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Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

Tibet and the Dalai Lama

I find most people completely ignorant of Tibetan history and society, and yet there are a lot of drones who jump on the "Free Tibet" bandwagon and spew out the anti-Chinese dogma like a parrot. I actually heard some dimwit girls say they don't eat at Chinese restaurants because of Tibet. Yes, you dumbasses, the poor immigrant waiter who brought you your $5.50 fried rice is oppressing Tibetan monks. Get the fuck out of here!

True Happiness is Success in and of Itself

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Like most people I found this article by Amy Chua frustrating: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

The reason why I found it so frustrating is best summed up by the title of this blog post by Betty Ming Liu: Parents Like Amy Chua are the Reason Why Asian Americans Like Me are in Therapy

Seriously, what is the point of being talented and successful if you're unhappy for the rest of your life? Isn't happiness success in and of itself?

This article by Amy Chua illustrates one point that I make in The Alpha Asian Mindset: as a whole Asian Americans are highly intelligent, driven and talented, and yet we have incredibly low self esteem. We have high skill but low confidence. And a lot of this is due to strict Asian parenting, which stresses academics over emotional and social development

Of course we all know that not all Asian parents are like this Amy Chua. But I can say for myself that my parents were st…

Peter Rhee, Chief of Trauma Care, Univ Medical Center

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Like everyone else, I was shocked to hear the news about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I watched the news coverage with sadness, disgust, and anger at how someone committed this obscene act of violence. The terrible incident in Tucson, AZ, whereupon Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others were shot by a deranged assasin this past weekend also highlighted the great work by our emergency room doctors and nurses and EMT's. God bless these people.

What was interesting to see was that Peter Rhee is the chief of the trauma care unit at the University Medical Center at the University of Arizona. I looked up his credentials and came away impressed. This guy is a 24 year military surgeon vet who has treated lots of injuries to Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The LA Time had an article on him:

Giffords' surgeon trained on the battlefield


"I was in the Navy 24 years, and I trained to do nothing but battlefield casualty care. When I did go to Afghanistan and Iraq, I wasn…

Two Mothers on Parenting

From the Wall Street Journal: When it comes to parenting, the Chinese seem to produce children who display academic excellence, musical mastery and professional success - or so the stereotype goes. WSJ's Christina Tsuei speaks to two moms raised by Chinese immigrants who share what it was like growing up and how they hope to raise their children.

Asian-Americans And The Quest For Thin

From NPR: For many Americans, New Year's resolutions are likely to include weight loss, especially after the holidays. Body image is a thorny issue for many women of different backgrounds, including Asian-Americans. In Tell Me More's "Behind Closed Doors" segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Lisa Lee, publisher of Hyphen magazine, about body image among Asian-Americans and her own quest to be thin.