Tuesday, April 28

Final Show - 4/27/3009 Playlist


As I'm writing this post I'm 3/4 of the way through the final show. Dom wasn't able to make it because of the Visions of Excellence Ball so I got to have the entire show for myself. It was pretty nice to be able to have control over the music. If it weren't so late at night I would have definitely included a lot more of a talking element but I guess these are things to consider for my next show. Usually when there is a show I'll post a playlist of the music but I didn't keep track of the music during the first half of the show (Michelle Obama is my she-ro/Barack Obama's first 100 days) so I'll just list all of the music that could have been played. The second half was just me randomizing my recent downloads playlist but I kept much better track of that music.

Michele Obama is my She-r0/Barack Obama's First Hundred Days:
At Last - Etta James
The Weight of the World - Editors
A Woman's Worth (Live) - Alicia Keys
Who's That Lady - Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
She's In Control - Chromeo
Go Girl (Feat. T-Pain) - Ciara
Independent Women - Destiny's Child
I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
Aaliyah - More Than a Woman
R-E-S-P-E-C-T - Aretha Franklin
Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
Unstoppable (Feat. Drake & Lil' Wayne) - Santogold
I've Underestimated My Charm - Black Kids
Women's Realm - Belle & Sebastian
Say What's Real - Drake
Bills Bills Bills - Destiny's Child
She's A Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton

Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
Dancing on Me (Feat. Jim Jones & Juelz Santana) - DJ Webstar
November 18th - Drake
Radio Silence - Harvey Danger
Valley of Death - Rick Ross
Keep Up (Feat. Yung Wize & Dazed) - Talent Couture
I'll Be - Edwin McCain
This Fire - Franz Ferdinand
Ghetto Rich (Feat. John Legend, Lil' Wayne & Nas) - Rich Boy
Feelin' It (Feat. Yung Wize) - Talent Couture
Bria's Interlude (Feat. Omarion) - Drake
I Wish - Carl Thomas
I Hate My Job - Cam'ron

Sunday, April 26

So a Black Person can be Chinese?

Some of my readers may not know that next semester I will be studying Chinese at Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. (Fun Fact: Harbin is in dishearteningly bleak and close proximity to both Siberia and North Korea.) Part of getting myself ready for the culture shock has been reading blogs by former CET-Harbin students who went through the program. I came across the blog of one's of the program's teachers during one of these blog binges and I've been hooked ever since. Last week while I was perusing said blog I came across a recent post that caught my eye.

China is made of up 56 total nationalities, Han and 55 other minority nationalities. Han make up 92% of the total population of China, completely dominating its ethnic minorities culturally, development wise and economically. Biracial children of Chinese and more recent immigrants to China, particularly those from Africa, are generally overlooked upon when Chinese discuss the multi-ethnic makeup of China. This is due to the fact that usually these children are sent to live with their non-Chinese parent in that's parents country of origin. However, one particularly skilled child managed to stay in China with his Chinese parent and have Chinese citizenship (unconfirmed but hopefully). Ding Hui, the son of a South African father and a Chinese mother from Hangzhou was recently added to the Chinese national volleyball team. The racial implications for any some-what dark/"not-Chinese-looking" person to represent China in one of its most coveted arenas for power projection are off the charts. And for a person of color who will shortly be in China, this will be added to the list of things to flaunt about black people in the face of racist/just-scared-of-black-people Chinese.

Other posts to peruse:
Can a Black Man be Chinese?
Implications of race in a society that prides itself on its multi-ethnic population despite the marginalization of its ehtnic minorities by the Han majority
Can a Black Woman be Chinese?
Race and gender in light of a significant sex-imbalance in China and what it means for countless Chinese men who need to look elsewhere for brides due to the historical preference for male children (and its subsequent backfire in the face of the Chinese)

Wednesday, April 22

Site Modifications - The Unofficial Remix

Ok, I think I've done my fair share of site modifications posts but this is becoming more of an ongoing personal struggle to find the most aesthetically pleasing blog layout possible. I guess I'll have to do some more research this week and see what all those other popular bloggers, such as Twins #1 and #2 on twinsontwins.blogspot.com, are doing. Anyways, as you can see I've changed the background again and I'm feeling this one a lot more than last week's background. This is actually a lighter version of the original blog background so I think I may go with this one, as it reflects some of our earlier characteristics but remixed.

In other news, I have a 15-20 page term paper due in my seminar class, U.S.-China Relations: Background, Issues, Outlook. Normally I wouldn't mention school work as this blog is, in a sense, my haven from school, but I am proud of the topic I just came up with and the proposal that I just sent to everyone in my class as well as my professor, Robert Sutter. Robert Sutter, I might add, is also one of the greatest minds in terms of Chinese-U.S. relations. He worked at the C.I.A. and Library of Congress for 40+ years and yet he is the most humble and dynamic professor I've had here at Georgetown.

Here is my proposal:
I have chosen to focus my term paper on the relationship that China has with it’s special administrative and autonomous regions and the implications that it has for the future of the PRC-ROC relationship. This includes a survey of Beijing’s policy toward Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. I hope to be able to identify trends that characterize the relationship between these regions and Beijing as well as any measures that Beijing has taken in responding to any special circumstances that have emerged from time to time in these places. From there I hope that I can find a parallel in the trends in which Beijing and Taipei have interacted and measures that Beijing has taken toward Taiwan and, in light of the current situation that each of these regions are in, what it means for what may be the future situation of Taiwan, as well as US relations with China and Taiwan. The biggest problem I foresee is lack of information on the Chinese side about the measures it has taken in dealing with unrest in these regions. Also, the topic is somewhat broad and I am have to focus more on a specific trend within each relationship and how it ties into the relationship that China has with Taiwan.

Possible Sources:
CRS Reports
Hong Kong: Ten Years After the Handover
Tibet: Problems, Prospects, and U.S. Policy
China’s Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region: Developments and U.S. Interests
Taiwan-U.S. Relations: Developments and Policy Implications
Uyghur Muslim Ethnic Separatism in Xinjiang, China → Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Texts From Class
Other Scholarly Publications

update 1:01 pm: President Barack Obama to be on the front page of Washingtonian Magazine...shirtless!

Thursday, April 16

Site Modifications - Listener's Choice

As per my last blog post, I've been working on some site modifications, despite the fact that next monday will most likely be our last show this semester. However, that will not keep me from creating the most aesthetically pleasing and user friendly blog possible!

My latest change has been that of the background. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. The only thing I really like is the fact that the right hand navigation panel is wide enough for most of the twitter widget to be visible, however that really isn't enough for me the rationalize this background to myself. Besides, I can easily edit the HTML to increase the width of that panel using any background. Does anyone have any suggestions for good backgrounds? It could make or break this blog.

Tuesday, April 14

Site Modifications

Hey guys, I've been messing around with the site after being inspired by the new site design on twinsontwins.blogspot.com (moderately interesting blog if you like baseball/being disappointed that it isn't porn). Anyways, I'll continue to make light modifications until I find a design that I like.

Current Site Changes: Added my twitter feed (if Dom makes one at some point I will add hers as well); Changed the location of the "about me" info; Added a pitchfork music review gadget to the right hand navigation bar

Possible Future Changes: Hoping to change the background; Slight increase of the width of the right hand navigation bar; more gadgets for our readers' enjoyment!

Wednesday, April 8

Easter Break and Michele Obama

So I know it's been a while since our last show and I'm not really sure whether we'll be broadcasting next Monday as we will still technically be on Easter break. However, we have decided to present another theme show and we're gonna let you know before hand so you can get yourselves in the mood. Our theme is: Michele Obama, My Shero.

That's right. Michelle Obama is our shero, pronounced "she-ro" and what better way to pay homage than to make a playlist that characterizes our first lady in every sense of her fantastic, black snobby ways. Hey, she may even read this post and take our advice for a playlist for her and Barack's next overseas visit, which on a tip-off I hear is going to be East Asia, namely China (what up!). So get yourselves ready for the sultry sounds of empowerment that scream out Michelle Obama!

The New York Times puts together a slideshow of Michelle's fashion sense and style choices:


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