Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I Miss Blogging

That's really all I have to say about it, actually. I'm thinking very hard about coming back to the blogging world, because I miss writing and finding pretty pictures and sharing cute/awesome videos. I miss that creative outlet and the people I met. I just miss it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Terrible Interviewing

Jade and I are super excited to debut our two-part first ever production! We had a good time working on this, so hope you guys like it. We are working on some director commentary and a blooper reel to release if you can help us get some more views on the videos below =)

(Part 1) How to be a Terrible Interviewee

(Part 2) How to be a Terrible Interviewer

Monday, March 14, 2011

Update: Alexandra Wallace and Asians in the Library

Couple of quick updates to my last post:

Parodies/Responses. Have. Run. Rampant! Also, it has its own website now -- -- with all the latest news on the matter. Notably, Huffington Post, LA Weekly,  and 8Asians have reported on the story. UCLA Chancellor Block has released a video statement on behalf of the school. And the pièce de résistance is the official statement released by Alexandra Wallace herself.
"Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate. I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I'd like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand."
Additionally, I just ordered my own Ching Chong Ting Tong shirt. 50% of all ALL (due to popular demand) profits will be donated to the American Red Cross in support of the Japanese tsunami victims! (Also found another, apparently unrelated shirt at Tiger Mother Cub.)

Thanks for all the traffic and taking the time to read my two cents on the topic. It was great to write about something controversial again. (I haven't done so since I defended the Facebook newsfeed. Coincidentally, another Facebook article was going to be my first real post before this came along.)

A couple of people seemed to think I was taking too passive of a stance regarding the Asians in the Library incident, so I wanted to add a couple more words about it.

Of course, I strongly agree that we need to stand up for the Asian American community, but we need to do it in a way that calls for respect. Do we want people to think that the first or only way Asian Americans respond to someone who puts up a video of racist and insensitive content is by calling her a b**** or threatening her life? We individually have the responsibility of upholding the collective Asian American community. We have a voice as Asian Americans and we have had to work very hard for it. Please don't undo the work by sinking to the bigoted levels of other people. Like Hyphen said, don't fight fire with fire.

Alexandra Wallace offends "Asians in the Library" and Asians on the Web

The Asian American web community is up in arms about UCLA student, Alexandra Wallace, and her rant about Asians in the Library. The original video started making its way around early Sunday afternoon and has been removed, but several mirror copies are floating around YouTube.

Oh yes, you bet, the Asian American community is rightfully offended and making it known. There are so many things wrong with this, but mainly how callous it is for her to casually mention the tsunami as if it were some kind of inconvenience. Don't even get me started on "ching chong." Excuse me, you are a polysci major? How much more politically incorrect can you get?

However, she has reportedly had her FaceBook hacked, phone number and home address posted online, and received death threats all in response to this video. Do we as a community really want to give the hate back? Yes, she sounds like an ignorant racist, but she doesn't deserve to fear for her life. Yes, I had to resist the urge to respond with expletives too, until I realized that calling her names doesn't make me any better than her. No amount of verbal lashing I could give is going to compare to the turmoil that is about to be unleashed on her life from just the few short hours this video was live. Being infamous on the internet is the worst kind of infamy that can exist. It will never disappear. It will never be fully disconnected from her. It is quick to spread in the most unfortunate kind of way. This short video will haunt her for years to come.

UCLA has released a statement calling the video repugnant and is taking action to investigate the original poster of the video. Offended as we may get, it's not our right to rally for her silence or threaten her safety. If she is, in fact, a UCLA student, I am certain the school will deal with her accordingly. (By the way, I seem to remember my own alma mater setting a not-so-shiny example not too long ago either.) We should turn the other cheek against ignorance and continue educating the world together about the Asian American culture in a positive, collaborative way.

Just my two cents.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Better to Have Blogged and (B)lost

I have started many a blog in my day. It's like being an entrepreneur, without the financial overhead of actually starting a real business. I come up with kites of many a vision, but have never been able to get any of them really flying.

Some of my ideas were for professional development, like my desire to be a wedding planner or the never-launched Hired Up! (an attempt at resume advice, interview tips, and networking guidance). Some were more for fun, like 10 Dollar Date -- a think tank for romantic dates on a shoestring -- my favorite idea that never left the parking lot. I transformed into Shanna Suburbia as I gradually became a fanatic for food and lifestyle. Like my events blog, this too lasted scarcely over a year before circumstances pushed my writing off my plate.

Being a boomerang kid sucks, but I started looking for a way out. I have a day job that I'm not going to say much about, but I do a lot on the side. Yay, permanent sleep deprivation! (Not.) I started getting really involved with a really awesome Toastmasters Club, interned on the amazing Dragon Age: Redemption project, and have recently decided it was time to try my hand at YouTube stardom.

When thinking about my new persona, ShannAwesome, and what I wanted this blog to be about, I realized that maybe I was thinking too hard. Maybe my blog should just reflect me and if it talks about 100 different things in 100 different fields and 100 different ways, so be it. Scatterbrained or creative genius? You be the judge.