Thursday, April 30, 2009

Color Online Diversity Roll Call Asian Heritage Month

I'm participating in the Color Online Diversity Roll Call. May is Asian Heritage Month! Check it out here and write a blog of your own!

I visited a few Asian countries, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and India and I enjoyed them all. I only stayed there for a few days in each country so I need to go back.

This is my favorite pic from India. We visited an elementary school there and the teacher told this little girl to show me her English cursive writing and I was very impressed. They didn't have desks.

India pic

My favorite country was Vietnam. We had such a good time there. The people were so nice. We went to an amusement park and everything. It was weird that they had KFC. Vietnamese food is so much better. We ate like kings! It was amazing learning about the Vietnamese War from their perspective. They called it the American War. It's a sobering experience in some ways. But everyone was so eager to help us it's hard to imagine that our countries were at such odds not that long ago.

Here's a list of five books I like that are written by Asian authors.

1. Waiting by Ha Jin
2. Gifted by Nikita Lalwani
3. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
4. Waiting For You by An Na
5. A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian

I have read other books but I was just coming up with this off the top of my head. I must admit I like to read fiction about Indian culture the most. I just find it really fascinating, especially the whole arranged marriage thing. Lots of books have a good perspective on that. Also, I like the focus on education, that's a strong theme in these books. The pursuit of education or the lack of it.

Let's look at my favorite Asian music artists.

First of all I have to tell you about Jay Chou. I discovered him while I was in Hong Kong. It was meant to be. His concert DVD was playing in a department store and I loved it. He's practically the Justin Timberlake of Taiwan. I asked the saleslady who he was and they didn't speak English! But there was a big cardboard cutout of him so I figured it out. While I was in Hong Kong I bought all his albums and his concert CD. He has a music video for every song! Of course, I don't understand his songs because they are in Madarin but I've listened to some of them so much I can practically sing along!

I love Jay. This is my favorite music video of his.

Take a listen!

Finally, the Asian singer I'm really REALLY into...

... drum roll please...


hahahahahahaha. Didn't see that one coming did you? Man I can't WAIT until his CD. He's so cute with his southern accent and Indian roots. It's AWESOME! He is just so many things. He's a singer, he's a scholar, he's Indian, he's a typical North Carolina guy, he's got the voice of a pure R&B singer but he doesn't look like you would expect from just hearing him (which I love the most) plus he's talented and hot! This is a winning combination (even though he lost-- don't go there!).


He looks good in pink!


He's reading my blog. Oh Anoop. I know. It's so amusing.


He is full of soul!


Disco night dance was the best!


The perfect ending to this special month is his smile.


  1. I like the way you took this topic and rambled along with it, loved the music. I think I'll do a new playlist on my Diversity Rocks blog for May, featuring Asian and Asian-American artists, hopefully I can add some Jay Chou. Let me know if you have any other suggestions!

  2. Thanks so much for that You Tube clip, Jay Chou rocked it out. Great post.

  3. Love this! Might be linking to this for our upcoming Little Lov'n Monday.

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