I recently posted a blog about what happened when the U.S. show What Would You Do? staged scenarios in which Asian people were discriminated against.
Shortly thereafter, the latest video in a string of racist verbal attacks against Asians on transit in Australia went viral online.
In Perth, an aboriginal Australian woman made a racist verbal attack against a female Asian passenger was caught on camera this past weekend.
The Asian passenger remained silent as the other woman called her several derogatory terms, including a "whore" and "slut", and approached her. None of the other passengers stepped in.
Your Facebook and Twitter feeds are probably still awash with funny examples of those ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos.
Here's one video your friends probably won't be sharing because it might put you to sleep.
The credit goes to Supt. Claude Wilcott, the office in charge of the Coquitlam RCMP. Perhaps the Mounties he nominated to take the challenge will be more entertaining.
I was just tweeting about how a director in New York City was telling me on the line that I sounded “very Canadian”. And how a Disney rep at a Hollywood press conference once pointed out how Canadian my pronunciation of “about” was. (I couldn’t tell the difference.)
By coincidence, I came across a video that local YouTuber Linda Dong (of "Seven Types of Vancouver Girls" infamy) made with the Fung Brothers in the U.S. about the differences between Asian Canadians and Asian Americans.
Dear gentlemen of a certain disposition:
No, lesbian does not mean she is doing it to tease and titillate you.
No, it does not mean she just needs to meet the right guy.
No, it is not the same thing as being bisexual.
In fact, there is such a gaping chasm in comprehension about what lesbians are (and aren't) that web developers have had to figure out ways how to screen out male online users who use catfishing techniques and set up fake female profiles on dating sites to hit on lesbian women.
Poor Greenpeace USA.
The enviro group will probably get more hits for this animal clip than it will get for all of its other awareness-raising videos combined.
That marmot sure is cute, though. And what a backdrop.
It's Glacier National Park, which also appears in the following Greenpeace anti-coal video (which most of us won't bother watching):
The parenting instinct can be so strong in animals that sometimes it overpowers the predatory instinct, resulting in unusual relationships between members of different species.
Here's a collection of videos that document some very unexpected examples.
In Ireland, a farmer took several duck eggs to his barn and left them there to hatch. He discovered that a mother cat, instead of attacking or devouring them, had adopted the hatched ducklings and was raising them as part of her own kitten litter.
What's just as amazing is that the ducklings learned how to suckle, since ducks don't breastfeed.
When it comes to body image in North America, there's always been a traditional emphasis for men to bulk up and be big, and, conversely, for women to be thin and petite.
In the past, overweight men often escaped scrutiny while overweight, well even healthy-sized women, faced scathing criticism.
It's only since men have become increasingly visible half-naked in underwear commercials, horny clothing line ads, firefighter calendars, and the lot that men have begun to face mounting pressure to conform to exacting standards of physical appeal.
Thus, we've witnessed the growth of shapewear for men, including the mirdle (a girdle for men), over the past decade.
For a quick recap, here's a video that covers some of the developments in this area.
If you're heading out to try some food at the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival this weekend, or to the Richmond Night Markets, or if you're shopping at any of the numerous Asian supermarkets in the Lower Mainland, you might want to keep this in mind.
Weirdness is relative, and when it comes to culinary matters, it's important to remember not to be ethnocentric. What you consider normal food may actually be considered weird by many people around the world.
But as the Fung Brothers (with AJ Rafael) point out in the following cover of Drop City Yacht Club's "Crickets", "we [just] got different cultural norms than you".
So go chow down on some stinky durian or natto, kids, and keep the complaining to a minimum.
I don't see what's so funny about this video. I see adults behaving like this all time. Like in the Georgia Straight office.
I think I've seen music editor Mike Usinger do that "Help!" thing while trying to take off a hoodie.
I'm pretty sure art director Janet McDonald has asked for a blue cup.
And I've done the lying on the table thing. (In fact, I'm doing it right now as I type this.)
So are you saying we're immature? Well, you started it. I'm telling. MOOOMMMMMMMMMMM!!!