Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NYTimes.com: Chinese City Is Chilly to a Sex Theme Park

NYTimes.com: Chinese City Is Chilly to a Sex Theme Park

Sex in China has a long and varied history, as evidenced by accounts of carnal excess in “The Plum in the Golden Vase,” a Ming-era classic, and more recent tales of Mao’s insatiable appetite.

But an attempt to open the first sex theme park in China was quashed by local officials over the weekend, well before construction was completed.

Officials in the sprawling city of Chongqing, where Love Land was being built, recently became incensed over the risqué nature of the park and ordered its destruction, according to a report published Sunday in the Chongqing Evening News, a state-run newspaper. Angry Internet postings about the park had been proliferating, and China Daily, the official English-language newspaper, published an article about the park last Friday.
I'm surprised that they actually started construction of the theme park before it was stopped. This seems more of a fit for Las Vegas and I don't even think they'd approve of something like this.

Now, I wonder what they're going to do with those legs?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hee hee

Get it? Raff out roud?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pepcid AC stops the Asian Flush? Time to put it to the test...

As a follow up to Morris's post about the Asian flush, I wanted to mention a remedy that my sister swears by. It's to take a Pepcid AC before drinking.

Usually before I believe these things, I need: 1. Some sort of scientific rationale and 2. Empirical evidence (i.e. it works on me, or some sort of data).

A fellow Asian friend provided me with #1... she said Pepcid AC has enzymes in it as an active to neutralize stomach acid, and the same enzymes help neutralize something (maybe it's acetaldehyde, if I apply what I learned from that article). OK, sounds rational.

As for empirical evidence, I figured what they hey, I'll try it myself. So one night I took a Pepcid and went out for a couple of beers.

So what happened? Well I must say I didn't feel as flushed, nor the increased heart rate that I typically get. However, as I had my beers, I started to feel the other effects... i.e. a headache. That night, in addition to the headache, I felt overall a little crappy. I wonder if this is what a hangover feels like? I've never had one, because I couldn't drink enough before I got sick.

So I wonder if Pepcid AC does take away some of the symptoms of the Asian flush, but leaves all the other underlying issues of not being able to metabolize alcohol right? Maybe I should do a little more research...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

NYTimes.com: Drinkers’ Red Face May Signal Cancer Risk

NYTimes.com: Drinkers’ Red Face May Signal Cancer Risk

People whose faces turn red when they drink alcohol may be facing more than embarrassment. The flushing may indicate an increased risk for a deadly throat cancer, researchers report.

The flushing response, which may be accompanied by nausea and a rapid heartbeat, is caused mainly by an inherited deficiency in an enzyme called ALDH2, a trait shared by more than a third of people of East Asian ancestry — Japanese, Chinese or Koreans. As little as half a bottle of beer can trigger the reaction.

The deficiency results in problems in metabolizing alcohol, leading to an accumulation in the body of a toxin called acetaldehyde. People with two copies of the gene responsible have such unpleasant reactions that they are unable to consume large amounts of alcohol. This aversion actually protects them against the increased risk for cancer.
Reducing drinking can significantly reduce the incidence of this cancer among Asian adults. The researchers calculate that if moderate- or heavy-drinking ALDH2-deficient Japanese men reduced their consumption to under 16 drinks a week, 53 percent of esophageal squamous cell cancers in that group could be prevented.
I'm one of those who turns red when drinking. So, I guess it's important for me to cut back to under 16 drinks a week.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy Jin Tao Wow to you!

CNN's Lou Dobbs is a little nuts these days, but what is this ethnic holiday rant about? I guess he doesn't really consider Independence Day to be an American Holiday.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Would you buy this product?

If you're Asian would you buy this product?

The Tag line on their website
Chinese girl meets Jewish boy... and Soy Vay! All natural, kosher sauces, marinades and dressings since 1982.
It just seems a little wrong to me.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Which team would I play for?

The World Baseball Classic is like the World Cup to soccer. I absolutely love the competition and the patriotism in this tournament.

The last time the WBC was played was in 2006, when Alex Rodriguez was involved in a controversy as to which team to play for: the Domincan Republic or the US? I absolutely disagree with Ozzie Guillen's quote in the article... that guy isn't in touch with life as a XXXXX-American.

Since then I've wondered which team I would be asked to play for if I were a baseball player, and which team I'd pick. So I looked up eligibility:

Q: Who is eligible to play in the World Baseball Classic?
A: A player is eligible to participate on a World Baseball Classic team if:

  • The player is a citizen of the nation the team represents. (Additionally, if a player is qualified for citizenship or to hold a passport under the laws of a nation represented by a team, but has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport, then the player may be made eligible by WBCI upon petition by the player or team.)
  • The player is a permanent legal resident of the nation or territory the team represents.
  • The player was born in the nation or territory the team represents.
  • The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the nation the team represents.
  • The player has one parent who was born in the nation or territory the team represents.

Note: In the event a player appropriately appears on more than one provisional roster, he may select the team for which he wishes to play.

So with this, that means that I would be eligible to play for the US obviously, and also I would be eligible to play for China because my parents were born in China. But I wouldn't be eligible to play for Chinese Taipei (the laughable politically correct name for "Taiwan"... can you imagine being called "American Washington DC"?) even though my parents grew up there... unless of course they have dual citizenship, which I don't think they have but I don't know.

So assuming I had a choice, who would I play for? Who would YOU play for?