Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours! | High Existence

Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!

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Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat.

Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history.

The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. How is this possible? How is this healthy?

Well the most important of every sleep cycle is the Stage 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which has been shown to provide the benefits of sleep to the brain above all other stages of sleep. When changing over to a polyphasic cycle, the lack of sleep tricks the body into entering REM sleep immediately instead of 45 to 75 minutes into sleep like in the monophasic sleep.

This way, you still get the benefits of 8 hours of sleep without wasting all of the time it takes to get to REM cycles, resulting in a much more efficient sleep cycle. Here are polyphasic cycles:

Uberman Cycle:

20 to 30 minute naps every 4 hours, resulting in 6 naps each day. The uberman cycle is highly efficient, and usually results in feeling healthy,  feeling refreshed upon waking and extremely vivid dreams. Many uberman-users report increased ability to lucid dream as well. However, the rigid schedule makes it near impossible to miss naps without feeling horribly tired. Blogger Steve Pavlina tried the cycle for 5.5 months and had amazingly positive results.He only reverted to monophasic sleep so that he could be on the same cycle as his wife and children. Read his articles and updates on the cycle here.

Everyman Cycle:

One longer “core” nap that is supplemented with several 20-30 minute naps. The most successful variations that I have read about are either one 3 hour nap and three 20-minute naps or one 1.5 hour nap with 4-5 20 minute naps, all of which have equal amounts of time in between each nap. This cycle is much easier to adjust to than the Uberman and allows for more flexibity in nap times and in skipping naps when necessary. It is also still extremely efficient compared to monophasic with only 3-4 hours of sleep per day. Many bloggers have tried out this cycle and reported no negative effects on their health.

Dymaxion Cycle:

Bucky Fuller invented the cycle based on his belief that we have two energy tanks, the first is easy to replenish whereas the second tank (second wind) is much harder to replenish. So Bucky began sleeping for 30 minutes every 6 hours. That’s 2 hours a day of sleep! He reported feeling, “the most vigorous and alert condition I have ever enjoyed.” Doctors examined him after several years of using the cycle and pronounced him perfectly healthy. In fact, Fuller only stopped the cycle because his business associates were still stuck on monophasic cycles. This is by far the most extreme of the 4 alternate cycles, but also the most efficient.

Biphasic/Siesta Cycle:

Not even worthy of a diagram, the biphasic cycle is basically that of every college student in America. The biphasic cycle consists of sleeping for 4-4.5 hours at night, and then taking a 90 minute nap around noon. So not all that different, still more efficient than monophasic, but not by much.

So which cycle is right for you?

That completely depends on your lifestyle. Keep in mind that if you decide to switch to either the Dymaxion or Uberman cycles, you will be a zombie from day 3 to around day 10 until your body fully adjusts to the cycle. Here are some other tips I have gathered from reading other people’s accounts:

-It is absolutely necessary to upgrade your bedroom to maximise sleep quality.

– Eat healthy, avoid fatty foods and the adjustment will be much easier. The 15-page summary ofThe Defense of Food, which you can read here for free will help you with your diet.

– Make sure you have a project to work on during all of your new awake hours as it makes the time go by faster

– Also make sure you have two or three weeks of freedom to adjust to the cycle so that you don’t go to work or school completely dead from sleep deprivation

– Hang in there. Each of the cycles will get exponentially easier all of the sudden after the first 2 weeks or so. Just be patient and diligent! Don’t skip naps or change your nap times around or you will basically have to start your adjustment period over.

– Use natural cues for being waking up from naps like sunlight and loud music, while using darkness and silence for sleep (obviously)

Source: Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours! | High Existence

Obama’s mantra is usually ‘no drama.’ Here’s how his Asia trip challenged that mentality – LA Times


President Obama greets survivors of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including Sunao Tsuboi, right, during Obama’s visit Friday to the memorial at Hiroshima. (Shuji Kajiyama / Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons


President Obama’s historic trip to former enemy nations in Asia got off to a bad start this week when, just after he announced a grand gesture of reconciliation with Vietnam, he learned that its communist government was intimidating dissidents he had invited to meet with him privately.

Obama fumed over the matter on his way out of Hanoi and his aides voiced his fury to their counterparts, but they soon encountered what they took as a heartening sign.

More than 2 million Vietnamese people, young and old, lined the streets to welcome Americans back to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, many of them camping out overnight despite the government’s decree that such an assembly would not be allowed.

“It was like a ray of light,” said one Obama administration official who was in the presidential motorcade.

The sight bolstered Obama’s impulse in his final years in office to write U.S. foreign policy in bolder, potentially historic, strokes. His trip to Vietnam and Japan shaped up as a testament to his inclination to push forward while setting aside criticism, as the normally cool president repeatedly confronted both complaints and deeply emotional situations.

The most powerful sign of Obama’s reach for history came at the end of the week, when he stood in front of the people of Hiroshima to own responsibility for the world’s only uses of nuclear weapons seven decades ago and to promise to pursue a new alliance against the use of such military might in the future.

Despite the resolve, the week leading up to that memorable ending was filled with internal White House drama as the president and his aides encountered a series of ups and downs.

In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

Early in the weeklong trip, the traveling White House was irritable over coverage of Obama’s lifting of a half-century-old arms embargo against Vietnam. Aides objected to reports that suggested Obama had given up too much without extracting human rights concessions from President Tran Dai Quang’s government, which has a record of harsh treatment of journalists, activists and government critics.

Then, just after arriving in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, one of Obama’s strongest international allies, confronted him aggressively in public with a contentious complaint about the slaying of a woman in Okinawa. A former member of the U.S. military has been accused in her death, spurring widespread outrage in the country and resurrecting the longstanding tension over the U.S. military presence there.

In the same news conference, Obama visibly bristled at a question on whether he worried about handing over to a new president the drone killing program he has so dramatically expanded. The question was prompted by Obama’s order to use an armed drone to kill the leader of the Afghan Taliban as he traveled in Pakistan, a sovereign country where Obama did not ask permission to strike.

In an implicit nod to the history between the U.S. and Vietnam, the country he’d left hours earlier, Obama argued that there were “few parallels” between the U.S. deploying a half-million troops to Asia during the war there and the strikes he has taken against terrorists trying to kill Americans.

The difference, he suggested, is one of proportion, even though he maintained his responsibility to use U.S. power to protect Americans.

“There are going to still be times where our U.S. fighting forces have to be deployed or have to take actions,” Obama said. “And we have to do so in a way that is prudent, that is proportional, and that is mindful of the fact that any kinetic action, no matter how targeted and how justified, also can create tragedy.”

Hiroshima and U.S. military power were on his mind as he answered, he revealed.

“One of the things that I hope to reflect on when I’m in Hiroshima, and certainly something I reflected on when I was in Vietnam, is just a reminder that war involves suffering, and we should always do what we can to prevent it,” he said.

Indeed, aides said, Obama was wrestling with what to say in Hiroshima, where on Friday he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world’s first nuclear attack. An estimated 140,000 died instantly or of the aftereffects of the atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, that helped bring about the end of World War II.

Obama cast aside his early version of the speech he planned to give, which employed trademark Obama oratorical devices like telling the personal stories of victims and outlining the way forward.

He wanted more of an elegy, he told Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor who was helping him write the address. Rhodes took it apart and began to piece together a new draft.

As he did, Obama’s mood was darkened by heartbreaking personal news. Cassandra Butts, a close classmate in law school and friend to him and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead in her Washington home after a brief illness.

Butts was a trusted confidant who first met Obama in the financial aid office when they were both at Harvard Law School in the late 1980s and early ’90s. After Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004, she took a leave from her think tank job to help him set up his office.

Obama was somber and unsmiling as he met Thursday and Friday with other global leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Ise-Shima, Japan, rewriting his Hiroshima speech three times during breaks. He forced a brief smile for the G7 group photo.

Finally, he headed to Hiroshima, the last stop on a trip that likely will only be long remembered for what happened there. Rhodes furiously incorporated Obama’s final changes into his remarks while the president spoke to Marines just before taking a helicopter ride to the memorial in Hiroshima, near the river that victims plunged themselves into to escape the heat and flames of the explosion.

Obama took a paper copy to the lectern to speak.

“We have known the agony of war,” Obama said. “Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”

Afterward, he met one bent and scarred survivor, an elderly man who was a young engineering student when the blast of the bomb burnt his entire body.

Sunao Tsuboi, white scars across his face, cane in hand, greeted the president with a warm smile and immediately launched into a welcome that Obama interpreted mainly through body language.

Speaking in Japanese with no pause for his translator, Tsuboi gestured broadly toward the sky as he spoke and gazed warmly at the president, Obama later told aides.

One phrase made it into English: “I have been waiting so long for you to come here.”

Source: Obama’s mantra is usually ‘no drama.’ Here’s how his Asia trip challenged that mentality – LA Times

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Who Are You Really? The Impactful Video That Could Change Your Life | Collective-Evolution




This short and sweet film reminds us of who we are at the core. The person we were before being made to believe that growing up meant giving up your creativity and your authenticity; the person we were before losing touch with nature and our true Self. We can get so caught up with the business of life that we don’t even realize how much self-awareness we have lost. For some of us living in the corporate world, or doing any job we are not satisfied with, we might not even realize we are living out our days on auto-pilot. Choices are presented to us and we make decisions automatically, robotically even, without putting much thought into the act — without putting much of ourselves into the choosing.

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.”


So how do you find out who you really are and what you really want out of life? Give yourself a day to be completely present. Evaluate how you feel when you wake up, when you go to work, when you are at work, how you communicate with others, etc. What are you really feeling? If you feel complacent or disengaged it might be time to reexamine your current position at work (and in life) so that you are sure you are getting the most out of what you are given, which sometimes might just go right over your head.

The beautiful thing about life is that it is ever-changing; it moves with or without us and we have a choice about whether to live actively or passively — to engage in everything life has to offer or to fall into the background of someone else’s life.

So what do you choose?

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” 

– Jim Rohn

So here it is: “I am Nature” by Alex Eslam, written by Die Rabauken.


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Source: Who Are You Really? The Impactful Video That Could Change Your Life | Collective-Evolution

Incorrect Assumptions about Asian Americans Lead to Academic Problems

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With warm weather emerging, my two sons and I are back to playing pickup games on our driveway basketball court, and I’m reminded of how much they’ve grown since last year. It’s compelled me to change the way I play with them and adapt to their evolving strengths and talents on “the court.”

If I ignored their growth and didn’t adjust in response, I’d miss the chance to teach them new skills. They might lose interest in basketball entirely and feel that I didn’t really “see” their potential or ability. In education, we take a similar risk with our students when we let outmoded and inaccurate misperceptions inform our understanding of their backgrounds and abilities.

Unfortunately, this pattern is all too familiar in how our education system regards Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students: many fall behind because we incorrectly assume they are all the same and destined for academic success and need little — if any — help. Or we cause them to feel invisible because they have learned to assume that many educators perceive them as members of a monolithic model minority.

As a country, we need to change our game. The fact is that there are more than 300 languages and 48 ethnicities lumped into the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) category that we commonly use in reporting education data.

The AAPI community includes an incredibly diverse set of national and ethnic identities with widely different cultures from an enormous region that spans from China, Japan and Korea to Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, and to the islands of Hawai’i, Guam, Micronesia and Samoa.

We have inherited the practice of combining data on students from these diverse backgrounds into a broad category that prevents us from accurately understanding and responding to their unique needs. In other words, we need to “disaggregate” the data if we are to recognize, understand and accurately meet the needs of AAPI students.

Some notable efforts are already underway — at ACT, we began disaggregating data about academic performance for Pacific Islanders separately from Asian Americans in 2011. As a result, for the past four years our annual reports, “The Condition of College and Career Readiness,” reveal a large gap in performance between students in these two groups.

On average, while only 17 percent of Pacific Islander students met all four of ACT’s readiness benchmarks, 42 percent of Asian American students have. Prior to separating out these two groups, the stark performance gap was buried. We expect this trend to continue this year, when we release the 2015 reports at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) annual Higher Education Summit in Washington next month.

For the past eight years, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) project, guided by UCLA professor Robert Teranishi, has led the iCount initiative, which is an effort to encourage this type of data disaggregation among institutions, states and the federal government.

Neil Horikoshi and his colleagues at APIASF have played a critical role in supporting and advocating for this work. Kiran Ahuja, Akhil Vohra, Doua Thor and staff at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to play a pivotal leadership role in bringing greater visibility to these efforts through a series of national summits at the White House, and by fostering connections between the people and organizations that are involved in advancing this work at the state and local levels.

The picture that is starting to emerge suggests that we need to further separate our data among various AAPI groups, as there are stark contrasts in achievement among the various subgroups of U.S. adults that fall under the wide AAPI umbrella category.

For instance, while fewer than half of U.S. adults of Southeast Asian descent (Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong and Vietnamese ethnicities) have attended college (and college completion rates are notably lower), more than 70 percent of U.S. adults of Asian Indian, Filipino, Japanese or Korean descent have. It’s not hard to imagine that the children of the latter groups are more likely to have someone at home to guide them in the process of preparing for college.

Consider also that AAPIs have experienced the largest growth of any major race group in the country, increasing 46 percent in total number from 2000 to 2010, to 17.3 million, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

Overall, it’s becoming increasingly vital for us to understand how students from all diverse cultural and linguistic groups experience our educational systems. Data that accounts for their varying backgrounds can help us answer questions about the range of individual strengths and challenges that influence each student’s ability to achieve readiness for college and career.

Beyond the numbers and analysis, however, we must spur action to effect change. For students to reach their potential, we need to not only improve our ability to disaggregate data, but compel policymakers and education leaders to act on our findings and recommendations. As we move forward with our efforts, our success in reaching that goal will directly impact the ability of our students from all backgrounds to reach their potential and succeed.

Jim Larimore is chief officer for the advancement of underserved learners at ACT, where he leads development of programs and partnerships to improve college and career readiness for underserved learners.

Source: Incorrect Assumptions about Asian Americans Lead to Academic Problems – Higher Education


How Eddie Huang Carved Out A Place For Himself In America

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Eddie Huang Is Starting A Movement

It’s been over a year since Huang publicly denounced Fresh Off the Boat, the show based loosely on his best-selling memoir. Now he’s back in the medium that almost broke him with Huang’s World, and he wants to tell you who he really is.

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The Eddie Huang most Americans have come to know is the boisterous 12-year-old version of him on the ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, played by Hudson Yang.

Prior to the show’s debut in February 2015, most of America hadn’t heard of the man whose memoir inspired the series. But it wasn’t long before Huang began making headlines himself. Frustrated with ABC’s depiction of his childhood, the real-life Huang wrote a New York Magazine essay denouncing Fresh Off the Boat as a “reverse-yellow face show with universal white stories played out by Chinamen” and a “cornstarch sitcom.” A few months later, he slammed the network on Twitter, saying the show bore no resemblance to his life.

Hudson Yang as young Eddie Huang on Season 1 of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat. Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Eventually, he stopped watching altogether.

Now, more than a year later, he says he’s moved on entirely. “I don’t think people realize how weird it is to watch a 12-year-old kid act out your childhood,” Huang told BuzzFeed News with a small smile, sitting inside the Vice Media offices in Venice, California, in late April. “That’s just like basking in yourself. That’s a lot of ego, to sit back on the couch and look at someone act out your life. Even if it were exactly like the book, it would have been unhealthy. And that’s something I didn’t realize when we did the show.”

But since then, he has cut ties with Fresh Off the Boat. Although he vacated his role as narrator after the show’s first season, he is still credited as a producer, as the show is based off his memoir.

“I refuse to bash that show anymore.”

“It isn’t like my life, and it isn’t like the book, but it’s fine,” he affirmed, calmly. “I refuse to bash that show anymore. I refuse to be critical, because that ship has sailed.”

Though he recognizes that Fresh Off the Boat is relatable for a lot of Asian-Americans who love it, it’s still not something Huang can bring himself to watch.

“And it’s not out of spite. It’s because I gotta respect my mind,” he said. “I gotta move on. I gotta keep creating.”

For Huang, that’s translated to trotting around the globe shooting the third season ofHuang’s World, a gonzo food and travel show in which he visits various countries, sampling and offering insight about different foods. The travelogue originally lived on as a web series — a project he started in 2012 after he shot “Getting High Off Asian Food” for the site’s Munchies section. But for the latest season, he’s back in the medium that nearly broke him: Huang has taken his series from the internet to Viceland, the company’s new cable channel.

longform-30371-1463077248-6“It has been really tough to go from an online show that did not have much supervision to a television [series] with a healthy budget on a cable channel,” he admitted. Not only is his show four times the length of his original web series, but his team grew too. “There are more people whose lives depend on this,” he said. The stress seems to have taken a toll on Huang, who appeared a little weary and distracted during his interview with BuzzFeed News.

But Huang was determined not to let Huang’s book cover. Random Housethe move to television — or the pressure that comes with it — change his show. Some of the “veteran TV guys that were hired to come in and work on the show,” as Huang described them, pushed for voiceover and reality television setups, which he fought hard against.

Huang’s book cover. Random House

“Compared to any other travel show you see, we have the least amount of voiceover … I’m talking to these people in real time. You’re seeing verité. It’s in the moment,” Huang said.

“You’re trying to tell me because I look this way that I’m supposed to be good at counting and can’t do anything else?”

It was important to him that his show present an unidealized, true-to-life depiction of the countries he had visited, including the everyday citizens who live there. “A lot of times, you get guests on shows — they want to be famous, or they have an agenda. We try to meet people who don’t have an agenda, [whose] ideas and identities are looked over and ignored a lot of times,” he said.

In an upcoming episode of Huang’s World, for instance, he and his crew travel to Istanbul, where he breaks fast with a Muslim family during Ramadan. It was his intention to show a different side of a region in the world that often only gets media attention in relation to ISIS. “The few radical maniacs killing people are being allowed to define everybody else that’s part of this religion, and it’s not fair,” Huang said, his vexation oozing out of every word. “If I was Middle Eastern, I would hate to be defined by these psychos who I have nothing to do with.”

It’s easy to see why Huang is so keenly sensitive to the way minorities are portrayed in the media. As an Asian-American man, he’s had to go through a lifetime of society telling him who he can be. “Asians, you guys are nerds. Asian men, you’re emasculated, he said mockingly. “I just always felt like, this kind of sucks to be siloed off in the world and segregated because of my skin. Like, wait, you’re trying to tell me because I look this way that I’m supposed to be good at counting and can’t do anything else?”

His frustration with the portrayal of Asians in film and television is also a reason he penned that New York Magazine essay in early 2015, ripping Fresh Off the Boat’s depiction of his family:

“Randall [Park] was neutered, Constance [Wu] was exoticized, and Young Eddie was urbanized so that the viewers got their mise-en-place. People watching these channels have never seen us, and the network’s approach to pacifying them is to say we’re all the same. Sell them pasteurized network television with East Asian faces until they wake up intolerant of their own lactose.”



Photographed at Baohaus on April 27 in New York. Jared Harrell / BuzzFeed News

“I think it was very important I stood up,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I started a conversation about how we’re portrayed and how a person loses control of his identity, what the system does, and how the system skews and projects a hologram of us at times in the media.”

Instead, he wants to speak for himself and explain who he is on his own terms, which seems all the more challenging when there’s an entire television show based off his family’s story: Born in Washington, D.C., to immigrant parents, Huang then moved to a lily-white suburban neighborhood in Orlando, Florida, where his father, Louis, opened up a steakhouse. But Fresh Off the Boat, the show, really only scratches the surface of what the Huangs have been through.

“My grandma had bound feet, my grandpa committed suicide, [Florida’s Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services] tried to take us from my parents. That shit was real,”he tweeted in April 2015, while also addressing his affinity for hip-hop. “My relationship to hip hop and black culture rose from being the victim of domestic violence. It’s not a game. That music meant something to me.”

In his memoir, Huang ruminates at length on identity and how white Americans tried to skew his self-perception:

All my life people would call me a chink or a chigger. I couldn’t listen to hip-hop and be myself without people questioning my authenticity. Chinese people questioned my yellowness because I was born in America. Then white people questioned my identity as an American because I was yellow …

We can’t fucking win. If I follow the rules and play the model minority, I’m a lapdog under a bamboo ceiling. If I like hip-hop because I see solidarity, then I’m aping. But if I throw it all away, shit on my parents, sell weed, pills, and strike fear into unsuspecting white boys with stunt Glocks, now I’m authentic? Fuck you, America.

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This dilemma of never fitting in anywhere and constantly being subjected to stereotyping is an Asian-American frustration that viewers don’t see in the 22-minute sitcom.

When asked what his parents thought about his memoir, Huang responded sharply: “My dad’s first reaction with the first book was ‘I’m sorry I brought you to this country.’ ’Cause he didn’t know how it was for Asian-Americans growing up here.” But Huang has still carved out a place for himself in a country that has long ostracized and marginalized Asian-Americans. “I’m happy with my life. I was raised in America, and I was born in America, and I don’t know what it’s like without it, but … we did good,” he said, softening his tone. “We came here, we created our place. And look at us,” he added before listing his accomplishments over just the past three years: his memoir; his second book, Double Cup Love, which hits shelves at the end of this month; and, of course, Huang’s World.

“I think I’m part of something bigger than myself. It’s calledHuang’s World, but it’s a movement.”

“These are things I’m really proud of. They’re direct from me to you. And if anyone wants to know what it’s like to be this Asian-American person, you will see it,” he said, resolutely. “I’ve given myself up to this show. You see me in bad spots, funny spots, awkward spots: You see my fat ass diving in the water in Jamaica. It’s fine. I’m comfortable with it. I’m good. ’Cause I think I’m part of something bigger than myself. It’s called Huang’s World, but it’s a movement.”

Toward what exactly?

Huang seemed to really ponder what he hoped to impart on his viewers before finally explaining, “I don’t think I have one singular message. I really do like to let the people in these countries speak for themselves … If there’s one thing people could learn from the show and myself, it’s empathy: to put yourself in other people’s shoes, see it from a different perspective than yours. I think it really makes your view of the world a lot more textured and deep and rich. It’s in your own interest to be empathetic. It would suck to be all tunnel-visioned and single-minded and run into a wall like Donald Trump.”

Though Huang didn’t hide his contempt for Trump, he seemed perhaps even more frustrated by those who oppose the likely Republican nominee’s views but shy away from voicing their unease. “If you don’t like ISIS, if you don’t like Donald Trump, if you don’t like radicals, say something,” Huang said pressingly.



The “Orlando” episode of Huang’s WorldCourtesy Viceland

“You have to say something. You have to take it head on, otherwise itgoes unchecked. I thinkit’s very important that America’s facing itself and seeing almost half our population [share Trump’s] views. … Now you want to stop it, now, because he might be president?  You should’ve fuckin’ said something earlier,” he said, anger seeping into his voice. “That’s how I feel. That’s why I said something at Sausage Castle. That’s why I said something in Sicily.

The latter is a reference to when Huang challenged a group of white supremacists, members of the Italian far-right political party known as Forza Nuova, during his visit to Sicily on a recent episode of Huang’s World. And the former is an uncomfortable moment in his hometown of Orlando, at Sausage Castle, in the last minutes of the Orlando episode, when the proprietor of Sausage Castle, Mike Busey, orders a bikini-clad Chinese woman to speak to the camera in Mandarin: “Just make some shit up, and make it sound Asian,” prompting a visibly angry Huang to leave, but not before lecturing Busey on why it’s wrong to exploit people.

“I have my beliefs about what’s right or wrong. And I’m going to stand up for those.”

“When you’re on my show, you’re not going to talk to people that way. I have my standards, and if you don’t agree with my standards, you can argue with me,” Huang said, revealing that there have been multiple instances where he stepped in and debated with his interviewees. “It’s not me trying to pick a fight. I have my beliefs about what’s right or wrong. I know how I think people should be treated. And I’m going to stand up for those. And if I’m wrong, I hope people would stand up to me.”

For minorities in America, speaking out about issues pertaining to identity can lead to being branded as the indignant spokesperson on Twitter, which undermines the point they’re trying to get across. So how does Huang, who sparked controversy after lashing out against ABC last year, stay true to himself without coming off as just another angry Asian person?

“I’ve learned the way to win is to not make it personal,” he said immediately. “I made a lot of mistakes. I’d get angry with something somebody said, but then the way that I addressed them was in a personal manner. And I realize now, don’t make it personal. Make it about what they say or what they do.”

Huang acknowledged that’s where he went wrong with his criticism of Fresh Off the Boat. “I think my job was done when I started the discussion. The New York Magazine article should have been the end of it, and I kept talking. And I think, when I made it personal, that’s where I lost,” he said earnestly. “That’s my only regret. … But you know what? I live with it. I grew up. I don’t think people can blame me.”

Jared Harrell / BuzzFeed News

Source: How Eddie Huang Carved Out A Place For Himself In America

My white in-laws make Asian jokes in front of me—and I’m Asian.

My white in-laws make Asian jokes in front of me—and I’m Asian.

By Mallory Ortberg


Photo by Sam Breach

Dear Prudence, 

I am an ethnically Chinese man who is married to a white woman. Her family has been very welcoming toward me, but, on occasion, they still say racially inappropriate things to me. They make “Chinese fire drill” jokes, suggest I write birthday cards in Chinese, and ask my wife if she’s comfortable being driven around by an Asian. I tend to join them in the assumption that “this is being said in good fun,” since I don’t genuinely believe they dislike me or my ethnicity. However, this behavior does annoy me, and I don’t feel like my Chinese heritage should be reduced to a party trick for their amusement. Quite frankly I don’t see these jokes ending anytime soon. My question is: Is this the sort of thing that warrants a family meeting where I air my grievances, or is this something I just need to come to terms with?

—Interracially Incensed

I think the defense “it’s all in good fun” is one of the more spineless, craven excuses ever to slither down the pike. It’s telling the listener it’s his or her fault if he or she chooses not to enjoy the joke in question, which is absurd. If you’re not having fun hearing it, then it can’t be in good fun. I’m sure your relatives do like you, but they are repeatedly making racist remarks about your ethnicity, and you have the right to ask them to stop. I wonder what your wife’s response has been, if she’s been around while your family members crack jokes about your driving—does she notice? Laugh it off? Join in? I hope at the very least you can tell her how much it bothers you. It would be helpful if your wife would run interference for you, since they’re her family members, but you’d be perfectly right to say, “I’ve noticed you often make the same jokes about my driving and the fact that I’m Chinese, and I’d like you to stop.” If they protest that it’s “all in good fun,” you can counter with, “But now that you know I don’t enjoy it, and that it makes me feel put on the spot and uncomfortable, I know you’ll respect my wishes and find something else to talk about.”

Source: My white in-laws make Asian jokes in front of me—and I’m Asian.

Maybelline Signed Their First Asian Global Ambassador



A win for diversity.

To say the beauty industry has been slow to embrace diversity is a big-time understatement. We’re seeing small changes in the right direction, but there’s still a lot of work to be done in terms of recognizing the beauty in all races and cultures. Maybelline appears dedicated to diversifying its model roster, recently signing their first Asian global ambassador I-Hua Wu.

The Taiwanese model joins the likes of Jourdan Dunn, Christy Turlington, Gigi Hadid, and Herieth Paul to remind us that maybe she’s born with it, or maybe it’s Maybelline. It’s a major coup for Wu, who is thrilled to represent her heritage.

“Outside of the U.S., there are few Taiwanese models,” she tells The Cut. “It’s mostly models from other Asian countries. But lots of Taiwanese models come here and work hard, but have never been recognized because Taiwan is so small. I’m happy to shine some light on it.”

Wu isn’t the first Asian face to rep the brand, but she is the first to appear in Maybelline ads on a global scale. And interestingly, the way she fell into modeling had more to do with trying to make friends than actually make a career.

“I never thought about being a model,” says Wu. “Since I was little, I was bullied because I was too tall, or different somehow — I’m not really sure. I didn’t have any friends and was ostracized. In junior high, I cried every single day. But in high school, my mom saw a company was holding a modeling competition, sponsored by an agency. My mom signed me up. It wasn’t to become a model; it was to meet other tall people like me. We went to China to compete, and I came in second.”

Congrats to Wu and three cheers to Maybelline for developing a roster of ambassadors that prove beauty is so much more than one cookie cutter type.

Source: Maybelline Signed Their First Asian Global Ambassador