“Smart, Quiet, White People”

“Smart, quiet, White people”—this is the stereotype of many Asian-Americans. Our parents left their motherlands, waved goodbye to their families, forsook their social networks, learned an entirely new language, saved up for mortgages, and raised children in a culture that thinks of them as model citizens. These children, us, have in turn lived in two…

Against Idleness and Mischief (1888)

How doth the little busy Bee Improve each shining Hour, And gather Honey all the day From every opening Flower! How skilfully she builds her Cell! How neat she spreads the Wax! And labours hard to store it well With the sweet food she makes. In works of Labour or of skill I would be…

On Writing

“For I am the sort of man who writes because he has made progress, and who makes progress — by writing.” – Augustine

When Bad Things Happen

Philippians 1:12  But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; When the word “but” starts off a sentence, it denotes a shift in the thought of the speaker.  Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians to contradict the…

My Generation

No, my generation didn’t die from starvation, disease, or war. No, my generation didn’t die, sending young men to battle armies, nations, and ideas. No, my generation didn’t die seeking an honorable death, a noble cause, and higher purpose. No, my generation died in front of their computers, from gluttony, ignorance, and indifference, where the…

Glocal Wings Vs. Glocal Warts

There used to be a time when everything was local.  Food, appliances, news, and events were locally familiar.   You actually knew what you were eating, who grew it, and their grandmother’s favorite pair of glasses.  Friends were real, actual people who lived next door.  Through the decades, America, along with the rest of the world,…