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I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve told someone that my parents are from Taiwan, and they go “Oh, they’re from Thailand?”

This one has happened most recently in the past week: “When people ask if you’re Chinese, you either go with the easy answer of “Yes,” or you evaluate the situation and then say you’re Taiwanese.”“

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Pretty sure every Asian-American has experienced this. Read the comment section also.

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Ouch. 

Also read this on CNN this morning in relation to Chinese tourists (taken from http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/09/travel/chinese-tourism-impact/index.html?hpt=hp_c4):

"You have two kinds of tourists. Package tourists, who are usually first time travelers. They do the eight European countries in 10 days, ticking off the sites. For them the most important thing is to get that shot in front of the Eiffel Tower." "But you have a growing number of what we call the ‘new Chinese tourist.’ People who are better educated, with more travel experience — most have been students abroad so they know their way around. Self-organized." It’s these tourists who are looking to try the local cuisine and want new experiences, he says, and resent being stereotyped as an ignorant traveler from the countryside who can’t live without his instant noodles.

More on this later, but definitely something to think about.

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I’m pretty sure this doesn’t only happen in South Korea - I’ve heard of Asian women getting surgery as “presents” from their parents in an effort to look more westernized.

This pretty much sums it up “But what’s really unnerving is the push towards uniformity. Instead of celebrating quirks or camouflaging flaws, these photos show a burning desire to fit inside a very narrow scope of what’s seen as beautiful.”

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Ready for warm weather again, so I can go hiking :)
-Palomar Mountain, California. Photo taken by: me.

Ready for warm weather again, so I can go hiking :)

-Palomar Mountain, California. Photo taken by: me.

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To those in NYC and NJ without water/power…

New York Sports Club announced today that it’s opening its doors free of charge to anyone who needs to shower, charge their cell phone, or blow off steam with a stress-relieving run on the treadmill. (We recommend all three.)

The clubs will be open to the public (local residents 18 and older with photo ID) from today, October 31, until November 14.”

Source: http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/10/31/no-power-or-water-head-to-new-york-sports-club/#prclt-AlgdYd1B

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Very thankful we have these fences.
-Walkway along Port Imperial, NJ. Photo taken by: me

Very thankful we have these fences.

-Walkway along Port Imperial, NJ. Photo taken by: me

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We apparently got a new pier that points parallel to the water.
-Walkway along Port Imperial, NJ. Photo taken by: me

We apparently got a new pier that points parallel to the water.

-Walkway along Port Imperial, NJ. Photo taken by: me

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Hurricane Sandy

Stay safe, NJ!!

Went out on a walk around 3pm yesterday… the water level on the Hudson River made me nervous enough to make the boyfriend leave the apartment with me and go to a hotel. The Hudson is usually about 3ft below the walkway-yesterday it was about a foot below. Once the water goes over the walkway, its probably another foot of water to get to my car and the complex. Having grown up in New Jersey, I usually don’t get worried about hurricanes but this one is making me nervous.

Really glad we evacuated yesterday-today the police issued a mandatory evacuation for us.

Seen on CNN: Governor Chris Christie is really pissed at the mayor of AC. Christie told people to get out of AC and the mayor apparently told people it was okay to stay. Result: the people who stayed behind are at a shelter… thats a block away from a middle school thats flooded. Shit.

Also seen on CNN: Mayor Bloomberg is pissed people are dialing 911 to report downed trees/power lines. Apparently, that should be 311.

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Not sure why this one cracks me up so much

Not sure why this one cracks me up so much

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Saw this link via a childhood friend who has moved back home to Taiwan - has anyone ever been to Nankan? 

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Goodbye, Summer! Hello, Fall!
-Outside brother’s apartment in Virginia (his landlord grows corn on the front lawn!). Photo taken by: me.

Goodbye, Summer! Hello, Fall!

-Outside brother’s apartment in Virginia (his landlord grows corn on the front lawn!). Photo taken by: me.

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Birthday sunflowers :)-Photo taken by: me 

Birthday sunflowers :)
-Photo taken by: me 

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Best surprise birthday present: tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana at Radio City Music Hall on its last night.
-Radio City Music Hall, New York City. Photo taken by: me.

Best surprise birthday present: tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana at Radio City Music Hall on its last night.

-Radio City Music Hall, New York City. Photo taken by: me.

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Goofiest horse I’ve ever seen.
-Terracotta Warriors, Discovery Times Square, New York City. Photo taken by: me.

Goofiest horse I’ve ever seen.

-Terracotta Warriors, Discovery Times Square, New York City. Photo taken by: me.