Internet Pic of the Week: FIFA Edition

Apparently, there’s some sort of women’s World Cup event thingie happening (I’m American so…yeah). Anyway, it’s nice to see folks showing their support for England’s Women’s World Cup team with this banner:

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I’ll just leave that right there and…yeah.

Around the Horn: Summertime Memories

Tim Burton's BATMAN opening night at the former Waikiki #3 back in 1989.

Tim Burton’s BATMAN opening night at the former Waikiki #3 back in 1989.

Growing up in Hawaii, summer was a year round thing. But there are activities that I did as a kid (what us locals lovingly call the hanabata days) that remind me of summer. One of my best memories was riding my bike with my brother and some neighborhood kids down to Manoa stream behind the University of Hawaii and fishing for crayfish with our little nets and we would take home our catch in a tiny plastic bucket. Or another memory was going to the beach at night to go crab hunting with my dad and cousins. Maybe it reminds me of summer because we didn’t have school, so we could stay up late at night.

South Korean Pride

It was fitting that SCOTUS’ ruling on marriage equality should come on the eve of Pride weekend. And while this news added an even more celebratory mood to the festivities here in the U.S., I was also curious to see how this weekend would play out elsewhere, particularly in South Korea—the country of my birth.

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South Korea is a heavily Christian country so I don’t think it’s a surprise to know that there are strong anti-gay sentiments among Koreans. In fact, the annual gay pride parade that took place in Seoul yesterday was almost shut down due to protests by Christian activist groups until the courts ruled that the parade could continue.

According to a PEW research study, 57 percent of South Koreans find homosexuality to be “unacceptable” while 18 percent found it acceptable. It’s not much better here in the U.S. For example, a 2010 Field Poll of California voters, revealed that Asian Americans are more opposed to same-sex marriage than other racial groups and within Asians, Korean Americans were the most opposed; disapproving of same-sex marriage by a margin of 70 to 25 percent.

#TheNewTen

Start thinking now.

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You’ve got a mere five years until the face of a prominent female figure adorns the $10 bill, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The Treasury Department is seeking input from the public via their website, Treasury.gov, and social media, #TheNew10. The department’s only requirements: that the candidates directly reflect the theme of democracy and that they no longer be living.

Damn.

Japanese Women Going Ape Over A Hunky Gorilla

Look, I know our Japanese friends can be…eccentric at times, but I have to admit sometimes, their eccentricities…well, I just don’t get it. Take this gorilla currently residing at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya:

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Apparently, he’s become a sex symbol to Japanese women who are flocking to the zoo to “gawk at (his) shapely muscles and striking features.” Shabani, the name of this studly ape, has been called ikemen (“too handsome”) with the zoo keeper describing him thusly: “He often rests his chin on his hands and looks intently at you. He is more buff than most gorillas and he’s at his peak physically. We’ve seen a rise in the number of female visitors -– women say he’s very good-looking.”

I know there’s already a motif of women being pleasured by non-human animals in the culture:

Original Offenders: Susan Ahn Cuddy

This was a historic week in American history for progress—everything from SCOTUS ruling that marriage equality was the law of the land to symbols of a hateful past being torn down from the corridors of government—but amidst all the positives, I wanted to make sure to acknowledge some sad news: the death of Susan Ahn Cuddy.

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Cuddy passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 100. Born in 1915, her accomplishments were numerous. Her father was the Korean independence leader Dosan Ahn Chang Ho (considered Korea’s George Washington) and her brother, the late Philip Ahn, was one of the first successful Asian American actors in Hollywood. She grew up in Southern California—exiled in the United States with her family while Japan occupied Korea, her home the heart of the Korean independence movement.

Let’s Get Married Now!

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While I am in China, my Facebook has been plastered with news about Supreme Court having ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide in the good old US of A. So let’s get married! Only if I had a partner…

As Canadians, we are proud to have had gay marriage rights since 2005, exactly 10 years ahead of the U.S.A. Having seen gay marriage achieved in Canada, I had no doubt that national gay marriage would eventually pass in the U.S. It was just a matter of time. I guesstimated 10 years, and it was exactly that.

15 Spots – Hawaii Food Tour

Okinawan croquette from Pioneer Saloon. The sweet potato is a wonderful purple hue. 

Okinawan croquette from Pioneer Saloon. The sweet potato is a wonderful purple hue.

Hawaii is famous for food. Every plane leaves heavier than it arrived. Here’s yet another low down of what I thought was the best on the island of Oahu. This time, I cheated. I had a food tour guide unlike most others and his name is Lofa! He knows the backroads and the main spots and he’s responsible for most of this list, sans a few improvised items.

1) The myth of Pioneer Saloon is growing. It’s my favorite restaurant in Hawaii. On a given trip if I don’t make it three times, then something went wrong. In one week on this trip I did make it three times. Tell owner Taka (who could be sporting a GR cap) that I sent you. Pioneer Saloon 3046 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 732-4001

Seven Signs You’re Okay With The Coming Apocalypse

1. You weren’t actually sure the Apocalypse was coming, but then you remembered that both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “fake” news shows were going off the air…IN THE SAME YEAR.

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2. You’re not worried about global warming because you genuinely believe today’s teenagers will figure out a way to put a giant plastic air conditioned biodome around the planet.

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Giant Robot Day in Hawaii

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Giant Robot Day at the Honolulu Museum of Art - Contempo #Artshop took place on saturday and it was an mind and heart filling experience. The Day and Giant Robot pop up is a testament to the excitement and energy that a “zine-turned-magazine-turned-many things” project creates after 21 years.

There are many emotions that came out of this project, most of which has little or nothing to do with art. It’s more about the effort, ideas, and selflessness that went into every aspect of this event. The “help” came from everyone. The smiles and stress-less-ness was infectious. The museum staff including Allison, Aaron, Sheryl, and many more with non-museum staffer Lofa Lightsleepers, and his many compadres gave and gave without asking for much in return. Trying to pay it back is impossible, so I’ll continue to try to pay it forward.

Got Religion?

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Last Tuesday night, after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals, I drove into downtown Oakland to see if anybody was celebrating. I didn’t expect much: the Warriors clinched in Cleveland, so I thought it would be relatively quiet out.

I was wrong.

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There were dozens of police cars, hundreds of cops, streets were blocked off, helicopters hovered overhead…downtown was packed and loud and frenzied…and everyone was….happy, the cops included. On the city’s main thoroughfare, Broadway, which I could only glimpse from half a block away, people were jammed shoulder to shoulder, chanting “Warriors,” honking plastic horns, and dancing. Just to be able to leave the area I had to drive three blocks, backward, the wrong way, on a one way street, past cops. And no one cared: the cops just smiled when I gave them a “sorry, what can I do?!” glance.

And then I thought: this is a form of religion – a huge group of strangers coming together to celebrate something bigger than themselves and feel united.

YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown: INSIDE OUT

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1. Remake, Reboot, or Recycled? — Is it a remake or reboot or a “based on…” and how does it compare to the previous version, or the source material?
Liz: INSIDE OUT is an original story and screenplay by the braintrust known as Pixar. I was super excited to see this more as I love Pixar’s storytelling. The last couple of films from this studio have been a little underwhelming (BRAVE and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY). Luckily, INSIDE OUT is a wonderful return to the complex and rich storytelling of Pixar’s past.

Anderson: Hey, it’s from Pete Doctor, who directed UP, so I had high hopes for INSIDE OUT. I am glad to write that this film lived up to my standards. It’s definitely in the top 3 Pixar films ever made, next to UP and WALL-E, in my opinion.