Episode 36

Episode 36:

Joining us in studio this week is Jack’s fellow Love Guru Council member, Edmond. Gavin brings in the issue of single women in China renting boyfriends over the holidays; an increasingly popular trend. We also discuss if Jack will make a good “rental boyfriend.” Meanwhile, Jack talks about how the clothing company Uniqlo was hit with backlash because they just wanted to hand out free clothing. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!

Sign the petition to get Jack a free piece of HeatTech clothing!

Afterwards, as a first on DIU Podcast, guest Love Guru Edmond provides us with an article for the Kao Lui Corner on how to find “the One.”

Additional Sources

Renting boyfriends for Chinese New Years.

I briefly mentioned Chunyun; the period of time when people migrate for the new year.

Uniqlo responds to backlash over free clothing.

Loose Ends

There was a bit of miscommunication on the show regarding China’s gender ratio. I brought up the point that there are 115.88 boys born for every 100 girls in 2014. Jack contested that the statistic is only a reflection of the birth rate in 2014, not of the overall population. However, according to Radio Free Asia (in 2015); out of the 1.36 billion people in China, there are 700 million men and 667 million women (a statistic that was reference on the show) – a difference of 33 million.

We discussed briefly about the “One-Child Policy,” which was started in the 1970s. Beijing announced at the end of 2013 that couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The rules vary depending on one’s living location (i.e. rural versus urban).

We talked about Abercrombie and Fitch, and their refusal to make clothes for large women. Jack claimed that A&F was still profitable after the backlash, when in reality, the company’s sales were decreasing circa 2012. The company has made slight rebounds in 2015 largely in part of rebranding efforts as the A&F of today no longer look like the A&F of yesteryears (targeted to the “super cool looking,” All-American kids). The old A&F didn’t offer XL or above sizes for women; the new A&F does have XL sizes (according to a brief search on their website). It’s highly possible that the company would have gone out of business if the downward trend continued. They threw away their old ideologies and practices which focused on a narrow market in order to stay afloat.

Jack claimed that HALF of the homeless population is homeless because of substance abuse and gambling. According to Alcohol Rehab, it is believed that 38 per cent of the homeless population abuse alcohol; while drug abuse consists of approximately 26 per cent of the population. A 2014 study in the UK found that gambling problems affect 11.6 per cent of the homeless population. Although these issues are still important to identify, it is important to understand that there are several other factors (many of which are beyond the control of the individual) which can result to someone becoming homeless.

Factors such as lack of affordable housing, abuse, mental health issues, and breakdown of the family unit, should all be considered when examining homelessness. However, whether the homeless should receive special treatment (i.e. free clothing) is entirely up to each individual’s morality. Moreover, to put the blame of homelessness solely on the poor decision making of an individual (i.e. claiming half of all homelessness is due to drug abuse and gambling) is a drastic misrepresentation for the causes of homelessness.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: Jack’s Change.Org petition 

Episode 35

 

Episode 35:

Still reeling from the flu, the guys decide to shift their focus on health-oriented topics. Gavin brings in the topic of the new Ontario law which requires food service providers with more than 20 locations to include calorie counts on their menus. Meanwhile Jack talks about a scientific breakthrough which can lead to longer lives via genetic alteration.

Afterwards, the Love Guru answers a listener question on this week’s Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Sources

Steve Harvey mocks Asian men; responds to criticism. 

Eddie Huang’s essay in response to Steve Harvey.

Ontario calorie count on menus starting January 1st, 2017. 

Calorie counter isn’t really that effective.

Calorie counter in restaurants criticized.

Aging is reversible, at least in human cells and live mice. 

Loose Ends

During the episode, Jack asked if the 20 location quota only applied to locations inside Ontario. After double-checking my sources, it seems that the new law only applies if there are 20 locations within Ontario.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: Fries

Episode 34

Episode 34:

This week it’s Gavin’s turn to be hit with the deadly flu bug, and as such, he brings in the topic of why the flu sucks. Meanwhile, Jack – in a moment of self-deprivation – attempts to call out his own people, by bringing in “being Asian” as an issue. We end up basically having the same discussion as on episode 14 when Jack claimed that Asian men are pussies. We then hear about Jack’s dreams for Asians in the future, as he hopes we one day rise above the “superior race.”

Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about the five signs a shy girl is into you during the latest segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Sources

We talked a bit about overpopulation, check out this video explaining the population boom, and why we shouldn’t be worried about it.

Jack mentioned this video by the Fung Brothers, who talk about the changes to Asian Americans during the past ten years.

Loose Ends

I used the examples of China and India when talking about countries with high birth rates (as third world countries, in the example, where the average women might give birth to 5+ children). Of course, that is no longer the case now. In India, births per women is at about 2.5; and in China, births per women is at 1.66. Compared to America, the same statistic is 1.88 (all numbers from 2012 statistics from the World Bank).

Jack mentioned countless times how a CEO position (for TD Bank, as was his example) would always belong to white people. However, a quick Google search tells me that the current CEO for TD Bank is Bharat Masrani (who was born in Uganda and of Indian descent; and is clearly… not white).

In my impassioned rage against Jack’s topic, I fucked up by confusing Harry Shum Jr. with John Cho #AsianFail 

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: sneeze 

Bonus Episode 2

Bonus Episode 2:

We start off 2017 with a bang – if by “bang” you mean illness. Fighting back from deadly flu-like symptoms, a drugged-up Jack takes the mic for a short bonus episode this week. The gang talks about predictions for 2017 as Jack and Gavin try to forecast what the year holds for the other co-host. Major “hints” are dropped about what may (or may not) happen in 2017 for DIU Podcast *wink-wink, nudge-nudge.*

Watch this DIU Podcast exclusive!! Jack tries Buckley’s cough syrup for the first time prior to recording this very bonus episode!

Loose Ends

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the USA on January 20, 2017.

This is who Jack aspires to look like: Japanese-Brazilian artistic gymnast, Arthur Mariano:

File:Arthur Mariano no Rio 2016.jpg
Picture via Wikimedia

 Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: Crystal ball

Episode 33

Episode 33

Dr. Eugene Tang returns to the show in hopes of finishing off a seemingly defeated Jack from last week. We again visit previous topics covered throughout 2016; this time with a focus on the Kao Lui Corner. Now, Dr. Tang is entering the Love Guru’s playing field. Will Eugene be able to defeat him? Tune in to find out!

Read all the previous Kao Lui Corner articles.

Additional Sources

Listen to the first 15 seconds of the video and tell us what year was mentioned – 1984 or 1994?

Citations 

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: corner