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 there is indeed a real danger to life and limb stepping into that octagon.
Yet if you ask me, is this a violent sport, I would say no. There’s a consent and respect between the competitors here. They step in there, weapons ready, fully aware of the very real risks. In truth, there’s more violence in a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Barbie doll than in all the MMA fights combined. This is why I have the utmost respect for each and everyone of this ladies who take on the challenge of stepping into that cage, both to test themselves and to dispel shallow conceptions of gender.
The latest Invicta FC9 was actually quite stacked with Asian and Asian Pacific American female fighters. No lack of representation here. To my knowledge, out of 9 bouts, 2 had Japanese fighters (and there was another one that had been cancelled) and 2 had APIA women. Here’s a quick rundown of the fights and the results of these four fights.
Jamie Moyle Defeats Jenny Liou Shriver by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
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When Cung Le lost to Michael Bisping, UFC commentator and former fighter Brian Stann tweeted, “it didn’t pay to cheat for once, good start to the day,” assuming that Le’s ripped body shown at the UFC Fight Night Macau weigh-ins meant that he used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). A drug test found that he had unusual levels of Human Growth Hormone, resulting in a suspension by the UFC. Asian Americans have been accused of cheating in a variety of other areas, from academics to contracting to politics. Are Asian Americans all cheaters? Is Asian American achievement an illusion that stems from cheating, as some say? Did Cung Le really cheat? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no, as we will see.
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 try to find their place in a society full of people that fear and hate them. This one is pretty brutal and bloody, so it’s not relaxing view. However, it’s great for anyone interested in an anime full of psychological intrigue.
— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) November 3, 2014
The Japanese anime “Attack on Titan” that has been widely popular Stateside will officially be in a Marvel crossover. The image of Spiderman swinging 3-D maneuvering style past skyscrapers and giant titan monsters has been lighting up the social media streams.
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I live about 35 miles south of San Francisco and don’t often make it across the bay to Oakland, so I haven’t been following the Oakland mayoral race, so I was surprised to see this headline about Jimmy Kimmel mocking mayoral candidate Peter Liu:
“Oakland’s most ridiculous mayoral candidate, Peter Liu, was jabbed by comic Jimmy Kimmel Monday night for his wild take on the digital divide in Oakland. Answering a question about equal access to the Internet for the oakmayor2014.com website, Liu said: “The lesson here is this: When your son says, ‘Mommy, Daddy, I need internet access for homework,’ this really translates to: ‘I am gonna masturbate online while my parents at work yo.’” Kimmel also ripped from a Chronicle interview of Liu, where Liu says he was motivated to run, in part, by a relative who “called me a piece of sh–.””
I know current Oakland mayor, Jean Quan, is running for re-election, and is in a tight and crowded race (with 15 candidates running). My impression from watching the local news and reading the local newspapers is that Quan is not well liked and has a mixed record as mayor. One of Jimmy Kimmel’s viewers sent him a video of one not-so-serious candidate (or a candidate hard to take serious), Peter Liu.
After viewing Liu’s videotaped interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, it is a bit hard to take Liu’s ideas and bid for mayor seriously:
It’s hard to take Liu seriously when he does not have an official website, though he has provided a photo and candidate statement at www.oakmayor2014.com and has an Oakland Wiki page. But if everything in Liu’s candidate statement is true:
“Peter Y. Liu is a father, service-connected Army war veteran, insurance agent, commercial & residential real estate investor, and rags to riches self-made multimillionaire. Came to Oakland as a poor immigrant in 1987. Went through the Oakland Unified schools at Bella Vista, Edna Brewer and Oakland High. He has a bachelors from the University of California and a journalism diploma from the United States Defense Information School. … “
he’s accomplished quite a bit from humble beginnings for a young 30-something. But I’m pretty sure that Liu won’t be elected as Oakland mayor, or any public office, anytime soon.
Celebrating 15th anniv of LA City designation of Thai Town. TT has served as Thai immigrant entry point since 1965. pic.twitter.com/yjj9XYi0qs
— APISmallBizProgram (@APISBP) October 28, 2014
America’s only officially recognized Thai town in Los Angeles celebrates its 15th Anniversary with everything from Thai desserts to local dignitaries. Recognized in 1999 in an effort to revitalize after the LA riots in 1992.
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.
While watching the World Series, I saw the latest Bank of America commercial with Sal Kahn promoting Kahn Academy and their efforts with BetterMoneyHabits.com. It has been a little over a year since I first blogged about this effort, so it’s good to see that Bank of America is continuing to promote their effort in improving financial literacy.
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WHO: Some nerds (a rapper, a few musicians, some filmmakers) making a music video about the superheroes and stories that inspire us. Jason Chu is the rapper.
WHAT: Kickstarter project: MARVELS – a rap music video about Comic Books & Superheroes
I grew up reading Wizard Magazine. Running to my local comic book store (Captain Blue Hen Comics) to flip through Detective Comics and Spawn back issues. Groaning at the Spider-Clone saga and collecting variant covers. They weren’t just pictures on paper: these were our role models. Our heroes. Our legends.
As I get older, real-life issues have overshadowed my dreams of heroes and villains: ISIS. Ebola. Ferguson. The job market. Divorce. Cancer.
But even – especially – in this complicated grown-up world, part of me still clings to the childish notion that we need heroes. That their stories of justice, truth, and bringing hope to the powerless… might actually be true.
My creative team and I have been working on a new project code-named MARVELS. It’s a music video about the heroes who taught us how to dream.
WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Thursday, November 20, 2014 (6:00pm PT).
MARVELS is a video inspired by floppies and trade paperbacks. Age of Apocalypse, Fables, and Kingdom Come (Alex Ross, not Jay-Z). Incredible Hulk #181 and the Bone Complete Collected Epic.
It’s a love letter to every unsettled “Superman vs. Batman?” argument, small town comic-con, and the bagged and boarded collection still sitting in long boxes in my mom’s basement.
MARVELS is a story about a kid who looks up to superheroes, but grows disillusioned. It’s about real supervillains: Cancer. Addiction. Broken relationships. It’s about a young man who learns how to dream again.
MARVELS is not MY story, but OURS: the kids who read, watched, and gamed because we knew, hidden beneath our awkward youth, we were secretly already heroes. The kids who, like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Aang, felt trapped in a society confused and scared of what it didn’t understand.
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 crazy to imagine what she will look like as her already strong pro-MMA career unfolds. Tonight, she will be fighting an undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz from Poland.