Category Archives: Culture

Southside with You

How cute is this?! Someone made a movie about the love story between Barack and Michelle Obama and it’s pretty much adorable.

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To Be a “Leftover” Woman in China

“People think that in Chinese society, an unmarried woman is incomplete.”

When you know the story of how your parents met when they were teenagers and how they were married in their early 20’s along with the rest of your aunts and uncles, this naturally already puts some social pressure on you. For years, I wondered if that would be me (I knew through college that it wouldn’t!) Then with every year, that curiosity starts to make you a little bit nervous. Luckily for me, in 2016 – people are meeting their partners later on in life and that’s okay! I’ve never been someone who aspired to be just someone’s wife – and I’m not saying that people who marry young are, but I wanted to spend my 20’s working really hard and focusing on my career. This meant a lot to me. However, that thought of settling down is in the back of my mind and I think others have similar feelings as well. This, I think, is normal.

Until I watched this video, I never knew about the kind of pressures that Chinese women faced when they were later on in their 20’s and unmarried. I can’t believe that there is an actual term for it; shengnu – “leftover woman.” To hear how these women’s parents were speaking out about their daughters being unmarried and what it does to them was heartbreaking. There was so much guilt that went along with it, but the video ends on a positive note and sends a very strong message that all of us can stand behind – that you shouldn’t settle, that it’s okay to be strong, independent, and have a career.

This was my favorite thing that I watched all week and really resonated with me. I hope you’ll all take the 4 minutes to watch it. :)

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“The Panic in Central Park”

We have to talk about this episode, okay? Since it aired last last Sunday, I’ve already watched it six times. I sort of lost interest in “Girls” a couple of seasons ago – pretty muuuuch since Charlie left. However, in the interest of making a promise to myself that I would finish things I started, I was slowly getting caught up. On Monday after this episode aired, Jennie texted me to ask if I had watched this yet. I told her “no,” but I started becoming curious. Why was this episode so important? Was she saying this because she knows about how much I love Charlie? On my Twitter feed, a girl I knew called this “the best episode in the entire series.”

The friend who was catching up on Girls with me made me promise we would start the last season together so instead I decided to read articles on the episode which led me to bypassing the rest of this series and watching this ENTIRE episode.

So why is “The Panic in Central Park” important?

First off, Charlie. If you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading here.

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The Cast of Silicon Valley Explains What Real Startups Do

My friend Kurt and I are the only two people from our small hometown in Washington from our graduating class working in Silicon Valley. What that means is that a lot of people like to ask me what it’s like to work in it and they often go straight to the HBO show “Silicon Valley.”  – “It’s like that, right? It’s totally like that, I bet.” Umm… no. But I’ll let you think that if you want! I kind of enjoyed this video by Wired of the cast of Silicon Valley guessing what startups do based on their name and it’s pretty ridiculous and NSFW (language wise) so if you’re watching this at work, I hope you have headphones!

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Blog Roundup

  • How chefs pack their kids’ lunches [Bon Appetit]
  • Stay up to date with this Election Calendar [The Skimm]
  • Tindr for baby names! [Babyname App]
  • Just several examples of perfectionism [Bored Panda]
  • Why it’s important to remember your friends’ sad anniversaries too. [Adulting]
  • 10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has to Be [Thought Catalog]
  • The beauty standards flight attendants have to follow [Cosmopolitan]

  • A funny little story about dating [Cup of Jo]
  • How to support sexual assault survivors [Ask Men]
  • In random news, Katy Perry is moving to Seattle [Headline Brief]
  • The worst kind of bosses [GOOD]
  • A sweet husband’s kind gesture to his blind wife [GOOD]
  • What time to go to bed [calculator]
  • How to microwave leftovers [the kitchn] Yeah, I didn’t know this either.
  • The cutest way a mother could break the news to her son about being a big brother [Facebook]
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2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Manan and I did something really fun yesterday that I’ve never done before. We went to the theater down by the Embarcadero to watch all of this year’s Oscar nominated shorts! Now, every year most people just care about who’s going to win Best Picture or Best Actress or Best Actor and the shorts don’t get that much action. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Oscar nominated short previously so seeing five this year at once was a big deal to me. Manan told me that even though they don’t get a lot of buzz, there’s something really incredible about them. Because they are considered shorts – the people behind them have to make sure that everything is explicit and pretty straightforward since you’re not getting a lot of context. These all varied in length too some at just 12 minutes and some up to 30 minutes.

This year’s nominations:

  • Ave Maria
  • Shok
  • Everything Will Be Okay
  • Stutterer
  • Day One

At the end of it all, Manan and I asked each which one we liked the best and which one we thought would win. We both were in agreement; we LOVED Stutterer, but we think Shok will win. I read some predictions this morning that some people thought Ave Maria or Day One would win, but Ave Maria was my least favorite of the brunch and Day One was too unrealistic for me and not believable one bit.

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A Collection Part 44

I think I’ve always loved putting these posts together because these are the types of photos I’ve always wanted to take. They’re so simple and minimalistic, but yet they say so much and they say something different to everyone. I’ve asked Veronica a couple of times now why she enjoys these posts and now that I think about it – I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten a real answer. Veronica, can you let us know so I can include it in the next post? All I know is that in college she would hound me to get these done and out. And then after she had spent some time scanning over the photos (a few minutes) she’d ask for another one. (DJ Khaled) I think I would always just laugh and say, “Veronica, these take time.” And they do! This one post took about three months to put together.

I’ve done 44 of these now. That’s an incredible number to me. And it’s interesting to me that each one of these tells a different story though I’m not sure what that story is. I look through some of the older “A Collection” posts and sometimes I wonder why I chose a certain photo. I’ll look at it and scrunch up my face and be like, “Why? What did this mean to me?” But I guess what it just means is that it was all about timing. In that exact moment that I saw that photo as I was scanning over lots of photos, that one spoke out enough to me that I had to include it. Maybe I was feeling sassy, meek, contemplative, curious…I’m not able to put my finger on it for every photo and I like that I don’t have to.

Sometimes I write posts on Yow Yow! that are very personal and I look at the words and I question if that’s what I actually wanted to convey or if people will interpret it in a different way than I attended. With these posts, I don’t have to worry as much, but these are just as personal because I’m really saying how I feel, but in the most visual way.

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How Japan is Raising Independent Kids

I was completely amused by watching this video that I stumbled upon the other day. I think it’s probably because as a kid, I totally thought I was independent, but after watching this I’m now second guessing myself. I was independent in that I wasn’t someone that always needed to be around people, but could I always do things by myself like adult things? No. Would I be able to walk to school? No way, it was too far. So I took the bus with 20 other kids every single day and the bus stop was right outside of my house. I can’t believe this girl took a number of trains every day, but it makes sense when Japan’s crime rate is so low that that’s something that you just don’t have to worry about.

The cruelest part of the video though? Seeing those kids cry when their parents force them to learn how to be independent. :(

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Roadies

Looks like I’m going to have to negotiate with Comcast again to add Showtime to my list of channels (while not paying with an arm/leg) because I really have to watch this new show. When I was younger, I always had this dream of making it on tour – never as a performer, but behind the scenes as a booker, tour manager, or even a band’s manager. Sadly, I had to let that go after I graduated college, but it’s still definitely something that I dream about. These days, I just live through my friend Ryan who is one of the most talented audio engineers in the industry and he’s always like “coulda been you!” Well when he sucks, I guess I can just live vicariously through this new series.

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My Favorite Grammys Moment

Technically, this was right before the Grammys started, but it’s so good that it’s totally worth sharing. Bow Wow has had a pretty lackluster career for a few years now so first off – him hosting the pre-show seems pretty random. Secondly, he can’t really detect how awkward he’s being so to cover it up, he just keeps talking and rambling – kind of like someone who’s uncomfortable with silence. He also continues to try and introduce LL Cool J, but as we’re watching the time count down, Bow Wow is clearly off on his timing and it’s so completely awkward. Everywhere around him is just like, “Why are you here?”

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Fuller House Cast Appears on Jimmy Fallon

Okay, we’re starting to get more and more excited for this show to premiere on Netflix. This whole Donald Trump bit is kind of random, but we think it’s probably just an excuse to get us riled up for the Tanner family to return. Oh my goodness, nostalgia.

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Blog Roundup

  • San Francisco’s tiniest house! [UpOut]
  • How a Grammy is made [Billboard]
  • My friend Kurt takes a ride with Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph [re/code]
  • 8 Up-and-Coming Cities to Visit in 2016 [Cool Material]

  • My Little Sister Taught Me How to “Snapchat Like the Teens” [Buzzfeed]

  • James Franco was in Seattle earlier this month [Kiro 7]

  • Congratulations to Seattle band Tacocat for recording the new Powerpuff Girls 2016 theme song!
  • Seattle fashion designer Luly Yang will design the new uniforms for Alaska Airlines [Alaska Air]
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Fuller House (trailer)

I have to admit, I’m a little bit nervous about Fuller House, but this was my favorite sitcom growing up (90’s kid here!) so there was no way that I wouldn’t at least catch the first few episodes. I was also pretty ecstatic when I heard that Netflix had picked it up and made it into an actual thing. The trailer doesn’t seem too promising, but I love that DJ is back in the forefront. Gibbler is completely awkward, but that’s to be expected and – why is Stephanie Tanner so tall?!

Mandi and I won’t be able to watch it together the day it premieres, but we are planning to get together shortly after to stream it from one of our laptops and watching it in front of Alamo Square because that just seems like the right thing to do. She also just conveniently lives right. there.

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!

After coming back from Mexico, I have felt completely sleep-deprived all week so lucky for me, your girl got 10 hours last night and now we’re ready to rally for the most low-key Super Bowl party ever. Just kidding, we’re not going to a party. Since Super Bowl is sort of overlapping with Vietnamese/Chinese New Year, my friend Kelly is coming over to watch the game with me and nom on some takeout Chinese food that we’re going to grab beforehand.

It’s pretty exciting that the Super Bowl is here this year, but I’ll be honest with you, I’m not as into it as I thought I would be. I didn’t go to any of the events up in Super Bowl city at all and I wish I had because I hear the city has been transformed! This might have something to do with the fact that the Seahawks aren’t in it this year and that means for the first time since I moved here, I’m not rooting for a team actually in the Super Bowl. Weird, right? We’ll get it next year ;)

I hope all of you have a very relaxing and fun Super Bowl Sunday! Who is everyone rooting for? I’m rooting for the Broncos since we beat them two years ago and it’s supposedly Peyton’s last game so it’d be nice for him to get another ring before retiring. With that said, I think Cam Newton and the Panthers are going to destroy the Broncos. They are so aggressive and at times a little bit scary!

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