Kim. 20, Cis Female, Canadian-born, Multi-racial (Malaysian Chinese, English and Scottish), Queer, Student.

Cooking, reading, tea and music > everything.

I'm also into politics and feminism. I'm currently trying to find out more about East and Southeast Asian history.

Well that's me in a nutshell, hope you enjoy your stay :)
Sep 2014


On the Front Lines of a New Pacific War:

On the small, spectacular island of Jeju, off the southern tip of Korea, indigenous villagers have been putting their bodies in the way of construction of a joint South Korean–US naval base that would be an environmental, cultural and political disaster. If completed, the base would hold more than 7,000 navy personnel, plus twenty warships including US aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and destroyers carrying the latest Aegis missiles—all aimed at China, only 300 miles away.

Since 2007, when the $970 million project was first announced, the outraged Tamna people of Gangjeong village have exhausted every legal and peaceful means to stop it. They filed lawsuits. They held a referendum in which 94 percent of the electorate voted against construction—a vote the central government ignored. They chained themselves for months to a shipping container parked on the main access road, built blockades of boulders at the construction gate and occupied coral-reef dredging cranes. They have been arrested by the hundreds. Mayor Kang Dong-Kyun, who was jailed for three months, said, “If the villagers have committed any crime, it is the crime of aspiring to pass their beautiful village to their descendants.”

Jeju is just one island in a growing constellation of geostrategic points that are being militarized as part of President Obama’s “Pacific Pivot,” a major initiative announced late in 2011 to counter a rising China. According to separate statements by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, 60 percent of US military resources are swiftly shifting from Europe and the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region. (The United States already has 219 bases on foreign soil in the Asia-Pacific; by comparison, China has none.) The Jeju base would augment the Aegis-equipped systems in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and the US colony of Guam. The Pentagon has also positioned Patriot PAC-3 missile defense systems in Taiwan, Japan (where the United States has some ninety installations, plus about 47,000 troops on Okinawa) and in South Korea (which hosts more than 100 US facilities).


On the island of Jeju, the consequences of the Pacific Pivot are cataclysmic. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, adjacent to the proposed military port, would be traversed by aircraft carriers and contaminated by other military ships. Base activity would wipe out one of the most spectacular remaining soft-coral forests in the world. It would kill Korea’s last pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and contaminate some of the purest, most abundant spring water on the planet. It would also destroy the habitats of thousands of species of plants and animals—many of which, such as the narrow-mouthed frog and the red-footed crab, are gravely endangered already. Indigenous, sustainable livelihoods—including oyster diving and local farming methods that have thrived for thousands of years—would cease to exist, and many fear that traditional village life would be sacrificed to bars, restaurants and brothels for military personnel.


Sep 2014
Sep 2014

James WangTaipei at night

Sep 2014
Sep 2014
Sep 2014


what to wear when…in a malaysian fairy tale (requested by notyourexrotic).

examples: puteri gunung ledang (the fairy princess of mount ophir), cincin ajaib (the magic ring), sang kancil yang diambil kira buaya (sang kancil counts the crocodiles)

unbeknownst to most of the western world, the malay archipelago had more than one woman warrior or queen in its arsenal of tales. hikayat panji semarang, the heroic romance in old indonesian malay, features a female princess who cross-dresses as a man so she can be a warrior…[in] many of these tales, mysticism is tied with a message about the abuse of power…another example of this may be found in the mahsuri stories. mahsuri is the prototype tale of the virtuous wife who has been wronged by nobility due to gossip, ill-will, and the abuse of power.

[malaysian fairy tales are steeped in] deep romanticism mixed with pragmatism. there are elements within these tales [of] therapy or catharsis. happy endings are not typical or required; some tales may be moralistic, while others are peculiarly enigmatic.

malaysia has its own, witty little mammal, sang kancil. the fragile mouse-deer is an iconic figure within malaysian tales.

post 792 of an infinity-part series

Sep 2014
Sep 2014
Sep 2014



Blossom Hill Inn, Lijiang, China

Sep 2014
I'm fine thank you
by Ladies' Code
21,754 plays

"The wind blows.. If you call my name on the hill sometimes, let me run to you and hold you tight. Today I cry. I wish you happiness forever, goodbye. Sometimes I think of you and smile. I’m fine thank you, thank you.” 

#PrayForLadiesCode #RIPEunB #RIPRiSae #StayStrongLadiesCode

Sep 2014

Fall 2014 Asian American Author Releases


I thought I’d do another roundup of AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) authors, this time authors with books coming out this fall, sorted by publication date. I’ve sorted the books out by genre (Adult/Nonfiction/YA/Children’s) and a new genre roundup will be released every Monday. I hope you find a book that suits your fancy!

While I’ve looked through thousands of books to find AAPI authors, it’s possible that I missed some so feel free to tell me, whether through email, my ask box or Twitter


After the jump: Novel synopsis + more details. 

Read More

Sep 2014


Behind the Scenes of Lilting 


The opening film of the 2014 BFI Flare Festival, Lilting tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger, and we observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language.

Through a translator they piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly, and realise that while they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief.

A touching, intimate film about finding the things which bring us together, Lilting features rousing performances from its leads Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-Pei and has announced director Hong Khaou as a brave new voice in independent British cinema.

See Lilting in cinemas now - visit to book your tickets or watch it on demand!

Sep 2014

Banks of Yalu-Korean side. Yalu or Amnok river in eastern Asia, forming most of the boundary between North Korea and China. ca.1904. cr.

Sep 2014



i did not like joan rivers at all and i know that she was truly not a good person but she was a mother and a grandmother and a friend to a lot of people who are probably in a lot of pain because she’s gone and posting shit like “joan rivers is dead, hell yeah” is crazy insensitive - i could care less about joan rivers but i know what it feels like to grieve the loss of a mother and it is not something to make light of in any way

Honestly she advocated for the mass killing of Palestinians all of which also have mothers and family and shit so lose me with this tbh
If people want to be happy a genocide apologist is dead let them

Sep 2014


50 Songs; 50 Nicki Verses:

// MonsterKanye West // Love MoreChris Brown // LowJuicy J // I Ain’t ThruKeyshia Cole // Make Me Proud Drake // Out of My Mind B.o.B // Raining Men Rihanna // Up Out My Face (Remix) Mariah Carey // Get Like Me Nelly // Roger That Young Money // So Bad Cam’ron // Somebody Else Mario // Take it to the Head DJ Khaled // My Chick Bad Ludacris // Tapout Rich Gang // Woohoo Christina Aguilera // Tonight I’m Getting Over You (Remix) Carly Rae Jepsen // True Colors Wiz Khaifa // Up All Night Drake // Where Dem Girls At David Guetta // Bottoms Up Trey Songz // She Came to Give it to You Usher // Till the World Ends (Femme Fatale Remix) Britney Spears // Whip My Hair (Remix) Willow Smith // #twerkit Busta Rhymes // 5 Star Bitch (Remix) Yo Gotti // 2012 Jay Sean // All I Do is Win (Remix) DJ Khaled // Fireball Willow Smith // Bang Bang Jessie J // Beauty and a Beat Justin Bieber // Give Me All Your Luvin’ Madonna // Teqkilla (Remix) M.I.A. // Clappers Wale // Shakin’ it 4 Daddy Robin Thicke // Livin’ it Up Ciara // Dance (A$$) (Remix) Big Sean // I’m Out Ciara // Entertainment 2.0 Sean Paul // Flawless (Remix) Beyonce // I Luv Dem Strippers 2Chainz // Freaks French Montana // Get Low Waka Flocka Flame // Lil’ Freak Usher // the Creep the Lonely Island // Girl on Fire (Inferno Version) Alicia Keys // Dark Fantasy Kanye West // Hands Up Swizz Beatz // Born Stunna (Remix) Birdman // In My Head (Remix) Jason Derulo //