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Scarcity of Rice

25 Jan
English: Coat of arms of the Philippines

English: Coat of arms of the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is something so important about rice to me.  It is how I was brought up, and I’ve eaten it with more than half my meals.  It symbolizes fertility and wealth.  I can’t go a week without it.  It explains my culture in so many ways.  The rice cooker is nearly synonymous with being a Filipino.  The Philippines used to be an exporter of rice and may soon be again, but it is importing it in the meantime. Continue reading

The Intersection of Asian-Americans, Presidential Politics, and Me

5 Nov

Over the past week, I read two opinion articles on Politico about why Asian-Americans should vote for Obama or Romney by Rep. Judy Chu and Lanhee Chen (Romney policy director), respectively.  I wasn’t sure whether to be happy or frustrated that either of them were reaching out to me as part of some monolithic bloc.  As numerous others already know, the Asian-American bloc is not aptly named.  The differences among the various Asian countries are probably even more so than here in America by religion, ethnicity, income, standard of living, and a host of other characteristics. Continue reading

Comment on Politico’s “Opinion: The Bubble Candidate”

1 Oct
English: Seal of the President of the United S...

English: Seal of the President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I understand why people will vote for Romney for President.  I want to say that I like him a lot on some issues such as his moderation on social issues, fiscal decisions that seem to make you better than worse off, and a great career in the private sector.  He is the mostly ‘good’ candidate, especially on paper.  He has a broad range of experiences from being a bishop in the Church of Latter Day Saints, a Republican governor of the most Democratic state, and extremely successful at Bain Capital.  But a president cannot only be good at decisions. Continue reading

Student Activism

11 Sep
A hoodie with the University of California, Lo...

A hoodie with the University of California, Los Angeles trademark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was caught off guard in a graduate-level class I am taking.  The nature of the intersection of bureaucracy, politics, and the public at-large was the discussion at hand and the professor posed a question: “Have any of you ever contacted your elected politician (for any issue)?”  Sadly, only 5% of us (in a class of 40) raised our hands and the professor commented that young people rarely do that, only the elderly, and everyone laughed.

It is very rare for any young person (i.e. 18-24) to contact their local legislator on anything, even if it is important to them.   Continue reading

Obama Poster

31 Aug

I have to agree with the other pundits, the most powerful line from the Republic National Convention came from Paul Ryan:

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.” (Quotes from Paul Ryan’s VP Speech to the RNC 2012)

It is true that some, maybe most, people who voted for Obama are a little disappointed with his presidency.  If you really look at the last 3 1/2 years, you can either blame Obama for everything or blame the anti-Obama forces instead.  It is really hard to determine what Obama is really responsible for, but you definitely cannot blame him for everything, or maybe anything, if you’re trying to at least appear to be fair.

If you want to know why Continue reading

Differences in States

18 Aug
English: Image Showing the four versions of th...

English: Image Showing the four versions of the current Indiana Plate (2008-2014) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spending my first 10 days in Indiana, I am already surprised at how many things are different than California.  In California, there are calorie counts of everything you order on a restaurant, but I am now guessing in Indiana (having being used to CA).  There are many different designs of license plates in IN, but CA’s are 99% of white background with red cursive “California” writing.  With the pocket book, taxes are simply cheaper in Indiana: ~7% vs. ~9% in CA.  Living in a college town, I don’t necessarily think of IN as a “red state“, but I do know that I’m no longer living in a state which thinks lowly of Republicans.

With that being said, Continue reading

Problem with Voter ID Laws

25 Jul

I love to vote.  I enjoy making my mark on democracy, because I am so privileged to be living in our country in which our vote means something (maybe not to the impact that we would like, but better than nothing).  So I’m especially irked about Voter ID laws that purport to prevent voter fraud.  Fine, I haven’t done much scientific research about it, but just using my personal knowledge, Puh-lease.  If people wanted to affect policy, there are easier ways about doing it than trying to change a single vote in a precinct (that will have no effect unless you know before hand the vote tally) and being subject to a severe fine/imprisonment.  I mean, seriously, there are easier and better ways to get different politicians. Continue reading

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