If you are new to this site, let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Some things about the election
- Everything about Michelle Obama at DNC: from her speech, to her dress, her stylist and at the end of it all, my friend showing her homage to the nation’s mom.
- Bill guarding his star-spangled balloon from an 8-year-old.
(Lower right corner, y’all.)
- A Hill parody on Medium, where she curses exactly like how I imagined she would talk IRL.
- “We may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic narcissist, that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of fallen soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities. And I genuinely did not think that that was part of the job that someone could be bad at. — John Oliver“
- The New Yorker: “Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells It All“
- This NYT infographic that once again outdid itself.
- Obama meeting a 5-year-old girl who’s a presidential expert and whose dream is to become a president someday.
One might also argue that “good” is a subjective idea: What I think is good, you might not agree with. But within certain cultural context, there’s a set of values and beliefs that an overwhelming majority shares. Here, for instance, is the “American Dream,” where we think highly of those who love and commit to their loved ones and families (not leaving their children entirely to their spouses and make suggestive comments about them), who are willing to put quality and original work into their passions (not plagiarism or cheating), and who have a decent amount of humility and humanity, which enables them to be honest, to admit to their own mistakes and to empathize with others.
Some things I’m reading
- Chinese netizens have a lot to say when a Chinese American became Miss Michigan. I have yet to find an English story that well explains where this hatred comes from, so if you are a Mandarin reader (props to you!), I recommend reading this explainer for some context and some answers.
- I first heard of Talleen Abu Hanna from my college best friend when she moved to Israel two months ago. Learning the controversy around Abu Hanna, combined with the thoughts I had upon reading about the Chinese American Miss Michigan, has given me many reflections on beauty, acceptance and humanity in this world we live in today.
- My freshman year RA wrote this piece about moving to India for two years after college graduation, and how this experience altered her perspectives on her heritage, privilege and self-awareness. I deeply resonated with her words and discoveries.
- And why I say I’m living in the dopest city in the U.S. right now.
Some things I’m watching
- Uncontrollably hooked to the new it K-drama “W.” Ep 1 with English sub is here. You are welcome!
- This New York Times Food video that made cooking (friend chicken) looks like the most poetic art (scroll to the bottom of the page for the full video!).
- Gilmore Girls revival now has a release date: Black Friday! And why I’m so tired of the relentless discussions of the Gilmore girls’ love lives.
AND someone please, PLEASE figure out a way to share this show with me in Myanmar, where Netflix is a very distant dream.
- Cat, the Musical: It’s the first DVD I ever bought, first complete musical I ever watched, first (and only) time I at one point memrized all the lyrics to all the scores in a musical/movie, and first (and only) time I ever thought maybe I have what it takes to be a musical performer (I don’t, clearly). As much as I’m disappointed by the timing of it returning to Broadway (three weeks before I’m leaving the country? Seriously??), I’m glad the younger generations, born in the late ’90s and after 2000, now have the opportunity to experience this masterpiece, done by a topnotch production crew, in one of the world’s best venues. Maybe “Cat” can spike their passions in theater, like it did me, and make them have a life-long crush with the naughty Rum Tum Tugger, like I did, as well. No shame.
Some things I’m listening to
- The recent Latino episode of Another Round (a theme the podcast should definitely dig deeper into), and consequently, this Spotify playlist.
- I spent the weekend with a gang of campers near Steamboat Springs, Colo., where we went to a free concert and heard Robert Randolph and the Family Band play a bunch of covers (yeah, it would be nice if there were more originals).
PIC of the Week
Shoutouts of the Week
I have several shout outs this week, let’s start with the most exciting one.
- I bought my flight tickets! FINALLY!! It’s now official: setting off from Denver International for Yangon, Myanmar, a 3-day-travel, on Aug. 22. I purchased my one-way ticket on CheapOAir.com for a price not at all ridiculous, considering how close the departure date was when I made the purchase. This is my first time buying flight tickets on CheapOAir. Using an unfamiliar website to buy tickets is of a few NEW things I’m genuinely terrified of trying. The ordering process was hassle-free. I will report back later this month with a review of how the airport experience pans out for all your evaluations on CheapoAir.
- Vanessa Hudgens’ Instagram (@vanessahudgens): a right amount of sultry selfies, mixed in with a good fashion taste, and low enough on the pretentious level within celebrity crowd. Approved.
- One of the angels brought a convenient French press to camp with him last weekend and saved me from dying of decaffeination. I’m having problem finding his exact model outline, but it basically comes with a mug-like container with a press on top, and it can be hooked to a small propane bottle at the bottom to heat up the water. Not going to lie, it is a little work. But if you are like me who can’t survive without coffee, even when you are camping, it is a good investment. Also, shout out to my idea of using Nutella for s’mores. And shout out to the Europeans who invented Nutella. Y’all are geniuses.