Given that the Cold War has become more of a completed chapter of world history, I propose that we do away with the previous classifications of countries into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd worlds. Instead I suggest splitting countries up into two separate categories: those who send young people with guitars to Africa and those that don't. The membership application comprises a portfolio of photos of said young people with "the village children". Welcome, Taiwan, to the global upperclass.
Upon checking in to our flight on Angkor Air from Saigon to Siem Reap we noted that we were seats "E" and "G." :( Are we not sitting next to each other?
We were delighted to note that we actually were. There was no "F" seat.
Jess: Oh, I bet that's cause in Khmer there is no letter "f." Vietnamese is like that too.
Camille: Oh, interesting.
Jess: Yea, cause every time I do that MOCA dementia test I have to tell the interpreter to just use a different letter.
Mr. Tourist-Man, overhearing us: Wait, why are there no "f's"?
Jess: Vietnamese and Cambodian don't have the letter "f."
Mr. Tourist-Man: Oh that's why! I've been like, there are no fucking "f's" anywhere!!
Just calm down Mr. Tourist-Man. Surely the disappearance of the letter "f" does not need to cause that much distress.
My first foray into Seattle Chinese food and look what I find!! Though I don't like how fortune cookies are more often nagging advice than actual fortunes, I can't help but acknowledge that this one will go on my fridge.
One of the things that I appreciate about Ann Arbor is that you can actually find affordable parking. Given the square-footage of Ann Arbor, there's a surprising number public parking garages scattered in all the convenient places.
In an attempt to broaden our minds, one of Ann Arbor's parking garages has this sign next to the the elevator. This is classic Ann Arbor: well-intentioned ignorance. Every time I walk by, I picture some person designing the sign and proudly patting their own back for being so "ethnic" and "cultural."
I don't understand this sign. Why can Mayan get away with not being qualified as "Ancient" but the Chinese numbers, all of which are still in modern usage, require "Ancient"?
Clearly, this sign has been noticed by other people as well. As a helpful scribbler attempted to point out: Hindu is not actually a language.
In Michigan the health epidemic seems to be overweight, middle-aged folks with hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. In the Asian Health center that I'm currently rotating in, I actually see very few obese patients. However, there has been a rash of little, old Chinese ladies with a one inch strip of numbness on the insides of their ankles.
My grandparents moved back to Taiwan a couple of years ago. Realizing that my grandfather was almost 100 years old, I was anxious that I might never see them again. Fortunately, I was able to arrange a trip recently and they even got to meet my girlfriend (white girl from Texas). After having been several years since I had seen my grandmother, this is how she greeted me:
"Oh, good! You haven't gotten fat!.....Wow, your friend is tall!"
Today's patient sign-out to the resident on call overnight: "when mad or in pain, patient is racist"
There's this guy I know. Apparently his family is in the Forbes 500 or something. You can't meet him without him telling you that his family owns a chain of grocery stores.
It's obnoxious that he must inform everyone that he's rich. On the other hand, it's also hilarious to me that owning grocery stores is a bragging point for him. Because if I tell people that my family owns a grocery store, they picture a grungy hole-in-the wall with spiky fruit and ducks hanging in the window.