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Editor's Note

Shedding a Little Ink Between the Sheets

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step."

When the idea of creating the first Asian American magazine initially come to me
during the summer of '08, I was token aback of how brilliant the idea was. I could not be-
lieve that no one else had already taken it upon himself to do this already. As I did more
and more research, my excitement and passion to bring this idea Into reality grew. Granted,
the summer dull drums were still in full swing at the time so the ambitiousness of this under-
taking was rot hull recognized by me. However, as the school year drew closer and closer,
I mobilized myself for this seemingly daunting and daring first step down a journey of a
thousand miles. As I mode announcement after announcement at student organization meet-
ings, I realized the effect of this first step. This first step would ultimately mean the first of
many down a long road of hardships, obstacles, and challenges. Every twist and turn, bump
or dip In the rood could potentially mean a bend or break situation for the magozlne. The
road would not be smooth sailing in the least bit.

With the hustle and bustle of all the th;igs gc.ing on around us as university students-
the schoolwork, the partying, the keeping up with Facebook, the football games, the student
organizations, the volunteering, the working, etc-It is tempting to take the easy way out to
si' 'p this or quit that. This is where the distinction between being a leader and follower differ.
Followers can quit at any time, but leaders need to stay committed. Now I'm not telling ev-
eryone to be the leaders of everything, but I hope that everyone can find something that
they're passionate about and dedicate a lot of themselves to it-whether it involves promot-
ing change to a group of people or simply spending time enjoying a hobby. For me, it is this
magazine. Through the bleakest of times, when I'm running off of minimal sleep, I'm up doing
homework at 3AM and have class at 7:30AM, I can still look to Ink and feel that It is worth
my while. Obviously, there are days when I wake up stressed and blame Ink for sucking up
my hard-to-come-by free time, but I know that if I quit now I would never know what lies
ahead of me down that road. I would never have tasted the sweetness of success, only the
bitterness of failure. A journey is not called a journey without hard work and time.

The journey of Ink magazine will be long and treacherous, but I urge you all to support
us by way of becoming dedicated followers or aspiring leaders. Take that first step and you
will be overjoyed that In some point in time when you look behind you, you will see followers
working with you toward that same common goal. Success Is just past the horizon. You just
need to take that first step.

Amy Chow


INK Magazine's Mission Is to serve as an informational resource to the young
and evolving Asian American community in Gainesville. Our goal is to present en-
tertaining and informative articles on the most recent trends and issues that
impact Asian American culture.
Driven by Intellectual curiosity Our aim Is Connect. Inform. and Inspire our
readership base Into a unified1 welf-educated, pro-active social force.

Connect *

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To creole a network that connects all members of Asian

To provide relevant, entertaining, and informative content
Reporting on focal. national, and global news
Music, food, entertainment, and all things
popular in culture
Advice and insight on relationships, finances,
education and other Issues affecting one's per-
sonal and social life
A forum for readers to submit creative and se-
rious works of wanting. art, and photography.

To compel readers to actively participate In Asian Amer-
can issues whether it is through reader correspondence.
article submission, or simply increased awareness.




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INK Staff

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The INK staff would like to thank everyone who helped make the creation of this magazine possible. To the writers, photographers, art-
hsts, friends, and supporters--thank you for all of your help. This magazine is dedicated to you all, so please enjoy.

P.S. Here's a little picture of us at work! (with a few of the staffers absent Norman Chang, Wei Chen, Alyssa Wang)

Love, Your Ink Staff


Assoctet Editor PHIIWP CHENG

Senior Art Editor USA LAW
Graphic Designer ANGEL CHEONG
Director of Photography JONATHAN DELROSARIO

Finoet Director TONY LAW
Advertising Directors GAVIN CHAN, NORMAN CHANG
Business Manager WEI CHIEN

Loglttks Director TERRY NGIN
Webmistress ALYSSA WANG

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ART 14

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Lynne Guey

When asked the ubiquitously Asian question of what
career plans lie In my future, I often find it necessary to
brace myself for the impending interrogation and series of
remarks that ore bound to arise upon revealing my career
aspirations in the unlikely field of television -eporting. The
instinctive exclamation Is usually, "Oh, you want to bethe
next Connie Chung!" No, in fact, I don't. With al due
respect to Mrs. Chung, I want to be the next Lynne G0u1y.
But who con blame the senses People are only report-
ing what they see. Connie Chung is one of the few visible
Aslan-Amerlcon figures in American news media, so t's
natural that people would want to tack her identity witt
While the number of Asian Americans In the media
has been growing, representation is still striklingly low. An
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) study foud
that in the top 25 markets, there are only 106 Asian
Americans in news programming as anchors or reporters.
Even at the academic level, out of almost 1400 journalism
and broadcast journalism students enrolled at the Univer-
siry of Florida, a mere 42, or 3%, identify themselves as
Asian American.
By contrast, Asian Americans lead the nation In at-
home access to high-speed Internet. It appears that we
are more inclined to sib at the receiving end of the line of
communication, rather than dispense the information and
knowledge ourselves.
I often ponder the origins of this media shortage. It's
certainly not an issue of scarce talent. According to the
latest US Census, Asian Americans comprise almost 5%
of the population yet hold only 1.3% of television news
related careers and 2% of newspaper journalist positions.
One can call it "the camera shy syndrome," but I think the
origins of this problem lie much deeper than the fear of
showing face or expressing views.
One possible explanation is that Asians are simply
more Interested In making money, High interest In Ihe lu-
crative fields of medicine, business, and law can verify this.
But this takes an incredibly one-dimensional view of the
Asian experience. Did our parents immigrate to the United
States to make a better life financially for the family? Yes,
but at the risk of sounding over righteous, did they not
also move to America so we could have the freedom of
choice to pursue whatever field we desired, based on our
individual interests and talents? Unfortunately, individual

choice has too often been thrown to the side as a mere
bonus. If we can find a career that we genuinely enjoy,
that's great but the more important condition revolves
around whether it yields a high pay-off. Understand-
ably, this mindset pervades our thinking. The ideals of
sacrifice and hard work have been thoroughly engrained
In the children of immigrants who toiled long and hard
to rear a family that could benefit from the myriads
of opportunities made available in this country. Karen
Cody. Coordinator of Academic Programs at the College
of Journalism and Communicaions at the University of
Florida, says "part of the culture is that the children feel
obligated to lake core of their parents and make them
proud In old age. the surest way to accomplish this is in
the form of a h.gher-paying, more serious job." If such is
true, this implies journalism is generally regarded by our
demogroph.c as a field unlikely to merit pride or honor
from our porenrs, something that is not token seriously.
This is truly disappointing. A career in media is one of
the most po*erllT positions one can hold, especially given
the 24-7 nonstop fast-paced world we live in today. The
media shapes our perceptions of the world's ever-chang-
rig events, Like It or not, the new is our link to the outer
world and without it, life outside our own bubble might as
well cease to exist,
It is true that a career in the news sector doesn't
guarantee a spot in the million-dollar club. In fact, the
lower-rung positions at local news stations [crime beat
reporters, weather girls, traffic reporters) are less than
desirable. However, the ultimate pa~o, off as a corre-
spondent at the national level, I believe, can outweigh the
sacrifices needed to work one's way to the top. Not only
do high-profile anchors such as Brian Williams or Diane
Sawyer boast million dollar contract, but they also enjoy
recognition and respect from viewers across the nation,
not to mention yielding an enormous amount of influence
on public opinion. Professional journalists enter on implicit
contract with the audience in return for their attention
and trust, journalists provide information about the day's
events. At its root, journalism educates. And what, may I
ask, is more honorable than that?
It Is my hope that one day we will be able to idenrltr
more Asian news figureheads besides Connie Chung Until
then, the call for an Asian voice in the world's foremost
communication outlets continues.

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Asian names are commonly hard to pronounce and sound
strange to Westerners. Some examples are Phot, Phuc, Sum Ting
Wang, and my own last name, Fu. I dread it when people ask me
to spell my name. When they do, I try to speak very slowly and
as seriously as I can. I say, "My last name is Fu, it's spelled F-U."
1 brace myself for the uncomfortable silence that usually follows,
as the other person decides whether or not I just insulted them.
On the other hand, my Asian name, You Fu, is extremely short
and I do enjoy the perks. During scantron tests, I can bubble my
five-letter name and have plenty of time to smirk at my neigh-
bor who is frantically filling in "Guergana Panayorova."
All iokes aside, I admit it is frustrating when people mispro-
nounce or make fun of Asian names. University of Florida student
Xueying Wang comments that since people are scared of the
"X" in her name, she has resorted to using her childhood nick-
name "Ying-ying" instead. Dr. Ratree Wayland, a linguslics pro-
fessor at UF, says that Americans mispronounce Asian names be-
cause of two l;nguislc problems.-- r;tirg and hearing.
Concerning uwr;ing. some Asian sounds simply do not exist in
the English language; therefore, they are imperfectly roman-
ized. Both the elimination of the Chinese tones and the vowel-less
Vietnamese words are examples of this problem.
On the hearing level, people cannot distinguish or repeat the
sounds that they were not exposed to while growing up. One ex-
ample is the inability of native English speakers to distinguish the
Thai-voiced and aspirated sounds from the voiced and stopped
sounds. These sounds involve vibrations of the vocal cords and
puffs of air that are difficult to notice by non-Thai speakers
Asian names also differ from English names by their structure.
Understanding Asian naming styles can be useful far under-
standing Asian culture. In China, Korea, and Japan, for example,
names begin with the family surname and are followed by the
given name. The listing of the surname first, which comes from
the father, emphasizes the importance these cultures place on
the patriarchal family structure. When you ask someone's name
in these cultures, you are actually asking, "Whar family do you
belong to?" And only after the family is established do you find
out about the name of the individual, In China, my name be-
comes Fu Yao. In these cultures, middle names are seldom used,
but a common generation name is often given to siblings.
Laos, the Philippines, and Thailand follow the Western naming
style by placing the given name before the family name. This is
most likely due to the strong Western influence during the Colo-
nial period. Filipinos are the rare Asians who use middle names.
It is also very common to meet Filiplnos with Spanish names such
as Rafael, Anthony, and Rodriquez. Thailand only began requir-
Ing last names in 1913. Under Thai law, only members of

same family may have the same last name; thus Thailand has
an incredibly diverse collection of last names. Korea lies an the
opposite end of the spectrum since the three most common last
names--Kim, Lee, and Park--make up nearly half of the Korean
It is no surprise that many Asian Americans adopt an English
first name in order to avoid awkward mispronunciations of their
traditional names and to help them assimilate into American cul-
ture. Asian Americans born in the U.S. are often given both tradi-
tional and English names. A University of Florida pall showed an
equal ratio of Asians who use English names against those who
use traditional names. Many individuals who use an English name
including myself, often lead dual lives. I am Kosey while interact-
ing with Americans at school and work, but I become Fu Yao
when I am with my Asian family and friends. Due to this identity
issue, aider immigrants who have tried to use an English name
often give up because their names do not fit their sell -dertiry.
English names have became a fashion trend Internationally. In
a Youtube parody of "Sex and the City" titled "Sexy Bejirig."
street-peddlers and white-collared workers alike sport English
names. Unfortunately, many names like "Dolar" and "Frog" are
lost in translation. On the other hand, the naming trend in the
United States is the reverse. More and more Asian Americans
prefer their unique traditional names to their English names. The
rapid economic development in Asia, the rise in numbers of
Asian celebrities, and the popularity of Asian cuisine has brought
the Eastern world into the Western focus. Perhaps one day I will
ditch my Erglish name and start going by Yaa Fu and tell people
to call me Yao, "Yao as in Yao Ming."

Ng -eng/-tng

Wang Wong, not Wayne

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Have you ever wondered where that cute Asian girl in
your trig class was from Hove you ever felt that your
Asian distinguishing skills were top notch? That you
can tell the difference between a Viet and Thai?

By Cynthia Chang

There are always those common stereotype features that set Asians apart; the dead straight hair, the i[inyi almond
eyes. But as most people should know there ore minute details that are hard to spot, features that most people would
not use to categorize Asians, that are truly common to some of the nationalities; shapes of noses, skin color, thickness of
facial and body hair (or lack thereof). Of course there are always those rare anomllles that really don't look
Chinese/Japanese/Korean. The beautiful models in this article are students of our very own University of Florido com-
posed of a variety of cultures from all over Asia. Some of them may seem obvious to you, but the answers may come
as a surprise. Well, let's see how good you really are at spotting Asians before you ask that cutie in math class to make
you some sushi ;D

A) Vietnamese A) Filipino
B) Korean B) Korean
C) Japanese C) Vietnamese
D) Filipino D) Laos
E) Irish E) South African

A) Chinese
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What a game against those Oklahoma Soon-
ers! 24-14, another victory for the University of
Florida-the second football notional championship in
the last three years. And the best thing about it was that
I got to see it live.

Over winter break, I got a text from my friend,
Brad, asking me if I would go to the BCS Championship
Game with him. After I hod lost the student lottery for a
ticket, I could not believe that he was offering me a
second chance to experience this once in a lifetime op-
portunity. Plus, considering the fairly close location to
Miomi and the not too exorbitant price of a ticket, the
chance to be at the actual stadium rooting for the school
that I was proudly attending was not something I could
pass up. So I told him to count me in! After all, it was a
decision that I knew I would never regret.

We left Goinesville after I had finished my morning
doss around 11 am. We had over-estimated the time,
thinking that we'd get stuck in traffic and would have to
find a parking space in crunch time. Instead, we arrived
In Miami five hours before the game after a smooth,
four and a half hour traffic-free ride. There was al-
ready a sea of parked cars and toilgoters were every-
where. The atmosphere was lively with not only college
students, but also many middle-aged adults. It come as
a surprise to me that the older people could be lust as

rowdy as us.

Everywhere I turned, I would see -wothing but
orange and blue with only the occasional crimson and
cream sporting gear. We tailgated and greeted fellow
orange and blue donners with, "Go Gotors!" while
having the opportunity to watch several F-22 Raptor
planes fly above our heads.

By now, I was starving. It took my friend and I
about on hour before finding a tailgating party that
sold food and merchandise. In the same area, Smosh-
mouth performed and people were playing games
where they could win obnoxiously large taco hats and
shirts sponsored by Taco Bell, as well as, gorgeous Bud-
weiser show horses. Unfortunately, after waiting in line
for a while, there weren't any alternatives to the overly
priced heart-attack food that the failgaters were sell-
ing, so I handed over my ten dollars for a chicken ten-
ders and fries basket and bottle of water. But I couldn't
complain because soon ofter, my hunger was cured and
my stomach was gratefully filled with food,

Brad and I were among the first people to arrive in
our section. The Dolphin Stadium contained orange and
darker teal colored seats, looking biased towards the
Gators. And as for the field, it was absolutely beautiful.
Nicely laid green grass gave me a fresh sight from the

cool January weather with Florido printed an one end
of the field and Oklahoma on the farther end from
where I sot. This was the first official football game I've
been to where I didn't have to work and could fully
relax. I tried to take in as much as I could absorb. As
fans began to trickle in, the spirit of the stadium height-
ened with excitement. Everywhere I looked was orange
and blue. With approximately 50,000 seats filled,
only about a quarter of the stadium consisted of Soon-
ers. Who con blame them? For them, It was either a
whole day's drive or a few hundred dollars worth for a
shorter flight.

As the game was about to start, I wondered to
myself, "What is a Sooner?" Brad didn't know either, so
he asked the lady sitting next to him. She said it had
something to do with people back in the day arriving
and claiming the good land "sooner than later. Boomei,
the University of Oklahomo's horse mascor, represear
the Sooners.

After 5 hours, the game finally began. By haol rine,
the score was tied 7-7 and Tim Tebaw had thrown rwo
interceptions. Sam Boadfod, 2008 tie;Srnan Trophy
Winner, was head-and-head against the C-Gaor s -007
Heisman Winner.

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game that had me on the edge of mt seat ii I -oasn
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topple over the fans in front of me ton m m. o.*erwhelm.
ing excitement. Although, the referees had some de-
batoble calls that stirred the fans, rte an,e was tnrill.
ing to say the least Chanting varouLS Goro cheis. I
nearly lost my voice by the end of rthe nrigh, Lbuit i W
another victory for the University of Florid victor r,

Celebration followed on the field at the Gaor
Champions received the crystal football. r Jews and
media swarmed the field where speeOes were made
and short interviews were given. Tir. Tebow ran to the
stands and made contact with he ans In the crowd. B y
the end of the night, It was the pure lo; of vletory,
sweat, and hard work that lingered ;n the a.r.

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post-game partying, but unfortunately for me, I could
not get bock fast enough to celebrate at the ,f I Poiry
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of people, we finally got back to Brad car. As -e
drove away from Dolphin Stadium, I kept reflecting on
the gameth game that I coll my h mpo;onsth.p pe-

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er the voild kno. rhat e Ase Asian and proud
It I, ter, ho- much of rhot pride i r!einfc.rced b)
nr ledge and undelsrond;ngq? Ho mcny rimes
have -e Fought r oa cause irthout being Truly
Soa-re of rhe issues at haonri And these displys,
these Cllrurol rOODS, lht supposed COre of this
Stride, have been shri eling up e-cr i;rce the ir"rs
step onor American soil
FOI ec'l 7 consecuilue Amedicon-born gernero-
lionr. rh Asiin culture dnindles. Il can be C m.
pared ro ihol of a i;releI Inleiner sOurCe: at
flirs the signal is 01 full strenglh and infornaorion
is being eAchanged bock and oirh .-irhou a
hilth. Hol.e-er, o' you move furlhel and furlher
aw0o0 the signal gro0s faint and you're curi ng in

and the commonplace cultural traditions become
Infwueuenr at best, where only the two biggest
holidays of the cultural calendar are clung onto
and held sacred,
Plian everyone falls under the same category
or is, o the same risk of this debilitating progres-
sion Vv;ihin the generation attending college
raday, there are three distinct groups: the "tro-
dilionals, the "rebels," and the "apathetics." The
rr odironal o are commonly the Individuals with two
As.on parents who hove both spoken the native
language to their children since birth. The osre
surrounded by a community of others with siml-
Ilr backgrounds and have probably attended
Sunday school to further reinforce their language
skills. The rebels are the ones I like to consider as
rhe lote bLoo0ers. They have hd very little ex-
pos.jie to the native Asian language at home. This

The helicopter is now vacant as it flies into the sunset and everyone on the

ground forgets the whole thing ever happened and goes back to enjoying his or

N her latte. Is this the fate for all Asian Americans?

and out of conneclior. Soon after, the iign.al com may be because only one parent of Asian decent
plerely dimini-hes no maPter horw you angle your res.des in the home or the parents ore comprised
computer at the window. In the end, you simply of second or third generation Asian Americans
[ust give up trying to search for it. Now replace who have already lost the language. They feel
the signal with Asian culture, the source with East that they have missed out on their birthright and
Asia, and the distance with the number of gen- wish to recapture their roots by oaoking into avail-
erations of Asian Americans and the metaphor is able resources (i.e. language courses] to fill that
complete. The stages of deterioration progress as void. The final group is the opathetics who hove
follows: the American accent creeps into the lon- had minimal, if any, influence by their parents' or
guage, the level of vocabulary dwindles, the skill grandparents' culture and could care less about
of reading and writing slips through the cracks, it. Their indifference drives away any notion of

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reacquiring these roots and Ihey ore conrtorioble as being on Asian American. Wikipedia defines
with where they stand, solfied c lth being fullyy Asian Americans ai merely 'Ameriarns ol Asiar
assimilated into the American culture ances-rrr There is no disrinction berteen being a
Now that the players haoe been Idenlifled, "good' or bad' Asion American; it is an amor.
picture this situation. A rope ladder fronm o flnring phous ennry, always changing. irh ino deFnrlion
helicopter overhead has been placed before the conianily being rewrrre.-. Bul one faoo remains t
members of the three g-oups The pileo offers a no marier how diluted our culture become: or hao
promised flight to cultural parodlse for on, who ossimilored we end up, we can never be labeled
dare to take hold of the ladder oa the helicopter simply as American. The irurh of the maorer is rhoc
begins totake off. Everybody, dedeQide cukly, ond society categorizes bf color; .1 ol*afs has and
the scene continues to unfold No- hundreds of probably always ill it doesni matter if yfoare
feet off the ground, the poslllons are reassessed. a tir. generation, a second generation. or e.en
Towards the top of the ladder, the raodironols a ninth ge-eration- Asian American. il you are
hold on to the rungs with Inlile difficulty. whereas "yellow," then ryo are considered As;on and will
the rebels are the daredevils hanging onto dear 0o leasl bear the Arian sub-lobel Ii this a curse
life on that last rung desperalely trying to kick a or a blessing thal rhe blood running through our 3
foot up into the next loop And of course. the pao. ween. prevents us from denying our o* n .denr.iy?
thetics never left Ihe safety of 'he ground and ore Everything points back to the basic principles this
enjoying their vanilla lote: os i 'he o-.rry obova narhon oas founded upon, the ideas of freedom
other things, Now as the chopper aoIns ollilude, of speech and expression .,rhoul ridicule.
everything changes; for -lrh ever, flight, there is As an Asiar American, ii is our given right to
always turbulence. Right a-ay, the rebels ore ite decide whao defines us as a person as -e lake or
first to be flung off, plummeting towards the cro-d the journey toward ielf-discoery of our densityy.
of coffee-drinking apathelics. The once stable rrao To oaoid spouting empty words. o pride to ihe
ditionals are shaken as well and slip down the lod- world. place meaning behind rhose words by im-
der slowly to eventually fall off conplerely llh mer.ing our selves rsi hings that -e beliee in and
their risk-taking companions T.e helicopter i. no. haoe possion for, like our cuhural oncestry I'm no i *
vacant as it flies Into the suns el and everyone on saying that *e need to speak a certairn language
the ground forgets the whole rhing ever happened with oral Fluency, follo- evEry rrodition to the T.
and goes back to enjoying his or her loale. Is this or even reche lines ot history werbairm We do,
the fate for all Asian Americons? By reading over ho-erer. need to be culturally awore enough to
the history and progression of Coucoiaon Amerl. be able to anrser -hy we are so very proud
can culture, are we slodr g through a window irlo to be Asian Ajnerican by walering those ag.ng
our own future as a people? Asian roots Itho have beer neglected at Itnses
In the end, does this tronslore rt a bleak future and rhu=s brearting life into a new Iomorrow for
for Asian American culture? The fact of the mor. Asian Americans
ter is, that there is no sel rubric for ho cloassifles







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By: Tracey Nguyen
Revised by: Heather Bradman

The story of Wong Fu Productions starts off with
one really nice guy. Little did he know that his
homemade videos would eventually explode in
popularity on the Internet. Philip Wang, the accred-
ited founder, recreationally made lip-syncing
videos for "kicks and giggles" prior to the birth of
his independent film company. Highly involved in
the subject of film, Philip Wang asked his friends
Wesley Chan and Ted Fu to complete the Wong Fu
Productions team in 2003 at the campus of the Uni-
versity of California-San Diego. By collecting
scraps of knowledge from their digital art classes in
an effort to produce small projects at their own lei-
sure, the student trio transformed into an "internet
phenomenon" through the publicity of mass e-mails
and word of mouth.

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Photo tedits to: Alan Ha and Vanessa KwIng

The popularity of Wong Fu Productions further esca-
lated when the short films Yellow Fever and Just a Nice
Guy were released into the media in January 2006 and
May 2007, respectively. Yellow Fever, a short comedy,
tells the story of an Asian American male facing the harsh
truth of the unfair ratio of Asian guys dating Asian girls
versus the much higher ratio of Caucasian guys dating
Asian girls.

Several other short films released in varied genres
ranged from tales of serious subject matters to more
light-hearted pieces. They all uniquely cater to the tastes
of Wong Fu's diverse fan base: giddy girls swooning at
the sight of anything Wong Fu-related, Anime-resembling
guys with spiked hair gelled oil the way up to the
ceiling, college students searching for a form of expres-
sion, and finally, anybody that simply possesses the
love for a heartfelt sniffle or a cheerful good laugh.

Wong Fu Productions is known for more than just their
short films. They have also gained widespread recogni-
tion for their revamped music videos of world-renowned
artists such as Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, and Maroon 5. In
the winter and spring of 2007, they were invited to 14
highschools and universities to screen their full-length fea-
ture film A Moment with You. Rather than just seeing Wong
Fu on a virtual screen, fans have flocked to meet the trio
live onstage during their tours to over 50 schools and uni-
versities across the nation. The three guys launched their
most recent tour, known as the Autumn Tour, in November
of 2008 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. It was
the gang's first visit to the Sunshine State, where they dis-
covered a considerable group of enthusiastic fans.

Not only did these enthusiastic fans take pleasure in
meeting these three Internet celebrities in person, but a
sea of newfound support was generated after Wong Fu

"It's a playground where we can just experiment.

The way we do things is very unconventional and we

try to make it work."


Wang Fu speaks at the
University of Florida oboul
what t i' like to film and how
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introduced themselves and screened some of their
never-before-seen trailers and film teasers. The pre-
sentation, hosted as a Kaleidoscope Month event
(Asian American Awareness Month) in collaboration
with the Asian American Student Union at the University
of Florida, was featured to promote more than just
Asian American awareness during the month of Novem-
ber; rather, it was directed more towards displaying
the natural talent of Asian Americans who have shaken
the stereotypical model minority image by pursuing an
industry unfamiliar to the realm of Asians in America.
Wesley Chan states, "It's a playground where we can
just experiment. The way we do things is very unconven-
tional and we try to make it work."

The event was followed by a poster signing, giving
Wong Fu aficionados the opportunity to meet the
soon-to-be award winning filmmakers an an individual
basis. Brandon Magtalas spoke on behalf of the as-
sembly at University of Florida when he said, "Once I
saw a clip of their work, it was inspiring and undoubt-
edly on example of true dedication and commitment."
Pamela Micholski is another student who gained a posi-
tive first impression of the trio. She expounded on their
friendliness by saying, "They ore such nice people.
They mode me feel like they do core about their fans
because I still keep in touch with them."

down to dinner and boba tea with a lucky handful of
the University of Florida audience afterward. Despite
their noteworthy films, the Wong Fu team demonstrated
their down-to-earth personalities by sharing common
interests, laughing at the same jokes, and relishing the-
same foods with the students. Wong Fu also took ad-
vantage of their time in Florida by paying a visit to
Disney World's Magic Kingdom with some of their new
friends from the University of Florida. Bowie Stephens,
another student at the University of Florida, refers to
her time spent with them as a "typical hang out session
with the guy[s]." Stephens also mentions, "They [Wong
Fu] ore individuals who keep it real. Their personalities
mirror the way they would act on screen, it [was] the
least bit intimidating and so much fun to hang out with

In addition to revealing their professional work and
cracking jokes on stage, Wong Fu Productions also sat

"They are individuals who keep it real. Their per-

sonalities mirror the way they would act on screen,

it was the least bit intimidating and so much fun to

hang out with them."

photo credit: Wong Fu

"If at the end of the day there's someone out
there who has a better day because of us, then
we've succeeded."

- Wong Fu


Coming up with the best music from 2008 was no easy task. To make matters even more
difficult was limiting this list to a mere five. The year 2008 brought both new bands making
their entrance into the music industry, as well as the release of much anticipated albums from
popular music sensations, such as Li' Wayne's "Tha Carter III," The past year certainly had
its share of successes and failures. Experimenting with new styles of music can be risky for
artists who are used to success and last year was a testament to that.

Without further ado, here is my humble opinion of the Top Five Albums of 2008:

MUMH II133 HvY Lit WaysIen
Mwezy's Lines are better than eer, in what is probably the years most eagerly
anticipated album. The album debut was dela-ed due to tracks leak4g on the
internet, keeping fans fervently on their toes. Mr. Carter rewarded his patient
audience by delivering one of the year's best hip-hop alLmrs. His patented
S1 croak, along with smooth beat., and even more creative lyrics, made songs Lke
SU"Lollipop" and "Ms Officer stant chart-toppers.

Hy TV at ,hte padi

With the economic taurbence. wars, and political unre-i that current consume
our world, TV on the Radio def~ir. an albun that evaluates ~tr stand of these
troubling times. They set their album apart by making each song more diverse
than the next. one way to describe their isceLarry i a collision of all music
styles- ranging from jazz to classical to reggae and to evrythi.g else you can
pssibly think of.
"Halfway rione," the first sorg of thet album, creates a vibrant rhythm with its
handicap sounding beat, servingg as a geat opener that get ou pumped up for
the restof -h album. On the other hand, Love Oog" goesin a different direction.
creating a more subdued tone. The nuriber of different "sounds" created in
this album is a treat in itself to listen to. This Brookiy-based band masterfully
crafts bells. brass, and differently .:ynt-he.ized noises to produce possibly the
Best Album of the ear. Though I was not an extremely large fan of their preious
work, this unique group of iusicians suprised me with a kidckout.

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Dn't let the first few songs fool yo Evil Urges gets better as the album
processes. Despite the stlw start, ttI Sohem rock group regain ground and
trns to their fok-irnfuenced melo4ies and story.:etling lyrics to gift fans with
arguably oe f tir best alrbms. librariann," a sng about a sexy bookworm,
provides vivid imagery, takiPn yo on a hazy mental journey amidst inging for
days past. oive credit to im James and the boys for trying something new. f you
are a fan of soft and smooth rk, g ve this southew Kentucky band a listen.

1 , I; yr V4mpire Weafke#

No matter wich track you pick, the debut album for empiree weekend i. youthful
and bring a pring" to one's step. Their whimsical tunes and upbeat rhyt'ric
style of music make this band a surprising distant success in the world of ndie
rock. Having a rough day? ;andomly .elect a song, each as danceable as the nemt.
and your day will rmrmedrately brnhten. Among these delightful tacks are the
wildly popular fordd Corrma" and "A-Punk", which helped these Columbian
boys become the first band ever to grae the cor of pin before their debut
album was released.

T i., charged with illegal possession of a firearm, spent some quality time this
year under house arrest making his 6th album. tis new copiaition boasts a
star-studded ineup of artists including Riharna, Jay-Z and il' Wayne. Faing
a posse year of jail time in 2M0X, the elf-oroclaimed King of the South's
swagger and confidence do not falter. His album contains the usua bravado ad
smooth lines for the ladies, yet it also includes lyrics that reflect on his emotion
as a star and his recent struggles with the law as in "Ready for ateve "Live
br Life" shows a more mature side to Atanta's crowned prince Deeper ard
more mature lyrics alog with typical club-friendly tracks, make this a deserving
candidate for Best ap Album of ZOO.


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W ho ever sold thot the world's fovorlte "pick-me-up" drink wos bod for you? If you ore one of the mil-
lions of Americans who depend on coffee to jumpstort your doy-you're In luck. As you're sipping that steaming
hot mug of coffee goodness woating for that hit of caffeine to jolt you back to reality, get your facts strolght
before you soy bye-bye to thot little jovo drink that works wonders.

Pros Cons

(for coffee consumption In moderarlonj
J Reduces the risk of:
Cancer (liver, colon, breast, colon, rectal)
Type 2 Diabetes
Parklnson's Disease (in men)
SImproves alertness and reaction time
SEnhances endurance In long duration, physical
) Improves mood
SRich source of disease-flghting artloxidants

(varies from person to person)
SCaffeine is a mildly addictive stimulant
J Increased blood pressure
SUnfiltered coffee drinks, such as lottes and
espressos, increases bad" LDL cholesterol
9 Can cause Insomnto, palphrations, anxiety,
tremors, diarrhea, and increased urination

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Diplomacy between Asian Countries

A Divided Strait Aims to Bridge the Divide:

A New Generation of Chinese and Taiwanese

Leaders Call for One China

By Lynne Guey

For he past fifty years, on identity crisis of potentially
catastrophic proporrlons hot been quielly brewing In the seas
of the Asian Pacific. The problem irvvol es Ihe reahrimship of
ne 'n r.oon" o0 no*hrr, that of China and Taiwan. What has
been at stake is the fundamental question of whether Taiwan
is entitled the right to be called a nation. If there's any
diplomatic issue that has lingered over Asia longer than any
other, it's his unresolved conflict over Taiwon's Indepenrdencr
Taiwan's sovereignty has been called into question since
1945 when Japan surrendered control of rth Island after
losing World War IL Since then, the situation has at times,
escalated to that of two regions on the brink of war. One
thousand missiles have been pointed in Taiwan's direction
since the dlmax of its independence movement in 2000 -ten
a pro-independence candidate, Chen Shu-Bon, who
vehemenly called for Taiwan independence, won lts first
democratic election. Recent~ however, tensions have
mellowed with the return of the traditionally pro-China
Nationalist porty to power. The current President, Ma
Ying.liou of the Ntoronalist Party, won the most recent
election in March on the platform of building doser ties with
the molnland and has already taken significant strides
toward that goal in the first six months of his presidency.
In his Inaugural address on May 20, 2008, President
Ma pledged that, "Cross-strols peace will be remembered
as the most important accomplishment of my odrrminliralon."
Since -hen, Mo has passed several mandates toward the
fulfillment of his promise One of hit first accoplishments in
office was increasing direct contact between the two nations
by establishing direct flights between Chino and Taiwan, In
effect, bringing more mainlanders to the island. The first
weekend charter flights carried 760 mainland touris to the
land-the first mainland tourist group since 1949. This has
produced an added economic benefit for Taiwan through the
extra stimulation of its tourism industry. Trade has also
increased between the regions, fury ending the 50-year ban on
direct Irode and investment with China Though the economic
liberalization began in 2001, Prsident Mo sealed the deal by
lifting Taiwan's legilative restrictions on the financial ecr to
invest in mainland China. As a sign that relations are improving
Chin has sent two pandas to Talwan as a gift of goodwill,
irnar to he t-o panda swi to the United States in 1972
[Llng-Ung and ting. M .ngL tbl-owing President Richord Nixon's

President Ma's sance toward Taolwane hIdependence

M stems from the 1992 Cansensus, whi; chon agreement between


representatives of China and Taiwan that both sides recognize
only "One China". The definition of "One iCino", however, has
differed from leader to leader. The previous pro-Independence
Democratic Progressive Party President, Chen Shul-Ban,
interpreted "One China" a one undivided Chin, with the
Repubi of China (Taiwan) as the sole legitimate representative
of that sovereignty. Nevertheless, President Ma arrently defines
the relation between Taiwan and the mainland as "not between
two steps essentially, relation should be based on two areas of
one state, that state being China. For the most part, this position
toward Chio has been met with support by the general
Taiwanes population. n a recent poll, 80%of Tai-ran opproves
of Ma's policy to moantoln the status quo and peace with China,
rather thn risk independence and possible war. Even among the
slim minoriy that advocate for independence, most people
reluctantly agree that submitting to China's authority at this time
would provide undeniable benefits for both ends Economically,
bath would reap the benefits of prosperous trade and increased
investment in industry. Furthermore, the ethnic connection that
the Han Chinese share, comprising the vast majority of the
countries' populations, would help unify the regions and
promote stronger natllnallstic pride, Perhaps the biggest
advantage of abiding by the One China policy is that it will
help decrease the building pension between citizens of the
neighboring countries, promoting the "ross-stroils peace"
that President Ma pledged to achieve at the start of his term.
While independence for Taiwan (now more commonly
referred to as the Republic of Chlna) is not completely out of
the picture, Mo's presidency so far has pushed it near the
edge. During the eight-year rule of the Democratic
Progressive Porty, former President Chen Shui-Ban
consistently rejected Beling's condition that he accept ts
"one-China" principle, under which the Republic of Chna
(ROC) Is defined as part of China In contrast, President Ma
initiated the first formal contact between the leaders of the
ruling parties on both sides of the Taiwan Strait sine the ROC
government relocated to Taiwan in 1949, effectively
breaking the deadlock. However, this is by no means an
indication that tensions have ceased to exist. One need not
look further than the one thousand missiles still directed at
Taiwan to sense the gravity of the situation. But no shots have
been fired, and there hasn't been a threat since President Ma
has taken nHie. At least for i e time being, the Taiwan
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Guy Guide: Going Out Attire
Don't let the Fashion Police hunt you down!
Amy Chow

For all you fellas out there, you may feel that being fashionable isn't really a big issue. Bul It isl Making a good first
impression is key because oftentimes It Is the ONLY thing a girl will remember at the end of the night. It could mean
all the difference between meeting that special someone or spending the rest of your night watching Sportscenter.

Wearing the right thing could help even the plainest man look like a stud. There is nothing wrong with adding a
splash of metrosexual style to your wardrobe-females actually appreciate guys who dress %ell. You ust need the
Fashion 101 to know what to wear at the right time. Look hot and feel good about yourself! Cut the, "I'm not sure if
this matches..." drill. You guys deserve a little help tool That's why we're here


Basic Essentials (Pretty common knowledge)

1. Denim Jeans or dress pants: No shorts whatsoever
(that is an absolute No-Nol). Do not wear light blue leans or
leans with holes, rips, or tears; it makes you look young and
unsophisticated. Make sure your denim leans are a crisp
dark blue color--remember that for jeans, the darker the
better! If you want to wear slacks, make sure they aren't
pleated. Aim for flat-front pants with a trim cut to give you
that modern, stylish look you want. Tons of designers carry
flat-front pants in a variety of cuts, colors, and fabrics so
you can be sure to find one that fits your style; all you have
to do is look! Also, no one wants to see your underwear so
ditch the baggy pants, guys!

2. Dress shirt: You're going out, right? Then DON'T
wear the same polo that you've been sitting in oil dayl A
nice dress shir shows females that you core about looking
good and that you've made on extra effort in doing so.
This is actually a normal standard for going out, so if you
miss this essential that puts you way down on the list of hot

looking people. While some of you guys like to wear your
shirts untucked, keep in mind it looks a lot cleaner if you tuck
those babies in!

3. Shoes: Do not wear flip-flops! That's the last thing
you ever want to wear going out. They're good for every
day wear and going to the beach, but they ore not good
for meeting women. Nothing is worse than giving a girl the
impression that you don't care.
Plus, it'd be awfully uncomfortable when her 3-inch heels
step on your big toe. Ouch! Wear dosed toed shoes, fellas
No sneakers enlher, so leave the Adidas at home.

Simple Add-ons (For the advanced Fellol

1. Sport Jacket This addition adds instant sophistication
and flare to your look! You show up in a sport jacket and it'll
definitely distinguish you from the million other Joe Schmoes
sporting the standard dress shirt and jeans look. Make sure
you choose one that is unique and not one that looks like it's
the top part of a suit. Sport jackets instantly dress up a pair
of leans and add a classier look to your overoll outftl.

2. Printed T-hirt: Warning; Stay away from wear-
ing a printed t-shirt by itself. Just because celebrities get
away with it doesn't mean that you canl Chances ore they
are bigger, buffer, hotter, and most importantly, richer than
you. The lost ph.ng you want is for the bouncer to stop you
at the door. You can, however, wear a printed tee under a
cool sport pocket. When it gets hot you can strip down to the
tee on the dance floor and show off that body you've been
working on. You HAVE been going to the gym, right?

3. Hats: No boll caps or trucker hots, but driving caps
and fedoras are fine. But make sure the club allows head-
wear before you bring one to the club!

4. Accessories: To finish off your outfit you need the right
accessories! These are the little things that girls will notice.
Finish it off with a snazzy belt and a fly watch!

The idea Is to dress for the atmosphere. If you're going to a hip-hop club, don't bust our a suit If you're going to a high-end
lounge, don't wear the tees and joearn Clubs and bars are places to be seen so appearance should be your number one priority.
Chances are, your first impression will likely be your last one. Clubs are loud places with dim-lighting, so since you won't have the
option of impressing girls with your sparkling wit, you will just have to rely on your own natural good looks and not to mention,
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