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.
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.
Gavin and Andrew check back in for the second installment of DIU Japan. This time they are joined by fellow Canadian English teacher, Jeef. This week, the gang focus their discussion heavily on driving in Japan.
Now well into their first few months in the Gunma prefecture, the gang all have rented kei (yellow plate) cars – expanding the realm of possibilities while exploring the land of the rising sun. But not all is right in this seemingly beautiful paradise.
Gavin rants about the fact that there is no “left on red,” how he paying more for insurance than Andrew and Jeef, and how amber lights literally last half a second.
We also talk about our boy Ebachan – A.K.A. a NPC mechanic character straight out of Initial D – and our two-hour hike up a mountain during a typhoon.
Other topics include super thin apartment walls, the legendary gaijin smash ability, and the group of people known as gaijin hunters.
(Recorded on September 18, 2017)
Apologies for the delay, as it took me two-plus weeks to edit this episode (read: get my shit together)
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.
Jack brings in the issue of over-sensitivity as we talk about Toronto Blue Jays’ centre-fielder Kevin Pillar being suspended for uttering a homophobic slur during a MLB game. Jack suggests that people need to chill-the-fuck down as the only reason Pillar was suspended is because the people (millennials) are too sensitive about progressive ideologies. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about how humidity and the heat. Being sweaty, the inability to dress nicely, and fending off insects are just some points covered on this issue.
We’ve got a packed studio (and mini reunion) for DIU Podcast’s season two finale. Joining Gavin, Jack, and Kyle in studio this week is Jonathan and Taimoor – two friends who just so happened to be in Japan while Jack and Kyle were visiting. The gang retell the story of their initial meeting. The four then go on to describe the experiences travelling with their respective travel partner and a surprising number of similarities appear.
Jack’s mind is blown when Jonathan and Taimoor both state that they have white girlfriends – shattering Jack’s old worldview that Asian men can’t get with white girls.
Lastly, the higher-ups at DIU Podcast have finally had it with the Love Guru’s lack of new articles. Season two ends with another major cliffhanger as it is revealed that the Jack has been stripped of his Love Guru title. What does this mean for the Kao Lui Corner? Find out in season three!
Our good friend, Seb, joins us in the first double-digit episode of DIU Podcast. This week Gavin compares the schooling of Asian countries to that of the West. We discuss how culture could influence students to be more studious and tackle the stereotype of all Asians being great at math. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how Hong Kongers are always looking down and complaining about the people from mainland China.
Afterwards, the Love Guru asks Seb for some feedback in regards to the Kao Lui Corner.
Here is the infamous Lexi tweet as published by Jack in 2013:
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.