Disclaimer: My family moved to Mauritius a few generations ago from a very small village in China. Therefore, these are probably very dated, small town traditions and may not reflect modern Chinese culture. Also, perhaps they are of mixed Chinese, African and Indian origin, I don’t know. If you know more about their origins, please comment below!
According to the Chinese tradition as taught by my superstitious grandmothers, here are the rules of birthday celebration.
1. Eat noodles. Noodles are long. They will give you long life.
2. If you’re an adult, do not celebrate your birthday unless the Gods…
The perception of us as Asians who happen to be in America, as opposed to Asian Americans, is so deeply rooted that even well-meaning efforts like Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month features put their foot in it.
Now that we’ve wrapped up AAPI Heritage Month, I want to point out something that I found very jarring. Many music streaming services and music companies highlighted AAPI Heritage Month on their platforms. That is awesome. However, while some did it well, others only further proved how deeply ingrained the “othering” of AAPI artists is in the industry. I preface this…
“Where are you from?” asked the elderly British gentleman seated next to me.
We were at a music conference in Los Angeles. Expecting a modicum of political correctness when attending business functions, I was mildly annoyed at the question.
“Canada,” I replied with a smile.
“But where is your family originally from,” he insisted.
“Oh. Well, I was born in Canada, but my family’s from Africa. They live on an African island”
“But you look… Asian,” he said intrigued.
At this point, I had a very visceral desire to scream and was trying really hard to maintain a calm exterior…
It is hard to watch helplessly as the dark fluid oozes onto our favorite shade of blue. Here are four ways to help meaningfully from afar.
Our motherland, Mauritius, went from obscurity to being a prominent fixture of international news in a matter of days. Everyone has heard of the Wakashio oil spill by now. The latter endangers our biodiversity, food supply, and tourism industry. The economy was already in the tank from COVID-19. It’s hard to even fathom the consequences of this crisis.
That said, the sheer magnitude of Mauritian solidarity has restored my faith in humanity —…
Why is this country still treating African Americans so poorly? How can it be that “the land of the free” can so easily disregard freedom of its own people? Inertia. Sadly simple.
For most of us, lighter-skinned individuals, it is too easy to go back to “normal” life when the dust settles until the next time. We feel compassion, we feel anger, but then the protests stop, and we’re allowed to forget. We have that luxury because the color of our skin does not cause society to remind us daily that we’re second class citizens, less worthy of protection.
After publishing my article comparing the pandemic response of tiny island Mauritius to that of Canada and the United States, I received a few indignant criticisms that this was an “apples to oranges” comparison. After all, Canada and the United States are big countries.
They are right about the apples to oranges, but for the wrong reason. Size has nothing to do with it.
As it turns out, Mauritius is far from alone in its approach to the virus. Other countries of varying sizes in Europe and Asia are using similar tactics with equal success.
A small African democracy shows the Western World a thing or two about leadership and organization in controlling a pandemic
The tiny island nation of Mauritius — my homeland — has been hit hard by the Coronavirus. And, like many transplants to the United States, I am checking in daily with my family to see how they are doing.
But here’s the twist: they may be in a better place than I am right now.
That’s because the government of this diminutive “Third World” nation of 1.26 million people seems to have to put into place a plan…
Gigs are being cancelled, the future seems uncertain, there’s a lot to cause anxiety right now if you’re an artist. But have you seen the videos that have been circulating from Italy lately? In this time of crisis, it is music that is keeping the Italians connected at a distance.
This pandemic will have horrible ramifications for many of us, but it is also a reminder to the world that art is valuable. Your art. Your music. It’s powerful stuff. That’s what people cling to when everything else is up in the air. …
I left my high paying, very cool tech job to spend a year doing something else I love: music. Some found my decision inspiring, bold. Others were a bit befuddled but wished me well. Many expressed gratitude for my contributions and especially for the way I handled my exit. One manager said he has never seen such a smooth transition. I was surprised to find out that what I did isn’t the default. So, I thought I would share how I think you too can leave your day job gracefully and pursue your passion.
Spoiler alert: this is no shortcut…
I recently attended a party where I found myself chatting with two lovely caucasian ladies. Another couple joined the conversation, and we went through the usual “what do you do?” and “what’s next?”. One of the ladies had worked at the same company as I did for a number of years. Both go to church a few blocks from our previous home. It’s a small world.
Then, I happened to mention that I’m considering a move to Nashville. I fell in love with the city the day I first set foot there. There is no other place like it. Music…