September 20, 2014

Asian American Basketball Player Jeremy Lin: From Obscurity to the Center of the World

Everybody’s talking about Jeremy Lin – the Asian American basketball player from California, a Harvard graduate, and now a New York Knick. Stories like these are truly inspiring. What’s an Asian guy playing in the NBA with a bunch of big boys? Can this be true? Can the study-all-the-time-and-can’t-dunk Asian stereotype be erased once and for all? Probably not – as the Jeremy “Linsanity” Lin phenomenon presents itself as a feel good story and hope for some Asian basketball wannabees.

What a story. What a phenomenon. It’s every Asian’s dream to be what Jeremy Lin is going through.  

Linsanity has arrived. It’s time to take notice of this Asian basketball player, now playing with the big boys.

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17 Year Old has been Eating Nothing but Chicken Nuggets for 15 Years!

I love chicken nuggets – especially when McDonalds advertises their 20 piece chicken nuggets for $4.99. I also like to ask for 5 BBQ sauces to go along with my McDonald chicken nuggets. So delicious. 

But the story I am about to share with you today is unbelievable.

Stacey, who is recovering at home on a high-dose course of vitamins, has been hooked on chicken nuggets since her mother let her try them in a McDonald’s restaurant at the age of two.

‘I loved them so much they were all I would eat,’ she said. ‘I just couldn’t face even trying other foods. Mum gave up giving me anything else years ago.’ (Source: DailyMail)

A teenage girl has been eating nothing but chicken nuggets for 15 years straight – no fruits, no veggies, no nothing – just chicken nuggets! Maybe some of you are jealous of her. But doctors have said that if she continues on this chicken nugget eating habit, she will soon die. In fact, she collapsed this past week and was rushed to the hospital.

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Texas Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church Stages a “S-e-xperiment” to Encourage Married Couples to have S-E-X More Often

If you are part of a church that regularly preaches about marriage and s-e-xual intimacy, you are in the minority. When you hear the words “s-e-x” and “church” used in the same sentence, perhaps you feel a sense of embarrassment or discomfort. Perhaps you aren’t used to such topics discussed in the church setting.

Let me introduce Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. He’s not an expert (professionally) in the topic of s-e-x per se, but he does introduce the importance of s-e-x and intimacy within the marriage context. He and his wife recently authored a book named “S-e-xperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse.” He challenged his congregants – he asked married couples to have 7 straight days of sex. Sound interesting? Now, he’s re-introducing this topic of s-e-x again by staging his bed on top of his church’s rooftop – and there he is with his wife – on their bed.

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Indonesian Man Suffers from Rare Form of HPV, aka The Tree Man

I’ve never seen anything like this – a man who suffers from a rare form of HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus infection causing his body to produce massive warts. It’s heartbreaking, especially when his wife left him as it became impossible for him to support his family.

His name is Dede Koswara, from Indonesia.  Perhaps you’ve seen articles on him from the past, but I bumped into his story just this week.

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Korean American Author: For Koreans, the Issue is Assimilation, Not Immigration (By: Tae Kim)

(By Tae Kim) Tae Kim is an American, through and through.

A successful executive and attorney with a good education, he lives the American Dream every day, but he also knows that there is another side to being Korean-American, in which it is very difficult to claim complete assimilation into American life.

“For Koreans in America, there is a strong sense of wanting to be Americans and make the most of the freedom and opportunity for success that America has to offer,” said Kim, author of War With Pigeons, a novel that chronicles how Korean families from different classes live together as Americans, as it peels back the veil of the hidden Korean society that exists outside the view of non-Koreans.

“But there is another side to being a Korean in America – an enduring adherence to the long-standing traditions of a Korean class system characterized by an aristocratic sector that rules over a working class population – and if you’re not Korean, you’d never know it’s there.” [Read more...]