Gavin is once again joined by Andrew, and fellow English teacher, Mat (with one T). Mat shares some Australian chocolates with the gang as we hear about why he’s teaching in Japan. Gavin talks about overcoming extreme heartbreak as the gang is recovering from the loss of – what will now be known as – the “lost episode” of DIU Podcast.
Issues this week include outrageous phone bills and slow ass Internet speeds, snow season in Japan, and the lack of a “regular sized” adult toothbrush. However, the main topic this week revolves around the gang’s impending decision of renewing the contract to stay in Japan for another year… Why are Andrew and Gavin on the fence? Tune in to find out!
Later on throughout the show, hearing about the Australian chocolates, another good friend (and English teacher), Lena, pops into the studio. She talks about her contract renewal decision and her desire to learn Japanese. We also hear some hot gossip about misbehaving co-workers and stories of how people keep hitting on her.
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.
Welcome to season three! Join Jack and Gavin as they briefly discuss their three week vacation from the show. Gavin explains the ground rules for Jack if he wants to reclaim his former Love Guru title on the show. We then talk about why Jack has been such a bitch in recent weeks, as we discuss the cause for his loss of confidence.
Jack brings in a very heart-felt issue as he talks about how “wifey-material” girls are becoming more and more rare. Increased prevalence of the “partying lifestyle” have created a new generation of girls who don’t meet Jack’s standards for a wife. We discuss his fears on humanity’s future ability to reproduce and sustain a population.
We’ve mentioned feminism and the women’s rights movements a few times on DIU Podcast (including this episode). However, we often brush over the topic with general dates and times for when feminism arose. For example, I attributed the date to the 1960s during this episode (alluding to second-wave feminism). This is an oversimplification of the topic at hand.
Feminism finds its roots as early as the 1850s and has seen several different changes from second-wave (1960s), third-wave (1990s), and even the idea of post-feminism. At the same time, grouping all of feminist theories under one umbrella is also incorrect, as there are different ideologies.
With the American presidential elections in the books, Jack returns with a renewed admiration for his boi DT. Gavin brings in a quiz to figure out how Jack’s views align with the political candidates – is he actually a Trump supporter? Meanwhile, Jack talks about why the modern man is less likely to want to pursue marriage. The reason for this decline, according to Jack, is – to no one’s surprise – women.
Jack mentioned that federal minimum wage can be as low as $5.00 in the United States. The minimum wage is actually $7.25. However, he may have been referring to Georgia State where the minimum wage is $5.15. Employees in Georgia covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act will receive the federal minimum of $7.25
Jack talked about how women get half the man’s possessions upon a divorce, that is an oversimplification of the topic. Assets earned during a marriage belong to both parties equally (and thus, split equally upon divorce). Most times, the man earns higher wages because many women put their careers on hold to raise their family – this is also why women tend to receive financial support. It’s wrong to assume that women have anything to gain, financially, from a divorce. Studies have compared divorced spouses years after their seperation. In most cases, the man is doing better financially (hardly impacted by the divorce), while the woman is worse off (most likely a single-parent with reduced earning potential).
In regards to child custody, the parent who has more time for the children usually gets custody. Most times, the man has a larger focus on career. Therefore it is only logical that the man will have less time to raise children – especially with a divorce.
In Canada, we have seen an increasing popularity towards joint custody and a decrease in single-parent custody.
The 1990s saw a rapid rise in the popularity of joint custody; by the year 2000, well over one-third of children (37%) were placed in the custody of both divorcing parents. Sole father custody, on the other hand, actually declined during the period, from around 15% to under 10%. These changes meant that, by the year 2000, sole mother custody was awarded for only just over half the children concerned. (Department of Justice website)
We also talked about child support payments as well. The amount of child support paid monthly (in Canada) is dependent on the specific province, an individual’s salary, and the amount of children they have with their ex. Jack threw out $500 as an example of an acceptable monthly fee – in Ontario, a person would need to have an income of $55,200 (assuming they only have one child) in order to be required to pay $500 a month. If you have two children, the $500 requirement will be in effect if you earn $34,400. The numbers change as more children are invovled.
This week we dedicate the entire episode towards a topic very near-and-dear to us: Jack. The show begins with Gavin retelling an anecdote about why Jack is the issue this week. The gang is joined by Jack’s high school role model, Louie, who comments on Jack’s personal growth throughout the years. Later on, friend-of-the-show Jenny drops by the studio and talks about what she likes (and dislikes) about the self-proclaimed International Love Guru.
Afterwards, Jack interviews Jenny to gain a deeper understanding of the female psyche when it comes to dating and relationships.
Gavin brings in the topic of self-driving cars as we discuss possible safety concerns and what implications the technology will have on everyday life. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how he feels emasculated when women earn more money than him. We also learn about why Jack is in constant fear of being overshadowed by females.
Some statistics which were referenced but specific numbers were not provided:
– There are more women in colleges than men: in America, 57% of college students are females
– There are more women in Canada than men: women account for 50.7% of the population (17.2 million)
In this news-heavy episode, Jack brings in the topic of the Stanford rape case. The conversation heads into the direction of social privilege and gender inequality. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the topic of the missing seven-year old boy from Japan and a discussion about proper parental discipline ensues.
I talked about how there are differences between jail and prison. I didn’t know the sentencing length which separated being thrown into jail or prison during the time of recording. However, it seems that jail is mainly for people who are convicted of misdemeanor and are serving a sentence less than a year.
This week Jack brings in the issue of how women claim to want equality with men, but also want additional treatment. The discussion morphs towards the idea that maybe perfect equality isn’t achievable. Instead, we should seek equity among the sexes in hopes of balancing the playing field of life. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the topic of whether or not second generation immigrants should learn their mother tongue when living in North America.
As part one of a two-parter, Jack introduces the three different types of friendzones in this week’s edition of Kao Lui Corner.
In the discussion of Jack’s topic, I mentioned the idea that women carry the bulk of the load for housework. While husband and wife are more likely to share the responsibility of housework in the contemporary era, we still see woman take on the more important, time-pressing, chores.
For example, men are tasked with mowing the lawn (something which can be done whenever the husband feels like it), whereas women are generally tasked with prepping the meal (if dinner is at 6:00 p.m. there’s no way she can procrastinate). Check out the film, Chore Wars: the battle over who cleans the toilet for more information about the housework debate.
I briefly referenced a 2002 study in the journal Demography, titled “Only English by the third generation?: Loss and preservation of the mother tongue among the grandchildren of contemporary immigrants.” by Alba et al.
I recently saw a video floating around Facebook where a company named Waverly Labs is developing wearable technology to allow for instant translation. Each person puts an earpiece into their ears and when they talk, the earpieces (connected to a smartphone) translates the
conversation into their desired language. So far, the language selection is limited to (English, French, Latin, and German).
While the technology is still developing, it’s interesting to think about how new technologies such as this can influence or needs to learn multiple languages in the future.