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An Update.

To my loyal followers, 

I know I haven’t been posting. Well that is because I recently got terminated (fired) from my old job doing Real Estate Marketing/PR. This lead to a couple of things– reassessing what my priorities are, what my passions are, and essentially, opened up the path for me to continue pursuing my dreams of a career in international relations. On the not-so-bright side, I am unemployed and broke (somewhat– relying on my parents). Hopefully they will continue to believe I will make it big sometime in the future.

The International Relations career track is very similar to pursuing a *Hollywood* career. It’s elusive and few make it to those top positions. There are few entry level positions available, which means you have to take on those dreadful unpaid internships that pay in, so called experience. Unsurprisingly, I am anxious about my future. Will I make it? But I do feel that getting fired was a sign that I should continue pursuing IR. It is so easy to take a job and just routinely do your life. It really is the road well traveled. 

Anyway, I recently took on an internship at the International Rescue Committee providing legal services for refugees and asylees. I’ve been loving it, especially since I get to interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis. One of my clients, an asylee from Uyghur, volunteered to be my Chinese tutor! But anyway, that is my life as of now. Sorry I haven’t been able to do my daily round ups– it’s impossible to do them during the day and by the time I come home, I don’t have the energy to read through tons of news. haha. 

But I will update here when I can. And if you are interested in my other blog which focuses exclusively on creative writing and romantic prose, CLICK HERE.

Carpe Diem. Life is too short to live without passion. 

Julie

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Democrats sing “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled, Dominican Haitians, Robot Baristas

And….. the shutdown is over. I’m left wondering if Democrats sang some DJ Khaled to celebrate.

For those of you who want to know exactly the timeline of what happened during the shutdown, the NYTimes published a nice timeline. Or if you’re like me, you can see exactly which senators voted against the bill to reopen the government. I couldn’t find the House list, so that’s why it’s not here, but NO democrats voted against the bill compared to 144 House republicans. I hope that the least of what comes out of this government shutdown, is that constituents will boot these politicians out of office. I can’t stress it enough, your voice is your vote. For NYC residents, you can register to vote ONLINE! Get on that. Especially, Asian Americans who make up 13% of NYC, yet so little of us voted during the primaries that our opinion was deemed negligible.

NYC RESIDENTS: REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE HERE

& to end that note, Cory Booker from New Jersey wins the Senate race. 

Can you imagine ROBOT BARISTAS? I liked this article that proclaims buying coffee will eventually become like buying bread.

Last month, the Dominican Republic court ruled to deny citizenship to Haitians born in the Dominican Republic. “The September 23 court ruling retroactively denies Dominican nationality to anyone born after 1929 who does not have at least one parent of Dominican blood, under a constitutional clause declaring all others to be either in the country illegally or “in transit.” I really have no words to express how despicable this ruling is. There will be a protest in Manhattan in front of the Dominican  Republic consulate this week.

The weekend is almost here. Hurray!
Cheers to you all,

Julie

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An Illegal Princetonian, Asian Education Fever, Charities, and Ding-Dings.

Good morning to all my lovely readers.
Without further ado– today’s round up.

Wow. Just wow. Joohee sent me this article this morning. This article about an undocumented Princeton student literally moved me to tears.  While this student had a happy ending, especially with the help of Princeton, it also makes me cry out for those who do not have that good fortune  and do not have the backing of a prestigious institution. But I love the role that Princeton plays for this student. That of a protector and supporter. Like all educational institutions ideally should.

Once upon a time, I donated $15 to the Souther Poverty Law Center and then after that got bombarded with constant mail from them to continue my donations. I have to say, their mailing material was quite nice.. sometimes I would even mistake it as a nice mail from a friend. But nevertheless, later on I realized they spent as much money on advertising as they did on their programs. Not saying that they’re horrible.. and definitely not as bad as some of these charities on this list.

A third of Chinese students studying abroad are from working class families. That is insane and dispels the myth of rich foreign students. The education fever in Asia is quite insane and the sacrifices that families make to send their kids abroad for education is quite sad. In Korea, over 70%!!!!!! of household expenditures goes toward private education!!!!! Unbelievable. While in Korea they are trying to rein in some of this extreme spending, nothing will change until the system changes. Until countries start developing their own world class universities and making education accessible, this will continue to go on.

When I visited Hong Kong a couple of years ago, I have to say that I too, felt transported into an earlier time when I rode their trams aka ding-dings. I’m glad to see that it is still an essential part of their city even as subways zip by underground.

Enjoy. And let’s all knock some sense into the Republicans. They want a paycut to their own staff’s income?!?!?!?! Damn. That is just some great front-stabbing.

Love, Peace, and Chocolate.

Julie

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Which Of These Are Illegal? Adultery, Immigration, North Korea, A Stolen Kiss

Happy Columbus day or normal day, depending on whether or not you acknowledge the holiday. Attacks on Christopher Columbus has been on the rise and many advocate changing the holiday to something else. But I know to many of you who did not get the day off… don’t you wish we could just agree to celebrate a holiday together? Here’s some interesting research on who works/doesn’t work on Columbus day.

I know I wrote about mistresses in China but I found this superb article exploring the topic in much more detail, not to mention, a personal voice from the women who decide to become mistresses. I keep realizing how much human nature doesn’t change. Whether 2,000 years ago in China when officials kept mistresses and even to the 21st century. Of course, China is not the only country to keep mistresses– arguably the United States takes it even further with divorce and adultery rates but what really surprised me is that adultery is considered a felony, though rarely prosecuted. There are laws on adultery??! I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Illegal crossings from Mexico have fallen to their lowest levels since 1970’s, so how is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) keeping its quota of averaging 34,000 detainees per day in custody? “Nearly 48 percent of the 350,000 immigrants over the past 16 months who triggered an “ICE detainer” — a request by the agency that local jails or police hold an individual until ICE can pick them up — had no criminal convictions, not even traffic violations, according to the TRAC Immigration Project.”

In other news, Kenneth Bae, the American Christian missionary who was detained by North Korea and serving a hard labor sentence, was visited by his mother.

I haven’t been writing much about the romantic relations part of my blog, but here’s a sweet article from NPR on what we can learn from a simple kiss.

Happy Monday, hope you are all enjoying the last bits of the beautiful autumn weather. Who wants to go pumpkin picking? Or better yet, who wants to prepare for Halloween by setting up a scary movie night?

Cheers 🙂
Julie

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Life is a Myster— History Lesson: The Tweet Heard Around the World, Vengeful Mistresses, Fake Elections

It has been a while but a lot of things have happened in my life since my last post so I had to take a short hiatus. The thing that hasn’t changed though is me bringing my thermos everywhere for coffee now. I might be slightly addicted to the high that comes with filling my thermos and saving one plastic/paper cup at a time.

So who remembers the shot heard around the world history event that we’ve been drilled into since… forever? The battle of lexington which started the Revolutionary War. Well anyway, we are now in the 21st century… and so… it goes, the tweet heard around the world. Some interesting famous tweets that have spurred on some momentous moments. History repeats itself for sure, just in different ways, eh?

Love can be a scary thing. Especially for these Chinese government officials whose mistresses have taken revenge on them.

If only we could travel into the future huh? Seems like it has for Azerbaijan. Their big presidential election on Wednesday was already expected to be rigged with their impediments on free speech. But really? Releasing the voting results before voting even starts? Cmon, that’s a bit much…

There is nothing that horrifies me more than people who are not willing to admit wrongdoings and trangressions that have happened. This Japanese politician told reporters at his weekly press conference Monday that “anyone would understand” the role of “comfort women” when soldiers were risking their lives and you wanted to give them “a rest.” From what I understand, most other Japanese officials do not agree with him. Either way, this continuing pattern of Japanese officials denying horrific things that happened is not new. Do you guys remember when a Japanese mayor denied that the Nanjing massacre even HAPPENED?! seriously, this is just ridiculous.

History. Anyone who doesn’t understand the importance of history just needs to look at these above examples to realize… in fact, history is essential to understanding the current world around us.

Best wishes to all of you out there.

Julie

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Restoring Faith in Humanity: One Burrito, Email, Policy, Sport- At a Time.

I took my Carnegie Mellon thermos to Starbucks and ordered a tall vanilla latte— they filled the entire thermos. That is definitely equivalent to at least a grande or venti. Not to mention you get 10cents off. Moral of the story here is: use a reuseable cup/mug/thermos! Scores of benefits for you and the earth.

We all love Chipotle! Well, I like to eat Chipotle once in a while, preferably once every few months is ideal. Chipotle reminds me of Pittsburgh so much…haha. Well this article makes me love chipotle more. You are doing something right if the agriculture industry is getting mad. We do not NEED growth hormones in our FOOD. we do NOT. no matter what the justification is– I don’t believe it.

Seriously, people like Ladar Levison restore my faith in humanity. His secure email service, used by Edward Snowden, shut down recently because he would rather shut it down than give access to all his security encryption process/information to the FBI. That is admirable. And the fact that they asked for much more information than they needed (yet again) just shows that the limit for spying on individuals has been breached.

Obamacare obamacare obamacare. “The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion — many of them Southern — are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute,” said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. “It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system.” Pretty self explanatory article.

At least 94 dead, 250 missing from a migrant boat that sank near Italy. This is really tragic and sad. Migrant workers have been fleeing from countries such as Syria and TUnisia and it is just sad overall. “Last year, almost 500 people were reported dead or missing on the crossing from Tunisia to Italy, the U.N. refugee office UNHCR says. Syrians fleeing civil war have added to the numbers.”

 

The liberalization of the Cuban Economy is leading to changes. But will a political liberalizatin follow? Interesting article on the opening up of the Cuban baseball team. 

Hope you enjoyed! Cheers,
Julie

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South Korea, China, Peru, and Dartmouth. Which of these do not belong?

Happy Hump Day! Don’t feel like writing my daily round-up today but.. I will! For all my lovely readers. I need the weekend to come faster.

Dartmouth in the news again over drinking and hazing problems. I’ve never been involved in Greek life but have definitely thought about joining. Carnegie Mellon’s greek life percentage is about 25% or so last time I saw a statistic but that might be outdated now. The hazing process described in Andrew Lohse’s essay seems really crazy. I don’t think greek life is a bad thing but when do you draw the line? And do we really need greek life? I wrote a blog entry about Asian Greek Life organizations before, talking about the purpose of having a sepearate greek life for Asians. But the underlying question for me is: What positive benefits does an Asian greek life provide? Are they talking about and promoting conversation about asian american life and issues to others outisde of their organization? If not, then what is the point?

More South Koreans are going to China to study than ever before— Interesting to me as a Korean-American who studies Chinese. The perception in Korea of China is still pretty negative in Korea.

Would you go watch a book-writing match? Seems like in Peru they have made book-writing into a spectator sport. All I can say is I’d love to visit and see how this works!!

Sorry it’s short today folks.
Cheers!
Julie

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