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You Disappoint Me, California

Before I begin on my latest and hopefully final political rant for the time being, I must express my glee in Obama’s victory. After a long and disappointing 8 years, the Democratic party has finally gained control of the top office. Almost all news stories that I have been reading describe this event as a momentous part in American history with President-elect Barack Obama being our first African-American president. As momentous as that this is, let it not be forgotten that this is not the only reason why today such an important day in our history.

Obama is a representation of the new generation of leaders. He marks the waning end of the Baby-Boomer rule, and the beginning of a new type of leadership that the United States and the world will experience. I hold him to his promise to bring the change that we desperately need.

This year’s election has also been a momentous one for the people of my generation. Some people are voting for the first time, and others, like myself, have never been more involved in any election ever before. Though this may not be a very convincing sample, I was scrolling through my Facebook friends’ updated statuses, and I was so proud to see so many of my peers actively involved in this year’s election. Whether they sided with my views or not did not matter to me that much; it was so empowering to see the change in our mindsets: we CAN make a difference and our opinions do matter.

Now, on to the bad news. It saddens me to see that over half of California voters prefer hate over LOVE. They are not willing to accept the changing time, and as a result, they have voted to ban same-sex marriage in our state. I try to look toward the brighter side of things, especially if I am rooting for the underdog. Although 52% of California voters are against LOVE and promoting a basic civil right that should be entitled to all Americans, I know for a fact that this will not be the end of it. As I have already stated before, I will not stay quiet until this basic human right passes through to the rest of my country.

On an ending note, though I can’t believe that I am actually wasting a few minutes of my life writing this, if you don’t appreciate what I have to say, that’s fine. Comment all you want. Just remember. This is MY blog and these are MY words. Therefore, I can monitor the content to my liking as much as I wish. I consider myself to be rather fair, but the more hateful, immature comments you try to leave here, the less inclined I am to approve them.

Change is coming. Just you watch.

V^.^v & ❤


3 comments November 5, 2008

NO on Proposition 8

I know I should be writing about my experiences abroad, and I really do want to, but this matter seems to be far more urgent as the clock winds down upon November 4.

When I think of the United States, I think of freedom, as does anyone, right? Our country is the “land of the free,” where we can openly speak our minds, openly practice religion, and openly accept people regardless of their backgrounds. We pride our country in being one that supposedly does not discriminate against anyone. Although we have met our rough patches throughout our history, as our history continues, we should be striving toward fighting for our fundamental beliefs.

It is such hypocrisy that my fellow Americans, no, my fellow CALIFORNIANS from one of the most liberal states in the U.S., would support a ridiculous proposition that goes completely against our country’s fundamental beliefs. Proposition 8 is unjust in every aspect as it is based solely on religious preference. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t the U.S. supposed to be about religious freedom? Is it not true that we pride ourselves in being a country that does not discriminate against anyone?

Then why, why, WHY is Proposition 8 even on the ballot? Why are people spending money supporting this proposition, when all it will do is create more injustice in our nation? Are homosexuals evil people? If you answer yes, then tell me, what have they done to you? Have they been running around like you have, trying to convince you that heterosexuality is wrong? Other than their sexual preference, how are they different from you? They eat. They sleep. And they LOVE.

LOVE! Isn’t that what God supposedly stands for? Yet it is “God’s people” who are imposing this gross injustice upon their fellow Americans. From what I learned in school, God loves and accepts everyone for who they are. So shouldn’t “God’s people” be following in his example?

Times are changing, and people of the past need to open their eyes and see that Proposition 8 will not do any good for our country except take us back several steps. Even if Proposition 8 passes, this will not be the end of it. I can assure you that as long as I have my freedom of speech, I will not stop fighting for the fundamental right to love and marry. I am not homosexual myself, but there have been so many gays and lesbians who have influenced my life positively. To think that these beautiful people could have their fundamental right to marry for LOVE taken away by ignorant voters scares me.

This is about equality for all Americans.

If you have any sense of pride in being an American, and any love for your fellow citizens, you would vote NO on Proposition 8.



1 comment October 22, 2008

One World, One Dream Forever

So ends the 29th Olympiad hosted in Beijing, possibly one of, if not the most anticipated Olympics thus far. After witnessing the degrees of excitement that the people of China had for the Games, I knew that this was one sporting event that I could not bear to miss even if my life depended on it. I was not happy with NBC’s broadcasts, but I have to admit that they did one thing right. I am very pleased to see that despite all the taped broadcasts that claim to be “live” here on the West Coast, NBC at least opened their viewers’ eyes to some of the basics of Chinese culture that may be unknown to many in the American audience up until now. The comments I have received on this blog thusfar may not reflect what I stand for, but I still believe it: I believe that the open-minded people of the United States who followed the Olympics have grown to see the Chinese people and culture in a different, more positive light.

On a side note, I appreciate everyone’s input on my blog, even if most of them are opposing my point of view. I figured it as much since my choice of words in my previous posts would tend to draw in people who type in “Chinese Cheaters” in search engines because they are the ignorant readers truly believe that the Chinese are a group of lying cheaters. The term “Chinese cheaters” and “China cheaters” were the two keywords most widely used in search engines to land upon my blog. The next one is…”Shawn Johnson boobs.” The most unusual one is…”perverted pics of U.S. gymnasts.” What kind of perverts are you all? Haha! So if you are one of those people who are using the term “boobs” or “perverted” in your searches, and you end up here…sorry! Got nothing for ya! =)

Anyway, call me a nerd but my night life pretty much shut down for 16 days. Well, that’s an exaggeration because I stopped watching the “live coverage” when I got tired of hearing all the ridiculous allegations against the Chinese gymnasts and various “controversial issues” brought up during NBC’s coverage. All the heat about the controversial issues in China goes completely against what the Games are all about: worldwide unity. It seems like the U.S. media can not let go of the fact that China is changing for the better, and the American perspective is mauled from previous happenings in China. You can not expect a nation of 1.3 billion people to change into a free country over night. I truly believe that eventually China will be the greatest nation in the world whether the United States likes it or not.

One of the hottest issues of controversy during the Beijing Olympics was China’s human rights record. It seems like the criticism never ends. Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT saying that I agree with everything the Chinese does, but the people of the U.S. should be the last to talk about human rights. Aside from the century of enslaving Africans and African Americans, what about the internment of people of Japanese descent during WWII in the 20th century? Was that justified? The government suspected the Japanese residing in the U.S. of possible conspiracy with the Japanese government based solely on ethnic heritage.  Not one of the internees were proven guilty! Most of the internees were American citizens! If this is not bigotry, then I don’t know what is.

Of course, you can argue that these events were of the past, but if we are such a perfect nation now, wouldn’t homosexuals have the right to marriage? By depriving them of the right to marriage for LOVE is depriving them of a basic human right.

Also, everyone in the U.S. is seen as “equal” regardless of gender, but tell me why you do not see hardly any women CEOs of major corporations in the U.S. Why is it that statistically women are generally paid way less than men? Is there scientific proof stating that women are not as smart or capable as men, or are men just preferred over women in this patriarchal society?

What about equal representation of African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans in the mass media? Why is our media dominated by Caucasians? Are they more talented and attractive because of their ethnicity? This seems hardly equal to me.

China did an amazing job with hosting the Olympics, and I doubt that the U.S. could ever come close to putting on such a successful Olympics as they did for the past 2 weeks. Though some of their political issues are relics of our past [and some are still of our present], remember that China is still a developing nation. I am not saying that I agree with the way they run things, but at the same time, I have witnessed China first hand for myself because I have family there. Things are not as bad as we like to think. However, there is definite room for improvement, and as one world, we should all be more aware in an international perspective rather than being cooped up in our little bubble we call the United States.

More awareness and less ignorance and bigotry will eventually lead to more tolerance in the world.

1 comment August 28, 2008

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