Whatever you imagine, it’s even worse

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No matter who you are, you’ve probably had to experience at least a few hard things this year as a result of COVID. Perhaps, you lost a family member or a close friend. Perhaps, the business that you spent the last few decades building fell into disarray over the course of a few weeks. Perhaps, you had to put off major life events or milestones to protect yourself and others from the disease. It’s not been an easy time for any of us.

I’m Asian American. And I have plenty of friends and family who are also Asian American. …


Content topic, not quality determines distribution

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Okay — let’s not get into a big argument on what is the official definition of censorship. We all know that the real way that these major tech and media platforms are able to influence the content on their sites and therefore, public opinion is putting their hands on the scale of distribution.

I’ve written a few dozen articles on Medium now, some more controversial than others. Controversial defined here as what is not considered the standard mass media narrative. These articles have a range in terms of how controversial they are and a range of what their quality is. …


Not saying that the other candidate is better

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Two old white men yelling at each other

We’re less than two weeks away from the US election. I know that this article is being posted on Medium so there’s probably something like a one in a million chance of you supporting Trump.

Don’t worry — this is not a post about supporting Trump.

We all already know what a tragedy having four years of Trump has been. And so the response has been to rally around Biden just to get Trump out of office. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t, but we should all be aware of what is the true cost of rallying around Biden.

First let’s assess Biden’s qualifications:

  1. He’s not…


Time for some education

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Let’s try a little thought experiment

Pick anyone you know and ask them this question: name me three Black people who were unjustly murdered. I’m willing to bet anything that that person will be able to name three names easily.

Now, with the same person, ask them this question: name me just one Asian person who was unjustly murdered. I’m willing to bet anything that that person will be left speechless.

The thought experiment is this.

Is the lack of awareness around Asian suffering more the result of people not caring and lack of media coverage? Or is it because it just doesn’t happen?

Rest assured. There is a correct answer to this question. And that answer might not make you feel too good about the role that you might be playing in elevating some stories at the expense of others. …


Not that I’m downplaying how bad the virus is

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https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

I get it — COVID is bad. Especially here in the US where despite spending the most on healthcare and having the most sophisticated citizen tracking tools, the numbers are still atrocious and getting worse day by day.

The case count and the death count is the highest in the world — even if you control by population size, things still don’t look that much better.

Obviously, some of this is self induced and caused by people themselves. People can socially distance better. People can actually follow quarantine follows. People can wear masks. …


The oppressed becomes the oppressor

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You’re angry. I get it. How could someone dare to call out Black Americans when they face so much systemic racism?

And this is exactly what Black privilege is — somehow, being a victim to someone else’s privilege means that you cannot exercise your own form of privilege over others.

Before, I begin, I need to put out some disclaimers (which I wouldn’t need to do if this was an article calling out almost literally any other group, which again itself is an example of Black privilege).

I am not saying all Black people are bad. I am not saying most Black people are bad. I am not saying that Black people deserve to be unjustly murdered. I am not saying that it is easy for Black people to constantly deal with the privilege that other races sometimes have. I am not saying even if Black people have some form of privilege, they deserve to be treated like any less of a human being. …


Yes, we can still talk about this while supporting BLM

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I grew up in a poor inner city neighborhood in the 90s. Like many poor inner city neighborhoods, the racial makeup of the city leaned heavily Black. But by no means were the poor only Black — there was enough poverty and hardship to go around for all races living there. Poor Asians, Latinos, Whites — you name it, we had it.

As is the case for many poor Chinese, my family worked in one of those Chinese takeout restaurants — the ones that you see on every city block where the menu and food is fairly identical to the one just down the street. …


What the facts tell us

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There are few things in the world more disingenuous than people making up stories to fit their own narrative of how the world works. Sometimes, I truly question whether they really feel a certain way about something, or they are truly just that desperate to twist the facts in their favor. This is why I love the stock market.

The stock market is the world’s largest betting market. In the stock market, you put your money where your mouth is. No one dares to follow a nonsense story with no facts because if you do, you will lose your money.

The general consensus from the mass media about how the early days of COVID sounds something like this. The virus was floating around in China for a long time before the rest of the world knew about it.When …


And how the US is doing it again to China

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American global destruction knows no limits

Despite being one of the most masterful pieces of foreign policy conducted by the United States to establish itself as the indisputable superpower, most of you have probably not heard of the Plaza Accord.

However, you might have heard about the Japan’s lost decade, or lost decades. This the time period starting around 1990 that resulted in the stagnation of the Japanese economy that to even this day, it has not fully recovered from. If you take PPP per capita to be a measure of standard of living, then the standard of living in Japan has not improved for three decades. Additionally, the Nikkei 225, the stock index of major Japanese companies peaked in 1990 again, three decades later has still not returned to the same level. During the same period of time, the US stock index has return 1,000%. (Yes, that’s one-thousand. …


And other perspectives of “American Exceptionalism”

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One year ago, I was living in NYC and had never spent more than a few days at a time outside of the US. I hardly knew anything about Southeast Asia and had never even visited before.

So what did I do?

I decided to leave my happy life behind in New York City, pack up all my possessions into two check-in luggages, say bye to all my friends and family, and change jobs. I decided to move to Singapore. All because I wanted to experience something new.

Now, one year later, I can’t believe that I didn’t make this move sooner. The amount of perspective that I have gained is beyond anything I could have imagined. …

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Asian American dude // left the US and never looked back

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