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  • 10:13 pm on October 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Online reception of the Trump’s latest citizenship comment is a bit mixed, because the Korean media (in this case, both peninsular and U.S. based) has long (20+ years?) established a standard buzzword to frame the issue: Expedition Birth (원정출산)

    The word Expedition has been combined with a few choice words to frame a couple topics that pertain to women and the Chinese people in the media. Expedition Shopping Trips, etc. There is a bit of a right-wing bias in the term, but it’s more strongly used as a click-baity keyword and I think even progressive media have sometimes used it as a way to summarize the whole topic.

    The expression produces a pretty vivid image in peoples minds and leads to a foregone conclusion: “Greedy, unpatriotic upper middle class women (as if devoid of their spouses) travel to the U.S. to get free citizenship, and avoid military service for their future son, and all kinds of “upper middle class benefits” to their child-to-be-born”.

    U.S. based Korean American media’s comment sections are abuzz with the keyword. I’m not sure if progressives have looked into, or developed counters to the frame.

  • 2:07 pm on July 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    the sad state of my Instant Messenger accounts

    I mostly use SMS, Slack and KakaoTalk for my daily messaging. Colleagues use Slack; us-based contacts use SMS and I get them via Hangouts, but for the past 4 years I haven’t been able to figure out how to set Hangouts (instead of Android’s built-in “Messages” app) as the default program for outgoing SMS, so I can’t integrate it with my address book or recent calls log. (I prefer Hangouts because I can type from the computer as well) Unless I’m responding to a recent incoming convo, to initiate an SMS convo I need to scroll through all my chat history to find the thread that belongs to the person or group, or manually type the number. I have no idea why sometimes some messages would be receives by Messages instead of Hangouts. Remaining Korean contacts are on KakoTalk.

    I then have:

    • A WeChat account made because a friend was traveling through China. I have 2 contacts on the app.
    • A WhatsApp account made because most of the people I contacted to practice the language only had a WhatsApp account (which reveals your cell phone number.. what he heck?)
    • A Telegram account made for the sole purpose of participating in a hobby-related group notification list. I have no contacts in the account (My contacts from 5 years ago seem to not have been reestablished when I refused to share my address book)
    • A Signal account made for the sole purpose of talking with one person for work
    • I never agreed to make a Facebook Messenger account, but Facebook made one anyway and someone kept messaging me time-sensitive stuff through the Messenger account

    I can’t delete any of these accounts because they do have a marginal use case, and they sit on the phone consuming data, storage and RAM.


  • 12:22 pm on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    So I keep hearing about this mythical “reasonable and afraid” crowd who we can establish reasonable conversations with.

    Let’s see:

    • I see how the Korean media covers their activities and their positions, and I want to throw up. It’s disgusting.
    • I go to their website, and I want to puke. It’s worse in online spaces.
    • Same with their flyers.

    Look, if we were leading a movement and a sympathetic media outlet was posting racist shit, we would condemn it and talk with the business in question so they would immediately stop the hate speech. If the media outlet refuses to collaborate, we would publicly announce that we do not consider them our allies.

    Have the antis done that? If so what hopes do we have of establishing reasonable conversations with these people?

  • 12:52 pm on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: latino,   

    Are we sure that by using the “latinx” term we are not further reinforcing the misguided notion of people who don’t care that “people from latin america” are “latin people”? Unless people are engaged in intentional identity conversations, “latinx” can easily pass as a typo of “latin”.

  • 9:11 am on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: router   

    Evolution of routers

  • 1:53 pm on May 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    You can’t gather up a group of people who are wholeheartedly convinced that something is wrong and they have every right to say that it’s wrong and tell them that they ought not to say what they believe, and instead convince them to say “oh i think it is very good, it’s just that.. XYZ.. so yeah, let’s fix that, and let’s do it”. Because pretending to not want what you actually want can only go so far. The lack of message discipline is almost humorous. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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