The newest trend on the beaches of China is the "face-kini," a mask that covers the entire face, save the eyes, nose, and mouth. It's a not-so-attractive accessory that screams a message louder than a simple fashion faux-pas: Asian people hate dark skin. From ubiquitous caps to umbrellas on sunny days, we are taught to avoid the sun at a young age. Fair skin equates to … [Read more...] about Facekini & Asian Aversion to Tan Skin: a Precursor to Racism?
The holiday season is a time to remember your friends, family, and the meaning of giving (and receiving too, technically). With the local soft rock radio stations blasting holiday music and malls (and internet shops) across America revving up for Black Friday and the Winter shopping frenzy, it's easy to get more involved in consumerism than say, the birth of Jesus, festival of … [Read more...] about Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Celebrate Family, Friends, and Community
For the five people who’ve read “Consuming Whiteness,” you may have noticed an odd caveat at the beginning of the article. It ominously reads, “The following post contains mild profanity. Read and enjoy!” In its companion piece, “Consuming Asianness,” the word “mild” was dropped altogether and the warning became, “Some profanity follows. Read and enjoy!” Have I been getting so … [Read more...] about Some Profanity Follows
Folks in Vietnam are very entrepreneurial. Anyone who visits the country can testify to this fact as they see the cities being filled with street vendors and small shops. Except the very studious students whom dream to be hired by various foreign companies, almost every family has their own business. Please note that "owning a business" in Vietnam does not carry the same image … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Are Not Innovative
Imagine this: [It’s summer and you just took the first flight out to Vietnam, and now here you are in (Name your City), Vietnam. It’s early morning and the city streets are already filled with traffic, swarms of mopeds, people, and cars. Up and down the busy sidelines small vendors begin to set up their stalls, chairs, tables, and open up their ‘kitchen’ offering portable … [Read more...] about “Street Food” Straight Up!