(Probably) Last post of the year

Thanks to everyone who continues to check in here from time to time. I’ve been slow with updates. It’s not going to get better in the near future, though I hope it will get better in the not-too-distant future. I wanted to update y’all on personal news, as well as share some closing thoughts for the year.

I’ve been personally busier than ever before. My kids are getting older. As kids move up to the higher grades, schoolwork becomes more and more important. Both of my kids have new responsibilities that they need to learn to manage. My older one especially–he’s now going to a larger, more diverse school. Class sizes are much bigger, and often teachers just don’t care. My kids have added a few extracurriculars as well.

MOOC’s and online learning

I’ve posted about this sort of thing in the past, but seeing the most recent conversation about learning and technology, I thought I’d post it up again. I’ve recently taken two online courses. I completed the Attain N3 level Japanese course from Attain through the Udemy platform, as well as the Learning How To Learn course on Coursera. Both courses were really good.

Is online learning better than attending a college lecture or a small group section?

Joe Rogan on affirmative action and anti-Asian discrimination

It’s great that Joe Rogan is addressing this. I was surprised that he had so much to say about it, and I’m glad he takes Asian American people to task for not complaining about it. There’s obvious racism behind the current racial policies on American campuses; it’s nice to hear someone with an audience pointing it out. I hope his video reaches a lot of people.

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro, Photo credit: Andrew Testa for the NY Times

Kazuo Ishiguro has finally won. He’s been deserving this prize for a long time. The Remains of the Day is one of the greatest English novels ever written. Never Let Me Go was amazing. A Pale View of Hills was good too. I’m going to check out some of his other books.

If you want to read something interesting about Ishiguro, check out how he wrote The Remains of the Day in four weeks. I’m really happy he decided to have the butler open up at the end.

Boycott the NFL

Alejandro Villaneuva, the one Steeler who stood ((Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press))

Everyone I know has been talking about the feud between Trump and the NFL. Trump has been his usual buffoon-like self, refusing to take a leadership role and criticizing from the outside rather than actively engaging in the conversation from within. Because he’s such a buffoon, the message is taking a back seat to the spectacle created by his buffoonery. But he’s right in terms of the content of his message, and the fact that people are supporting these kneeling clowns is really making me angry. I really don’t get how these guys get off doing this. There’s a serious sense of entitlement when grown men can make millions of dollars tossing a ball and then give the middle finger to the country that enabled them to live a life of wealth and glory off this skill.

Everything looks like a nail/Mayweather MacGregor

Saw this article which talks about how pro football player Michael Bennett was arrested after Mayweather-MacGregor.

Bennett attributed his detention to being black. “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he wrote.

He’s a football player, multi-millionaire, and MIND READER. It was at this point in the article that it occurred to me that I had heard the name Michael Bennett before. Who was he? Was he totally innocent?

Goodbye, Identity Politics. Goodbye, Asian American Identity

How timely. I’ve had this idea for this particular short post in my head all summer, and today David Brooks published this: In Praise of Equipoise. Now I don’t know about leadership or crossing over to do the kind of outreach that Brooks is describing, but I do know that identity politics is killing this country. Both the Alt-Right and Black Lives Matter are filled with narcissistic blowhards who talk too much, and both are responsible for fomenting hatred. Asian American activism has been ruined, especially by the so-called Asian American feminists. We (the commenters on this site and I) have spent the last few years railing against the sickening disease of victimization that has plagued both the Black community and the Asian American leftist community, but we’ve done so mostly within the framework of being in those communities. It’s time for us and identity politics to declare an amicable split. So I’m done.

No shades of grey

Aight, I went on a camping trip before the Charlottesville protests, and I came back to find that someone died at the protests and the world is even angrier at Trump for doing nothing for two days. Four business executives, including Under Armour, Intel, and Merck, quit Trump’s manufacturing council. David Duke tweeted to Trump, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” which is completely false–it was actually the radical leftists, not the White Supremacists, who put Trump in office. It seems like everyone’s got it backwards.

Justice Department may eliminate affirmative action

Austin Jia, super-achiever who may have been rejected by schools based on race. Photo credit: Will Glaser/The New York Times


I’m taking a quick break from my break because of the historic possibility that the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions may be trying to eliminate affirmative action. I don’t remember any administration ever taking this stance. With the chaos of the Trump administration, no one really knows if this inquiry on affirmative action will pan out. But as I said before, I always felt that Trump was the best candidate on race, despite the fact that he’s incompetent in just about every other area. This may be his defining achievement.

Anyway, Asians are finally in the news: