Menu #5: Xinjiang Cuisine
The Xinjiang region lies in the northwest of China and borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan etc. It is home to a lot of ethnic groups, including the Hui, the Kazakh, the Kyrgyz, the Mongols, but with the majority being the Uyghur that belong to the Muslim faith. The cuisine in Xinjiang, therefore, leans towards the food of the Uyghur people, which is quite different from Chinese food, and includes a lot of grilled meats/ kebabs, rice, noodles, and breads (like Indian naans). A noticeably distinctive menu to explore…
Picture credit: geminized
Lucy holding tiny dogs and that one time a weird old dude tried putting one on her head (forreal, Google image search “Lucy Liu”, “Harrods” and “dogs”)
Kittens + books = love
Snuggled with my own kitty, a new book, and a hot cup of tea on this particularly dark evening. Sleep well, loves.
I was just a 17-year-old kid from the Bronx with dreams of becoming a scientist, and somehow the world’s most famous astronomer found time to invite me to Ithaca in upstate NY and spend a Saturday with him.
I remember that snowy day like it was yesterday. He met me at the bus stop. He showed me his laboratory at Cornell University. Carl reached behind his desk, and inscribed this book (Cosmic Connection) for me:
For Neil Tyson,
With all good wisdom to a future astronomer.
- Carl Sagan
At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said, “If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.”
I already knew I wanted to become a scientist, but that afternoon I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become. He reached out to me and to countless others. Inspiring so many of us to study, teach, and do science. Science is a co-operative enterprise, spanning the generations. It’s the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds reaching back from antiquity and forward to the stars.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, in the most inspiring moment of ‘Cosmos’
yea lets mock the most painful parts of peoples lives.
let’s mock the yearning to find your family and roots. let’s mock the fact that something that is so taken for granted by most must be fought for every step of the way for overseas adoptees due to the corrupt ways our adoptions were processed.
lets mock the fact the people cling to anything they can to make up for a memory or identity that was stripped from them. lets mock the psychological and physical effort it took to reclaim some of it for themselves, like learning korean or taekwondo. this is particularly ridiculous that they’re mocking these efforts when they are expected of adoptees by koreans. you’re korean? why can’t you speak korean? and then one someone makes the effort, apparently that will be rewarded by laughing at your pronunciation. let’s mock the earnestness in which adoptees try to connect with their identities by any aspect of korean culture we can access, all the while patronizing us with motherland tours that promote the same superficial cultural connections - kimchi, hanboks, and janggu.
lets mock the tragedy that women had to lose children bc they were poor. lets reinforce the dominant discourse that they are sinners for abandoning their children. let’s keep first mothers voiceless and faceless, like she’s always been.
it’s hilarious after all.
i responded to snl코리아 on twitter (in korean). i encourage everyone else to do this in whatever lang you feel comfortable in. they might think we wont know we’re being mocked since, as they clearly point out, many adoptees cant understand korean, but lets let them know that we know and that we wont lay down for this bullshit in multiple languages. its @tvN_snl for anyone else who wants to add their own opinions. facebook is https://www.facebook.com/tvnsnl
Basically, I feel hideous a lot and this song helps.
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame-
I’m just trippin’
You can buy your hair if it won’t grow
You can fix your nose if he says so
You can buy all the make up
That M.A.C. can make
But if you can’t look inside you
Find out who am I too
Be in the position to make me feel
So damn unpretty.
so I’ve just discovered soundrown, it’s sort of like rainymood except there’s 10 different sounds that you can listen to and combine to create whatever sort of environment you want (i.e. campfire and night, which is quite lovely)
are you telling me i could listen to the sound of a coffee shop on fire
64 year old cosplayer, I’m not sure that is sad or cool, but he sure knows how to cosplay!
What do you mean sad, this is super cool!
It’s anything BUT sad, it’s fucking awesome!
the only thing that’s sad about this is that i’d never be a fantastic cosplayer like him
MASTER YOSHI! MASTER YOSHI