Episode 49

Episode 49:

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.

Afterwards, the Love Guru gives us five tips we should consider before getting into a relationship.

Additional Sources

Kevin Pillar homophobic slur

Modern Educayshun video mentioned by Jack about a hypersensitive world.

Citations

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

Image: flames 

Episode 40

Episode 40:

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!

DIU Podcast will return in late March… (date TBA)

Citations

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

Image: Hitch 

Episode 10

Episode 10:

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:

Jack Tweet
Shout-out to Jack for putting my face front-and-centre on his Twitter profile picture.

Additional Resources

I mentioned the phenomenon “education fever.”

And here is a brief excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, in which he connects the linguistics to stronger mathematical abilities.

Citations

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

Images: China’s flag, Canada’s flag, Earth

Episode 4

Episode 4:

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.

Additional References

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.

Loose Ends

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.

Citation

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

Images: Male and female symbols, Donald Trump via Flickr user Gage Skidmore, green checkmark, red X