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.
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.
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!
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.
Robin (episode 37) rejoins the DIU gang for the big 5-0 episode. We briefly cover various ongoing Jack C subjects such as the results of the Instagram model project and a biotin update. Robin, returning from a two-week trip to South Korea and Japan, also gives his take on the two Asian countries.
Jack brings in the topic about the K-Pop group, BTS, winning a Billboard Award. Their victory in the Top Social Artist category over the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes caused a huge commotion among social media users who didn’t like seeing some Asians win the award. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in a new study which suggests that social media applications may be causing significant mental health issues for young adults. We talk about an appropriate approach and mindset for using social media… and what it means to have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
Afterwards, Jack and Robin answer a fan question on this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.
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.
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!
Join the DIU Podcast gang as they celebrate a year of this very podcast. Accompanied by Seb and Kyle, Gavin and Jack look back at the first year of the show as they talk about their favourite moments, episodes, and issues. We also talk about the growth and development of the two hosts and talk about moving forward in life.
Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about his favourite moments from a year’s worth of Kao Lui Corner segments.
Shout out to all the listeners and fans of DIU Podcast! Please join us in wishing the show a Happy Birthday!
We mentioned a lot of past episodes this week, you can check them out in our episodes archives.
Jack gives us an update on his hair loss situation. We also talk about the phantom California vlog which was introduced weeks ago but somehow still has yet to be released… Sike! You can now watch it here!
Jack brings in the issue of tall people – specifically people who are between 5’11” and 6’5″ – and how they need to use their height more appropriately. Jack brutally attacks Gavin for being so nonchalant about his 6″1 frame. Jack claims that Gavin’s height should be enough to propel him into being either a NBA player, professional singer, or model. Meanwhile, Gavin gives a passionate speech as he talks about making life decisions. There are going to be a lot of people telling you how to live your life; but at the end of the day, you’re the one who should decide how to live life.
Jack tries to attack my reputation as a tall person by claiming I don’t post-up while playing basketball. I want to clarify that I in fact DO post up while playing ball.
At the same time, the pace of modern basketball emphasizes speed, quickness, and three-point shooting. This is true especially in pick-up basketball where teams are not set in advance. Playing post requires a lot of coordination when compared to playing isolation or shooting threes.
In addition, the simple fact that I am playing basketball is already an example of me “taking advantage of my height.” This is true regardless of if I am under the basket or behind the three-point line. The primary advantage of being tall is that you can shoot over your defenders. Tall people shooting threes are still more advantageous than shorter people shooting threes (assuming both players are equally skilled shooters), because the taller shooter should have an easier time shooting over their defender – in theory. This is true regardless of where the player is shooting the ball from.
the NBA’s influence on today’s game:
Because the NBA is the best basketball league on the planet, viewers often try to mimic or replicate how the NBA game is played. The modern NBA game has seen the rise of the stretch big – a big man who can shoot the three point shot. Having a big man who can shoot the three is an asset because teams can space out the floor and attack more quickly. The phenomenon of the big-man shooting threes arises because of its increased popularity in the NBA game.
The modern NBA is also more favourable towards guards and quick players. Newly implemented (well, somewhat new) hand-check rules allow for guards to drive to the basket more easily, allowing for a faster-pace of gameplay. Small-ball and quick baskets will always be more entertaining to watch than slow set-plays for the big man down low. The NBA will always want to promote the most exciting game possible, to gain more viewership. As a result, kids on the playground would rather emulate Steph Curry shooting half-court threes instead of Tim Duncan shooting a hook shot.