Episode 47

Episode 47:

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!

Afterwards, the Love Guru writes about how to flirt with hot girls, in the latest segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Sources

What is Asian Heritage Month?

Fung Bros video on Asian Heritage Month

Citations

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

Image: Asian Heritage Month poster 

Episode 46

Episode 46:

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.

Citations

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

Images: cupcakes, birthday lettering 

Episode 45

Episode 45:

Gavin, who is now in control of the @jackhsieh123 Instagram account, brings in the issue of trying to become a celebrity. We talk about how Gavin came into ownership of Jack’s IG account and what the hopes of the account actually are. Is Jack willing to sacrifice his morality for fame? Find out by listening…

Meanwhile, Jack brings in the very serious issue of working out vs. keeping his hair. After many hours of research (see episode 43), Jack has come to accept the fact that his constant obsession with #gymlife might be the root of his thinning hair. According to Jack, working out and taking supplements will imbalance DHT levels, causing male pattern baldness. Will Jack stop working out to preserve his hair? Again, tune in to find out!

Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about how ugly folk can appear more attractive to women simply by demonstrating (or feigning) their creativity in the latest article for the Kao Lui Corner.

FOLLOW JACK ON INSTAGRAM (@jackhsieh123) and use the hashtag #langjai to tag along for the ride (Lang Jai 靚仔 – is a Cantonese term roughly translating to handsome).

Jack recently cooked the DIU Podcast gang a meal, see how it went down in our latest video!

Citations

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

Episode 42

Episode 42:

Producer Seb joins us as we briefly revisit the “parking vs. standing” debacle. Jack also updates us on his “hair situation.”

Gavin then talks about how journalistic integrity could be threatened if the sources of journalists cannot be protected. We talk about government intervention in personal life and weigh freedom of speech with personal safety. Meanwhile, Jack talks about the new Power Rangers movie. According to Jack, Hollywood directors are trying to push a progressive agenda in their new movie remakes. He claims Power Rangers “ruined his childhood” because they added a bi-sexual character. What’s worse is that the rangers are not wearing the same colour outfits (i.e. the black ranger isn’t a black guy)!

On the Kao Lui Corner, Jack writes about how to approach women in a coffee shop, for the second week towards his road to redemption (regaining his Love Guru title).

At the end of the show, we hear about the lasagna experiment. Somehow, we lose sight of what the real reason for Gavin to cook was. We end up with a pissing contest as Jack claims he can also cook food for the DIU Podcast gang… so yeah, that’s happening next week now.

Additional Sources

Journalist must turn over materials to RCMP.

Protecting sources and whistleblowers (via Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)

Loose Ends

The original Power Rangers’ series was titled Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Jack said the new reboot also had the same movie title. However, the new reboot is simply named Power Rangers (or Saban’s Power Rangers).

Some guys (Henshin Grid) already put together a page for Power Rangers and their ethnic backgrounds. One of Jack’s points was that the black ranger should be played by a black person, because that’s how Power Rangers should be. But the franchise has long found ways to deviate from a notion of matching skin tone with suit colour. In fact, African-American actors have portrayed the black, yellow, red, blue, green, and pink rangers throughout various Power Rangers series. However, African-Americans have never been the white, gold, silver, nor sixth ranger.

Citations

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

Image: Power Rangers’ poster

Episode 39

Episode 39:

Kyle drops by the studio this week as we hear his side of last week’s TFTI story. Gavin then brings in the topic of how a group of teenagers who vandalized a historic school in Virginia were recently sentenced to basically write book reports. More importantly, we learn about Jack’s disinterest in reading books for educational purposes. Meanwhile, a very stressed out Jack brings in the issue of whether or not we should stick to our comfort zones or to see what else life has to offer. The conversation goes extremely deep as Kyle and Gavin debate with Jack about the purpose of life and the idea of a quarter-life crisis.

Afterwards, the Love Guru, who has not written a new article since episode 34, continues his streak of not providing new content alive. Instead, he tries to avoid the situation by asking Gavin and Kyle about their ideal women.

Additional Sources

Teens sentenced to read diverse books for vandalism charges.

List of books the teens need to read. 

Citations

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

Image: book

Episode 37

Episode 37:

Joining us in studio this week is a fellow podcaster and creative-mind, Robin. We spend the bulk the of the show talking about content creation, creativity, and making it in the podcast world. The conversation skews many times as we also talk about: being controversial, shit-talking, why Gavin picked Jack to be on the show, and regional slang.

Afterwards, the Love Guru grills Robin about his dating life as things get descriptive on the Kao Lui Corner.

Check out Robin’s channel, Concealed Art, via Facebook, YouTube, or at www.concealedart.ca 

If you enjoyed this free-flowing podcast style, be sure to look out for Robin’s podcast – What You Saying Podcast – in the near future.

EDIT: Robin’s podcast has officially dropped with a new name (Rap Nerd Problems) – check out the first episode (featuring DIU Podcast)!

Loose Ends

I briefly mentioned this story on the show, but couldn’t recall specific details. It was Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, who said Trump’s inauguration held the largest audience ever, period.

According to the Harry Potter wikia page

An individual male human with magical ability is known as a wizard (plural: wizards), and an individual female human with magical ability is known as a witch (plural: witches), though “wizard” is sometimes used as a gender-neutral singular noun like “man”.

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

Images: microphone

Episode 36

Episode 36:

Joining us in studio this week is Jack’s fellow Love Guru Council member, Edmond. Gavin brings in the issue of single women in China renting boyfriends over the holidays; an increasingly popular trend. We also discuss if Jack will make a good “rental boyfriend.” Meanwhile, Jack talks about how the clothing company Uniqlo was hit with backlash because they just wanted to hand out free clothing. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!

Sign the petition to get Jack a free piece of HeatTech clothing!

Afterwards, as a first on DIU Podcast, guest Love Guru Edmond provides us with an article for the Kao Lui Corner on how to find “the One.”

Additional Sources

Renting boyfriends for Chinese New Years.

I briefly mentioned Chunyun; the period of time when people migrate for the new year.

Uniqlo responds to backlash over free clothing.

Loose Ends

There was a bit of miscommunication on the show regarding China’s gender ratio. I brought up the point that there are 115.88 boys born for every 100 girls in 2014. Jack contested that the statistic is only a reflection of the birth rate in 2014, not of the overall population. However, according to Radio Free Asia (in 2015); out of the 1.36 billion people in China, there are 700 million men and 667 million women (a statistic that was reference on the show) – a difference of 33 million.

We discussed briefly about the “One-Child Policy,” which was started in the 1970s. Beijing announced at the end of 2013 that couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The rules vary depending on one’s living location (i.e. rural versus urban).

We talked about Abercrombie and Fitch, and their refusal to make clothes for large women. Jack claimed that A&F was still profitable after the backlash, when in reality, the company’s sales were decreasing circa 2012. The company has made slight rebounds in 2015 largely in part of rebranding efforts as the A&F of today no longer look like the A&F of yesteryears (targeted to the “super cool looking,” All-American kids). The old A&F didn’t offer XL or above sizes for women; the new A&F does have XL sizes (according to a brief search on their website). It’s highly possible that the company would have gone out of business if the downward trend continued. They threw away their old ideologies and practices which focused on a narrow market in order to stay afloat.

Jack claimed that HALF of the homeless population is homeless because of substance abuse and gambling. According to Alcohol Rehab, it is believed that 38 per cent of the homeless population abuse alcohol; while drug abuse consists of approximately 26 per cent of the population. A 2014 study in the UK found that gambling problems affect 11.6 per cent of the homeless population. Although these issues are still important to identify, it is important to understand that there are several other factors (many of which are beyond the control of the individual) which can result to someone becoming homeless.

Factors such as lack of affordable housing, abuse, mental health issues, and breakdown of the family unit, should all be considered when examining homelessness. However, whether the homeless should receive special treatment (i.e. free clothing) is entirely up to each individual’s morality. Moreover, to put the blame of homelessness solely on the poor decision making of an individual (i.e. claiming half of all homelessness is due to drug abuse and gambling) is a drastic misrepresentation for the causes of homelessness.

Citations

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

Image: Jack’s Change.Org petition 

Episode 35

 

Episode 35:

Still reeling from the flu, the guys decide to shift their focus on health-oriented topics. Gavin brings in the topic of the new Ontario law which requires food service providers with more than 20 locations to include calorie counts on their menus. Meanwhile Jack talks about a scientific breakthrough which can lead to longer lives via genetic alteration.

Afterwards, the Love Guru answers a listener question on this week’s Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Sources

Steve Harvey mocks Asian men; responds to criticism. 

Eddie Huang’s essay in response to Steve Harvey.

Ontario calorie count on menus starting January 1st, 2017. 

Calorie counter isn’t really that effective.

Calorie counter in restaurants criticized.

Aging is reversible, at least in human cells and live mice. 

Loose Ends

During the episode, Jack asked if the 20 location quota only applied to locations inside Ontario. After double-checking my sources, it seems that the new law only applies if there are 20 locations within Ontario.

Citations

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

Images: Fries

Episode 34

Episode 34:

This week it’s Gavin’s turn to be hit with the deadly flu bug, and as such, he brings in the topic of why the flu sucks. Meanwhile, Jack – in a moment of self-deprivation – attempts to call out his own people, by bringing in “being Asian” as an issue. We end up basically having the same discussion as on episode 14 when Jack claimed that Asian men are pussies. We then hear about Jack’s dreams for Asians in the future, as he hopes we one day rise above the “superior race.”

Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about the five signs a shy girl is into you during the latest segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Sources

We talked a bit about overpopulation, check out this video explaining the population boom, and why we shouldn’t be worried about it.

Jack mentioned this video by the Fung Brothers, who talk about the changes to Asian Americans during the past ten years.

Loose Ends

I used the examples of China and India when talking about countries with high birth rates (as third world countries, in the example, where the average women might give birth to 5+ children). Of course, that is no longer the case now. In India, births per women is at about 2.5; and in China, births per women is at 1.66. Compared to America, the same statistic is 1.88 (all numbers from 2012 statistics from the World Bank).

Jack mentioned countless times how a CEO position (for TD Bank, as was his example) would always belong to white people. However, a quick Google search tells me that the current CEO for TD Bank is Bharat Masrani (who was born in Uganda and of Indian descent; and is clearly… not white).

In my impassioned rage against Jack’s topic, I fucked up by confusing Harry Shum Jr. with John Cho #AsianFail 

Citations

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

Image: sneeze 

Bonus Episode 2

Bonus Episode 2:

We start off 2017 with a bang – if by “bang” you mean illness. Fighting back from deadly flu-like symptoms, a drugged-up Jack takes the mic for a short bonus episode this week. The gang talks about predictions for 2017 as Jack and Gavin try to forecast what the year holds for the other co-host. Major “hints” are dropped about what may (or may not) happen in 2017 for DIU Podcast *wink-wink, nudge-nudge.*

Watch this DIU Podcast exclusive!! Jack tries Buckley’s cough syrup for the first time prior to recording this very bonus episode!

Loose Ends

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the USA on January 20, 2017.

This is who Jack aspires to look like: Japanese-Brazilian artistic gymnast, Arthur Mariano:

File:Arthur Mariano no Rio 2016.jpg
Picture via Wikimedia

 Citations

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

Image: Crystal ball