People want to do something. When discussing social issues, what I’m struck with is the desire people have to contribute and make an impact on their community and beyond. They want to give, help, advocate for change…but they oftentimes don’t know how. The methods for advocacy are as voluminous as there are problems, and such overwhelm can lead to paralysis. However making a difference does not require charging up Capitol Hill. Rather, being an advocate can start with being a conscious consumer. In other words, one can effect change by simply making routine purchases of goods and services more thoughtfully, so that one’s ideals are reflected in those choices.
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Being a vegan, I get asked what I eat more than most people.* (“Not even chicken?” No, not even chicken.) So I recently realized that something weird had happened to me…turns out I only eat 6 things about 90% of the time. Here’s the list – all vegan:
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Last year was a momentous year for Asians in Hollywood. “Crazy Rich Asians” not only won the box office several weeks in a row, it broke the misconception that there would not be an audience for an all-Asian film — especially one not centered on martial arts. Most importantly, it has sustained momentum, so that it would ensure that more Asian films – displaying all types of Asianness (ahem, you know Asia is pretty big, right?)– would be developed. And Boom, the biggest sale out of Sundance so far is “Late Night”, directed by Nisha Ganatra, and produced, written by and starring Mindy Kaling. In addition, Awkwafina who stole CRA is the star of two projects at Sundance, including “The Farewell” which is written and directed by Asian American filmmaker Lulu Wang. This type of follow-up was sorely missing 26 years ago when “Joy Luck Club” hit it big. Let’s hope it continues.
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My brother has lived in Singapore almost twenty years, so when I go to visit, I stay with him and his family. Here’s a little bit about family/life in Singapore.
1. School and Life of a 14-year old. Singapore subscribes to the process of streaming where students of the same year are put on one of four tracks based on their test results: Special, Express, Normal Academic, and Normal Technical. As a 14-year old, godson’s/nephew’s daily load is English, Chinese, French, math, history, geography, literature, physics, and biology. He is also on the debate team. And Boys’ Brigade (think Boy Scouts). One more thing – Junrui is also a top ji-jitsu athlete and represented Singapore in the Jiu-Jitsu U15 World Cup in Athens. Continue reading “Traveling: Life in Singapore”
Today is the premier of the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”! Did you read the book? It’s a fantastic summer read and the movie has tracked 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. And it’s a really important movie.
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I probably wouldn’t have chosen Boston as a place to visit with my limited vacation time, but I qualified for this marathon so…To put my commentary into context, note that both my injured foot and the terrible weather limited our walking time, which under slightly better circumstances may have led to a more robust review of Boston. Anyway, here are my five takeaways from our four-day visit to Bean Town.
1. Biggest Lie. Vegan Lobster Roll. So let’s be honest, Boston is not exactly known as a culinary destination. It is, however, known for its lobster rolls. Husband is not vegan and was looking forward to this, but as a vegan, it didn’t enter into my eating plans. Imagine my happiness when Husband surprised me with a vegan lobster roll he got at Thinking Cup. OK, here’s the photo…you guys, what about this says lobster roll? First of all, this isn’t the right type of bread. Second, what lobster roll do you know has sprouts?!? Listen, the cauliflower “lobster” was fine, and really the sandwich was adequate too, but just call it a veggie sandwich. Don’t lie to me and tell me it’s a lobster roll, OK? I would have been happy with a vegan sandwich, but instead I was pissed about being lied to.
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For the longest time it seemed like I was counting days trying to be a vegan. In other words, lots of “Day 3 – Vegan” entries in my training logs. All-in-all, it took me 9-years plus of fairly consistent effort to commit to veganism, plus another 15 years before that of vegan leanings, to finally become vegan. But when it finally happened, it was easy. Honestly year 1 to 2 flew by. Like I only just recently realized it was the month that I had become vegan and looked up the date to confirm: Yup, March 4, 2016. So besides it obviously getting easier, a few other changes have occurred that have moved me even more towards the Annoying Vegan category. TBH, as an introvert, if I’d known this is how I’d get people to stay away from me, I would have gone vegan years ago. I kid, I kid. Anyway, here’s what’s changed between years 1 to 2.
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