#SorryAsianParents

A goofy kid just trying to make sense of the world while trying to be Asian American


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#sorryasianparents EP15 – When Are You Too Old For Your Hobbies and The Rise of Nerd Culture

Hi hi, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a video on this channel (life is still crazy), but I’m still here and bugging my friends to make podcasts with me. In this episode, Laura and Lance join me in a conversation about the rise of nerd culture and how things are…better? I guess. We also dive into discussions about what it means to be an American and find your identity and sexual identity during the growing pains of high school.

About an hour was cut out of this episode for the sake of time and will be released as shorter clips later. So watch out for those.

Comment below if you have any geeky stories you want to share, or tell us what it means to be an American. 

Timestamps

00:00 – Growing up with Pokemon, When are you too old to enjoy your hobbies?

07:00 – Back in high school, freaks and geeks were not popular

15:00 – Redefining what is popular in mainstream America…and talking about P***

25:00 – Talking about WWII and my UBER Pool story about the Pacific War

32:35 – Gatekeeping now with the rise of nerd culture and fandom

40:55 – High school was a weird time, finding yourself, and Lance’s story about being g@y in HS

45:49 – Last words about finding ourselves and advice for those who are still searching

Other social/channel links:

Weebthusiast YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

#sorryasianparents Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

Weebthusiast Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

#sorryasianparents Blog | https://www.sorryasianparents.com/


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#Weebthusiast EP10.01 – Emilio, Mario, and I Bro-Down Over Demon Slayer…Again

**** WARNING: THIS IS FULL OF SPOILERS ***

In another segment of “Emilio Watches Anime,” we talk about his reaction to Kimetsu no Yaiba and the movie Mugen Ressha-hen. This isn’t an actual name for a segment, but it might as well be. My good friend Mario joined us for this recording of two average bros just talking about how awesome Demon Slayer is and why Tanjiro is da man! We share a few laughs and tears as we talk about why the Best Husbando title goes to Kyojuro Rengoku.

I know I already did an episode on Mugen Train, but we didn’t get to have Emilio’s smile, I mean input, on the series/movies. This is part one of two (I am pretty limited on time due to work), and the second half, where Emilio educates us on why mouse-and-keyboard is superior to controllers in FPS, will come out shortly. Get really for bickering of two inputs in the next one…gonna be a lot of Destiny 2 and CSGO talk…

If you have any comments on why Rengoku is the best or why you think Tanjiro is overrated, leave a comment below.

Also, I am still unsure how DMCA works so I did not include any pictures or videos of the anime…I don’t know if I’m ready to take on the YouTube ban police yet.

Timestamps
00:00 – Us BS’ing Around
04:11 – Intros, Wooden Swords, ALA Stories, and Broing Down with Demon Slayer
18:30 – Talking About Mugen Train
29:10 – Being Emotionally Invested in Tanjiro’s Story and Comparing it to Other Anime

My #sorryasianparents YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAAPUjWCbTcS1w3fiGwXcdg

Laughinoutlao Twitch:
https://www.twitch.tv/laughinoutlao

Weebthusiast Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

sorryasianparents Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

sorryasianparents Blog:

https://www.sorryasianparents.com/


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#Weebthusiast EP09 – Emilio FINALLY Watches Shingeki no Kyojin So We’re Geeking Out

**** WARNING: THIS IS FULL OF SPOILERS ***
IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN, DO NOT WATCH THIS

So…It finally happened; Emilio watched Attack on Titan. In one week, this man powered through all the current seasons (so far). We had a fantastic time going over some of the themes in the anime, what we thought was cool, and who we hated. There really isn’t much structure to this episode because we’re both just too excited to get it all out there. So fair warning, we will be jumping around…a lot.

Also, I am still unsure how DMCA works so I did not include any pictures or videos of the anime…I don’t know if I’m ready to take on the YouTube ban police yet.

My #sorryasianparents YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAAPUjWCbTcS1w3fiGwXcdg

Laughinoutlao Twitch:
https://www.twitch.tv/laughinoutlao

Weebthusiast Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

sorryasianparents Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

Timestamps
00:00:00 – Diving Straight into it, No Lube, Emilio’s Initial Reactions
00:14:00 – Attack on Titan Gets Political
00:24:30 – How Media Plays a Big Role in Shingeki no Kyojin
00:34:27 – Beyond Paradis Island, World Building and Character Development in AoT
00:44:00 – The Drama is Real in Shingeki no Kyojin
00:54:37 – Good and Evil is Subjective During Times of War
01:04:09 – Saying Goodbye, Blizzard Drama, and Emilio Takes on Demon Slayer Next


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#sorryasianparents EP14 | Affected Our Careers, Goals, and Dreams

Hello hello!

It has been some time since my last upload. I’m finally back in LA after traveling for work the previous three months…and, you know, trying to get my life together. On my first video back from hiatus, my two amazing friends, Lance and Garrett, will be joining me to discuss how our careers and goals have changed in the aftermath of Rona. 

This episode will talk about The Great Resignation and some of the challenges that come with changing vocation or dreams or whatever we’re doing to pay the bills. We will discuss how our mentality has changed since our time in college and how it’s changed since facing a pandemic where we had to quarantine for 15 months. Along with the talk about change, we briefly touch upon mental health because these times have been hard for everyone. Below will be a list of resources if you need someone to talk to or a helping hand. 

Comment below if you want to share how your career, goals, and dreams have shifted since the 2020 catastrophe. And also do the thumbs up and subscribe and all that stuff. 

***Some MENTAL HEALTH services***

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1-800-273-8255 | https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

LAist Mental Health Support Article | https://laist.com/news/health/need-some-mental-health-support-start-here

California HOPE | 1-833-317-HOPE (4673) | https://www.calhope.org/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | 1-800-662-HELP (4357) | https://www.samhsa.gov

***Links to some of the things I mentioned***

Red Snow | https://www.facebook.com/redsnowthemovie

Casey Faris | https://www.youtube.com/user/CaseyFaris777

MrAlexTech | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTmY-LBmbLugkJ0ryZfjZTQ

Trash Taste | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcmxOGYGF51T1XsqQLewGtQ

***Links to my other social/channels***

Weebthusiast YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

#sorryasianparents Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

Weebthusiast Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

#sorryasianparents YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAAPUjWCbTcS1w3fiGwXcdg

Timestamps

00:00:00 – Saying to Lance and Garrett

00:02:00 – College Life/Leaving Our Parents House and Our First Crappy Apartments

00:08:55 – How Our Careers Shifted with COVID and Learning New Skills

00:23:43 – Challenging Yourself Can Be Scary but Exciting

00:35:54 – Having Your Own Business Card and Redefining Success 

00:45:21 – The Great Resignation: Knowing When to Move On and Being Happy

00:56:24 – Tackling Modern Problems While Challenging Outdated Practices 

01:15:11 – Rethinking Normal and Using Critical Thinking When Consuming Media

01:18:39 – Mental Health: Be Proactive, It’s Ok to Ask for Help

01:33:25 – Keep Your Drama Off Social Media and Our Cringy MySpace Posts

01:39:06 – What is One Movie, Book, and Album We Would Have if Stuck on an Island


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I’m Writing Again?

https://www.iheartraves.com/blogs/post/guys-comfortable-raves

Finally got off my lazy bum and did something for the #iheartraves blog. Just some #musicfestival wear stuff to try and keep cool the next time you’re sweating balls at a #festival . God I miss my neon #rave attire. Can’t wait for #EDC

I know I haven’t created any content lately. I finished working at a property without Internet and have been back in LA for almost two months getting my life back together. Hopefully, I can finish up some writing and videos soon. The iHeartRaves blog post is the latest thing I’ve finished so I figured I might as well share it. So…enjoy?


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First Generation Struggles, Cultural Appropriation, and Cobra Kai w/ Salutations – #SAP EP09 Clip

Being a child of immigrants is pretty darn hard. Your parents may have gotten you across the border, but now it’s your turn to put in that elbow grease and finish off the American Dream thing they started. In this video, Salutationsandgoodvibrations and, I will explore some of the challenges first-generation kids will have to face as they try to find the American identity for themselves and their family. 

We will also talk about some of the biases in the news when it comes to reporting crimes, the chaos of having a multicultural family, and cultural appropriation with the Asian community. I’ll tell you what, trying to find your identity as your growing up between two different cultures isn’t gonna be an easy one. But I think we owe it to our parents to give it the ol’ immigrant try, eh.

If you have a story about being a child of immigrants or some kinda wonky cultural appropriation story, share with us down below…..and if you like it (sigh, I hate saying this) like, subscribe, comment, the whole jazz. . .please.

Oh yeah, we talk a bunch about Cobra Kai!

Link to #sorryasianparents EP09 – https://youtu.be/yxjOOZYj7dc

Weebthusiast YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

#sorryasianparents Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

Salutationsandgoodvibrations Instagram -https://www.instagram.com/salutationsandgoodvibrations/

Weebthusiast Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/#sorryasianparents Blog – https://www.sorryasianparents.com/


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#Weebthusiast EP06 – GME Recap, Shingeki no Kyojin, Jujutsu Kaisen, DC Animated Movies, and Arby’s

spoNx and I are BACK!!! It’s just us this time as some of the other guys take a little break. In this video…well, we’re kind of all over the place. We start with recapping the last time we met up (GameStop, MEME’in our dreams into reality) and then debate why manga/anime seems to be getting more popular in the West. If you’re expecting to learn something, you’re in the wrong place since we kinda just skim the topics. Of course, we talk about some of the hottest anime that I’m currently watching since I forgot to tell spoNx which animes to watch beforehand. Then, we end the video on our favorite fast food places and why Arb’s has the best marketing.

So, I hope you enjoy two guys just taking the piss out of everything and have a few laughs with us. If you wanna tell us what animes you’re watching, comment down below. Also!!! I reference a few content creators, and down below will be a list of those I mentioned . . . in case you want to know more.

Timestamps
00:00 – Talking About GME, AMC, And Stonks!
12:04 – Live-Action Remakes
15:27 – DC Animated Movies (New 52) VS Anime Movies/Manga VS Comics
23:22 – Superhero TV Shows on Amazon, Disney+, and HBO Max
28:13 – Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), Studio MAPPA Controversy, Western Twitter
36:31 – Jujutsu Kaisen IS LIT!!! Crunchyroll Awards
39:17 – Sony Buys Crunchyroll And Funimation . . . And More Keyboard Warriors Drama
48:55 – Best Fast Food And Why Arby’s Marketing Is Amazing
58:05 – My Simpleton Problem And Saying Goodbye

Link to our first Stonks video (#sorryasianparents EP08) – https://youtu.be/E–L5878r0g

Some of those video essays I was talking about:
Trash Taste #36 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ulkFRXkvQ&t=59s
Chibi Reviews (Studio MAPPA) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpZM9sQGHAQ&t=29s
Hero Hei YT – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaE1z0qLeXWpExU02uMeuvA
Synsei (Jujutsu Female Characters) – https://youtu.be/W9M9RGTZR10
Just Stop (Funimation Hated Studio) – https://youtu.be/70z_xshvKDg

My social media plugs/other projects:
Laughinoutlao Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/laughinoutlao
Weebthusiast Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/
#sorryasianparents Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/
My #sorryasianparents YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAAPUjWCbTcS1w3fiGwXcdg


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My Insecurities at SFSU and My Love For The Stifmeister – #SAP EP09 (Clip)

In this clip, I talk about how it was hard for me to open up in college due to my high school education insecurities. It was no secret that being a child of Asian immigrants, we don’t value arts and literature as highly as “practical” subjects. *cough* math, science, doctor *cough*

Growing up, I never read for fun. I only read when school forced me to write a paper. I only read what I needed to read that I couldn’t get off SparkNotes and the early days of Wikipedia. So, entering college, I did not have a deep connection with the arts and literature. This wasn’t much of a problem during my GE-fraternity-rave-party days. But when I declared Creative Writing as a major at San Francisco State University, I was at a huge disadvantage. Thus, making me very insecure with my opinions in my classes. I was not as well read as some of my writing peers.

Of course, being the immature person I was, I took this very personally and lashed out in my workshops and literary discourse. Instead of putting myself out there and trying to participate, I instead choose to try and play a stereotype, what those “hipster” kids in my classes probably thought of me. Yes, I know, I was stupid. But hey, we are always learning and growing, right?

Well, anyway, I hope you enjoy this clip about my painful journey into the arts. If you are also felt like college was intimidating let me know down below…or if you also wanna share your love for Seann William Scott or country music line dancing or WHATEVER!!!

*This video is a clip from #SAP EP09 “Going All The Way” by Charles Bukowski poem discussion with Cpt Ahab & Salutationsandgoodvibrations. So the audio is still distorted and Cpt Ahab picture was replaced. And yes, I know the thumbnail isn’t grammatically correct.

*This video is a clip from #SAP EP09 “Going All The Way” by Charles Bukowski poem discussion with Cpt Ahab & Salutationsandgoodvibrations. So the audio is still distorted and Cpt Ahab picture was replaced. And yes, I know the thumbnail isn’t grammatically correct.

 

#sorryasianparents EP09 link in bio or here:

Weebthusiast YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

#sorryasianparents Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

Salutationsandgoodvibrations Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/salutationsandgoodvibrations/

Weebthusiast Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

#sorryasianparents Blog:
https://www.sorryasianparents.com/


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#sorryasianparents EP10 – Unlearning the Lies We Learned (This is 30)

Hi hi,

It’s no secret that getting older sucks. Having already survived a year or two as thirty-year-olds, we all know that the memes of random aches and pains are true. However, one of the things about growing up is that we have come to learn that the things we learned while growing up turned out to be not true…Whew, that’s a mouth full. What I meant was: as we got older, we realized some of the things we learned turned out to be lies.

In this video, Salutationsandgoodvibrations, Brooke, Juju, and I discuss some of the things we had to unlearn as we got older. Of course, all of this sounds pretty gloomy. But don’t worry, our (or mainly mine) cautionary tales are wrapped in a blanket of warm laughter. Cuz, you know, the 30s are supposed to be the best years of your life…or so they say.

So let’s have some fun and complain, like the old souls we are. For there is no better time than now to channel our inner “ I am too old for this shit” Roger Murtaugh (from the Lethal Weapon movies) and poke fun at our decaying bodies.

ALSO!!!! I have corrected some of the information I said in the video. On the screen will be some CORRECTIONS THAT I HAVE MADE.

If you’ve ever laughed at a Life Alert meme but then felt like it hit too close to home, then feel free to share your story below.

 

Timestamps
00:00 – Cold Open
00:34 – Introductions To Everyone
01:43 – Ted Cruz Memes And The Movie Titanic
06:00 – When We Realized We Aren’t Young Anymore (MILF AV)
16:45 – High School Friends, And Xanga, And MySpace
28:00 – Being Immature In High School
30:24 – Don’t Creep On Girls On The DanceFloor and Going To A Gay Club
35:02 – Disadvantageous Expectations For Our 30s (And D!cK Pic Rant)
46:10 – Blame It On Society, Sexuality, And The Gay Agenda
51:28 – Is Technology Catching Up To Hate In America Or Is This A New Movement?
55:15 – American Dream? Model Minority? Us vs Them? Unlearning Racist History
1:13:21 – Oh Visalia, We Talk Smack But We Still Love The Central Valley
1:21:12 – Thai Music Looks Like A Slowmotion Lightshow
1:25:19 – Dating In Your 30s And Kids (Recommended Tinder/Bumble Settings)
1:37:04 – Juju Love Story, Blackout Wednesdays In Visalia, And Hangovers In Your 30s
1:44:46 – Closing Remarks And Saying Goodbye

 

Weebthusiast YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

Salutationsandgoodvibrations Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/salutationsandgoodvibrations/

Weebthusiast Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

#sorryasianparents Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

 

 


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Disappointing My Asian Parents With My English Degree and Not Doctor – #SAP EP09 (CLIP)

 

In this clip, I’m talking about how I eventually decided on choosing Creative Writing as my major at San Francisco State University. Being a first-generation Asian American in your family to go to a four-year university and deciding to become a writer is not something any immigrant parents want to hear. But to be fair, I took three and a half years to pick a major after realizing that you can’t major in Partying with a minor in Beer Pong. So there was no chance in hell I was gonna be a doctor. . .or lawyer. . .or whatever stereotypical model minority career my parents wanted.

Imagine escaping Laos and Thailand during the Vietnam War just to see their firstborn pick a prospering career as a writer. But I guess at this point; I’m more of an entertainer…or clown…whichever.

Salutationsandgoodvibrations and I also talk about some of the challenges we had growing up in Visalia. And believe me, there were many. In my case, it was how I viewed education, arts, and literature. I didn’t read too much in my own free time since my parents put more of an emphasis on subjects that would traditionally generate more money.

My parents weren’t the only ones who thought the arts were unnecessary in the Asian college plan. The friends I grew up with also weren’t too keen on the idea of being books smarts. Instead, we goons focused more on street smarts, believing that arts and education weren’t meant for kids from the block. Luckily, we grew out of this hoodrat mentality as we grew older.

Lots of stuff to unpack here. You’ll hear about how we found our passions and the obstacles we jumped **cough** getting out of Visalia right after high school **cough** to pursue our dreams. Don’t worry; these painful anecdotes of self-discovery aren’t too cringy if you sprinkle some dark humor on the trauma.

If you want to share your story about being Asian, or Asian American, or just as someone who felt they let their parents down, feel free to comment below. Let’s share and wallow because misery loves company.

*This video is a clip from #SAP EP09 “Going All The Way” by Charles Bukowski poem discussion with Cpt Ahab & Salutationsandgoodvibrations. So the audio is still distorted and Cpt Ahab picture was replaced. And yes, I know the thumbnail isn’t grammatically correct.

#sorryasianparents EP09 link in bio or here:

Weebthusiast YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDfoqzX4A-Khlw7ODG_qTw

#sorryasianparents Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/sorryasianparents/

Salutationsandgoodvibrations Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/salutationsandgoodvibrations/

Weebthusiast Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/weebthusiast/

#sorryasianparents Blog:
https://www.sorryasianparents.com/