Hey Jezebel, Please Stop Thinking it's 'Racism'!

This isn’t going to be a long post, but I’ve had it up to HERE with Jezebel and their thinking that any form of skin lightening is “racist.”   They did it again on Tuesday with this post.   They don’t seem to “get” that in some cultures, light skin has been a beauty standard for centuries […]

A More International, Sophisticated Perspective Needed Online

Cynthia Cheng Many blogs don’t seem to have an international perspective.  These sites, usually run by people who’re multigenerational, don’t seem to understand those who are children or grandchildren of immigrants.  Whenever non-multigeneration people posts something that multigenerationers feel is incorrect, there seems to be a reason to “correct” them.  It’s as if old culture influences is not […]

Macanese Cuisine: A Blend of East and West

Cynthia Cheng “Portuguese” Chicken Macanese Fried Rice Macanese food, like Macau itself, is a mix of east and west.  During trip to Hong Kong, we were able to escape over to what many people consider the “Vegas of the East” on a day trip.  Though actual gambling in the casinos was not part of the […]

The Cha Chaan Teng: Hong Kong's Own Unique Cuisine

British colonialism has certainly influenced Hong Kong casual dining.  The Hong Kong grown cha chaan teng, which translates to “tea restaurant,” is a casual dining restaurant that is a hybrid of east and west.  The affordable fare ranges from more Chinese noodle in soup dishes to food found in North American restaurants such as french […]

Culture Shock? Nope, Not Really!

  Many first timers to Hong Kong come here to expect a huge culture shock.  These people, especially ones from more larger, urban centres are often pleasantly surprised to find out that this isn’t really the case.   Hong Kong’s culture in 2009 is quite westernized, likely due to habit, modernization and its colonial past (i.e. the exotic, […]

What Year Is It? Louisiana JP Won't Marry Interracial Couple

In 1967, the Supreme Court in the US struck down laws which barred interracial marriage (though some states had these laws in their books as late as 2000 – they were useless, however, since federal laws trump state laws).  Fast forward 42 years and you still find people who don’t want mixed couples to marry.  This […]