I'm Gonna Blog More Next Year...Well You Know...

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Why do I still blog up here?

Honestly - it's kind of like, if I stop, if I put it down - in some ways - it just means defeat.

So I'll march on, even if it may not be the same as when I started out.

Because it still matters--and if I stop believing that, if I forget that one voice can still make a difference, if I forget the reasons why this space even existed in the first place--

I don't just lose, but I succumb to the forces around me that try to tell me what to believe, what to think, what matters, and what is deemed as a voice of action and change.

In that way it's like why not just Whitewash myself, lay down, and peacefully massage my golden and lovely Asian American ballsack while speaking incoherently (and sure, I may do that latter part anyway, but that's beside the point).

All right.

That's it--just needed a quick workout to you know - work it all out.

R.I.P big WOWO. Thanks For The Memories

Thursday, December 19, 2019

This post is a little late, but I wanted to make sure and give a shout out to big WOWO for all the years of blogging, and adding a voice and a space that in a lot of ways is what blogging is all about. Unlike this blog, big WOWO was really about creating a community of voices through its comments. The dialogue at times sparked conversations across multiple blogs, sometimes this one, and no matter what--agree or disagree--it provided another avenue to explore Asian America outside of the mainstream and for that I was, and am, thankful for the space that was filled.

To be honest I just learned about the closing--going gently into the night--I hadn't made my rounds in a bit and in the blink of an eye--it was gone--just a headline from a last post I never got to read.

In that way, other blogs have shut down--YOMYOMF, A Fistful of Soundtracks, Militant's before them all, and now (or recently if you may) big WOWO.

All a part of the Asian American blogosphere that embraced who were are, what we've been through, and where we're still going--no matter what you may think about the merits of the blogosphere in a world of social media.

At the same time, I do feel like we're getting short changed in some ways from this trend that is happening to blogs closing down: The files are gone, the domains are redirected (for some not all), and I feel like we're losing not just some great content--but a piece of history--these opinions, discussions, great writing, journalism in its most naked form, voices that have had no place in the eyes of mainstream media.

Out of all of them above, only AFOS has its blog posts still available (and check out Accidental Star Trek Cosplay).

One out of four.

All that content lost (and yes, you can hit the wayway but, it's not quite the same you know?).

I get it though - everyone has their reasons - but I still can't help but feel what I feel about - just that I wish there was another way.

So R.I.P big WOWO--thanks for the time and the space.

3X: Random Asian American Goodness In Time For The Holidays

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

It's the Holidays and regardless of whether or not impeachment actually happens--I'm not going full on Grinch just yet (I'm going to wait to see what Santa got for me first)--so in the meantime, here are some heart-warming and positive stories as we enter the holidays.

Braille Institute Wakes Up RRN

Honestly. I'm just gonna ask what the fuck you do for the Holidays besides wish for shit you don't need, and then point you to the band Run River North who partnered up with the Braille Institute and taught kids how to play instruments, inspiring and fueling their creative talents. You?

Andrew Yang Is The Only POC And Asian American Who Made The Final Cut

I still have issues with his MATH. I still have issues with some of his stereotyping of the Asian American community. I still have issues. But--it doesn't take away the fact that Yang has done what no other Asian American has done up to this point. In that way, it is kind of, just a little bit, of an Asian American Christmas miracle. We can still do without the math though. We have computers to take care of that.

Little Fires Make Big Fires

Hulu just released the trailer a few days ago for their original miniseries "Little Fires Everywhere" based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller of the same name. In a stark comparison, nothing here on this blog will ever get turned into a miniseries by Hulu. Or Apple. Or Disney+ (and WTF if Disney+ anyway?). It's good to be Ng.