Semi-Charmed Life


Asians In The Media

If you have been following the news lately, you might have heard of the story of the truck driver in Chinatown who left his van unattended in reverse, which then crashed into a group of children killing two. You might also have heard about the student at Virginia Tech who was having a coffee with a fellow student when he all of a sudden decided to lop off her head in the middle of the coffee shop.

The one common denominator in all of this is that they're all Asian. Why are Asians involved in so many unsavory headlines these days? I guess the truck driver can get a pass since it was an accident, and you hear about crazy shit happening like people driving their cars into storefronts and what not all the time who aren't Asian. But he still doesn't do much for the stereotype of Asians being inept drivers.

Both of these incidents are tragedies, so I'm not trying to dismiss one as being better or worse than the other. But as far as the Virginia Tech incident goes along with the incident in Toronto and the first Virginia Tech incident, I'm worried about what ramifications these will have on the image of Asians in America. Maybe I'm just more sensitive to the whole race thing because I'm Chinese, but I just can't help but feel that Americans will associate "Asian" with "crazy". I don't want people thinking that Asians have these unresolved issues that manifests itself into a beheading or mass murder of some sort.

Because Asians have their fair share of crazies, just like everyone else.

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Destruction in Gaza

I won't pretend to know all the circumstances regarding this carnage.  I have read some articles online detailing why Israel is doing what it's doing. I don't know who's right and who's wrong, because I don't think things like this are ever as clear cut as it seems. War is not a tangible concept to me, nor do I think it is to most people in America who live in relatively peaceful and comfortable lifestyles.

The following are pictures from a website I found on the internet, showing what's going on in Gaza. To be honest, I still have yet to fully process what's going on in the pictures. One commenter said it best when he wrote: "This is getting dealt with by the "fiction" section of my brain; I have no real life context in which I can understand this." It is a shame that our tax dollars are helping to fund this.

The following pictures were taken from this site. Consider yourself warned, because the pictures are very graphic.

Burned baby torn in half

No living thing is safe in Gaza

Gazan buried alive in his home

What would you do?

Bombed out apartment blocks


Bombed out ambulance station

Somebody's cat in the rubble of their home

Entire streets reduced to rubble

Firemen pause to hose the blood off the streets

Dead toddlers

Young girl buried alive

Children climb through the rubble

Bullet holes

An entire street bombed out

Pulling survivors from bombed out buildings

Buried alive

A women steps through the front door of what used to be her house

Entire apartment blocks bombed out

Mother and child in rubble

Had enough yet? Like I said earlier, I'm not sure which side is right and which is wrong in this situation. Absolutes don't exist here. But this NYC Pro-Israel crowd seems to believe this is the absolute right thing to do, and they are celebrating:

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