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Ming, 24, British. Currently I am on an extended jaunt around the world, working and experiencing as much as possible before I head back home to work towards what I want to do with my life. If you ask whether I'm 'finding myself', I will roll my eyes at you. On this journal: overanalysis of TV and sometimes films, emotional reactions about Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, other TV and culture, music and book recs, travel talk, politics, media discussion, some personal rambling.

Occasionally fandom things like reactions, picspam or meta will be unlocked. Comment to be added - if we have interests in common and you seem to be cool, I will add you back.
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09 February 2013 @ 11:50 pm
新年快乐! Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year and Spring Festival guys! I'm a day early, but me and some friends are taking a train to Anhui tonight, so I'll be offline for a few days. After that, maybe heading to Shanghai for the rest of my holiday, if not, relaxing in Nanjing, taking in the sights, hanging out with friends etc. Called my parents earlier, told Dad not to try and break bricks this year during the Chinese New Year celebrations he organises in my hometown (lion dance, martial arts demonstrations etc.), since he pretty much broke his hand last year ://// So many fireworks going off right now! I should remember to drag some friends to Metro to buy fireworks and set them off next weekend, perhaps.

I hope you all have a wonderful few days, even if you don't celebrate CLNY. Eat loads of food, spend time with family, have a brilliant start to the year of the snake ♥
31 December 2012 @ 02:23 am
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08 March 2012 @ 08:58 pm
Ahhhhh, drive by post - sorry, travelling has been awesome and I have far too many pictures to put up on to Flickr and Facebook but I do love you all and an account will be forthcoming when I have time - you all know I applied for two jobs in China about 2 months ago?

I've got an interview on Skype on Saturday for the Nanjing one. HELP ME.
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23 January 2012 @ 11:45 am
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
15 January 2012 @ 06:36 pm
Life update later, but for now, I saw this article a few days ago:

Chinese Britons have put up with racism for too long

It was up on ontd_political too, but by the time I read it discussion had died off, boo. It really hit a nerve with me, so I'm just going to repost my comment from ontd_p and then leave comments open for debate - I'd really like any Asians to talk about their experiences in an English-speaking country in comparison to this (or if you're a fellow UK Asian, what you think).

Many Chinese viewers were outraged at the portrayal of east Asians in this show, but typically, few complained.

Sadly, the British Chinese are reticent about speaking up for themselves

The cultural attitude of 'just get on with it and don't complain, you go and prove them wrong by having an amazing career!' probably doesn't help. I've only ever been directly racially abused once - I was 11, waiting outside my new grammar school for Mum to pick me up, some ignorant teenage fuckers raced past in a car and yelled "Chinese scum!" My first thought was "I don't know them, so they must be angry at someone else", so I looked up and down the street to see who it was. No-one else Chinese or even Asian in sight. I never told my family about it.

All my life me and my siblings have had it drummed into us by our parents (and especially by my dad) that the only person who has any effect on what we can make of our life is ourselves. "WORK HARD AND YOU WILL GO FAR!" That's the mantra. When my dad started teaching martial arts in Dagenham back in the 70s, he had a lot of black students, and he brought them up in relation to a massive argument about 'positive discrimination' that we had a while ago. He told me that his black students nearly always complained when they couldn't find a job that 'it's because I'm black'. My dad's response was that they shouldn't complain because if they just worked harder and ignored it, they would get past the problem. His exact words? "They should stop using their colour as an excuse."

In case you're wondering, my parents vote Tory. My dad says that all his Chinese friends also vote Tory, 'because we Chinese believe in working hard, and that if we work hard, we will be rewarded for it.'

This is a huge problem - my parents just don't get that there are underlying social problems and inbuilt prejudices that affect people's judgement, and I reckon it's the same for much of the Chinese/Asian community. It makes me want to bang their heads against a wall, because how can they truly believe that individuals are the only people who have an effect on their own lives? No-one lives in a fucking vacuum.

ETA: I hate my assumption that my dad and his friends represent the opinions of their generation in the UK, but - ack IDK if it's just his 'BOOTSTRAPS!'individualistic viewpoint or really a part of the culture. Probably a bit of both. This post is so inarticulate, argh.

Also, dear god Elizabeth Chan's anecdote about her friend's parents complimenting her on her English accent is hilariously like my experience in Australia last year - I was volunteering with Conservation Australia near Uluru, and was chatting with some friends when this old white Aussie guy on holiday came up to me and asked, "Where did you learn English?" "Oh, I was born in the UK." "Ah, I thought so, your accent is very good!" "...um, thanks?"

I'm really damn annoyed by the majority of comments on The Guardian article too, talk about missing the fucking point, you MORONS.

tangledtale and I were talking about representation (or lack thereof) in the media in the LJ Revival friending meme a few days ago too, so any thoughts on that would be great as well. I JUST REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS EVERYONE, PLEASE CROSSPOST IF YOU CAN.
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31 December 2011 @ 10:56 pm
...go on, I dare you.

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you had a good 2011! Gotta go clean the kitchen in a minute, so my introspective end-of-year-review-looking-ahead-to-2012 post will have to wait (also I need sleep oh dear god HELP ME), but briefly, my night involved a lot of walking around, losing people, minor friendship drama, and other people getting covered in paint and doing somersaults at 6am into a water fountain in a public park.

Hope your nights were less eventful, haha.
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27 December 2011 @ 05:07 am
It's gone past Boxing Day in New Zealand, but Merry Christmas anyway everyone, I hope you had a lovely day!

The past three days have been delightfully void of cleaning work - the hostel manager temporarily downsizes the amount of cleaning during Christmas and New Year, and gave us a choice of either having Christmas Eve/Christmas/Boxing Day off, or New Year's Eve/New Year's Day/Jan 2nd off. CHRISTMAS PLEASE, I said, and bearing in mind the warning that the morning shift for corridors and stairways on New Year's Day was the worst, I went for morning shift in the kitchen instead. CONGRATULATIONS whoever got the corridors and stairways! Wear a medical mask or something because the amount of after-party sick you will be mopping up will be astronomical :/

I've been pestering the hostel about getting a proper Christmas event done for the past week, and after a lot of talking, we had everyone who was interested pay us $15 so we could buy everything. The rough count was about 30 people. Yikes. On Christmas Eve morning I roped a few of the lads into coming with me and a friend to the closest supermarket.

"...yeah, we're going in about 10 min - Tom, are you... you're bringing your big backpack?"

"Yes. I thought it'd be useful."

Once we'd bought everything, he packed all 6 chickens into the pack, plus 4 packs of bacon and 2 packs of sausages.

"...will that hold it all?"

"Yeah, I've carried more than 20KG in this before."

What a hero. Later on, he went back to the supermarket and put a crate of cider into his pack for himself, hahaha.

Ughhh, two days of cooking. TWO DAYS. Don't get me wrong, I loved it - the recipe hunting (ILU Guardian!), grabbing friends to do chopping up, tasting - but by the end of it me and Neil were worn out and tempers were thin. We got back from the supermarket on Christmas Eve and did 6 hours of prep, went to a friend's Christmas Eve party, then got up at 6:30am Christmas Day and finished at 2pm. Admittedly we spent at least two hours waiting around for the chickens to cook (which I spent listening to A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols, thank god iPlayer works worldwide for BBC radio at least), but bloody hell. I hardly, if ever, drink, but I cracked open a can of g & t with my lunch and sighed with relief, lollll. No desserts, because what with the main meal, like fuck did we have the time, but an Italian friend made tiramisu. Nom nom nom. We both got a round of applause and everyone said the food was great, hurrah! Yes, yes it was. The tables were all set out with hats and napkins and Corona beers and limes (lol the priorities of a backpacker Christmas), and we were packed together extremely tightly. "Christmas! Unexpected intimacy with people you hardly know."

6 roast chickens, basted with herb butter and wrapped in bacon; roast potatoes; sweet potato mash; broccoli (with bacon and without); caulflower cheese (w bacon and w/out); roast carrots and parsnips glazed with honey; meatballs; gravy; bread sauce. Damn, I am not catering for 30 people again in a hurry.

Later on, I fell asleep on a couch with my laptop playing Stopping By Woods in my ears, then woke up an hour later to find that not only were half the hostel still creatively swearing at the telly because of Mario Kart ("Oh cunting hell! You're getting some ink for that!"), but the manager was bringing out a smaller TV screen so he could bring out his PS3 and play FIFA on it. "It's getting nerdy today!"

Not much else happened - chatted with a few friends, watched some Downton (it's like the Final Destination of period telly - you know the car crash is coming but you can do nothing but walk towards it anyway), rang home for an hour. No presents, but few of us expected any, and really, it was a lovely day as it was.

Today I woke up in the afternoon, went to see if the 160GB iPod Classic had any discounts for Boxing Day (no, and Apple might be phasing out the Classic next year DDD:), read some more of Crimes Against Humanity, listened to my friend Mark's frustration with his boredom with Auckland now he's not working plus his ongoing pursuit of his cute German workmate, watched Tintin (really enjoyed it), and finally watched the Doctor Who Christmas special!

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Oh lol, going to bed now. Tomorrow I'm going to finish writing my cover letter and send it off to a friend who works in HR to look over, then I'm going to watch the rest of Downton S2, download the Christmas Special and watch that, read some more and maybe listen to the epic BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Vasily Grossman's Life And Fate that they broadcast way back in September. Russia and WWII and Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant!
Current Mood: giddygiddy
12 December 2011 @ 01:50 am
S'up guys, how are you all? It was my birthday today - went down to Mission Bay with some friends and had a barbecue. Despite some ominous looking clouds, the rain held off and the only annoyances were the wind ("I do love a bit of grass with my cake", Kyle smirked), and some massive seagulls hovering around. Seriously, the seagulls downunder are huge. Sam got so frustrated he tried to take them out by chucking his rugby ball at them when they came near, shouting "Come at me bro!!!" HILARITY ALL ROUND.

I'm not really bothered by birthdays now, they're more of an excuse to have food with friends, but it was really cool and relaxed. I got a bit anxious because the work crew were really lively as usual but people from my hostel were a bit quiet, and I hate it when there's a feeling of clique-y-ness, but in the end I think everyone enjoyed it. The best thing was the amazing cake the work crew got me - black forest gateau, let me die, ugh, love you Laura, your food choices are brilliant!

24 years old. 24 with a degree, a CV full of customer service experience and a bank account that's not filling up as quickly as I'd like to, 24 and not planning to come home to start a proper job for a few more years, 24 and doing exactly what I want to do, right now. The only thing is, of course, not having family and friends from home with me, but otherwise this is pretty much the happiest I've been for a while. Now, if I can submit that application for that teaching assistant job in Beijing and get a reply saying yes, that would make my life perfect for ages.

It's almost Christmas! How is it almost the end of the year?!? It still feels weird walking out after work, observing that the evenings are getting darker later and saying, "Summer's coming," when it's December.

HOWEVER, Christmas always means extra love all round, so let's be sappy and say stuff that we never usually say about how we appreciate each other!

Holiday Love Meme

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