Japan Episode 2

Japan Episode 2:

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)

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Taiwan Episode 1

Taiwan Episode 1:

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!

(Recorded on September 30, 2017)

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Japan Episode 1

Japan Episode 1:

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.

DIU Podcast is back!

(Recorded on September 2, 2017)

Additional Sources

North Korea’s missile lands off Japan’s east.

Loose Ends

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.

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Episode 58

Episode 58:

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!

Follow Jack on Twitter @jackhsieh123

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Episode 57

Episode 57:

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.

Additional Sources

China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies

Beyond saving money, here’s why I’m 24 and still live with my parents 

Loose Ends

PS: I’m still waiting for the fidget spinner I ordered off Amazon for $3.57 – as mentioned on episode 51.

Edit: The package finally came on September 9th, 2017.

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Episode 56

Episode 56:

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!

Additional Sources

Painful memories could be erased, new study says. 

Giant duck gives Toronto waterfront a boost. 

Facts about the duck!

Story about the Hong Kong rubber duck.

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Episode 55

Episode 55:

You talkin’ about biased sources, bro? 

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!

Additional Sources

Canadians could be jailed or fined for using the incorrect gender pronouns. 

Here’s what you need to know about the Google – E.U. fine.

Google hit with record EU fine (video). 

Loose Ends

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.

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Episode 54

Episode 54:

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.

Additional Sources

Woman demands white doctor to treat her son.

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to get cancer.

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Episode 53

Episode 53:

Grace (episode 14) returns to the studio, clearly distraught, after hearing the big announcement from last week.

We hear about Jack’s college graduation ceremony as Gavin talks about optimistic graduation speeches. Should graduation speeches preach (false?) optimism to young adults or should we be giving more realistic speeches.  Maybe optimistic graduation speeches set up unrealistic expectations of the world after schooling, or maybe we’re just a bunch of jaded old people… Meanwhile, Jack recounts the recent tale of his near-death experience. We talk about what our final thoughts would be under such circumstances.

Afterwards, clearly spooked by his near-death experience, Jack asks Grace if his standards of getting married by the age of 28 is realistic.

Check out Grace’s blog (and relationship advice) and Chinese novel translations at liveandlearn88 and volarenovels (check out Grace Time)!

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Episode 52

Episode 52:

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.”

Loose Ends

To clarify, Japan is one hour ahead (GMT+9) of Taiwan (GMT+8).

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