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.
The final shebang! Gavin and Jack sit down for one last time before the two go their separate ways. Michael finally gets the (super limited edition) DIU Podcast mug (won on episode 32) signed by the hosts at the absolute last date possible. And for some reason, Jack throws some random brain teasers at Gavin.
Gavin talks about the issue of packing, specifically packing at the very last minute. The gang talk about packing strategies and what type of clothing to bring when leaving for a year (or longer). The crux of the issue turns out to be packing shoes – how many should we bring? Meanwhile, Jack talks about his feelings as the group sets to disband. We reflect on the long journey which has been DIU Podcast and talk about the future of the show.
Afterwards, Jack concludes the final Kao Lui Corner with an article about how to be an Alpha (part 2 from last week’s article). Everything comes full circle as the man who has lost his confidence throughout season three returns full force as the Love Guru we all know and love!
Big shout-out to all our listeners; stay tuned for more shenanigans… from the other side of the world!
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.
This week Jack talks about the new bill C-16 beings (not quite yet) passed in Canada. C-16, aimed to include more facets of the LGBTQ community into Canada’s code for human rights, is allegedly a gateway for “regular” folk to lose their freedom of speech. According to Jack, and various right-wing blog articles, C-16 will lead to people being imprisoned for using incorrect gender pronouns! This is definitely not the Canada Jack wants to be a part of… Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the 2.4 billion Euro fine Google received from the European Union. We talk about what this may mean for Google’s future and their methods of promoting advertisements.
Afterwards, Jack interviews Gavin during the Kao Lui Corner. According to various “sources” Gavin is allegedly a Love Guru? No one really knows, you’ll just need to listen and decide for yourself!
The Governor General was briefly mentioned during Jack’s topic. It is true that the GG is a representative of the Queen. However, the GG is appointed by the Queen on the advice of Canada’s Prime Minister.
Prime Minister vs President (Encyclopedia Britannica): A prime minister, by definition, must be able to command a legislative majority. In a parliamentary system, the prime minister sets the national agenda, appoints cabinet officials, and governs at the behest of a party or a coalition of parties. In parliamentary systems, presidents—if they exist—serve as largely ceremonial heads of state.
And just in case Jack doesn’t believe me regarding the word query… Query: a question, especially one addressed to an official or organization.
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.
Gavin talks about ordering fidget spinners and long shipping periods. Jack gives us a biotin update, and we also learn about some other tricks he’s been trying to get his thick hair back.
Jack brings in the issue of not having a phone. We hear first-hand experiences of perhaps one of the biggest fears for young people in the 21st century. How did Jack survive nine days without a phone? Did he learn anything from this ordeal? Tune in to find out! Meanwhile, Gavin has a HUGE announcement regarding the future of DIU Podcast…
Afterwards, the Love Guru tries to leave a legacy with his latest article entitled “How to be a Love Guru.”
To clarify, Japan is one hour ahead (GMT+9) of Taiwan (GMT+8).
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!
Kyle drops by the studio this week as we hear his side of last week’s TFTI story. Gavin then brings in the topic of how a group of teenagers who vandalized a historic school in Virginia were recently sentenced to basically write book reports. More importantly, we learn about Jack’s disinterest in reading books for educational purposes. Meanwhile, a very stressed out Jack brings in the issue of whether or not we should stick to our comfort zones or to see what else life has to offer. The conversation goes extremely deep as Kyle and Gavin debate with Jack about the purpose of life and the idea of a quarter-life crisis.
Afterwards, the Love Guru, who has not written a new article since episode 34, continues his streak of not providing new content alive. Instead, he tries to avoid the situation by asking Gavin and Kyle about their ideal women.
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.