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.
After watching all the Great Teacher Onizuka episodes plus the movies and specials, a friend of mine informed me that there was a girl version of GTO called Gokusen. I was happy to have another series to watch, as I wanted to continue immerse myself in more conversation and contextualized Japanese while I work through the audio Japanese language course. Plus, it’s another “teacher” based drama, so I felt I would enjoy it, too. Gokusen’s […] Continue »
Get more pictures like this from SHERDOG.COM Invicta FC 10 was supposed to feature heavy-hitter Cristiane Cyborg as headliner, but sadly an injury canceled those plans. On the bright side, Michelle Waterson will be defending her belt against Herica Tiburcio from Brazil. Last night, both girls made their weights at the official weigh-ins. Waterson’s last title defense is now available on UFC’s youtube as a free fight: This highly anticipated event will also feature Jinh […] Continue »
I’ve had a personal goal this year to solidify my Japanese language skills. Having been exposed to it as a kid in Taiwan around my grandparents and studied it on my own on and off while immersing myself in Japanese anime fandom, I decided it was time to really give it some serious focus. It’s one of those languages that I feel comfortable around and am pretty familiar with, but I don’t really have any […] Continue »
The recent talk at Harvard about being Asian American on college campus made me reflect. During my senior year at Claremont McKenna College, I was the head chair of the Chinese Student Association (CSA), which was a 5-college organization that spanned the Claremont Colleges. The primary reason I joined the group was because I was at the time sort of a Chinese language and culture fanatic. I had gone on the Taiwanese Love Boat, my […] Continue »
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 »