone was mentioned on Aziz Ansari's "Master of none" as something that black people called light skinned black people.
Oh right...black people are Also very mixed. White people are too they just tend to hide it until recently for obvious reasons.
But anyway, red bone are actually their own group that were all mixed. Black, white, and the tribes if people originally from here. They kept to themselves.... And sometimes were just considered white because it was just easier.
You see racism as a system is actually hard to continue to maintain. It takes a lot if work.
Asians...a pretty broad term including all sorts of people, were sometimes categorized as white as well. And actually Caucasians, people from the caucusus...were not really white. Read " A hero if our time."
Most of what I have been seeing has to do with mixed couples Chinese and white, and the politics involved in that. Politics that aren't necessarily part of the individual relationship.
I would just like to point out that people have been mixing for white a long time. In fact a good deal of Europeans probably have some Mongolian blood.
Not only that, but there are Neanderthal genes in there and Asians have a good amount of homo erectus DNA.
My point is...yes there are issues and stereotypes that need to be addressed. But sometimes addressing then is already messed up and kind of looking askance at mixed people as if they are impure...when the truth is only some African are even fully cromagnon and maybe some aborigines.
I just feel like any discussion has to start with that. That most people claiming not to be mixed are mixed. They just don't know it.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
New housing being built. I guess I never gave it much thought. But I wonder what type of wood this is and what the standards are for safety reasons. I mean what with all the news about that building in London.
Chilling at the park, breathing in smoke, sipping on the boba.
My mind on nothing in particular
"I thought we were going to dim sum?" Noah complained. Since he is my son, > knew exactly what the misconception was.
" This one has the tickets. Not the carts. But it's still dim sum. In fact I would argue that in some ways it's better."
"How come they don't have dim sum at night?"
"Because it's like breakfast.... or brunch."
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Will we have more or less of this in Chinatown's future? Was there more or less open air fruit stands in the past?
What will happen with this property. Let's take another picture in a year and see if the landscape has changed in this section of Chinatown.
I passed by the On Leong building and
Was see by the brand spanking new look of it. In the same moment I passed by the late Henry Yee's wife. I waved to her and she looked at me but as always did not register me as someone she knew. It dawned on me that I don't know her name. In fact I only know her husband's name because I saw it in print.
There are a ton of Chinatown norms that I wouldn't even think of before starting this blog, as strange. I would argue that participating in Dragon Boat has even changed my view on what is a "norm" for an Asian American is.
The pregame was filled with a chilled atmosphere that at the same time pumped everyone up for the energetic concert. In their performance, LuDow along with Aaron King delivered sharp flows and brilliant wordplay with their lyrics some of which included personal, intelligent and conscious content. Also worth mentioning is the dynamic beats used in the songs. All in all it was an inspiring and uplifting set.
Of course, the energy continued on in the after party. There were several group games, friendly conversations, drinks, savory clams, music, and cyphers.
It was a great experience to see and interact with both the personal and artist sides of LuDow. The night was full of positive vibes. Check out his amazing work here.
(Photo Credit Anna Rae)
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
I didn't think I would be so adrenalized for today's races. But I was. As much as it's all about having fun.
In the end Dragon boat is a race. It's a sport. And you do the best you can.
You keep your head in the boat and push to the finish.
And not caring as much about winning made me push harder I think. Maybe it was newness to the sport and to the team. Maybe it was the amazing positive atmosphere. But my experience with school sports was not as fun. Maybe it was because I chose to be there. In any case, I am excited about tomorrow. Thanks to Mandy Chan and his crew and to sponsor Peter My, we should have a nice videoi to put up on the blog soon. But I feel like my first season of Dragon boat has hooked me even more than my first lion dance did.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Or a version of Chinatown "reality TV"
Something between a show and a video.
Boston Chinatown Blog contributor have talked about this before.... after seeing Nicole Tay's video (which won) and also watching some episodes of the Netflix series, "The 80's" I started to see a a history of television... what was groundbreaking before... and where things are headed now.
Nicole Tay's show was a spoof, and I think part of the appeal was that she was a young Asian possibly queer female in a lead role. A heroine saving the day... except again the whole thing was a spoof.
A friend of mine, while filming another spoof, had mentioned, "Why isn't the hero a woman?"
That was ruminating in my head when I saw the "The 80's" talk about "Cagney and Lacey" a buddy cop show about two women.
And it hit me.
Why not make a You tube show or You tube videos about these two lesbian women who aren't necessarily cops.. they would actually be Boston Chinatown Blog Contributors or maybe .... maybe they would even have badges that said "Boston Chinatown Blog." They would bust down a door and be like, "BCB!" You see you can't exactly do that in real life (or maybe you can and get people's confused as hell reactions.) But if the whole thing was staged.. that's different. (safer)
But many different types would watch this show for different reasons. There is the whole liberal feel to it, but conservatives would totally watch two hot chicks going around Chinatown too, obviously for different reasons. I mean if you have "Asian Lesbians" in the title you are going to get a lot of hits on the internet. But then the show would actually be about real Chinatown issues. People would be expecting porn, but would get a thought out narrative about the community. Gentrification, domestic abuse, drugs, other sorts of crime, maybe "coming out" to traditional Chinese Parents, the language barrier... whatever.
And the BCB officers wouldn't be cops though. There is a fantasy element to it already even if they were, but they could just be there to somehow help. They should use Kung Fu actually, not so much because it's entertaining, but I would be nervous as hell about anyone flashing a prop gun on the street. That could end with real bullets coming at us. So they should be like Colleen Wing and maybe have traditional Kung Fu weapons. Or something that is obviously unrealistic.
And again the perspective is through these two lesbian women's perspective... but they would be doing Chinatown stuff, which would involve the old generation and very conservative perspectives as well.
It would give the older generation a chance to tell their story about Herng Ha or first coming here or whatever. The show would bridge the future and the past, the left and the right. But most of all it would have to be entertaining and well edited.
Monday, June 5, 2017
"Hasn't happened in a long time, but my reaction is still the same: Walking past the Duckboat queue in front of Star Market at the Pru when I hear "ching-chong..." or some such gibberish. Without even thinking, I turn and say in the general direction of the speaker, "What the f@ck did you say?!"
"Boston Police Homicide Detectives apprehended Ricardo Edwards, Jr, 23, of Boston. Edwards is charged with Murder and will be arraigned tomorrow, Monday, June 5, 2017, at Boston Municipal Court. Detectives continue to seek the public’s help in an effort to locate the second suspect, Greg Wright, 21, of Cambridge, who remains at large. "
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
The Chinese survey here has questions in Chinese but the answers are in English. That's interesting.
This Survey is in English. Please fill it out and also help your parents or relatives fill it out to give a better sense of what the Chinatown Community wants for a library.