Amateur

I am standing in a circle, being taught simple Portuguese lyrics. I only need to repeat the words - not necessarily grasp the language. As the words slip around inside my mouth and through my mind, I realize they are, well, slippery. It was quite an epiphany that’s hard to explain. I start to visualize my brain filling up with this and that. Language-wise, I came up with this. I am an amateur of languages. A lover of languages. A dilettante perhaps. It is almost an addiction in which I cannot…

Spoken Word Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Performs at Northwestern University

Title: Spoken Word Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Performs at Northwestern University Location: Norris Student Center Link out: Click here, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=240873918497 Description: Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 Time 8:00PM Location: McCormick Auditorium, Norris Student Center Address: 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL FREE ADMISSION There is also a FREE workshop with Kelly! Date: Friday, January 15th Time: 3:30PM Location: Lake Room, Norris Student Center Address:…

Two Taiwanese Films at the Chicago International Film Festival

Title: Two Taiwanese Films at the Chicago International Film Festival Location: AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60610 Link out: Click here Description: For 45 years, the Chicago International Film Festival has brought you the brightest and boldest new films and filmmakers—from Slumdog Millionaire and Reservoir Dogs to Scorsese, Fassbinder, Wenders, and Herzog—first. This year, the festival will be showing two Taiwanese films -- Face and A Place of One's Own. Location:…

Singer-songwriter Vienna Teng Fall Tour in Midwest

"Not so long ago, being a singer-songwriter was merely a hobby for Vienna Teng, a Stanford computer science grad who was on the fast track to a lucrative career, working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. But she gave all that up to pursue her musical passions - a risky career move, but one which has paid off. The 27-year-old has already released two critically acclaimed independent albums: 2002's Waking Hour and 2004's Warm Strangers, which landed on three Billboard album charts and reached…

Double Ten Day Festival and Fundraiser

Title: Double Ten Day Festival and Fundraiser Location: Round Rock Performance Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Road, Austin, TX Link out: Click here Description: The Chinese Society of Austin is holding a fundraising event in the Round Rock Performance Arts Center on Friday, September 18. The event with feature Taiwanese folk songs from the 70s. Performers will use Chinese musical instruments and western guitar to play the songs. The event aims to celebrate Taiwan National Day/Double Ten Day and to…

The Cost of Public Outings

Today is Free Slurpee Day at 7-11. I like free things, I like Slurpees, therefore my sister (who has the same sentiments) and I went to the nearest 7-11: small, far from spotless, and located on a large boulevard calm on a Saturday night. The few people that were in there before us trickled out and we were left sampling the new Liquid Artillery flavor in peace. Mixing the strawberry-pineapple-lime deliciousness with Blue Raspberry and Wild Cherry creates a scrumptious blend with a tang, a bite, a…

A Papaya Story

When my dad was in the military, he served near a mountain covered with farms. There, people planted a lot of mangoes and papayas. But some of the papaya was wild and grew on their own, free. One day, a man from Taipei looked around and saw a big, red, pretty papaya. It was beautiful and delicious looking. He climbed up the wild tree and fell down because there was a bee nest in the tree. He cried and cried, and was sent to the emergency room. He ended up with a fever for a couple of days and…