Asian Blog Award

This Asian blog award thing is turning into a major argument centered on the issue of what consititutes the use of claiming a blog to be “Asian”. It’s kinda rediculous. This is a comment I posted on RBJ’s Forum earlier today:
“This is so amazing… We have a non-Asian in Asia claiming to have an Asian blog, an Asian in the US claiming that it’s a non-Asian blog located in Asia… I’m JA and have what? An American blog? Absolutely, because I was born in the US and am culturally American… But then I am culturally Japanese too, as I have been influenced by my parents. So what does that make my blog? Japanese-American? Probably. Asian-American? Partially–I can’t claim to represent other Asians. Japanese? No. I’m JA, not J. Asian? Again, no. I am AA not Asian. Some may think I am full of it, an Asian/Jap-American who has lost his identity. Well, I speak near-native Japanese, have lived in Japan 10 years in total, I have studied Japan–East Asian culture (MA), Jap Lit (PhD)–and so I think I know a little bit about Japan and Asia. But the more I study it, the more I realize that I am not one of them. So how do I categorize my blog? And how can anyone promote a blogsite on the Internet as being catagorized in any country? Isn’t the Internet kinda borderless, despite where you live?

“So this is much ado about nothing, as far as I can tell. Let’s all chill a bit. If someone feels good about being in Asia, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. To quote that famous philosopher, Rodney King: Can we all just get along?”

Can only Asians have Asian blogs? Can a non-Asian have an Asian blog if he lives in Asia? What are your thoughts?

Okay, I Am Now Officially Freaked Out… : updated :
Yesterday, I was at the RBJ Forum (click me, click me, hahaha), and read an entry that mentioned the Asian Weblog Award. How quaint. I guess for Asians to feel empowered, we have to create our own awards now. Oh well, everything starts from baby steps, and that’s the reality. But, imagine my surprise when I read the following from Zettonv this morning:

read sammy storms xanga…i voted for you haha

Huh?!? So I went to Asia Weblog Awards 2003: Best Japanese Blog and CRAP! There’s Onigiriman. Who the devil nominated me? Ok, ok, so I went yesterday and saw my name was not on the the list and for a moment–a very brief, miniscule moment–thought that I’d nominate myself. But thought better of it. That would be the ultimate NARCISSISTIC act. I always say that this Xanga thing is an act of narcissism, we all talk about ourselves, right? But to think that one has an award-worthy blog is the zenith of self-love… Damn, why do I tell you guys everything?!?

Bottom line: I am flattered. I currently have 4 votes. Hahahaha. Well, I’m no polititcian but I think I’ll vote for myself now. Anyone wanna vote for me, I ain’t gonna stop you, but if you wanna nominate someone else, you should… Just don’t tell me… Hahahaha. Kidding, kidding!!!

Anyway, who nominated me? Well, I’ve just learned that thanks goes to SammyStorm. Thanks Sammy… Y’know with you, and Nefarious (who I haven’t heard from in a while) and Enygma (whose as tall as I am) and Fooky (and his band) and etc. I really should go to Chicago… or Illinois in general. We can all go to Orange, introduce ourselves to Paiky to get discounted drinks and get $hitf@ced. Hahaha. Now that’s a plan if I ever heard one! Chicago in winter. Hey Paiky, can you make Irish coffee so we don’t freeze our you-know-what’s off.

Asian Blog Award

This Asian blog award thing is turning into a major argument centered on the issue of what consititutes the use of claiming a blog to be “Asian”. It’s kinda rediculous. This is a comment I posted on RBJ’s Forum earlier today:
“This is so amazing… We have a non-Asian in Asia claiming to have an Asian blog, an Asian in the US claiming that it’s a non-Asian blog located in Asia… I’m JA and have what? An American blog? Absolutely, because I was born in the US and am culturally American… But then I am culturally Japanese too, as I have been influenced by my parents. So what does that make my blog? Japanese-American? Probably. Asian-American? Partially–I can’t claim to represent other Asians. Japanese? No. I’m JA, not J. Asian? Again, no. I am AA not Asian. Some may think I am full of it, an Asian/Jap-American who has lost his identity. Well, I speak near-native Japanese, have lived in Japan 10 years in total, I have studied Japan–East Asian culture (MA), Jap Lit (PhD)–and so I think I know a little bit about Japan and Asia. But the more I study it, the more I realize that I am not one of them. So how do I categorize my blog? And how can anyone promote a blogsite on the Internet as being catagorized in any country? Isn’t the Internet kinda borderless, despite where you live?

“So this is much ado about nothing, as far as I can tell. Let’s all chill a bit. If someone feels good about being in Asia, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. To quote that famous philosopher, Rodney King: Can we all just get along?”

Can only Asians have Asian blogs? Can a non-Asian have an Asian blog if he lives in Asia? What are your thoughts?

Okay, I Am Now Officially Freaked Out… : updated :
Yesterday, I was at the RBJ Forum (click me, click me, hahaha), and read an entry that mentioned the Asian Weblog Award. How quaint. I guess for Asians to feel empowered, we have to create our own awards now. Oh well, everything starts from baby steps, and that’s the reality. But, imagine my surprise when I read the following from Zettonv this morning:

read sammy storms xanga…i voted for you haha

Huh?!? So I went to Asia Weblog Awards 2003: Best Japanese Blog and CRAP! There’s Onigiriman. Who the devil nominated me? Ok, ok, so I went yesterday and saw my name was not on the the list and for a moment–a very brief, miniscule moment–thought that I’d nominate myself. But thought better of it. That would be the ultimate NARCISSISTIC act. I always say that this Xanga thing is an act of narcissism, we all talk about ourselves, right? But to think that one has an award-worthy blog is the zenith of self-love… Damn, why do I tell you guys everything?!?

Bottom line: I am flattered. I currently have 4 votes. Hahahaha. Well, I’m no polititcian but I think I’ll vote for myself now. Anyone wanna vote for me, I ain’t gonna stop you, but if you wanna nominate someone else, you should… Just don’t tell me… Hahahaha. Kidding, kidding!!!

Anyway, who nominated me? Well, I’ve just learned that thanks goes to SammyStorm. Thanks Sammy… Y’know with you, and Nefarious (who I haven’t heard from in a while) and Enygma (whose as tall as I am) and Fooky (and his band) and etc. I really should go to Chicago… or Illinois in general. We can all go to Orange, introduce ourselves to Paiky to get discounted drinks and get $hitf@ced. Hahaha. Now that’s a plan if I ever heard one! Chicago in winter. Hey Paiky, can you make Irish coffee so we don’t freeze our you-know-what’s off.

Life and aging 2…

Here’s the continuation of yesterdays questions:

1) What’s life like at your age?
See yesterday’s post.

2) Has your perception of life changed?
Yes, my perception has changed to a high degree. Of course, this should be true of almost everyone. And it has nothing to do with getting older. As we live our lives, and experience more things, we change. Everything that enters our lives–love, hate, happiness, sadness, birth, death, new school, old friends–affects us, changes us and we are influenced and in turn influence those around us. Perhaps understanding this basic–almost too obvious–situation is the most important thing I have learned to this point. As a result, I now have a tendency to either think things through very carefully since I know what I say or do will affect others, or I will throw caution to the wind and say what I want–but in the knowledge that it may affect others positively or negatively.

There is a major drawback to this. When I get drunk–like, all the time–I’ll say things without thinking about it. Now, we have perhaps all experienced something similar–whether it be drug or alcohol induced. Unfortunately, since I have know that what I said may affect others, when I sober up, I sometimes go through an incredibly horrendous guilt trip… no, more like a journey sometimes. Have you ever felt bad enough to want to crawl into a little hole? I sometimes will stand in the shower and cringe in the corner, lightly knocking my head against the wall, muttering alternately, “Why did I say that?” and “I’ll never drink again.” Hah! We all know how long that lasts…

Anyway, my perception of life has changed. For me, I take things much more lightly. I don’t make such a big deal over anything anymore, because things change so often and frequently that getting into a huff about anything becomes pointless after awhile. Lakers don’t reach the championship series? So what. They’ll reach it again soon. Bruins get their butts kicked by SC? Crap, this is definitely harrd to take, but got a roll with the punches. Besides there are far more important issues than sports. The death of my mom a couple of years ago really made me realize that some of the things I placed emphasis on–money, career–are ephemeral. Can’t take it with you, and they are the least important things when you know you’re going to die. It was an eye opener.

Hope you’re taking notes, whoever you are…

3) Whats important to you now?
Day after tomorrow…

Life and aging 2…

Here’s the continuation of yesterdays questions:

1) What’s life like at your age?
See yesterday’s post.

2) Has your perception of life changed?
Yes, my perception has changed to a high degree. Of course, this should be true of almost everyone. And it has nothing to do with getting older. As we live our lives, and experience more things, we change. Everything that enters our lives–love, hate, happiness, sadness, birth, death, new school, old friends–affects us, changes us and we are influenced and in turn influence those around us. Perhaps understanding this basic–almost too obvious–situation is the most important thing I have learned to this point. As a result, I now have a tendency to either think things through very carefully since I know what I say or do will affect others, or I will throw caution to the wind and say what I want–but in the knowledge that it may affect others positively or negatively.

There is a major drawback to this. When I get drunk–like, all the time–I’ll say things without thinking about it. Now, we have perhaps all experienced something similar–whether it be drug or alcohol induced. Unfortunately, since I have know that what I said may affect others, when I sober up, I sometimes go through an incredibly horrendous guilt trip… no, more like a journey sometimes. Have you ever felt bad enough to want to crawl into a little hole? I sometimes will stand in the shower and cringe in the corner, lightly knocking my head against the wall, muttering alternately, “Why did I say that?” and “I’ll never drink again.” Hah! We all know how long that lasts…

Anyway, my perception of life has changed. For me, I take things much more lightly. I don’t make such a big deal over anything anymore, because things change so often and frequently that getting into a huff about anything becomes pointless after awhile. Lakers don’t reach the championship series? So what. They’ll reach it again soon. Bruins get their butts kicked by SC? Crap, this is definitely harrd to take, but got a roll with the punches. Besides there are far more important issues than sports. The death of my mom a couple of years ago really made me realize that some of the things I placed emphasis on–money, career–are ephemeral. Can’t take it with you, and they are the least important things when you know you’re going to die. It was an eye opener.

Hope you’re taking notes, whoever you are…

3) Whats important to you now?
Day after tomorrow…