Why I had a long hiatus

OKAY PLEASE DO NOT BASH ME FOR NOT WRITING FOR LIKE A MONTH STRAIGHT, IM SORRY.

Well we got the apology out of the way, let me explain. I have two reasons.

1. I had huge writers block. I didn’t know what to write about since there really wasn’t anything significant in the Asian community to write about.

2. I was not in the right mindset. I was just not motivated to do anything.

I am better and I most likely will continue the blog posts. The whole point of this website is to bring awareness to the Asian culture and fill a gap that I feel is in our world’s society. Once again I’m sorry for the long hiatus and inconsistent writing. Next time I got on hiatus, I’ll remember to post something to alert you guys.

What I’ve learned this past year

This year has been pretty difficult for me. I had my grades drop and family issues. But these experiences have helped me grow as a person. I’ve learned to not be as up tight and let things go more. One thing that helped me was learning what I can and can’t control my life.

For example, I can’t control my home life, but I can control what my attitude is towards it. Little things like changing your attitude towards certain things can help. Realizing that nothing is permanent,helps as well.

Sorry for a short blog post and for it not being Asian related, but at least I posted :).

My ELD experience

You’re probably thinking, “omg did she have a bad experience?” The answer is no.

In my old elementary school, we had this program called ELD (acronym for English Language Development). I was put in there from kindergarten to third grade. I was in there because I spoke Chinese first and they thought I needed help for my English. BUT, as a matter of fact that isn’t the case. Well partially was but it really wasn’t. Let me explain.

I had trouble pronouncing certain English words, but it wasn’t because I spoke a second language. It was actually because I have an abnormally short tongue. That means I can’t pronounce some words correctly, I get tongue tied easily, and sometimes you can detect a slight lisp when I speak. Basically I was in that class for essentially no reason.

Having a short tongue is just something I was born with. I still have trouble saying stuff with out getting tongue tied or having a lisp. But it has gotten better. ELD wasn’t really a bad experience but it wasn’t a good one either. It kind of just made me bad as speaking both languages 😂. But it was a learning experience I wouldn’t trade for a different one.

Comment down below if you’ve had any weird or similar school experiences. I’d love to hear about them.

What it’s like trying to learn a new language

Recently I decided I wanted to learn Mandarin and Korean. I’ve only just recently started and I barely know the basics but I’d like to share how it’s like learning a new language.

Since I am Chinese, I was able to pick up Mandarin easier since I’ve heard a few phrases from family members or family friends. I can pronounce the stuff I’ve learned so far pretty well. The only problem is when I write the characters. For example, the number one is easy, it’s just one line. But for the number zero, it’s like ten strokes to write that one character.

Now on to learning Korean. I’ve only gotten the alphabet down and I’m still trying to memorize the sound to the Hangul characters. Compared to writing Chinese characters, Hangul is significantly easier.

The way I’m learning these two languages is through an app called Duolingo. They have many courses for different languages and they translate some in different languages. Here are the courses you can take:

In no way shape or form am I sponsored by Duolingo to say any of these things or mention any. The way they teach it is doing the same thing over and over again. It takes the brain to have something in the long term memory seven times in order for it to stick. If you do try this out, don’t get frustrated that it’s repeating the same thing, it’s just trying to help you remember it more efficiently. If you want to use a different app, there’s one called Lingodeer. Personally I have never tried it but one of my friends have and he uses it to learn Korean.

Learning a new language is difficult and it will take time. Lots and lots of time. You have to be dedicated and take notes in order to remember it.

I’m learning mandarin because I want to be more in touch with my Chinese culture, since I feel as though I’ve lost it over the years. I’m learning Korean because it’s something I’ve always wanted to learn more about.

If you would like to learn a new language, be patient and be dedicated. That’s the best advice I can give you.

If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments down below.

Hi I’m back from the dead

 

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Firstly, I’d like to apologize for going AWOL for like two weeks straight. I had to take a little hiatus because, one, I had writers block, and two, I had problems to deal with on my own.

I am feeling better but my problems aren’t going to go away.

I will try to continue doing two blog posts a week, but please understand that some times I have writers block.

There will be another blog post coming later today.

My Opinion on the Seungri Scandal

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If you don’t know about this scandal, read my previous blog post here

In my opinion, I think he is guilty and his fangirls should realize that their “oppa” is a terrible person. Yes I do understand that it is proven until guilty, but from what it seems like, it’s not looking good for Seungri.

He essentially violated the basic human rights for multiple woman. But it is not only his fault. It is also the fault of many others.

Seungri has kind of always been known to not treat women correctly.

But many would not expect this from him. Probably because during the shows and their tours, he’s all cutesy and nice to fans. But looks can be deceiving. This shows what kind of person he is.

I do not hate him completely. I do dislike him now.

Once again, this is my opinion and I’m not telling you whether to continue to support him or not.

(The next two questions will be answered next week)

Seungri’s Retirement and “scandal”???

This blog post is going to be different from my other blog posts, since this is an extremely serious topic.

If you are a huge KPop fan, you probably know by now about this “scandal”. If you don’t know who Seungri is, he is considered KPop’s Great Gatsby and is one of the five members of the “Kings of KPop”, Big Bang.

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Big Bang has had scandals with 3 out of the 5 members as of now. The first one was of the leader G-Dragon and it included him smoking marijuana. If you didn’t know, smoking or even owning marijuana is extremely illegal in South Korea.

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The second member to have a scandal that also included marijuana, was the main rapper, T.O.P.. This was back in 2017 and since it was during the time he was serving in the military, he was kicked out. If you didn’t know about South Korea’s military policy, all able bodied males have to serve 21 months in the military and you have to be from the ages of 18-35.

The members inside of the military right now are T.O.P., G-Dragon, Taeyang, and Daesung.

A few years back, Seungri had a scandal because it was reported that while he was being intimate  with a woman, he was extremely rough and inconsiderate to her. He has since apologized, but recently there he has landed himself in some hot water again.

This all started in late 2018. Seungri is an investor in a club call The Burning Sun. This club is obviously in South Korea, and it has had many scandals in itself. It started with an assault to someone at the the club and recently had been said to be pushing out drugs to the club goers.

Recently, there was a group chat leaked where it had Seungri and many others talking about how there are Taiwanese investors coming to the club to make a deal. But they needed girls to confirm the deal. When I say “girls”, I’m talking about prostitutes. In South Korea, prostitution is extremely illegal.

In this group chat it also had another singer by the name of Jung Joon Young. Text messages were exchanged between multiple people. They also shared videos and photos of girls in compromising positions. These women did not know that they were being filmed at all.

Currently it is an ongoing investigation. Seungri’s enlistment date will most likely be pushed back and he said he will cooperate with the police.

The names that have been cleared and have no relation to this situation are ZICO, Kang Daniel, and many more.

Currently Seungri not allowed to leave the country and has turned in his cellular device.

I’ll try to keep you updated on the situation, but currently there is no new information on this case.

What’s it like being in an Asian family?

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OH HO HO HO IT IS HECTIC!

Being in an Asian family consists of your family being hypocritical EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. YOU. TALK. WITH. THEM.  For example, they tell you to stop yelling, but then they yell.

Usually, Asian families are ginormous. We have at least 30 family members on one side of the family and another 30 on the other. Personally, in my house, I live with six other people. Most of the time, we also have more family in our parents home country.

Then we have additional close family friends. We never call them by their first name if they are the same age as our parents. You have to call them “auntie” or “uncle”. But this becomes confusing because when your parents mention that close family friend, you have to ask them, “Which one.”

Asian family LOVE you compare you to your other family members. They ask you why you can’t have good grades or be as good as your other relatives. But when they are in front of the entire family, they compliment you and say, “Look at how good my child is.” They make it seem like it is a competition between you and your own family. They don’t only compare you to your family though. They compare you to their friends’ kids. They compare you to your classmates. They make it seem as if you are in the Hunger Games and you have to be the best out of  everyone. It is annoying at times but they are doing this so that you can improve in life. Yes, there are other ways to do this but, that is how they were raised, so they use what they learned and use it on you. 

Yes, being in an Asian family can be annoying at times, but would I trade it out for a different family? Not a chance. I appreciate everything they have done for me and all the sacrifices they make. By the way, this is my personal family and not a representation of all Asian families.

Five Asian Related Questions

This will be a series of five (technically six) different blog posts answer five Asian related questions.

The questions are:

  1. What’s it like being in an Asian family?
  2. Whats your favorite Asian food(s)?
  3. Have you ever been confused for a different race?
  4. Do you know how to speak a different language, if so what dialect?
  5. Do you know karate? (yes I know this is offensive but it is also something I’ve been asked before.)

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Asian Makeup vs. American Makeup

There is a major difference between Asian and American makeup. Asian makeup is more shear and light weight. American makeup is more full coverage and heavy.

The most popular Asian makeup items are cushion foundations and lip tints/balms. If you don’t know what cushion foundations are, it is basically a sponge soaked in foundations and then put into an air tight compact and it comes with a separate application sponge. The formula is typically supposed to give a “dewy” glass like appearance. If you don’t know what I mean by that, I mean it’s supposed to give a healthy glow to your face without extra products, i.e. powder, cream, or liquid highlighter. If you want to learn more about cushion foundations,click here

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For lip tints/balms, they can be shear or opaque. Lip tints are what they sound like, they are liquid that is supposed to tint your lips. They come in multiple colors and most are a water based product. That means they dry down quickly. Some are also more creamy and more like American liquid lip sticks.

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A typical look for people in Asia, i.e. Korea or China, is a cushion foundation, straight eyebrows, and a red, coral, or pink lip tint with the color more focused on the center of the lips.

Now for American makeup. American makeup is heavier and full coverage. Most looks for them include multiple steps. Compared to the naturalness of Asian makeup, American makeup is not natural most of the time. Most makeup looks consist of heavy liquid or cream foundation, powder, eyeshadow, opaque lipsticks, and bold brows.

In my opinion, I prefer the Asian makeup looks more because I don’t have to use multiple products to have a full face of makeup, just to have it wipe off during the day. I like easy, low effort makeup looks. But sometimes I like to do more complicated looks like the American makeup looks I described. I think that for night time, the American looks would be good and for the day time, use more of the Asian products.

This is just my opinion. I would recommend trying both of these styles and see what you like and what you don’t like.