I just rented Frozen for the kiddos from Redbox. It’s a great Disney movie–a strong storyline, a feminist message, and excellent themes of sisterhood and love.

Some other good news: It looks like there’s a new AAPI-themed Disney movie that will be coming out in 2018. It’s called Moana, and it’s about a Polynesian princess. It will be the first AAPI-themed Disney movie since Mulan. We’ve talked about Disney’s lead in creating minority images before. See here and here.

I must say–Disney has done a great job. I love how they fearlessly portray the distant past and find universal themes that appeal to everyone.

Moses kills the Egyptian, and how it relates to affirmative action

As you all know, I’m not a Christian. I’m an atheist, according to Richard Dawkins’s definition. I usually write stuff like this. Before having kids, I swore to myself that I would never teach my kids Christianity after going through what I went through in the church. But I realized that religion, for all the confusion and hypocrisy it brings into our world, also poses good questions about ethics and existence. So I got a book from the library that covered an overview of religions, and my son and I went through the whole book: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Jainism. We read the whole book. Then I got a “Children’s Bible,” and we began reading a kid’s version of the Jewish Testament.

Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu (Book Review)


Hey All, there’s a new Asian American book coming out soon. It’s Bald New World, by Peter Tieryas Liu. I just finished reading an advanced reviewers copy. It’s dystopian sci-fi fiction with an Asian American protagonist.

In Bald New World, an event changes the entire world–everyone on earth loses his or her hair on the same day. Marriages dissolve, businesses fold. The story focuses on an Asian American filmmaker named Nick Guan and his filmmaking partner Larry Chao. Nick is a poor artist, while Larry is the rich heir to a wig manufacturer in China. Together the friends make movies and chase dangerous women, and all is good until they run into forces more powerful than they could imagine.

Protecting meritocracy, even if it’s not a perfect meritocracy, and inspiring families to get involved

Professor Jonathan Marks has been a friend of this blog for some time. Yesterday, he wrote this article for Commentary: Playing Politics with NYC’s Magnet Schools. In the article, he links the NYTimes article that I wrote about here. Marks astutely writes:

The public magnet schools have been a means for non-affluent families to get an education on par with the education they would receive at a first-rate private school. You would think that people on the left would view the success of Asians in the system as a sign of the triumph of merit over racial and, in many cases, economic privilege. But Asians are the wrong kind of minority, and their success, far from meriting celebration, apparently needs to be rolled back.

What you learn in your 40′s

Lots of people on my FB feed have been posting this article: What You Learn in Your 40′s. It’s not too long before I get there. However, I’ve already begun to see a great deal of truth in the lessons the author mentions.

I like what she says about emotional scenes being tiring and pointless. I’ve found that as I’ve become older, I’ve become more patient in some areas, less patient in others. I’m much more patient with my kids than I used to be, as I’ve come to learn that my role in raising my children is often really just that of a coach–to give them what they need in order for them to become their best. Kids don’t think like adults, which is a good thing. Kids need to think in age-appropriate ways; they don’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) mini-adults. A good child-like foundation will help them become strong adults.

The Immortal Game by David Shenk (Review)


I just finished The Immortal Game: A History of Chess. It’s a decent introduction to the history of chess and how chess has captured the imaginations of millions and millions of people. Chess remains the world’s most popular boardgame. Even though it’s over 1,400 years old, and even though computers have demystified a lot of the game, it’s still popular as ever. Shenk writes about his great-great grandfather Samuel Rosenthal, who was an early master of the game, and he uses the famous “Immortal Game” between Anderssen and Kiesertizky to illustrate some of the fascination that people continue to have with chess.