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Beautiful video showcases cross-cultural love

News on TV can be pretty depressing, with stories of ethnic conflict and ongoing warfare. Thankfully, stories about cross-cultural relationships, such as AJ’s and Natalie’s, give us hope for humanity.  This mini-documentary shows two people from totally different worlds, defying the odds for the sake of love.

My favorite part is when AJ explains to his Chinese mom that his British-Spanish girlfriend, Natalie, is vegetarian.

“My mom’s first reaction was: ‘OK, she can eat chicken.’  I said, ‘No, no chicken.’  So she replied, ‘OK, fish then?”

In all seriousness, I gotta give props to Natalie for not only living in China as a vegetarian (not easy!) but for also mastering Mandarin (she busts out in Chinese at 4:35).

Film maker Jason Lee Wong created this as part of a series 10 mini-documentaries for the European Union in China.  Check out his other videos here.

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Like Eduardo Saverin, wealthy Chinese ditch US passports

Ten years ago, it was unheard of for immigrants to ditch their highly-coveted US passports.  But now, as the US enforces tax collection overseas, many wealthy Chinese immigrants are following the footsteps of Eduardo Saverin, the Brazil-born Facebook investor, who renounced his US citizenship earlier this year.  Last year, 1,780 Americans renounced citizenship.  In 2006, the number was a mere 280.

US law requires citizens and permanent residents to pay taxes on income, even if you don’t live in the US.  For rich mainland Chinese who immigrated to the US but have since returned to their homeland, the weighty tax bill often causes sticker shock.

“I regret it to death, all of my friends regret it to death,” said Wu, a 31-year-old housewife, about choosing to get US citizenship. “I’m never going back.”

Wu, who is only willing to disclose her last name, was unaware of tax implications when she got her US citizenship after graduating from college in the US.  She now lives in China and hasn’t been back to the US in 10 years.

It’s interesting to consider what’s causing this trend of repatriation for US immigrants.  I think part of the story is that some wealthy immigrants were admittedly overly casual about taking out US citizenship, which was, as the South China Morning Post put it, “the ultimate status symbol in China.”  On the other hand, the trend also reflects the growing economic power of China, a powerful incentive for Chinese immigrants to return home.

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Mindblowing: 5-year-old prodigy kills it on the piano

I don’t know what it is about little Asian kids and their unnaturally gifted musical skills, but it seriously never gets old. This little guy is so cute, and (unlike me when I started playing piano at five) obviously loves playing the piano.

Get ready to have your mind blown. BOOM!

(Thanks, Hubie!)

Chinese man swallows diamond — turns out it’s fake

A crazy diamond saga in Sri Lanka has taken an unexpected twist.  Last week, a Chinese man, Chou Wan, was arrested in Sri Lanka after he swallowed a 1.5 carat diamond at a gem fair.  Well, after authorities gave the guy laxatives and dug through his poop, experts then discovered the rock was a fake.  Apparently, there was another Chinese dude with Chou who is now suspected to have the real diamond, worth $13,000.

All I gotta say is, I would hate to be part of that diamond “excavation” team!  Blech!

 

(Thanks, Hubie!)

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US gymnast star wins all-around, with help from her Chinese-born coach

I admit I’ve been rooting for China during the Olympics, but one US gold medal got me pretty fired up. Gymnast Gabby Douglas won the US all-around gold, making her the first African-American woman to win the highest individual medal in gymnastics.  Gotta love the picture below, which came with the caption: “Gabrielle Douglas, the first African American woman to win the all-around gold medal in gymnastics, celebrating with Liang Chow, her Chinese-born coach.”

Liang Chow was on China’s national gymnastics team for more than decade, and was also the personal coach of Shawn Johnson, a gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics. After he moved to the US in 1990, he coached the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams at the University of Iowa. He now has his own training facility, the Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance Institute, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Chow, who is originally from Beijing, became an American in 2002.

(Thanks, RAMA!)

Siri’s Chinese is not bad, but she stays mum about Tiananmen

Chinese Siri might not have the smooth, sultry voice of her English counterpart, but Apple’s virtual assistant is now fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese.  However, one topic she apparently can’t seem talk about is the Tiananmen Square incident.  According to the Wall Street Journal, some users have been testing Siri’s limits on free speech with questions such as, “Do you know about the Tiananmen incident?” Her answer: “I couldn’t find any appointments related to ‘Do you know about Tiananmen.’”  Hmmm.

Rephrasing the question doesn’t seem to help, either.  ”What happened on June 4, 1989?”  Siri’s response is even more off: “I’m sorry, the person you are looking for is not in your address book.”

In fact, Chinese Siri can’t even seem to give directions to Tiananmen Square.  Siri does have issue with navigation to other locations that are less politically sensitive, but perhaps Apple’s just being extra careful to not ruffle any Chinese feathers?

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Vladimir Putin’s long lost Chinese twin

 

I guess you don’t need dashing good looks to become a celebrity — all you need are the looks of the Russian prime minister.  Lo Yuanpin, a Chinese farmer from the eastern Anhui province, is a local celebrity because of his striking resemblance to Vladimir Putin. Everything from the ears, nose, to the awesome comb over is similar to Putin’s features. The only difference is their ethnicity.

With the enormous Chinese population, there’s bound to be a Chinese Barack Obama lookalike too. Let me know if you find him!

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(Thanks, Arthur!)

Conan O’Brien becomes Chinese food delivery man

The next time you order food delivery, make sure to tip your delivery man well. He might be Conan O’Brien. In a recent episode, O’Brien decides to take up the job of a Chinese food delivery man in NYC. From Conan’s experience, we can see it’s no easy task to deliver hot lo mein and kung pao chicken to people. He was even turned down by a dissatisfied woman who refused to accept the food from him, claiming that he was not the delivery boy. Talk about a difficult customer!

It’s interesting to compare food delivery services in America versus Asia. In America, Chinese food is a popular delivery or take-out food. However, in Asia, they love American fast food delivery, such as  McDonald’s and KFC. What makes it even better is the 24-hour delivery service offered in Asia. I definitely miss being able to pick up the phone at 3 a.m. to order a  Mega Mac. Unfortunately, with the rising obesity rates in America, I’m not sure 24-hour fast food delivery is a good idea.

(Thanks, Danny!)

Chinese “Friday” song gives Rebecca Black a run for her money

Don’t hate me for getting this song stuck your head, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Rebecca Black’s stupid “Friday” song is actually pretty entertaining in Chinese.  It’s admittedly a bit goofy, but singer Dawen has got some sweet vocals and guitar skillz. I found this video when I was reading AngryAsianMan‘s post about Dawen’s fobby remake of Backstreet Boys’ “I want it that way.”

Happy Friday!

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Fobulous by fluke: accidental Chinese hipsters

We AbFobbers are all about embracing our inner fob and being unashamed of who we are.  But you know your fobulosity is at a whole other level when, as one Tumblr author put it, you’re an “Accidental Chinese Hipster.”  I stumbled on this awesome Tumblr via Angry Asian Man that captures the essence of fobs who are so hipster, they don’t even know it.

Think you’ve got pics of your own accidental Chinese hipsters?  Submit there here!

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