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Butter vs. Margarine

I love butter, and I've known for a long time that it's much healthier than margarine. Here's an interesting forward from Craig's List my wife sent me:

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback. So they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal, so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. 

How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings. Do you know the difference between margarine and butter? Read on to the end. Gets very interesting! 

- Both have the same amount of calories. 
- Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. 
- Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. 
- Eatin…

Exercise Control in Your Life

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How you eat sometimes reflects upon how you are as a person and whether you exercise control over your decisions and your situations. Do you control the things that happen in your life, or do you allow yourself to meander and drift into situations? Do you allow someone else to control and dictate what your choices are?

The best way to avoid making bad food choices in a restaurant is to avoid eating in a restaurant. Don't eat out more than 2 times a week. That goes for takeout too. Control what you eat and pack your lunches for work, so you don't put yourself in a situation where you are tempted to make bad choices.

But you gotta live life, and that means eating out with friends and family. I'll be honest with you, I don't put any restrictions on myself when I eat out. The whole point of eating out with friends and family should be to enjoy yourselves.

Just make the experience a little more special by eating out only twice a week instead of everyday. You can still exer…

Alpha Asian: Archived

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I didn't even realize this until today, but the Alpha Asian blog is 7 years old. Wow! Who knew that I'd be keeping this thing going for this long? When I set out to write this blog, I wanted to create a blog that aggregated positive energy, energy that inspires Asian Americans to follow their bliss. I think in a way I've made my mark, because other bloggers are starting to do the same thing.

Seven years and I posted over 800 entries with the help of talented Asian Americans on the web. That's a lot of stuff that can get buried over time, so I decided to archive 157 of the old videos HERE.






How to Do Instead of Talk

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So no podcast Alpha Asian Podcast for this week.  Thank you to those who've downloaded my previous episodes.  Here are the highlights for my last episode on The Psychology of Accomplishing Goals:




Sometimes people ask me, "How do you find the time to do all the things that you do?" I have a job that's a little more demanding and stressful than the usual 9 to 5. My wife and I have a daughter who's quite a handful at the moment. In my spare time, I run 2 blogs, write for various exercise magazines and websites and I’ve authored a number of books. And I still find time to workout.
People have dreams to accomplish something, but very few people accomplish what they dream of doing.  For example, a lot of people want to write a book, but most of these people never write one.  People use the excuse that they don’t have time.
This is bullshit.  Everybody has the same 24 hours in a day.  You cannot save time.  You can only spend it.  But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.  …

Badass Alpha Asians from History

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I find that most Asian Americans have no knowledge of history.  The history they are taught is the history of Western civilization, and when they do learn of Asian histories, they only learn of how Asia got colonized by European powers.

I'm a bit of a history buff, and I've always had a fascination of with historical badasses of all cultures.  When most people think of an Asian badass from history, they think Genghis Khan and that's it.

But there were a lot of Asian badasses in history. A funny and educational site on badasses is BadAss of the Week.  On this site blogger Ben Thompson lists badasses from history, the modern era and fiction.

Here are some notable historical Asian badasses from the badass site:


Koxinga, Pirate King of Taiwan



Kim Yushin


Tran Hung Dao


Date Masamune, the One Eyed Dragon


Yue Fei


Lapu Lapu

In episode 2 of the Alpha Asian Podcast, I read an excerpt from Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, where Alex Tizon describes the battle between Magellan an…

A Return to the Internment Camp

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Fung Brothers launch a food and travel show on FYI network

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N.Y. Police Shooting Case Divides City's Asian-Americans

American Heathen

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American Heathen, which Stanford students researched, wrote and illustrated, focuses on the life and times of a Chinese American man who dedicated much of his life to improving the lives of Chinese immigrants in 19th-century America.

I Am Campaign

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Meet the 'mini Bruce Lee'

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Rent-a-Foreigner in China

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