Episode 57

Episode 57:

We are joined by DIU Podcast’s substitute co-host, Kyle – who recently hooked the entire team up with fidget spinners!!! Gavin recalls Jack’s hatred for the toy on episode 51. Times have since changed, as Jack is the most obsessed with the toy out of the entire group.

Gavin brings in the topic of China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo passing away from multiple organ failure. Serving an 11-year prison sentence in China for “inciting inversion of state power,” Liu was denied access to medical treatment abroad. Many critics are outraged that China would not release the prisoner. We discuss if there is a “right” or a “wrong” approach to this situation, as well as brief thoughts on China and Communism. Meanwhile, Jack, undoubtedly self-conscious about his current position in life, talks about how many young adults are still living with their parents. We talk about how this was stigmatized in the past, but is slowly becoming more and more acceptable as cost of living continues to rise.

Afterwards, the Love Guru tells us about the three different types of men in this world – alpha, beta, and omegas – in a part one of this week’s Kao Lui Corner topic.

Additional Sources

China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies

Beyond saving money, here’s why I’m 24 and still live with my parents 

Loose Ends

PS: I’m still waiting for the fidget spinner I ordered off Amazon for $3.57 – as mentioned on episode 51.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for FreeCC By 3.0

 

Episode 56

Episode 56:

We’re joined in studio this week by our high school friend and aspiring podcaster, Shiv. We quickly dive into the realms Tantan – the “Asian Tinder” Jack briefly mentioned on last week’s Kao Lui Corner. What is it? Who uses it? Is it better than Tinder?

Jack then brings in the topic of erasing memories. Triggered by a new study which aims to erase traumatic memories from the minds of PTSD patients, the gang talks about whether or not they would want to have their memories erased. Keep listening for an interesting story about Shiv publicly urinating INSIDE an active classroom?! Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the awesome giant rubber duck which was docked by the Toronto harbourfront this past Canada Day long weekend. A lot of people were angry because the city spent approximately $200,000 to bring in the duck… but Jack – being a wolf – has his own reasons for disliking the lovable yellow animal…

Afterwards, the Love Guru interviews Shiv in another week where no article has been prepared (classic)! Is Shiv a Love Guru? Tune in to find out!

Additional Sources

Painful memories could be erased, new study says. 

Giant duck gives Toronto waterfront a boost. 

Facts about the duck!

Story about the Hong Kong rubber duck.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for FreeCC By 3.0

Episode 54

Episode 54:

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.

Additional Sources

Woman demands white doctor to treat her son.

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to get cancer.

Citations

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

Image: doctor, cancer crab

Episode 50

Episode 50:

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.

Check out Robin’s cool stuff:
Podcast – Rap Nerd Problems on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Concealed Art Facebook group

Additional Sources

People are upset that BTS won Billboard Music Award

Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health

Citations

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

Images: South Korea flag, Japan flag, BTS, Instagram logo 

Episode 48

Episode 48:

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.

As promised, Jack delivers part two of the California vlog!

Additional Sources

This is why Generation Z isn’t into drinking or drugs

Jeremy Lin says racial slurs were more prevalent in college than in NBA

Students suspended for “liking” racists Instagram posts sue school

TDSB shuts down Snapchat, Netflix, and Instagram in schools

Citations

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

Image: Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons 

Episode 47

Episode 47:

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!

Afterwards, the Love Guru writes about how to flirt with hot girls, in the latest segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Sources

What is Asian Heritage Month?

Fung Bros video on Asian Heritage Month

Citations

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

Image: Asian Heritage Month poster 

Bonus Episode 3

Bonus Episode 3:

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!

Topics include…

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.

 

Episode 37

Episode 37:

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.

Check out Robin’s channel, Concealed Art, via Facebook, YouTube, or at www.concealedart.ca 

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)!

Loose Ends

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.

According to the Harry Potter wikia page

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”.

Citations

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

Images: microphone

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