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Back in SF, Hollywoods problem with Asians and issues with modern feminists

Ok so first off, I’m back in SF, so I finally got a chance to review some really cool gadgets (videos below). I finally got to sell alot of my excess gadgets (though not all of them). Including my beloved Honda PCX which I had to sell because I wasn’t staying in SF long term, and it was taking up money parking it and keeping it in storage. Just before I sold it though, I took a few nice videos with it.

My beloved Honda PCX
At Twin Peaks with my scooter

Now, onto some controversial topics I want to talk about. Ghost In the Shell, one of the most renowned Japanese Animes, has been adapted into a movie, and surprise surprise, Hollywood decides to cast a white actor. This is not the first time Hollywood has done this of course, they’ve done it with countless movies from Dragonball Evo to Avatar the Last Airbender to 21 to Aloha (with Emma stone playing an Asian), and now with Scarlett Johansson playing the character in a Japanese adapted film. Now, I realize people make excuses such as oh the character wasn’t written as an Asian person etc but why couldn’t they have cast an Asian still?

Hollywood seems to be getting more and more criticism for not casting women, blacks, etc why is Asian any different? It seems not casting Asians, or whitewashing Asian roles doesn’t seem to be criticized as much. Why? If Asian actors never get experience playing a lead, how can Asians ever get a lead role? It seems Hollywood just has something against Asians and lead roles, period. Its a vicious cycle.
Now, no one seems to care that Nick Fury is played by a black person in the movies, even though the original character was white in the comics. Imagine if an Asian person played Nick Fury in the movies. Shouldn’t make a difference since they both diverge from the comics, but I’m willing to bet people will have more issue with an Asian actor than a black actor playing the role.

For proof of this I’ve found this popular comment on Facebook that was a comment on John Cho’s article showing why Asians can definitely be romantic leads. This one got over 50 upvotes when I saw it:

Complaining about the lack of Asian lead characters in North American films is like going to India, China or Korea and complaining that they should be starring white people in their films.

This is the reason why Americans still can’t accept Asians in movies. They think we are perpetual foreigners. They think we can’t play romantic leads. They always make excuses to justify the discrimination whenever it happens like this comment. The reason why there’s no white characters in Korean dramas or Bollywood films is simple: how many white people are living in Korea or India compared to how many Asians are living in the US (hint its over 15 million).

Somewhat related to discrimination, another topic that I want to talk about (again) is feminism, in particular in the USA.
I’ve already talked about this alot, but I want to re-address this because it comes up more and more frequently these days.

I’d be following my news feed and my favorite channels IGN, Wired, Verge, TIME, Economist, etc and these feminist articles would be polluting my feed, like what the heck, what does TechCrunch or PC Gamer have to do with feminism? Well it all started 2 years ago in 2014 because of this controversy called Gamergate and along with the whole Reddit Ellen Pao fiasco that happened, “feminist” issues have suddenly started permeating everything from gaming articles to politics. So its everywhere now.

Why do I want to talk about this? Because I’m bothered and frustrated by it. Now, I am in full support of women’s rights, and I am not a misogynist, I don’t hate women or anything. Its just that I think the “modern day” feminists take issues with so many small trivial nonsensical things that have never really been an issue before and then complain about it to get recognition. What am I talking about here?
this article that TIME published and I commented on perfectly sums it up. The word feminist is becoming corrupted these days because it is used by women who aren’t really feminists, but rather just women who like to whine and complain about under-representation and other things and delight in hating on men and calling all guys sexists and misogynists (this is a good example). Emma Watson has become the poster child for going a bit too far, that under-representation of women and womens rights are two separate issues.
Don’t believe me? One such women called me out on Facebook with this message:

Quite equal? Really? How many members of the US government are female as opposed to male? How many times has there been actual legislature proposed by women to regulate what men do with their bodies? How many women CEOS are out there floating around in the world today as opposed to men and are you really trying to suggest that the ” glass ceiling” in that corporate world doesn’t exist? Equal…just like equal pay for equal work right?

Is that why young girls all over the world are murdered simply for going to school and are subject to arranged marriages? Spoken like a true chauvanist…things are ” quite equal,” simply because in I get to vote and can drive a car just like men folk do

This is exactly what I was talking about. And let me explain my reasoning here more in depth:

So called “feminists” these days like to complain that they are under-represented or over-sexualized or treated in a different manner in everything from movies to video games. These feminists like to think of themselves as exactly equal to men in every way, including wanting to serve in the military forces, even though being exactly the same as men would ruin the fabric of what makes men and women different.
Historically men and women have played different roles in society, and now that gap is closing, but to think that men and women must be exactly the same is nonsense. What makes men and women attracted to each other is the fact that they are biologically and behaviorally different. If they were the same, there would be less and less attraction between each gender.

So, I live in South Korea, where women are actually treated much differently than men are. They are told to put on makeup all the time, because its “manners”. They have the highest gender wage gap inequality in the OECD. They often have to be housewives, to cook and clean, and look pretty for the men on all occasions. They have to get plastic surgery to get a better chance of finding a job. This is a country where feminism is actually needed. There are not many feminists in Korea, due to it being a patriarchal society, but it is definitely more needed here than in the USA. Women in the USA are already equal to men, rights wise, in pretty much every way. In fact, I implore you to name a profession or position where women are not allowed to do.
This is a good example of something that would never happen in South Korea. Women don’t complain about wearing high heels all day, and even if they do the company would probably fire them. Thats a huge difference.

Women in the USA are empowered enough to do anything they want, from serving in the military (not possible in a lot of other countries like Korea), to playing football/hockey (again in other countries, not possible), to becoming the front runner to be President of the United States (Hillary Clinton obviously). The USA is an equal opportunity country and anyone can be anything they want.
The supposed “lack of representation” in certain industries which is what modern day feminists complain about, is because men are traditionally trained to do those fields, like being an engineer for example, or being a soldier, or movie director, etc. Traditionally men were trained in those fields. If more women were trained in those fields, if they have enough experience, of course they could do those things.
And this is also the reason why women are potentially underpaid in those fields is because of lack of experience. Since men are traditionally dominant in those fields, it makes sense that they are more experienced, and are thus paid more. Once more women go into those fields, get more experience, then they will be compensated as much. This is true even in Silicon Valley with female CEOs of Oracle, AMD, Yahoo just to name a few. They are paid more than other employees, as you would expect.

Women are overly sexualized? Well how about guys needing to look buff and muscular? Its the exact same thing. Cherry picking positions where men were traditionally dominant? How about I pick a position like nurse or customer service where traditionally women were preferred over men. Is that being sexist to men? The “wage gap” between men and women in America is because of the same reason – guys generally have more experience in those fields, and thus are paid accordingly. Again, if women (like Marissa Meyer for example) have experience in those fields then they are paid accordingly as well.

So my point is, modern day feminists who complain about these issues aren’t really “feminists”. Because under-representation in a field has nothing to do with women’s rights. If women weren’t allowed to work in those fields, then thats a women’s right issue. However, thats not the case. Its just a matter of breaking tradition and getting more women trained in those fields, thats it.

And I also like how that girl called me out as a “chauvinist” like a true modern day feminist who just assumes that every guy who doesn’t agree with their views must hate women. Indeed.

What’s really ironic about these men-hating feminists is that, men were originally the reason why women got rights in the first place. Indeed, I know about the suffragists and the women pioneers, and not to take anything away from them, but it was true that men were in charge of everything back in the day. For most of history, men have been in charge, so in order for a woman to petition for and receive rights, that woman must have, at some point, convinced some men in a position of power to give them those rights. Which means that, at some point, men must have sympathized with those women pioneers and helped them get those rights, the rights to vote, the right to have abortion, etc all those rights were achieved with the help of men. I mean, how could they have not? Women didn’t have any power back then like people said. So its ironic that us men are now being hated on and called misogynists so readily these days.

I would also like to add this additional comment by a feminist here

The reason why women are stuck with uncomfortable, inconvenient and dysfunctional wardrobe/makeup/hair elements is because in our patriarchal society women’s value is a lot closer tied to her looks rather than her intelligence. Girls and women spend millions of hours more in their lifetime on maintaining their appearance instead of developing their careers, inventing things or earning money. Trust me, if it was found acceptable by society every woman would love to wake up with short hair, skip makeup and heels, put comfortable flat shoes on and non-tight pants with functional pockets and still be considered attractive and/or professional.

This is really revealing of the personality of American feminists – they think they can speak for every girl in the world and they think their opinion is always the best and right one. First of all, Western countries are no longer “patriarchal” and I would love to see evidence that it still is. Secondly, perhaps girls and women like to care about their appearance and wear skirts and heels because it makes them feel more like a woman? And since when are they forced to wear those outfits anyways? This isn’t the 1950s anymore. In the US these days, women can wear whatever they want and they won’t be ostracized for it. Again, I feel like there’s a cultural difference here because in Korea, almost every girl is wearing skirts/heels/makeup, whether they really like to or not. But they’re not complaining.

I feel like this idea that every girl wants to dress like a guy, or be “comfortable” like men, and do things men can do like serve in the army etc is being shoved down our throats when really, its only a small (and vocal) part of the female population that actually wants that. Most women that I know, wants to feel like a woman, dress like a woman, and behave like a woman because you know… they’re a woman. They’re not being forced to, they’re not being oppressed, thats just the opinion of a small group of women who like to complain about pretty much everything.

Anyways I hope I’ve made my point. American feminists complaining about these issues really need to take a step back and do some research on whether their complaining is justified, at least in comparison to other countries in the world.

And now… for some videos

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General School/Work

Video Recording, Korean studying

Korean
Ok, first post of the new year. First off, my new years resolution, and my only one, is to understand at least 60-70% of Korean conversation. I’ve been really disappointed with my progress with Korean speaking/listening despite having studied it for 2.5 years. But I know why now. With anything, it takes a lot of exposure and practice to be good at something. With languages its the same. To improve my reading/writing, one has to simply read and write Korean articles, and to improve listening and speaking, one has to simply speak and listen to korean. But the trick is to have enough discipline to do this all the time. This is difficult, especially when you live in a country where the language you are learning is not spoken.

But I don’t give up easily, and I have to be more disciplined. I have to expose myself to Korean everyday. Read more Korean articles and news online. Watch more Korean dramas, movies, programs. Write Korean on my Facebook posts. Speak Korean to my friends. Speaking might be the hardest, because that one requires me to find a language conversation partner, and its not like I have many good Korean friends in San Francisco or a Korean girlfriend or anything, so its difficult to meet someone who is willing to talk to your regularly. Reading, Watching and Writing I can do on my own time however, just need to be disciplined.

I found the reason why I couldn’t understand almost all of Korean conversation is: 1) Some Korean words sound different spoken than written (take 작년 or 설날 as an example), 2) There’s lots of Korean slang and idioms I don’t know about and 3) There’s lots of Korean vocab in general I don’t know about. But I am confident I can improve my listening if I knew those words. I can already pick out the words I DO know from what they are saying, and I’m getting better at picking them out even when they’re spoken fast. Takes time however.

For my reading/writing, it also doesn’t help that Google Translate is just awful at doing asian languages. I’m not sure how Google can do things like make self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses but they can’t make a decent asian translator. Seems like no one has been able to figure out a good translator for asian languages, and I’m not totally sure why no one has started an app which specializes in asian languages (WordLens, Memrise and Duolingo like most language apps focuses on western languages).
I’ve been using mostly Naver for translation, but even then they don’t have all the idioms and slang in there.

Video recording
I do alot of video recording. I try to do at least one video every week, if I have time, and if possible I prefer recording video to taking photos. Why is this? Because videos show you the atmosphere and vibe that happens at the time. Photos don’t show that. Photos have the advantage of being faster, easier to take, easier to share and easier to digest, but there’s alot of information lost in the moment that are better captured in videos. Some people use expensive DSLRs to take great pictures which get compressed when they get uploaded to Facebook, and some people even upload blurry pictures! what’s the point of that??

That said, I haven’t taken as many videos as I would have liked. Last year, there were alot of moments where I regret not taking any videos, this is mostly due to the inconvenience factor, but also because videos take up a lot of storage space, and my iPhone4S is only 16GB. If I want to have room for videos, I have to sacrifice some music for it. Another reason is that some situations like clubs, parties, bars, etc is just hard to take a video because of dark lightning, poor low light performance from cameraphones, too much noise and hard to hear any one person, and too inconvenient because you are always socializing, but would I have liked to have some videos of a special house party, or myself breakdancing? Of course I would’ve.

Another thing is, although I take alot of videos when I travel, I’m usually not in the video!! It would be nice if I could get a video of myself but its inconvenient to ask other people to take a video for you. And if you are travelling with friends, they are usually too busy enjoying themselves to hold a camera for you. Which brings me to another point, most people including me have trouble steadying a video camera and need optical image stabilization. Unfortunately, the Canon M400 I use disables OIS when its on the auto mode (the default one), for what reason I don’t know and I just found out so I have to re-stabilize all my Korea videos.

And when I take videos of myself playing music, I would prefer to have a camera-man rather than a tripod doing it, for a better video, but its difficult to find a camera-man every week, so I have to rely on my tripod everywhere. Which results in basically one constant shot the whole video. Like this:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhc6wqafr9Y

This is probably the best I can do without a camera-man. Using autofocus + tripod + wireless mic. In the future though, I want something like this Pocket Drone which will auto direct a video for me. I feel video drones are the way to go, and the solution to inconvenience, however right now their performance is not perfect and their battery life tops out around 30min, which sucks.

Side rant: Laptops need 4G/LTE
Why don’t companies make a notebook with built in 4G/LTE?? Seriously, if a $300 tablet or smartphone can have 4G/LTE, then why can’t a $2000 laptop. You’re paying $1000+ for something that can only be used in places with wifi, and in the US that usually means Starbucks, McDonalds, and your home. Thats about as useful as having a tablet thats wifi-only, which is not much. And no I don’t want to always tether my phone (costs extra, takes up battery life) or use a 4G dongle (takes up a USB port, inconvenient). So far only business laptops have this, and by the way we should get fingerprint readers on consumer laptops too, these should be options on mainstream laptops!!

Anyways thats my rants for this month. Happy new year and Chinese new year!