Jack returns behind the mic for the second installation of DIU Taiwan. This time, he is joined by Uncle Phil, a fellow teacher in Taiwan. Uncle Phil talks about his initial reactions upon landing in Taiwan. Uncle Phil compares his initial time in Taiwan with his time living in Beijing. We also hear about the two going to the Taiwan Pride Parade – and how Jack was super awkward.
We learn that Uncle Phil is also a Love Guru, as deemed by Jack. Jack revives the Kao Lui Corner and immediately puts Phil in the hot seat.
Jack and Kyle return behind the mic for the first episode of DIU Podcast – Taiwan Edition. The two talk about their initial month in the land of bubble (a word Jack can’t pronounce for some reason) tea, and the start of their careers as English teachers. This episode’s barrage of topics include: being Asian-Canadian in Taiwan, living in a cash-based society, Jack’s gangster landlord, Kyle’s love for McDonald’s delivery, and teaching English to kids. We also learn that Jack is super poor, and already borrowing money from other people.
What future adventures are in store for the DIU Taiwan gang? Stay tuned to find out!
After spending a month getting acclimated to his new home, Gavin returns behind the mic for the premiere episode of DIU Podcast: Japan. Gavin is joined by long-time friend, and fellow English teacher, Andrew.
The two talk about the initial month in Japan. Topics include: buying shoes, setting up apartments, social conformity, work-life balance, cultural distinction, Japan as a cash society, and the North Korean missile threat.
Stay tuned as there will be many more issues to be uncovered; whether in Japan or globally.
I mentioned that the North Korea fired a missile over Japan on Monday (Aug 28) – I misspoke. Although Western media would have learned of the news on Monday, the actual event happened on Tuesday (Aug 29) in Japan.
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.
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!
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.