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About genghis

My name is Genghis Mendoza, named after a mongolian barbarian, but 100 percent Filipino. Also the darkest one in this here bunch. But don't let the black and white photo fool you.

Yakuza daughter sheds light on gangster life

The lifestyle of a Yakuza gangster is in jeopardy says Shoko Tendo, author of Yakuza Moon, a best-selling memoir just out in English. I found this interesting article in Reuters. Her first-person account of life as a daughter of a … Continue reading

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My name is @

I came across an article, where a couple in China wants to name their son @. You read correctly, @, which prounounced in Mandarin is “ai ta” and translated in English means “love him”. It turns out that the deputy … Continue reading

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China: Reincarnation is against the law without our permission.

When I first read the headline from MSNBC, China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation, I shook my head in disbelief. Well disbelief because I don’t believe in Buddhism, and also China’s law bans Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. … Continue reading

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Beijing Cardboard-Stuffed Buns a Hoax

Last week a Beijing news reporter reported that steamed buns sold in some of the neighborhoods in Beijing were actually chemically soaked card board mixed with pork fat. This week he is in jail for making up the story. I … Continue reading

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9 year old boy drives away from kidnappers

Now I’ve seen Home Alone and most of the sequels, but this tops it. How many asian kids do you know, who can drive at the age of 9, from their own kidnappers. I’m sure they are going to put … Continue reading

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Pacman for President?

When I first heard the news that Manny Pacquiao, the Super Featherweight Champion Boxer, was running for Congress in his homeland of the Philippines, my first instinct was to cringe, and say WTF? The past decade of Philippine politics has … Continue reading

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The Filipino Debate: Opportunity versus Nationalism

Like so many other first generation Filipino’s in America, my parents immigrated to the United States in hopes of a better life. They studied hard in school, motivated by their poor economic upbringing to support their family back home, and … Continue reading

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The new “Silk Road”

Lately I’ve been watching, HBO’s drama series, Rome, where you slowly watch the power struggle of all the players responsible for the downfall of the Roman empire. The show is intriguing and a Hollywood take at a historical lesson. It’s … Continue reading

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Shinkansen trains rollout in China

Ahh, if you’ve ever had the chance to travel to Japan, and take a Shinkansen train, you’ll know what it feels like to be Superman traveling like a speeding bullet. It’s amazing to see them burst through a station it’s … Continue reading

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Boyz II Men makes it on the road (in Asia)

Boyz II Men, ABC, BBD…mmmmm hhhhmm… I loved Boyz II Men back in the early 90’s. I mean as soon as they sported the blue denim shirts and ties, I was all over it. “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” … Continue reading

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Filipinos most sedentary, WTF?

According to a study conducted in Irvine, CA, Filipinos are most sedentary among Asian Pacific Americans. The article states that 76.3% of Filipinos interviewed reported very little to no physical activity. And the other fact noted is that Filipino men … Continue reading

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