Virginia Tech: We’re all not like Cho and the Media Circus

25 04 2007

“Why does he have to be Asian?”

 All across America, in every Asian American community, that is the question running through everyones mind.

Why?

Why not? By asking this question are we not focusing more on the killer’s ethnicity than what should be more important, why this happened? All over the major news networks and throughout major media outlets both in the online and print industry there has been a ton load of information pertaining to the “vessel” of these senseless killings.  Yes,  he was a 100% mentally deranged individual yet, principally I’ve always believed no person is born to be conformed into anything. 32 innocent bystanders died by the hands of someone that gave up on himself and his reliance on this society-sounds simple enough.  Yet, it annoys the hell out of me when all these media outlets are reporting on things that don’t even have any revelance to the tragedy, “Oh, his sister went to Princeton”, “His parents immigrated from Korea and now own a  laundry mat”, or “He grew up in a local Korean community” . I mean, you can even check out two of the plays he wrote online if you really want to know how the inside of a killler’s mind works. Go CSI on everyone! That’s what the media wants, for you to come up with your own conclusions based on whatever information that could be dug up. This is just another example of the sensualization of tragedy and that is why, I believe, people in the U.S. are more numb to it nowadays. You rarely hear in a conversation, “Oh, did you hear about the band member who recieved such and such honor” or “The professor who was a role model to his/her students and was always the consummate professional”, of course they were profiled and their lives were celebrated as well, but not to the degree of coverage Cho Seung-Hui was and is still getting, not even close. Cho has in  a way become an infamous celebrity through death as far as I’m concerned which I think is a shame. 

In terms of how Asian Americans are going to be percieved as from now on, well it’s not as bad as it looks or sounds. Here’s one example:

My friend and I had to return our 7 month old microwave to Fred Meyers because it crapped out on us and we didn’t have a receipt or anything so we went to the local Fred Meyer to at least exchange it for a working one. So, we made a little fib that we just got the thing a few weeks ago but we recieved it as a gift so we didn’t have any receipt whatsoever. Anyway,  to make a long story short we were able to get a brand new one without any hassle. The thing is, when I told my mom about it she was like “Well, maybe the customer service rep thought you guys were going to shoot her if she didn’t let you return it, hahaha.”  First, please excuse my mom, she likes to joke (Hey I laughed too, i admit it). Second, at that level perhaps the VT shootings will effect how people see Asian Americans from now on but Asian Americans as a collective group? Nah. I remember reading about the fear of backlash towards the Asian American/Korean communities and I thought it was kinda ridiculous. We as a minority group in this country don’t even have enough historical baggage to spell out Waco compared to everyone else.  Cho Seung-Hui was obviously an exception but as an Asian American myself, I admit I felt a bit of an uneasiness that day and the day after the shootings when we were going around Kent/Auburn but then again that’s how we usually feel around there anyways.  It’s a black eye that will go away with time.      





Stuff from the onion

25 04 2007

And I thought nobody goes to Radio Shack…

Even CEO Cant Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business

The Onion

Even CEO Can’t Figure Out How RadioShack Still In Business

Hilarious parody on mainstream news:

Breaking News: Something Happening In Haiti





Dicephalus Baby

24 08 2006

 I heard about the “Dicephalus Baby” that was born in Indonesia a little while ago and this story blew me out of the water! This baby is technically a siamese twin, however instead of developing seperate bodies and being attached, in this case only one body with one set of internal organs developed, but she does have two spines.

Indonesian doctors are still mulling on whether or not to perform surgery to remove the second head, a life threatening procedure. The thing that is totally crazy is whether or not the baby is like an actual siamese twin where the twins are different individuals or if somehow the baby’s two minds are actually one with one conscience.

I was talking about it to one of my co-workers and I was wondering if one head blinks or eats, if the other head does the same action. It seemed to me that they share the same internal functions so maybe the impulses that go through the baby reach both brains. There are cases about two headed snakes that share the same actions between the two heads but it’s probably different in humans. It’s really freaky…but interesting.





Mars Attacks!

1 08 2006

Found this through an e-mail from a friend at work:This August, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at about 10 p.m. By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m.

Happy August and I hope you have time to look up at the night sky. I always think of a saying I once heard, that if the stars came out only once in a thousand years they would be the stuff of legend, fantasy and faith, but because they are out most every night we don’t even look up. So, look up – and be in awe.





An Eye for an Eye…

31 07 2006

Why does the the Bush-led administration ALWAYS have to be completely blind in the arena of diplomacy? 9/11 can’t be an excuse anymore…this is not about mistakes on the U.S. side of things anymore, this is about mistakes in other countries now, 3 years and Iraq is still in the same state as it was since the beginning of the occupation!  While the rest of the world is set on a resolution to call for a cease fire in the Israel-Hizbollah conflict the U.S. is still set on giving the Israelites time to root out their enemies. 

Sure, Hizbollah is responsible for many terrorist acts but for gods sake this “war” is being held on innocent soil, but unlike the Afgan-Al-Queda war, the Israels aren’t about to rebuild Lebanon after all this is said and done are they? And Givin the fact that these people do support this organization does it justify the events that took place in Qana on Sunday, where 34 children and the remaining adults were killed in their sleep? There was even a report where a ONE day old baby was killed during Israeli missle strikes, how could it fathomable that this all started because of 2 kidnapped Israeli soldiers? It’s not and it shouldn’t be.  And all the while Israeli officials continue to stand steadfast on their goals to destroy Hizbollah, giving out petty apologies and the “unfortunate” nature of so many innocent civilians that were killed during their extermination campaign…the crazy thing is now they are allowing people to evacuate, and this could’ve been done, oh I don’t know, before a single shot was fired?

But there shouldn’t be any surprise from the U.S. reaction, because their diplomatic strategy is actually one that requires none. You can sum it up in a few things: 1. Bush gives damn good massages 2. Rice’s “spazzing violence” speech. That’s democracy at its best right now people, enjoy it for the next two years. Enjoy the incompetence of the government officials that run the most powerful nation in the world being nothing more than puppets brewing hatred. Watch as the world strikes back one day. You would think the U.S. learned something from their past mistakes, maybe trying something different like empathizing with other cultures and maybe figuring out why their are organizations like Hizbollah and Al Queda in the first place could serve as a better solution? But I guess some things do leave the world blind. 





Pepsi lends Coke a helping hand

23 07 2006

While reading the July 17th issue of Time magazine,I read an excerpt where it explained how Joya Williams, a secretary at Coca-Cola, somehow managed to get a hold of some of Coke’s secret recipes for a few of their drinks and afterwards tried to sell them to Pepsi. Not only that, she along with two other conspirators were requesting an asking price of $15,000 for sensitive info regarding future promotions and a whopping $75,000 for a recipe of a drink that hasn’t even been released to the public yet. I can’t help but imagine someone just waving a little piece of paper with a list of ingredients scrawled in chicken scratches and asking Pepsi officials for 75k in cold cash. Consequently, Pepsi did contact Coca-Cola about the deal, and in turn Coca-Cola contacted the FBI where they were able to locate these no gooders and promptly arrest them. It just goes to show how morals can still exist even in cut-throat rivalries such as Coke and Pepsi. Oh, and the article also brought up the age old question…was cocaine an ingredient in the original cola? Coca Cola officials have always denied this accusation, and the recipe for the original cola was not among the recipes that were stolen so it looks like we still can only speculate…but one things for sure, Coca Cola owes Pepsi one.