Tune in for a very medical episode of DIU Podcast (or at least as medical as a show with two unqualified millennials can get)!
In the past week, a viral video depicting a white woman demanding a white doctor to treat her son has surfaced. The video, from Mississauga, Ontario, has resulted in tremendous backlash against the mother. Gavin tries to examine how situations such as this can be a reflection of racism (or reverse-racism) in Canada. Specifically, Gavin explores the idea of whether the personal preference of a patient can be called racism. Meanwhile, Jack brings in new research claiming that one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. Gavin suggests that the statistics are being manipulated for fear-mongering.
Afterwards, the Love Guru gives us some tips regarding the appropriate questions to ask someone when you’re trying to get to know them better.
Robin (episode 37) rejoins the DIU gang for the big 5-0 episode. We briefly cover various ongoing Jack C subjects such as the results of the Instagram model project and a biotin update. Robin, returning from a two-week trip to South Korea and Japan, also gives his take on the two Asian countries.
Jack brings in the topic about the K-Pop group, BTS, winning a Billboard Award. Their victory in the Top Social Artist category over the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes caused a huge commotion among social media users who didn’t like seeing some Asians win the award. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in a new study which suggests that social media applications may be causing significant mental health issues for young adults. We talk about an appropriate approach and mindset for using social media… and what it means to have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
Afterwards, Jack and Robin answer a fan question on this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.
Gavin confronts Jack about why part two of the California vlog still hasn’t been released. Jack also retracts a point about Gen Z kids and drug use he made on episode 31.
Jeremy Lin recently mentioned that he faced more racism during his college career when compared to his NBA career. Jack is distraught to hear that racism (still) exists in the 21st century and can’t believe that college students can be racist. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the issue of how a school district in California may be overstepping their boundaries by disciplining students who “liked” some Instagram posts. The conversation spirals into a discussion about online behaviour and its real-world implications.
Afterwards, the Love Guru tackles a listener’s question in this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.
Gavin is shocked to find out that May is Asian Heritage Month, as he brings in the issue of how the event isn’t being publicized efficiently. The duo talk about what they would like to see happen for Asian Heritage Month and what something like this means to Asian-Canadians. Meanwhile, Jack is under the impression that Gavin would be a perfect candidate as a partner on the Amazing Race. Jack tries to convince Gavin that they would be a successful team. Is Gavin convince? Tune in to find out!
Join Gavin as he keeps an audio log to make the first ever international DIU Podcast (bonus) episode. Gavin, Jack, Michael, and Dr. Eugene Tang visit various parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Tune in to see if Gavin can survive nine whole days of Jack (and his constant interruptions), among other exciting topics and issues to be uncovered on the road!
Jack wanting to mend a broken relationship with Eugene as we learn about why Dr. Tang dislikes the former Love Guru.
Gavin ranting about hotel etiquette when it comes to sharing space and utilities with three other dudes.
Michael almost dying from a movie-esque bike accident.
Eugene’s traumatic fall from grace: from aspiring PhD student to alleged convict.
Joining us in studio this week is a fellow podcaster and creative-mind, Robin. We spend the bulk the of the show talking about content creation, creativity, and making it in the podcast world. The conversation skews many times as we also talk about: being controversial, shit-talking, why Gavin picked Jack to be on the show, and regional slang.
Afterwards, the Love Guru grills Robin about his dating life as things get descriptive on the Kao Lui Corner.
If you enjoyed this free-flowing podcast style, be sure to look out for Robin’s podcast – What You Saying Podcast – in the near future.
EDIT: Robin’s podcast has officially dropped with a new name (Rap Nerd Problems) – check out the first episode (featuring DIU Podcast)!
I briefly mentioned this story on the show, but couldn’t recall specific details. It was Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, who said Trump’s inauguration held the largest audience ever, period.
An individual male human with magical ability is known as a wizard (plural: wizards), and an individual female human with magical ability is known as a witch (plural: witches), though “wizard” is sometimes used as a gender-neutral singular noun like “man”.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
This week we are joined by former Mr. Asia contestant, Brandon. Gavin brings in the issue of the Toronto police shifting towards grey police cruisers. Meanwhile Brandon talks about the upcoming US presidential elections and of which candidate is the lesser of two evils.
Afterwards, Jack – who has deemed Brandon a fellow love guru – asks him some questions in regards to chasing girls.