Good morning, world!
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- Apparently, they're gonna have deep-fried coke this year.... o_O
How do you deep-fry a liquid? Unless they meant... Anyway, ask your brother how it was and let us know. I'm curious.
I don't know why I'm up. I didn't get back till 1:30 am, didn't go to bed till 2:30, and felt like crap when I did get up half an hour ago. My hair wasn't dry when I went to bed...I should've blow-dried it...but the blow dryer was in my closet at the bottom of a stack of boxes...
The program at the event was great. They got the hip hop duo Magnetic North to perform--I really like their music. The main program was where a Vietnamese priest from New Orleans talked about what his community went through in the wake of Katrina. His community was basically shoved to the side when it came to receiving help in the aftermath until a group of "Left Coasters" came and told them that they had a right to clean water and electricity from the government. So the community--who, on the whole, don't understand English--came together and demanded it. Then, Waste Management tried to use their region as a landfill. Not only does that mean over 25-ish landfills (this number doesn't include all the illegal landfills) in a 6-mile radius. Their opponents tried to call it just a Vietnamese issue, but it's not. Waste Management refused to line the landfill, which means that the wastes would leak into the surrounding wetlands, contaminating everyone's
natural resources. And it's not just the Vietnamese community that's fighting. They've had some success, and they did manage to stop the creation of the landfill, but there's still so much that needs to be done before they can get their normal lives going again.
It's really inspiring what you can do with community solidarity.
After the program, my brother was feeling terrible, and possibly feverish. (Poor thing, he's gotten sick again.
) So before he was completely knocked out, he drove me and a friend (an intern at APEN [where my brother works] that I met through my brother) back to Berkeley. Instead of going back to our respective dorms, which in retrospect would've been the best move, we went and saw a movie. The Illusionist wasn't playing this late, so we saw The Departed instead. It's the American version of Infernal Affairs. I guess it's an okay movie, but we went in with a bias and came out criticizing it to death. I mean, it simply can't compare
to Infernal Affairs...but we really shouldn't compare. The very basic skeleton of the plot was very similar, but everything else was tailored for an American audience, so the level of sophistication was definitely lower. The slapstick humor and the excess of profanity was funny, sure, but cheap laughs don't make a good movie.
And, oh my gosh, they had the Chinese triad in there, and their Chinese was HORRENDOUS
. I could not believe it. It's like they grabbed random guys off the street who looked like they could be in the triad regardless of whether or not they're actually Chinese--or if they actually speak it--and told them to memorize some badly phoneticized Chinese. It was ridiculous. White guys in a beginner Chinese class could do better. It's like they didn't even try to find real Chinese speakers--and how hard is that? Anyone you see walking in any Chinatown in the US (excluding the tourists) could do it. They didn't even bother having subtitles or other kind of text to indicate what they're saying, which makes me think that they never intended non-Chinese audience to actually understand what's being said...so what does it matter?
Yeah...that part was especially painful to watch.
Anyway, after the movie, we waited for the bus that took forever to come. When it did, it took a different route than normal--it passed our street, looped around a block and came back. Good thing it did, or we would've had to walk back from where we got off. That would've been scary, to say the least.