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


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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/


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Eternal Vibe Tribe Gives Advice on Finding Your Tribe – #SAP EP07

 

The lads from EVT give some advice on finding your tribe. I know it’s hard picking your friends or the right rave family to open your heart to; trust me, I know. It took me a while to feel like I was good enough to be loved and to love. I’m not an expert at making friends, which is why Harman, Devin, Kevin, and Michael are here to help me try and explain how to? Iono, I’m weird, and feelings are hard. DON’T LOOK AT ME. I’M A MONSTER.

If you would like to share your story about how you found your tribe, let us know in the comment section below.

ALSO!!!! The posting date of this clip is Feb 17th, 2021. It’s also the date for two members of the EVTs birthdays: Kevin and Harpreet!!! So happy bday and I wish the best to your health and happiness.

Original Video Link:

The Most EPIC EDC Mini-Documentary!!

Triple Birthday After Movie 2015

Our EPIC TomorrowWorld 2015 After Movie!!

Journey Through Electric Forest (EVT)

U4IK

The Real DLR

SNRG


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#sorryasianparents EP09 – Bukowski Quotes About Going 100 w Cpt Ahab & Salutationsandgoodvibrations

Hello, hello,

Welcome back. I’m back home in Los Angeles, where I finally have time to put some finishing touches on a video to upload. In this episode, my friends Salutationsandgoodvibrations and Cpt Ahab are with me to talk about the poem “Going All The Way” by Charles Bukowski.

What does it mean to “go all the way”? How do you define success? Why do people be fronting on these social media sites and dating apps? These are the questions we will be discussing in this video. I don’t know if you will find a clear answer during your time with us, but I’m sure you’ll have a few good laughs.

Alongside these philosophical questions of pursuing your passions, I will also be discussing how I decided to major in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. As well as briefly discussing how growing up in Visalia influenced my views on art and literature, how I disappointed my Asian parents about my career choice, and about how much I love Seann William Scott. Yes, the Stifmeister.

I apologize in advance if this video sounds like a conversation between a bunch of bored college kids. Well, I mean, what else are we gonna do during quarantine. Also, the audio’s pitch is a little high, and Ahab’s picture is covered by your friendly neighborhood Asian: me. This was intentional. So, yeah. Sorry about that, too.

But I hope you guys do enjoy the video. Feel free to comment below if you have something to say about the poem written by this German-American poet or if you just wanna share how you view success.

“Going All The Way” by Charles Bukowski

If you’re going to try, go all the way.
Otherwise, don’t even start.
If you’re going to try, go all the way.
This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe even your mind.
It could mean not eating for three or four days.
It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail.
It could mean derision, mockery, isolation.
Isolation is the gift.
All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.
And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.
And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.
If you’re going to try, go all the way.
There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.
DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. All the way
You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

Timestamps
00:00 – Intro
00:29 – Cpt Ahab Starts Us Off By Reading The Bukowski Quote
01:18 – What Does “Going All The Way Means”?
05:00 – Pursuing Your Dreams And The Value Of An Creative Writing Degree
10:10 – You Have To Put In The Work To Get What You Want In Life
17:30 – Attempt Different Things To Define Your Own Version Of Success
20:57 – Disappointing My Asian Parents By Picking An English Major In College
28:38 – Growing Up In Visalia And How We Handled Education
36:25 – How Visalias’ Environment And Immigrant Cultural Influenced My View On Art
40:00 – Me Feeling Insecure About My Lack of Literature Knowledge At SFSU
41:27 – Me Telling My Playwriting Class My Favorite Actor Is Seann William Scott
46:47 – The Authetisicty Of Your Opinions VS What Everyone Else Thought Was Cool
50:18 – What Is Even Real On Social Media And Dating Apps? Just Be Yourself
57:53 – Line Dancing At The Saddle Rack and Saying Goodbye To Cpt Ahab

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 EP08 – WallStreetBets, GameStop, and Reddit: Millennials Using the Internet

 

Emilio, Justice, Rocky, and I discuss the recent Reddit vs. Wall Street Stock Market War. WE ARE NOT A FINANCIAL ADVISING CHANNEL NOR EXPERTS. We are just a couple of average Joes trying to make sense of all this craziness and having a conversation about the stuff that happened. So please, take what we say with a grain of salt. But the two things that I did learn was that if we all work together, we can cyber bull those a-holes who are screwing us and meme our dreams into reality.

Honestly, no matter where you stand on this GME thing, I’m glad it happened because now people my age, from different social and ethnic classes, who never thought about their financial future, are now getting into investing. Growing up poor and lacking the knowledge about the market, I know I didn’t even give it a second thought besides a 401k or IRA.

Though there are still many things to learn, this baby step is in the right direction. The Internet (YouTube, Reddit, Discord, and Blogs) are great places to learn and dip your toes if you are intimidated by all the information or seeing a financial advisor. If you can afford it and don’t want to deal with it, get a FA. Heck, I’m still learning, but now I know I’m not alone.

PS, I want to apologize if the video seemed a little rushed….because it was. I had to leave town for some business and did not have time to edit properly. Nor write a good/witty description. There’s also more to this video that I had to cut out. When I return, I’ll add the rest of the video and add timestamps.

#sorryasianparents EP06 – Learning About Investing: https://youtu.be/VuGMdSdOK28

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

#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/


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Playing HS Football in Visalia and the Fat Airec Chant – #SAP EP03

 

With a bunch of free time on my hands, I decided to go back and clip some of my older videos. This here video is from EP03 with Kevin, Andrew, and Chris, where we are talking about growing up in Visalia. In this clip, we talk about some cringy things we did in high school and talked about what it was like to play on a losing football team. It’s ok to laugh at us; I know I would. 

If you have any stories about high school and football growing pains, feel free to write them down below.

 

Video link right here:

https://youtu.be/TnoPsp3nB7Q

Original video:

https://youtu.be/AwswaggRZ7Y

Weebthusiast Instagram:

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

#sorryasianparents Instagram:

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

#sorryasianparents Blog:

https://www.sorryasianparents.com/


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I Miss Being Weird At Anime Conventions – Weebthusiast

 

Man, I miss anime conventions. But, you know, 2020 was the year of everything getting canceled. In this special clip, Emilio, Garret, and I are just talking about anime cons. We quickly touch on Fanime, Crunchyroll Expo, and Anime Los Angeles. You will get a chance to hear about some of the cool things we have experienced, the weird, and our past/future cosplay ideas. This video isn’t a full episode, but it’s still a great chuckle.

Usually, I would release a whole hour+ episode before I clip the video, but (not going to lie) we kind of went off the rails and just spitball hella subjects. So it didn’t make sense trying to make a coherent episode out of our ADHD conversation. Don’t worry; I’m still going to create long-form content that many won’t watch in the future. I guess this is a good chance for you to see how much of a weeb I am…especially when I get on a rant about after con dances, the H-tai room at Fanime, and other weird stuff I said. So please, enjoy. 

If you also miss anime conventions or have any cosplay ideas, please let me know in the comments below. Bye-bye.

PS, I made a mistake. Not all Anime Cons have free games. You can either borrow a system or play the free games there, but some machines you will have to pay to play (like DDR).

 

Timestamps

00:00 – Intro

00:25 – Fanime, The Anime Viewing Rooms, And The 18+ H-Night

04:00 – Anime Los Angeles And The After-Con “Rave”

08:18 – I Love Nerding Out With Other Anime Fans

09:27 – The Gaming Rooms At Anime Conventions

12:00 – Cosplaying

 

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 EP05 – Mental Health and Why We Play Video Games (Especially during quarantine)

 

Hi Hi!

 

Well, it surely has been a while since I last posted a video on here. I haven’t stopped uploading, though; I’ve been posting videos on my other channel #sorryasianparents. But I still haven’t forgotten about this baby. Many of us Weebthusiasts have been busy with other projects, but we try to get together as much as possible and make some new content. 

 

In this episode, Justice and I welcome our new friend Emilio on the show. It’s a new year, but everything still feels about the same. Since we are entering another stay-at-home order and have a new face, we decided to talk about how playing video games affects our mental health. We touch on what games we are currently playing, the community we have formed, and the positives vs. negatives from partaking in this digital pastime. We go on a few tangents, but we can’t help it. We’re just a bunch of excited gamers who are eager to share a piece of our minds. 

 

If you’re also playing video games during this trying time, let us know! We would like to hear what games you’re playing and how you feel about video games.

 

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

0:00:00 – Intro

0:01:07 – Welcoming The Boys And Our Gamer Tags

0:04:50 – The Toxicity Of The Xbox Halo Lobbies 

0:08:15 – How The Internet Has Changed And Mean Comments On Social Media

0:12:00 – Toxic Gaming Communities (Overwatch & Fortnite) And Destiny 2 Scandals

0:16:23 – Gaming And Mental Health

0:21:08 – Why Are Gamers So Toxic? And Gamer Rage

0:25:20 – Positive Things About Gaming And Gaming During Quarantine

0:35:52 – LARP’ing? Cosplay

0:36:40 – How Gaming Helped Us With Our Personal Lives

0:42:00 – Justice Returns To Talk About LARP’ing . . . And Sean William Scott

0:45:00 – MMORPGs, RPGs And Why We Play Them

0:54:25 – Emilio Explaining A Raid (And Just The Game) In World Of Warcraft

1:04:00 – How We Decided What Game To Play With Our Limited Time

1:17:50 – Do The Sweats Ruin PvP Games And Getting T-Bagged

1:28:00 – Emilio Wants To Talk About Controller VS Mouse And Keyboard 

1:35:23 – The Point Is To Have Fun With Video Games/Be The Bigger Gamer

1:36:50 – What Makes A Video Game Appealing To Us

1:53:20 – What Game Has Had The Biggest Impact In Our Lives

2:04:14 – Saying Our Goodbyes

 


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My COVID Story and Trying to Remember High School Bio – #SAP EP01.3

 

This video is part of the original recording I did with Daniel for my #sorryasianparents YouTube Channel. In this clip, I’m telling him about my COVID experience…Then we horribly try to explain how a virus works using our English Degree from SFSU. Boy, our biology teachers would be mad. We deff fail at this Asian part of our lives. All for laughs, am I right?


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#sorryasianparents EP06 – Better Late Than Never: Finally Becoming Invested In Our Financial Future

Heeeellloooo,

I am back and this time with some new faces. Truth be told, I don’t know anything about finances. And it’s probably not surprising that many millennials, who also grew up poor, don’t “got dat money smarts” either. Thankfully, I have Rocky, Robert, Jan, and Josh here to explain to me stuff I should have known before I racked up all that credit card debt.

Join us as we talk about the stock market, cryptocurrency, big banks, the lack of financial education within the American public education system, and many more. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing that one friend who knows-it-all yap on about Bitcoin. Which is why I think you’ll enjoy a bunch of amateurs give their take on coins and stocks and what it all means for someone just dipping their feet in the investment pool.

A fair warning, even though we do give out some advice based on our investing journey, please take it with a grain of salt. Like a few of your bankers, we are not fiduciaries. What we know we learned from Reddit, YouTube, and failing. If you want some hardcore advice, then you’re probably in the wrong place. This video is just for some laughs as we discuss our scary, uncertain financial future. Oh, these student loans!!!


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#sorryasianparents EP05 Our Early Rave Days and Missing EDC

Hi hi,

On this episode of #sorryasainparents, I’m joined by CupCake, RidicuLance, and Vortex for a mini ZipperSquad reunion. We will be sharing with y’all stories of a time when we were just a bunch of broke youths trying to make festivals happen and (of course) EDC!!!

When I started this YouTube project, I knew I would be talking about my music festival journey a lot. This video is the second time I’ve brought up the Electric Daisy Carnival, and it probably won’t be the last. I am grateful to have these three (this time and probably more times) with me, so y’all won’t have to hear just me blabbering on about my glory daze for almost two hours!

So, you’re welcome.

It could be a bit hard to follow our overeager-storytelling as we zip and zap through a bunch of cautionary tales of our early raver days. Still, we couldn’t help getting excited when talking about our nights under the Electric Sky. For this reason, I’ve included timestamps marking things like our early struggles raving in a pre-smartphone era and having to deal with paper tickets, Nocturnal Wonderland and the NOS Event Center, and even infamous TomorrowWorld! I know our conversation may seem a bit erratic, but I’m sure our love for the events hosted by Insomniac will make everything seem connected . . . I hope.

It’s a shame I can’t get all of my rave family together in one video (because that would just be a chaotic mess, let’s be honest). I wish I could, though. I love everyone whom I’ve met throughout my rave journey. Being in this pandemic, I’ve come to realize how much I miss every one of those beautiful souls. And If I’ve learned anything from being stuck at home, limited to Zoom calls, it’s not to take your bonds and friendships for granted.

So I hope this video can bring some of y’all (who are also missing their rafe fam, festie besties, and the euphoric feeling of being on the dance floor surrounded by beats and lights) a little comfort. If y’all have any stories y’all wanna share, feel free to post them down below.

PS, I want to apologize for some of the crappy pictures; I had to extract most of them from Facebook. But like the memories we made, these shitty pictures are an accurate representations of the times we shared, cloaked in a beautiful haze of dreams and stupidity.

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Intro
0:01:00 – Welcoming In The Gang
0:02:00 – Starting Off 2020 w/ A Bang!
0:02:50 – Prepping For 2021 Festivals (COVID Measures)
0:05:00 – INSOMNIAC And EDC 2020 Problems
0:07:30 – 2020, The Year Of DJ Livestreams
0:11:50 – We Used To Deal w/ Physical Tickets, GrooveTickets, And MapQuest
0:16:30 – The NOS Event Center and Beginning Our Journey At Nocturnal Wonderland
0:23:17 – HARD vs INSOMNIAC Events
0:28:10 – Evolving Our Music Taste And Timeless Artist On Repeat (Above & Beyond, Seven Lions)
0:32:00 – Beyond Wonderland 2012 w/ ASOT 550 and The Knights Inn
0:35:55 – EDC Part1: 2012 Duststorm, Thursday Night Bar Crawl, And The Friendship Lineup
0:46:30 – Vegas Kinda Sucks w/out EDC
0:48:30 – Doing Crazier (Stupider) Stuff When We Were Younger
0:50:45 – TomorrowWorld 2015, Chicago Fam, And Risking Our Life And Jobs For Squad
1:05:40 – EDC Part2: EDC 2013 (Da Best Year), Fitting 13 People in a 2 Bed Hotelroom, EDC Traffic
1:13:00 – Boomer Ravers, Raving Used To Be Controlled Chaos, Off The Main Stages
1:18:40 – Being Messed Up At Raves and TomorrowWorld (Again!)
1:20:30 – Those EDC Moments, Our EDC Numbers, And Our Favorite EDC Stages
1:31:20 – The Last Time We Gave Out Kandi At A Festival, And The Scene Has Changed
1:35:20 – Prohibited Rave Items And Festival Security
1:39:00 – Safety At Festivals, Finally Getting Free Water, And New Friends
1:44:40 – We Miss Festivals And The Friendship Lineup
1:49:43 – Being Broke And Raving Made Everything Stressful
1:52:53 – Saying Our Goodbyes, Till Next Time