filipino thai

9 foreign words we should have in English
  • mozziafiato: (adj) - breathtaking, riveting or compelling.
  • Ahnungslosigkeit: (n) - the state of being completely uninformed about what is going on. Having no knowledge or understanding.
  • cafune: (v) - to tenderly run your fingers through your lover's hair.
  • desvelado: (adj) - unable to sleep because of something/someone keeping you awake.
  • koi no yokan: (adj) - the notion of meeting someone and sensing you are going to fall in love.
  • pana po'o: (v) - to scratch your head in order to help remember something you have forgotten.
  • dépayser: (v) - to leave your comfort zone.
  • greng-jai: (adj) - the feeling you get when you don't want. somebody to do something for you because it would be a pain for them.
  • gigil: (v) - to pinch or squeeze something irresistibly cute.

This study seeks to understand the impact of Asian cultural values on issues related to mental health. With this study as a foundation, I hope to provide the tools necessary for researchers and clinicians to design interventions that speak directly to Asian cultural values. I am hoping to recruit Asian Americans over the age of 18 who reside in the U.S. The study may take up to 30-45 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a drawing for multiple $100 gift certificates or have the researchers donate to a legal aid organization such as the ACLU.

anonymous asked:

Hey, Ty! I want to make an OoC persona, but I'm caught in a rut atm. I notice among the races, the Garudas are the closest to representing SEA (since Thai and Filipinos are respectively SEA). However, I'm Kinh Vietnamese, and even though we're SEA, a good chunk of our culture is directly based off China (due to the long history of colonization). There're only a very, very tiny part of our culture that resembles Thai, so I was wondering if there's a way I can work around this concept (1/2)

(2/2) I was thinking maybe a Garuda/Dryad biracial OC? Wasn’t too sure since I have yet to see any info on the interactions between the Garudas and the Dryads, though I think that could be a nice concept ^^ Have a good day, btw!

Actually Dryad/Garuda mixes are common! And I think various Vietnamese cultures would do really great in that mix, I’ll have to do some research but I love your suggestion!

For some history, Garuda lands are part of the Dryad empire, and for many dynasties were generally are seen as Elves being high class and Humans being low class. The Garuda tend to gather in farming communities at the base of the giant Eastern archipelego trees, while the Dryads live in the canopies.
Although historically the Elves didn’t outright mistreat the Humans, there are still lingering political tensions between them because of their skewed social views. However, the Dryads have such an egregious class system that lower-class Dryads tend to mingle and coexist with Garuda very peacefully.
In more recent times, the Dryad have attempted to consolidate their cities more, and as a result mixed-race families have become more common.

I hope this diagram makes a lick of sense, but here’s a rough sketch of how I imagine the Dryad-to-Garuda cities look

The Farming level, again, is usually comprised of Human populations, while up the trunks are small outposts and lower class cities that have some mixed-race Dryad/Garuda (where your character can fit right in!), and among the canopies are Elven cities. It’s more common to find Garuda in the canopy than it is to find Dryads on the farming level.

sims q&a tag~

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Sim’s name: Luna Camille Barrero
1. What is your sim’s favorite food? thai food and all kinds of seafood. babygirl loves her shrimp and crab.
2. What is your sim’s favorite color? autumn-y colors, so brick red to orange type colors!
3. What is your sim’s zodiac sign? libra!
4. Does your sim believe in “love at first sight”? yeah, she does. she’s a hopeless romantic. loves love. loves to love! 
5. What is your sim’s sexuality? she’s straight! 
6. Is your Sim a cat or dog person? (or both?) she’s… a dog person! but wouldn’t mind a cat, so maybe both? 
7. Adding to the previous question, if your sim were to have a cat and/or dog, what kind/breed(s) would it be? for a dog, she’d love a labrador or a BEAGLE!! for a cat, she doesn’t really know lol. all she knows she wouldnt mind one!
8. Does your Sim have a best friend? cough, she had one :/ .. jk. she has several. at one point, it was Mikayla, they grew up together when they met at age 12 (but for now, it’s tarnished). since she entered her 20′s, she was able to meet the three others you’ve seen (through Mikayla and also when the others were job hunting) – Asha, Vivienne and Piper. all of whom she calls her best friends. they’ve just lost touch with Luna. except two people and you’ll know who eventually when we get to that part in my story. :)
9. Does your Sim have a favorite life stage? definitely childhood, but it’s starting to flip over onto young adulthood as things are starting to kind of get really good for Luna.
10. What is your sim’s ethnicity? she is half spanish from her dad and then thai/filipino from her momma’s side.
11. If your Sim could travel to anywhere in the world, where would they visit? probs Thailand and the Philippines, just to get to know more of her culture in that way. 
12. If your Sim was a castaway on a distant, uncharted island, who would they bring? Milo, no doubt. the two have become inseparable, even if Milo can’t make a fire for shit (he could though, just hypothetically saying heh), she’d choose him always.
13. Does your Sim have a favorite tv show and/or movie? she doesn’t keep up with tv shows much but loves her movies. she lives for movies that just break your heart or just reaffirm her belief in true love (idk why lmao) so one of her top faves is Blue Valentine.
14. Does your sim believe in the “simulation theory”? nooo. (although…. she should bc thats how i control her……JK).
15. Does your Sim have a favorite kind of clothing to wear? yup, culottes or just really comfy loose pants/jeans (mom jeans/bf jeans)! thats like her #1 thing. 
16. Does your Sim have a lucky charm? up to now, no actually. 
17. What kind of music or singers does your sim listen to? babygirl loves her r&b and alternative indie music. she just loves a good soothing voice along with instrumentals that get you thinking about life and just feel all relaxed. 
18. Does your Sim have a favorite family activity to do together? :/ what family? :( back when her grandma was alive they’d eat at a diner every friday night (thats now closed) which was 2 mins from her grandma’s house and would always get milkshakes to end their day.
19. What is your sim’s age? she’s 24.
20. Does your Sim have a dream job? hehehehe. this will be revealed in my story some time soon so i’d like to keep this a secreeeto :)
21. What is your sim’s favorite beverage? any of Teavana’s tea, but to pick a fave – youthberry tea! + coconut juice is always her shit, too. 
22. What is your sim’s favorite dessert? she loves a good ol’ chocolate cake.
23. Does your Sim have any siblings? if so, do they get along with all of them? no she’s the only child. :-( 
24. What activity/hobby makes your sim the happiest? writing in her journal, reading and listening to Milo practice his music has become one of her most favorite “hobby” to do lately looool. 
25. If you could meet your sim, would you be friends with them? fuck yeah! 

Vietnamese people form Germany’s largest group of resident foreigners from Asia. Federal Statistical Office figures showed 83,446 Vietnamese nationals residing in Germany in 2005 (not included are individuals of Viet origin or descent who have been naturalized as German citizens - between 1981-2007, 41,500 people renounced Vietnamese citizenship to take up German nationality). A further 40,000 irregular migrants of Vietnamese origin were estimated to live in Germany, largely concentrated in the Eastern states.

The Vietnamese community in Western Germany consists of refugees from the Vietnam War. The first boat people who fled the country after the fall of Saigon, consisting of 208 families (640 individuals), who arrived in Hanover in 1978. None spoke German. They received official aid such as social benefits and job placement assistance, as well as societal support for their successful adaptation to German life. By the eve of German reunification, West Germany had roughly 33,000 Vietnamese people, largely consisting of boat people and their relatives who were admitted under family reunification schemes.[

East Germany began to invite North Vietnamese to attend study and training programs in the 1950s; cooperation expanded in 1973, when they pledged to train a further 10,000 Vietnamese citizens in the following 10 years. In 1980, they signed an agreement with reunified Vietnam to provide training. The East German government viewed industrial trainee programs not just as a means to increase the labor supply to local industry, but also as development aid to the poorer members of the Socialist Bloc. By 1985, Vietnamese, along with Africans from Mozambique, comprised the main groups of foreign laborers in the DDR. From just 2,482 in 1980, the number of Vietnamese residents grew to 59,053 by 1989. Communities were concentrated mainly in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Dresden, East Berlin, Erfurt, and Leipzig. Their contracts were supposed to last for 5 years, after which they would return home. 

After Reunification, the government sought to reduce populations of former guest workers in the east by offering each DM 3,000 to return home. Tens of thousands took the offer, but they were soon replaced by a further influx of Viet asylum-seekers who had been contract workers in other Eastern European nations. Throughout the 1990s, German attempts to repatriate the new immigrants back to their country were not very successful, due to both Berlin’s reluctance to forcibly deport, and Hanoi’s refusal to re-admit; however, nearly 4/10 were barred from permanent residency. 

Today, about 10,000 Vietnamese people live in Berlin, of whom roughly 25% consist of Hoa (descendants of Chinese immigrants to Vietnam). Vietnamese, along with Koreans, form one of the only Asian groups in which men and women migrated to Germany in roughly equal numbers, at least among legal residents - in contrast, there are far more Thai and Filipino women than men in Germany, while the reverse holds true for Chinese and Indians.

Studies by German education experts show that Vietnamese children are among the highest performing pupils in Germany (50% gaining entry into Gymnasiums). Vietnamese students in Eastern Germany who grow up in poverty typically outperform their peers, such as Turks and Italians. Notable people from the Viet community include Philipp Rösler (Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister of Economics & Tech & chairman of the FDP), Dang Ngoc Long (composer), Marcel Nguyen (Olympic gymnast & silver medalist), Minh-Khai Phan-Thi (actress & former presenter for German music channel “VIVA”), and Phạm Nguyễn Lan Phiên (piano prodigy, youngest piano student accepted at the Frankfurt College of Music).

Asians in Germany. Deutsch-Asiaten (German Asians) are German citizens of full or partial Asian descent. Asians have been present in Germany in small numbers since the 19th century and originate primarily from Vietnam, China, Thailand, India, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. Although Germany’s official census data does not collect specific data on ethnicity or “race”, the number of people with an Asian “migrant background” is listed in the statistics. As of 2011, there were about 1,890,000 people in Germany who descended from Southeast Asians, East Asians, Central Asians or South Asians. These numbers do NOT include Western Asians such as Turks, Jews, Arabs or Iranians, but do contain groups like Afghans or ethnic Russians from Central Asian countries.  

The first mentioned Asians in Germany were Chinese. In 1822 two Cantonese-speaking seafarers came to Berlin. They were employed as stoker on the ships in Hamburg and Bremen. During the 19th and 20th century, plenty of seamen and students resided in Hamburg-St. Pauli, forming a Chinatown. In Western Germany, a lot of Vietnamese people arrived in the 1960s or 1970s as refugees from the Vietnam War with the USA. The comparatively larger Vietnamese community in former East Germany traces its origins to assistance agreements between the DDR and the North Vietnamese government, under which guest workers were brought to East Germany, where they soon made up the largest immigrant group and were provided with technical training. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, many stayed in Germany. Since the early ‘90s there has been an influx of Thai people, South Koreans, Indonesians, and Filipinos coming to Germany as nurses, au pairs (babysitters), and other employees. In addition, illegal “immigration” from Vietnam via Eastern Europe is increasing significantly in the Eastern states. There are far more Thai and Filipino women than men in Germany, while the reverse holds true for Chinese and Indians. The Vietnamese community which now forms the largest group of Asians in Germany has a more equal male-female ratio. According to the “Mikrozensus 2011” there were about 1.8 million people with an Asian migrant background living in Germany. Of those, about 600,000 were of Southeast Asian descent, primarily from Vietnam and Thailand. People of full or part-Asian origin as defined above now make up about 2% of the population. Xavier Naidoo and Sabrina Setlur are 2 famous Asians in the music business.

I hope those directioners who are making racist comments about kpop realise that they are also shitting on actual asian directioners. Like imagine being a filipino/Thai/Chinese/Japanese/korean/etc fan and reading that you ‘all look the same’ and bunch of other racial slurs. Seriously it doesn’t matter if you don’t like kpop, there is no need to be a horrible person because your favs aren’t winning a stupid fan poll.

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I really can’t help but think that Phichit is an expy for the Philippines’ Michael Christian Martinez.

Martinez is the first skater from Southeast Asia and from a tropical country to qualify for the Olympics…
-Wikipedia

Also, he has the same super strong eyebrow game, yaaaas.

But why Thai? If he’s an expy for MCM, why go Thai? I’ve got a few ideas about that. First of all, Thai restaurants and Thai culture– I believe– are more popular and better known in Japan than Filipino culture. I always have to go out of the way to find a Filipino restaurant. But Thai restaurants are everywhere. Also, since it seems like YOI is trying to go with a very international feel, it seems more fitting to have a skater from a very different culture with a very different name. Not to hate on Filipino names, but common Filipino names sound like Spanish names. So Phichit really stands out from his character design alone.

But think about it, Filipino readers! Wouldn’t it be fun if Phichit was Filipino? :)) His home rink would probably be one of the SM ice rinks in Manila. And then we’d hear Yuuri say “kamusta” and “salamat”. It would be cute. But I love Phichit the way he is. And I’m really looking forward to seeing more of him on the show.

anonymous asked:

prompt Neil has a British accent :)

I’M GONNA DO YOU ONE EVEN BETTER!!!! how about neil being a goddamn annoying linguistic freak and everybody loves/hates him for it aw

  • so we all know that neil is a languages addict, ever since he started deciding on what to major in at PSU 
  • (tfc chap. 5: “Foreign languages were the keys to freedom he couldn’t live without. […] The smart choice was to go with Spanish. […] If he could pick it up again, it opened up a world of opportunities in the southern hemisphere.”
  • (neil u can make it seem like it’s for survival purposes all u want, but we all know you’re a Secretly A Nerd)
  • he picked spanish for the sole purpose of being able to open up southern hemisphere escape routes for when he needed to bounce BUT once all the drama with his father and lola and riko was over, and he was finally a free boy, he realized: “shit, i can learn all the languages i want now. FOR FUN
  • he knows he loves exy more than almost anything (read: andrew) but these languages fulfill him in some way
  • as a runaway he’s experienced several other cultures and those cultures shaped him to be who he is and learning their languages gives him an eye into worlds other than his own!!!!!
  • (secretly, he wants to travel and have his passport stamped like CRAZY but andrew prefers driving to flying, and neil won’t have him drive for 30 hours so. that has to wait)
  • because he’s been running all his life, he’s had to become boys other than Nathaniel Wesninski BUT NOW THAT THE WHOLE MESS IS OVER these languages can start becoming a part of Neil Josten aka who the foxes all know and love
  • (also, because he thinks he’s cool whenever people don’t get what he’s saying. he loves the Confused Looks from dan, matt etc. and he loves the Annoyed “Stop It, Josten” looks from andrew even more. duh)
  • (kinda elitist but what can we do. give the boy what he wants)
  • anyways
  • when he isn’t on the court he listens to downloaded audio files. he brings his earphones and newly-acquired ipod (just for his linguistic dreams!) everywhere
  • while he’s running he listens to dutch, and he repeats the words to himself
  • on road trips with andrew he puts on portuguese and repeats the words to andrew, who tries his best to not punch neil in the face
  • his only library agenda is going through foreign language usage books and learning the technicalities of a certain language (maybe sometimes borrowing learning tapes if he could)
  • he watches foreign television shows to pick up on those languages that need context to understand
  • it annoys literally everyone when they say something, and neil pipes up “i can say that in [insert language here]” except for kevin, who’s learned to tune Non-Exy Related Things out when they shouldn’t be heard lmao
  • at some point he can speak: english, german, french, spanish, russian, portuguese, dutch, mandarin, nihonggo, filipino, thai
  • he is fluent in them but not so much as to understand the context behind some terms, he feels like he has to actually speak the languages to those who have it for their native language
  • renee claps whenever he successfully becomes fluent in a new language, and everybody else just places bets on the next one he’s gonna learn (andrew wins every bet, because he’s so not gonna pass up the opportunity to win with his insider info as Neil’s Boyfriend™)
  • (sorta irrelevant but whenever neil and andrew have sex they sometimes speak to each other in russian because it’s Their Thing but sometimes he’d exclaim in some other language and even in the heat of the moment andrew gets a little bit mad that he doesn’t get it. later when andrew asks, neil just say in an out-of-breath way, “don’t worry, it was a good thing”)
  • just when everybody thought he couldn’t get more annoying, neil discovers accents
  • (really, he only came across the notion when he blurted out, “english is such a boring language. why is it the universal language?” and matt replied, “it’s the language literally almost everyone knows.” then proceeded to show neil vids of foreigners learning english)
  • matt realizes his mistake a day later when all neil could do was talk to him with an indian accent
  • everybody thinks it’s funny at first and then nicky points out how it’s offensive but neil keeps doing it anyway (he explains he’s doing it out of appreciation, not mockery)
  • he chose to make the british accent exclusive to andrew, because it would Annoy him the most
  • (even went as far as watching bbc sherlock and pointing out that yes that realky was how the british pronounced their words)
  • at the end of the day, nobody still knows the real reason behind why neil is a sucker for linguistics
  • it’s because his greatest fear is not being understood by those around him
  • he’s still working towards understanding himself so he doesn’t wanna make it hard for others to understand him so he tries his best to be good with words and his languages help him do that
  • neil takes comfort in the fact that andrew is the closest one to understanding him with or without his languages, because at least there’s someone who almost does
  • languages are a part of who he is, and as the days go by, the foxes learn how to appreciate this fact and even think it’s cute
  • bonus: neil telling andrew “i love you” in languages he doesn’t understand!!!!!!!! because neil can’t tell andrew For Real yet, but he feels like he should say it anyway. whenever this happens, andrew frowns, but he doesn’t get whatever neil just said, so he lets it go

Actually Logan can speak English, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Spanish, Arabic, and Lakota fluently. He also knows a bit of French, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Hindi, and Persian. He’s 130 years old and can passably make himself understood almost anywhere on earth, it’s also shown he learned American sign language for the sake of a couple deaf mutant students later on in his time running the school

NCT Reaction:Them being at work and you texting them that you have really sad news and you just really need them at home right now (Hyung Line)

A/N:can you guys suggest me any good dramas idc if it’s chinese,korean,vietnamese,filipino,japanese,thai etc. i just really need a new drama to watch.also this was only requested for the hyung line so pls send in if you also want to have this reaction for the maknae line!!also i didn’t mention what ur bad news is bcs u can decide that for urself this is actually really just a reaction also if this is bad i’m sorry i’m so tired rn


Taeil:

Originally posted by moonlighting94


Taeil would try to finish his work asap so he can go to you.He would probably buy food that makes you happy on his way home.When he arrives and sees you blankly staring into space.He would ask you if you’re okay and when you attack him with a hug,he’ll probably bring you to bed so you can cuddle and eat and you call him what happened if you want to and I promise you that he will try his best to help you.

Hansol:

Originally posted by yuseols


Alright so I actually got help from my mother @h-aechan pls follow her she’s amazing hey mom how you doing are u enjoying dad’s company anyways so Hansol wouldn’t be the one that would,like,panic that much.He would probably try to calm you down by calling you and telling you that everything’s gonna be alright.

Johnny:

Originally posted by raplobster


Would immediately rush over to your house with food,drinks and everything he needs to cheer you up.When you open the door for him,you can expect a very big bear hug.

Taeyong:

Originally posted by t-yong


For one time,he would actually want to skip work because he’s worried about you.I think that if TY really loves a person, that he would do a lot for them.When he comes home and he sees you crying on the sofa,he will run to you and snuggle you to him and you can cry all  you want and he’ll try to calm you down by humming soft melodies.

Yuta:

Originally posted by yutenor


Inside,he would be v worried.But he would try to cheer you up by sending cute messages and by counting down with you till he’s done with work/practise.When he comes back home,he’s gonna HUG YOU AND KISS UR FOREHEAD AND HE’S GONNA TELL U THAT HE’S HERE SO NO NEED TO WORRY.i’m sorry my caps lock was on.

Kun:

Originally posted by winkunsgf


kun would first of all wonder what’s wrong and try to finish work asap so he cam come see you.when he’s finally done he’ll come home and lay you down on bed so you can cry on him and sleep.

Doyoung:

Originally posted by yonges


bunny would first of all panic and then ask you so many questions when he’s on the phone with you.he’ll make sure that you’re not starving yourself bcs of the bad news he got and that you’re drinking water.dongyoung would look so stressed at work tbh and when finally gets off he’s gonna run to your house to make sure u were ok and not doing anything stupid

Ten:

Originally posted by nctech


i don’t think he would immediately panic.like,he would tell u to not do anything stupid but he’s not gonna panic on the line just like with dongyoung.ten will probably buy you something to eat on his way home and when he’s home he’s gonna sit u down and hug u and maybe feed u if you’re hungry

Jaehyun:

Originally posted by nctlife


he’ll tell u some weird stories on the phone to try cheer u up and if he has some wifi probably face time with u just to make sure u okay and when he’s done with work h won’t run home he’ll walk calmly and when he’s there he’s just gonna hold u in his arms until u fall asleep he’ll probably sing u to sleep tbh

Winwin:

Originally posted by taesyong


he’ll be worried but he won’t like show u bcs he doesn’t want u to cry even more and he’s gonna look so chill but rlly inside he’s all like ‘!!!!!’ and yeah he’s pretty much gonna try to comfort u with some smart words but then he uses a wrong word so u pretty much end up laughing


*Admin One*

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any other gooey sweet love stories like Boss&Me? I am obsessed with that drama and actually started watching it because of you.

We came up with a few suggestions that you might like: In Time with You (Taiwanese drama). On the Wings of Love (Filipino drama). Kiss Me Thai (Thailand drama / lakorn). If you like Kiss Me Thai, the same leads are also in Full House Thai. Also, Queen of SOP (Chinese-Taiwanese drama). Queen of SOP also has Hans Zhang in it, who is the male lead in Boss and Me. 

Hope this helps!!

hellonanibear  asked:

can I have a random ship please?? I'm 17, Asian-American (Filipino, Thai, and Caucasian), and I'm around 5'4". I'm really optimistic, quirky, laid-back, and creative. I enjoy creating content for Youtube videos and concepts for photo shoots that I do. I love fashion and beauty (makeup), so a lot of that is in my videos. I also love to write. I play volleyball and I dance (hip hop, ballet, and modern) I'm super independent so I tend to like dating older guys who take care of me lol

Thank you for your request! I felt as though I knew straight away who you’d be a great match for! I hope you enjoy the results!


I ship you with Bambam of GOT7

Originally posted by taecula

-Admin Skye ~

I used to be a Kpop Fan ( sorry if it's too long )

I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first discovered Kpop. It was between 5-6 years ago. At that time I was a high school student. 

I was at my best friend’s house stalking a cute tumblr famous Vietnamese hottie from New Jersey. He posted a link of Taeyang’s Wedding Dress.

I clicked the link and me and my friend instantly fell in love with Taeyang. His voice, his body, his face and cute Asian eyes. At that time my spark for yellow fever was just beginning.

After that day, my friend and I became Asian boy obsessed specifically Korean. We got into Kpop and Kdramas and everything else in between. 

I dreamed of the day that I would visit Korea and bump into G Dragon and experienced a love at first sight moment. 

But, I came to realize that would never happen. I lived in a very predominately Hispanic and African-American area. No Koreans here but, that all changed in college.

I attended a community college in my city. About a 45 minute drive from where I lived. There I shared my classes with cute Asians guys. Sadly none where Korean. They were Filipino,Vietnamese, Chinese,Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian. I at that moment decided that I would have to settle for any Asian guy but I so longed to be married to a Korean.

I joined Kakaotalk during my first year in community college in hopes to meet a Korean guy. Sadly, I did not . I did however met a whole bunch of unnies and dongsaengs who loved Kpop.

After that I deleted Kakaotalk a couple of times. In the summer of 2012 I downloaded Kakaotalk once again and Kakaostory as well. I could not believe how many Koreans used Kakaostory! I instantly became Kakao famous. All the Koreans pointed out my big eyes, small face and white skin. I was for once in my life famous. I felt beautiful.

Reality is that I am not. I am short, with big thighs and butt. I have dry hair, huge dark circles, acne prone skin and overweight.

I stared at my computer skin crying that even if I did ever visit Korea I will never be tall,thin and pretty like any of those Kpop girl groups.

In the winter of 2013 I met a guy through Kakaostory. He is not handsome. He looks far from a Korean boy group member but, overtime I fell in love. He asked me to be his gf and so I said yes.

At that time I was in a very confusing part of my life. Online relationships are hard. Not to mention he lived in the other side of the world! I am Latina and he is Korean. Nothing made sense at that time but for once I was happy. It felt like a dream. I don’t think a Korean guy will ever fall in love if he say me in real life. I am far from looking like a cute,innocent, long legged and straight eyebrows Korean girl. If anything, I am quite the opposite!

FAST FORWARD A YEAR:

I am now married to that same Korean guy whom I met in Kakaostory.  I will soon turn 22 and I put my studies to a halt. I no longer listen to Kpop or fantasize about any Korean idols well because I am married now. I enjoy listening to EDM and Indie Rock now. Truth is that I have never been happier in my life! Kpop was making me feel worthless and depressed when I should never have! I don’t need to adhere to Korea’s ideals for a Korean guy to find me interesting. I just need to be me and so do you!

Anyways, Korea is nice country and the food is amazing! I had a huge culture shock during my stay! One thing I can’t get over is how nice people are ALWAYS dressed. How all girls are in full makeup and heels all the time. I know I can’t ever be like that but, that’s ok! Oh and not everyone looks like a Kpop idol. Not everyone is stick thin either! While most people are thin they are a few that are not. Koreans come in all shapes and sizes! 

I hope my post will make you realize that you don’t have to starve yourself or bleach your skin just to adhere to your idol’s ideals. I hope you realize that more than likely you will not marry him or her either. You will fall in love with someone completely different. Trust me! 

By the way , Korean music and dramas are not all there is to enjoy in the world!!! Don’t listen to Kpop for day and give something else a try! It’s okay to not like all the songs from your favorite bands and it’s okay if you don’t like all the members. What idols portray on TV is not 100% them. They are not innocent angels! Chances are they are no longer virgins, like to enjoy nights at the clubs and are dating a non celeb. 

I hope I made you appreciate yourself more and lighted up a spark in you to take Kpop a bit less seriously. Kpop is meant to enjoy not to add stress tp your life.

Interesting facts about the Vietnam War.

During World War II, Allied forces dropped around 3.4 million tons of bombs on Europe and Asia.

During the Vietnam War, 7 million tons of bombs were dropped on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Around 2 in 3 American servicemen who participated in World War II were drafted.

4 out of 5 American servicemen who participated in the Vietnam War were volunteers.

33,396 World War II veterans later served in Vietnam.

From 1966 to 1967, US Army historian and retired brigadier general S.L.A Marshall served in Vietnam as a civilian consultant and later wrote the book, “Porkchop Hill”. He was a veteran of World War I, World War II, and Korea.

300,000 South Koreans, 60,000 Australians, 11,000 Thais, 10,450 Filipinos, 3,500 New Zealanders, and 30 Spanish would serve as allies of the US and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. 5,099 South Koreans, 500 Australians, 351 Thais, 37 New Zealanders, and 9 Filipinos would be killed in the war.

170,000 Chinese soldiers and 300-500 North Korean soldiers would fight in Vietnam as allies of the North Vietnamese. 1,100 Chinese and 14 North Koreans would be killed in the war.

In the 13th century the Mongols conducted three invasions of Vietnam. The first was successful, the other two were horrific failures.

talking about kamigawa and tarkir

There have been conversations going round surrounding the concept of a Return to Kamigawa, and inevitably the concept of Wizards depicting an Asian plane comes up. I’m going to talk as a South East Asian person about how Tarkir has meant a lot to me.

First and foremost it seems that Central and South East Asian cultures are chronically underrepresented in Western Media. In England, South Asian culture is the dominant point that Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese/Filipino/Korean people aren’t considered “Asian” and my impression of America is that Asian culture is mostly East Asian - so Chinese and Japanese and Korean. 

The way that Magic plays into this is that Kamigawa seems to be symptomatic of a single country representing an entire continent - a whole plane was entirely based on the dominant Yamato/Shinto culture of Japan with its numerous references to kami, samurai, ninjutsu etc etc. Which is fine, in theory. Magic the Gathering is a product from an American company, predominantly in English and Japanese culture is arguably the most well known in nerd circles due to the proliferation of anime and manga. 

However, I treated Kamigawa with the same kind of wariness I treated the general high fantasy theme of the earlier sets. To me, it seemed like oh, here’s another Western company doing its take on Japanese culture cause that’s the most popular Asian culture in the West. It was well received in Asia, at least as far as I can tell because it seemed familiar. It was a respectful interpretation and I like the flavour of it but it fed in to the feelings of resignment regarding representation in general. I feel a kind of resignment that my chances of my culture being represented in some form in the things I like, is very slim. 

But Tarkir, whooo boy. Tarkir was great because not only did it get the scope of Asia as a continent nailed, but was also very respectful to the kinds of cultures you would see in those countries. Abzan and Mardu are representative of the kind of people you would see in that Mongolian/Nepalese/Central Asian area with the harsh climate, arid landscape and generally crazyass weaponry (look up all the varying designs for the kukri and nepalese armor, it’s kind of amazing). Temur seems to be a nod to Russian/Siberian/North Asian peoples with the general focus on the shamanic and the almost arctic climes of the Temur. The monastic and mindfulness culture of the Jeskai is reminiscent of the Buddhist orders found in China, Vietnam and Thailand. The Sultai with their opulent palaces, snakes, blood magic and general sneakiness in the jungle is very much like the Cambodian, Malaysian, Filipino way of doing things. (If you don’t believe me, read up on the thalassocracy of the Sultan of Sulu and the current dispute surrounding that and it is the most Sultai thing in the world.) 

The thing I’ve heard not just on tumblr but amongst people I play with is that Tarkir felt generically Asian. Yet to me, the most generically Asian plane was Kamigawa. I’m really proud of Wizards for going on a limb and making Tarkir as they did, because not only was it well researched and respectful but it also was creatively depicted. What was even better was the fact that dragons is actually something that is common to a lot of these cultures, so the fact that it was the dragon plane rather than some St George and the Dragon deal is something that makes Tarkir very close to my heart. We should have more planes like Tarkir.

(I also have specific feelings on how I relate to Narset personally, but this post is long enough as it is.)