David Choe: fantasies, realities, and definitions

The relevant part of the video above starts around 1:13. I’ve been reading lots about David Choe, whom I wrote about way back when, after he became super-rich following the Facebook IPO. It looks like he’s in hot water right now for some comments made during his podcast with porn star Asa Akira, who a few years back made history when she became the first major Asian American female porn star to film a scene with an Asian dude, who happened to be Keni Styles. Man, I don’t think I’ve name-dropped like this for years.

Bruce Lee as a character in UFC video game


It was announced last week that Bruce Lee is a character in the new UFC video game. EA is saying that they’re justified in including him since he’s the father of mixed martial arts. Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon (who is probably making some money off this) says that she supports his image in the game (click on the link to read an interesting account of how they digitally reproduced Bruce):

South Korean ferry sinks

Very sad news out of South Korea: Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks. According to reports, the ferry was transporting high school students who were planning to go sightseeing at Jeju Island.

For some reason, it seems that there was a loudspeaker announcement telling passengers not to move.

“The internal broadcast advised us to remain in our seats,” the national news agency Yonhap quoted a 57-year-old passenger, identified only by his surname, Yoo, as saying. “But I could not stay put because the water was coming up. So I came outside with my life jacket on.”

Asian grandparents vs. American grandparents


(Photo from AP)

I guess it’s an old article, but The Atlantic had an interesting article about Asian grandparenting vs. “Americanized” grandparenting (and I’m hoping I haven’t posted this before–I’m not a grandparent, but I’m noticing a bit of early senility creeping in…). According to the article, American grandparents often opt to spend little time with grandchildren, instead choosing to spend time looking in other areas for personal fulfillment. Asian grandparents, on the other hand, often opt to spend their golden years taking care of their grandkids. This has repercussions not only on family lives, but on career as well, as it affords Asian women the ability to work longer hours and to focus on their careers:

Gladiator mindset


Photo © Eteri Kublashvili

Great interview with reigning #1 American chess player Hikaru Nakamura here. Photo from Eteri Kublashvili.

“Chess is one of those things where it’s very difficult to understand it if you don’t play. Essentially someone can only understand it based on what you tell them, so it’s very difficult to relate to that. Chess is a game and a sport. For example, I do think tennis for example is also very mental. When Federer and Nadal play, they always have an idea of what they’re trying to do, they try to think ahead. You can’t understand their thought process, but you still can see the shots, it’s very visual, so you still are seeing part of the game whereas with chess it’s really the exact opposite, with the exception of blitz. The action of moving the pieces is what you see, but you don’t see the whole mental side of it. That’s the biggest difference.”

FM Evan Ju vs. IM Marc Esserman live on chess.com


If you’re not doing anything this Saturday at 9 am PT, FIDE Master Evan Ju will be taking on International Master Marc Esserman in 3 hours of blitz on chess.com. Learn more here. I’m unfortunately not going to be around, so I’m hoping they have a replay.

Evan Ju is a former chess prodigy who is known for achieving the highest blitz rating on chess.com. In doing so, he learned how to go against engine users and how to use his human abilities to win. Learn how he did it here. Ju is from New Jersey. When he was a kid, according to Wiki, he broke Tyler Cowen‘s record in becoming the youngest ever New Jersey chess champion. (And Tyler Cowen has just confirmed to me that great chess players can also succeed in non-chess related fields.)

What to do if a college discriminates against you


Check out this article. Then check out Edward Blum’s Project on Fair Representation. If a college admissions office discriminates against you because you’re Asian, you have recourse. It looks like Project on Fair Representation covers all legal expenses.

Disclaimer: I don’t know whether this works or not. I’ve never met Edward Blum and can’t speak to how he handles things, although I saw some level of victory in Fisher. Legal action is a pain in the ass, no matter which side you’re on. But I do think we need more Jian Li’s and others who are willing to stand up for what’s right.

Qian Liu’s murder case decided

(Photo credit: David Donnelly/CBC)

(Photo credit: David Donnelly/CBC)

Do people here remember the case of Qian Liu, an exchange student from China, who was murdered by a Canadian Rice Chaser as she was talking to her ex-boyfriend over a webcam in China? Three years after the murder, the trial has finally ended. Brian Dickson, who was living in the same building, was found guilty of murder. The jury believed that Dickson strangled Liu in the course of a sexual assault. Dickson was found with 100 pornographic DVD’s, half of which were Asian-themed. His attorney says Dickson feels “remorseful,” which seems a strange thing to say about a guy who violently choked an Asian woman to death in the course of a sexual assault while taking care to turn off a webcam so he wouldn’t be caught.

Warning to young people: Don’t buy the reduced-spending hype

Photograph by: Mark van Manen , Province

Looks like an AM/WF couple. Photograph by: Mark van Manen , Province

An article like this one comes out every few years. It profiles a young, twenty-something person or couple who has cut down on spending to the point that he/she/they believe they can retire in their thirties. Oftentimes the subject of the article will talk about how his/her/their lifestyle is good, and how they’ve managed to live on less. “If only you save…” “If only you cut your spending…” So here’s my warning to young people: don’t buy the hype. It is dangerous to think this way. It’s even more dangerous to plan this way.

Ted Lieu does the right thing and loses 6 endorsements

Ted Lieu

Ted Lieu

They didn’t say why they dropped their support of Ted Lieu, but it looks like six politicians dropped their endorsement of Ted Lieu due to Lieu’s support of racial equality in college admissions. I guess the Democratic Party is showing its colors on this one. I don’t know why any Asian American parent in California would support what they’re doing to our kids.