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.
Taiwan has many levels of convenient public transportation: Taiwan High Speed Rail, Taiwan Railway, and the Metro systems in all the major cities (e.g. Taipei MRT). All this on top of Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Taiwan Tour Bus and ubiquitous taxis really make it possible to get pretty much anywhere on the main island. The video above is of the Taipei MRT, and as you can hear, they announce every stop in Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese (minan), [...] Continue »
Dear Shannon Knapp, First and foremost, thank you for Invicta. It’s an understatement to say that it has been a blessing to women’s MMA and women’s combat sports. I check Invicta news every day, and I noticed that in the recent flurry of signings, Invicta signed Rachael Ostovich of Jesus is Lord MMA Gym in Hawaii. Ostovich had fought her first pro-MMA fight with one of my favorite fighter athletes, Jenny Liou of Ace Jiu-Jitsu [...] Continue »
So apparently, some totally obsessed fan made a tribute game to the anime and manga series Attack on Titan. I totally understand how this fan feels. It’s simply terrible sitting around waiting for the next season to be made and released. However, though this game is not exactly visually striking, it strikes paralyzing terror in me every time one of those titans opens its mouth to bite someone. In watching the group game play video [...] Continue »
The old adage that half the fun is getting there couldn’t be more true. When we booked the flight with the popular Taiwanese airline EVA Air, we didn’t think the one we got was going to be one of the airline’s Hello Kitty flights. It wasn’t indicated as such on our reservation, although when we got our luggage checked in and our boarding passes, it got our hopes up. We watched with unexpected delight when [...] Continue »
As I’ve been devouring all the Invicta FC fight videos I can find, one particular fighter from Japan has really caught my eye. Mizuki Inoue is fresh out of high school, and yet she’s touted as one of the most skillful strikers out there, a real stand-up prodigy. Watching this fight above between Inoue and Bec Hyatt at Invicta FC 6 will show you just why she is so impressive, and not just for her [...] Continue »
While I weep quietly in my little corner of the world, I’m thinking only one in a hundred people who saw the title of this post have any idea what Buyuden even is. It is, in my opinion, one of the best Japanese manga out there ever. The story starts with Take Isamu, a top student at his upper elementary school who excels at everything from math to sports to catching the eyes of the [...] Continue »
Recently I was able to serve as somewhat of a tour guide to some American friends who were interested in visiting a country in Asia, specifically Taiwan. Out of quite a lot of options, Taiwan came out as the top pick primarily because of accessibility (not TOO long a flight), safety (democratic country), and price point. My being able to speak Mandarin and Taiwanese helped in the decision too. Previously, I visited Taiwan either to [...] Continue »
I was just scrolling down the blog Women’s MMA Today a few weeks ago and saw Jenny Liou’s name in her first pro-fight. Curious, I decided to search her up on YouTube and found this amateur fight of her from a couple years ago. The turn-around in the fight was just phenomenal and totally exciting to watch. With a jiu-jitsu background, it’s clear in this amateur fight that Liou’s ground game was pretty awesome but [...] Continue »
Lately I’ve been adding a little Muay Thai as part of my work out routine, having a blast with it, and a friend shared this muay thai Youtube with me about trainers from Thailand who came to train UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre (GSP). I had just watched a documentary about GSP, so I was really amused by the fact that these trainers had no idea who GSP was when they were asked to train [...] Continue »
I totally judge books by their covers. When I first saw the Harry Potter series, I was so repulsed by the cover art that I would hold up a hand to block my view of them as I walked into book stores. They were always prominently displayed, and in my opinion, a real eye sore. It was not until after it was shoved forcefully into my face by a passionate 5th grader who simply would [...] Continue »
One of the favorite stops for pretty affordable afternoon tea in LA is the Chado Tea room. They have multiple tea rooms, but I personally enjoy the one downtown in the Japanese American National Museum the best because it has an outdoor garden. The afternoon tea for about $18 is a nice, not TOO pricy a way to enjoy a classic tea experience, but getting the sandwiches and soups a la carte is great too. [...] Continue »
While I was writing the post on Mortal Kombat Legacy’s possible bad Japanese, it reminded me of way back in my college years when Disney’s Mulan movie first came out. I was of course incredibly excited and thrilled by the prospect of Disney finally doing a Chinese legend based movie. Like many, I grew up on Disney films, so it was nice finally to be “represented”, so to speak, since out of all the Disney [...] Continue »
Johnny Chan: Interesting observation on this certain facet of Caucasian-American / Euro-American society; people should in fact collect all the available facts that make up Western civilization,... – What Do White Supremacists Think of Asians?