Archive for January, 2013

free lunch

In other news, Taco Tuesday at the UMD co-op is delicious! 

asian american churches, health, and wholeness

Chuang has bipolar disorder. He has been successfully treated for the condition since 2001. But he attributes his numerous career changes and intellectual restlessness, in part, to manic episodes.

His periods of depression, he said, brought him near suicide. And they convinced him that helping Asian American churches become more culturally inclusive is tantamount to a life-or-death calling.

“It’s very hard for Asians to talk about their weaknesses,” Chuang said, explaining why he waited years before publicly acknowledging his condition and seeking treatment.

Chuang said traditional Asian American churches are especially inhospitable to painful personal problems because many Asian cultures prize a veneer of stoic hard work and moral respectability.

“I want to bring churches into a place to deal more honestly with the real person,” Chuang said.

“I would like to see Asian Americans become more healthy and whole as people.”

high school

In fact, one of the reasons that high schools may produce such peculiar value systems is precisely because the people there have little in common, except their ages. “These are people in a large box without any clear, predetermined way of sorting out status,” says Robert Faris, a sociologist at UC Davis who’s spent a lot of time studying high-school aggression. “There’s no natural connection between them.” Such a situation, in his view, is likely to reward aggression. Absent established hierarchies and power structures (apart from the privileges that naturally accrue from being an upperclassman), kids create them on their own, and what determines those hierarchies is often the crudest common-­denominator stuff—looks, nice clothes, prowess in sports—­rather than the subtleties of personality. “Remember,” says Crosnoe, who spent a year doing research in a 2,200-student high school in Austin, “high schools are big. There has to be some way of sorting people socially. It’d be nice if kids could be captured by all their characteristics. But that’s not realistic.”

monsters calling home / run river north

A third music-related post, why not:

website photo = asian american instagrammed indie angst personified

As my mean (just kidding) friend tells me, they’ve been out for awhile, but they’re a new find for me. LA love.

brooklyn tabernacle


the lone bellow

keeping our priorities straight

On Sun, 1/20/13, Julie J. Park <> wrote:

From: Julie J. Park <>
Subject: guess who got two tickets to inauguration?
To: “Dad Park” <>
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013, 8:53 PM


On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM, [Dad] Park <> wrote: