Tina Tsai, Ph.D. is a writer, teacher, and founder of The Literacy Guild LLC. She and her students write and publish their work. Her debut teen kung fu romance novel The Legend of Phoenix Mountain is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Muay thai is a boxing style that’s a staple in Mixed Martial Arts fighting. Although I’ve never been any good at combat sports myself, I’ve always enjoyed learning different martial arts for fun and fitness, and I’ve recently been adding a little muay thai to my diet, and this style is pretty devastating. A friend shared this video with me of top 10 muay thai knockouts, and for anyone who was wondering what this style […] Continue »
So I was re-reading “Catcher in the Rye” twenty years after I first read it as a high school teen, and aside from feeling annoyed about viewing the world through the eyes of a rich white boy, I was extra annoyed by this little discussion between Holden and his smarty pants friend Luce in chapter 19. They’re discussing Luce’s new girlfriend: “She happens to be from Shanghai.” “No kidding! She Chinese for Chrissake?” “Obviously.” “Why? […] Continue »
Since I got my UFC Fight Pass to watch Invicta Fights, I have been watching a lot of the other content available on UFC TV, including all the previous UFC fights and some of the shows such as The Ultimate Fighter. The newest season of TUF, season 20, has featured the first all-women cast, and on top of that, all of these women are vying for the UFC strawweight (115 lbs) championship belt. Although I […] Continue »
Recently, Kristina Wong was featured in New York Times in a video series called “Off Color”, and I visited her artist website and also discovered her satire dating site about the objectification of Asian women, BigBadChineseMama.com, where she and volunteers basically make fun of the fetishization of Asian women. Wong cracks me up, and her way of throwing apple pie in your face and then having you realize it’s actually a pie full of turd […] Continue »
A veteran MMA fighter who has stepped into the cage about 30 times already, Roxanne Modafferi is not of Asian descent, but aside from studying multiple styles of Asian martial arts, she is fluent in Japanese, lived in Japan for quite a number of years, and is an anime fan. As a fellow anime geek and student of Japanese, I feel like I could actually hang out with her, although her Japanese is like a […] Continue »
All too soon, my two week trip to Taiwan came to an end, and before we knew it, we were heading to the airport to fly back to the States. Our drive over to the international airport in Taoyuan at least had a beautiful sky view from the freeway. When we got to the terminal, our EVA Air check in was a flurry of Hello Kitty, complete with lounge, terminals, and Kitty flight attendant.
As the blood started to flow, the bruises started to swell, and the stories started to fly of how so-and-so finished her last fight in a few seconds by literally punching off someone’s finger, the weight of mixed martial arts reality settled back in again–this was no child’s play. Although safety of the athletes is always top priority and many other sports cause more death and injury than this one, there’s also no question that […] Continue »
Similar to X-men or Heroes, in the world of the Japanese anime Hamatora, there are some individuals called Minimum Holders that are born with special abilities. The skills range from electricity manipulation to healing to extreme analytical skills. They train at the Facultas Academy to control and use their skills, and they can hire themselves and their abilities out to people. The story is full of mystery surrounding political struggles between groups as Minimum Holders […] Continue »
On our way back up to Taipei from southern Taiwan on the bullet train, we made a quick stop in central Taiwan to check out the Baguashan Buddha. It was a cloudy day and the afternoon light was on the wane, but as a result, we got a spectacular view.
I admit, I was just trying to find some excuse to share this beautiful work out video InvictaFC had made of Mizuki Inoue. If you haven’t had a chance to check this girl out, this video is quite the free sample. What’s ridiculous is that Inoue is being called one of the most technical fighters in MMA and she’s at the *beginning* of her career. If she’s moving this way at 20 years old, it’s […] Continue »
I recently had a random interesting conversation about American holidays with my mom. She was born in Taiwan, raised there, and didn’t immigrate out to America until she was about 30 years old. She told me that out of all the American holidays, she loves Halloween the most. I was really puzzled by this because she doesn’t really like to eat candy or dress up in costume all that much. She explained to me it […] Continue »
Thank you WMMARoundup for this nice little breakdown of Jenny Liou Shriver’s fight with Jamie Moyle this upcoming Invicta FC9 on Saturday Nov 1. As you can tell from this analysis, this is going to be a beast of a fight. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Shriver will get that helicopter armbar, which would be a lovely submission of the year, but I’m just really looking forward to checking out her stand up game! […] Continue »
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