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.
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!
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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”.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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!
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: