Interesting story coming out of the NY Times: An Old Chinese Novel is Racy Reading Still. A young 16-year-old son of missionaries goes into a Nanjing bookstore in 1950 in order to look for porn, and he finds a copy of a 16th century pornographic tale written by an unknown author. Nearly 65 years later, David Tod Roy is a professor of Chinese literature at the University of Chicago and is on the verge of publishing the fifth and final volume of the books’ translation. According to the Times, the translation is an extraordinary feat:
All that work with the server, all that stress with losing a week and a half of work, all that talk with one dude’s dubious claims of being a “national level” fighter who participates in full-contact tournaments with no weight classes…and now I have nothing to blog about! Must be the fatigue. Or the other stuff going on in life.
Anyway, Tash Aw’s Five Star Billionaire was longlisted for the Man Booker last month. Has anyone here read it? I haven’t read FSB, but I may do so when life gets a little less busy.Tash Aw is a Malaysian of Chinese descent. You can read his interview in the NY Times here. It says of his book:
Did we just see the last GSP fight? He got beaten pretty soundly in his fight tonight vs. Johny Hendricks, but in normal UFC fashion,two out of the three judges (who don’t work for the UFC) gave him the decision anyway. Afterward, St. Pierre said that he was hanging up the gloves for a little while because of personal reasons. It didn’t sound good. He’s been a good champion and spokesperson for the sport. Hope everything is okay with him, even if it’s unfair to Hendricks..
I had written an article about this: Studying Chinese to Reach His Parents. The article is a couple weeks old (it was actually old when I first saw it), and the article I wrote was lost during the server crash. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I was touched with the story about how Daniel Chen’s parents gave up so much so that he could have an education. They had a relatively comfortable lifestyle in China, but they immigrated to become laborers in order to give their son what they felt were greater opportunities. Daniel grew up hardly ever seeing his parents, and it sounds like he basically raised himself. He mostly speaks English, so when he went to college, he decided to study Chinese so that he could converse with his parents.
I’ve been trying hard to get my kids interested in Chinese immigration stories, so I was happy to have found this book. It’s a book about a fictional 12-year-old boy named Lee who immigrates from China to Angel Island in order to seek economic opportunity for his family. Lee is a paper son. His grandparents pay a paper father to falsify documents for his entry to the U.S., and the story is about how he misses his grandparents but has to study hard to pass the immigration test. The story is fictional, but the authors clearly did a lot of research on the living conditions of Chinese immigrants to Angel Island. The artwork by Wilson Ong is absolutely amazing.
Hey Guys and Gals,
As you may have noticed, this is an older version of the site–it’s as if we turned back the clock by a week. I sincerely apologize. I know that you all put lots of time and thought into your posts. We went down again, and we’re trying to get back up. I’m trying hard to find out whether we have the last couple of weeks of posts, as there were some fabulous conversations going on. I’m also trying to get the cool posts/convos that we had, such as our exciting fundraising for Chops. It would be really sad if we lost all of this.
This movie looks horrible, absolutely horrible. Of course I took personal offense to this:
Mizushima’s screenplay also pokes fun at the angry Asian American male bloggers through Sebastian’s character, who is depicted as a likeable but lazy Asian American male obsessed with sex, stereotypes and racism.
Yup, shoot the messengers.
Interesting video of Lyoto Machida doing his “signature moves.” I’m not sure why the crane kick is considered “signature.” He only did it once, although obviously, that one time was very cool to see. “It’s the crane kick from the Karate Kid!”
If you think about it, anything that talks about “signature moves” will always be about the cool-looking moves rather than the reliable and effective moves. I think it was Bruce Lee who said that a punch is a punch. The fundamentals are the most potent weapon in a fighter’s arsenal. It may not be as exciting to talk about one’s jab or roundhouse kick or double-leg takedown, but in terms of technique, the most frequently thrown techniques are the most significant determinants in whether a fighter wins or loses.
Thanks, RY from MANAA, for posting this: Nicolas Cage Criticizes Hollywood’s Lack of Opportunities for Male Asian Actors (Video). It’s ironic on two levels:
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I remember when Nicholas Cage first got Alice Kim pregnant. People on the Fighting 44s were mad because people from LA said they saw Cage trolling LA’s Koreatown for Korean women. According to these (admittedly anonymous) first person accounts, Cage was quite successful. The young Korean American women in those K-Town bars were all over him. Now of course, one might expect this, given that he’s a big star. But still. Unless your name is Will Smith, that highest level of stardom only seems to exist in Hollywood if you’re a White guy. There’s some irony in seeing a guy whose career has been bolstered by White privilege now supposedly speaking against White privilege because he son is Asian, all while doing nothing to actually change the situation.