• Culture and Society

    Posts In Review

    This week, I just wanted to highlight some of my recent posts here at Bloom. There has been a lot of news lately about the misuse of personal information from 87 million Facebook users by a company called Cambridge Analytica. If we stand idly by and allow these infractions to happen, then we become complicit. Here are my thoughts on the matter, and what I am doing about it. Fight the Power of Social Media Speaking of news, we are under the auspices of a US President whose behavior and leadership style have been unprecedented. Despite who our leader is, we do not have to follow his example .  . …

  • Culture and Society

    Laughter Makes an Asian Happy

    Yes, laughter makes an Asian happy. That particular Asian is me. I’ve been posting lately about such serious issues related to abuse in the workplace, President Trump, the dangers of social media, and the challenges of being a person of color in America. It’s time to take a breather and to laugh because laughter is a free and immediate high. A quick adrenaline rush. An infusion of joy. It’s right up there with chocolate, sex, and cat cuddles. Here are some Youtube videos that I have recently enjoyed .  .  . I’ve lived downstairs from noisy neighbors. This is pretty much how it goes: I’d say these are more inventive…

  • Peony the Elephant
    Culture and Society,  Intention

    Fight the Power of Social Media

    What I have been doing lately may be subtle or even inconsequential, but I have been taking  small steps to fight the power of social media. Earlier this week, news was released about a company called Cambridge Analytica that compromised the personal data of close to 50 million facebook users in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. This is only one egregious abuse of access that large corporations and private entities are granted by social media companies, but it is a significant one–one of possibly countless others that are occurring without our knowledge or consent. These kinds of invasions are compounded by the use of algorithms and powerful data…

  • Culture and Society,  Intention,  Piano,  Reading Will Save the World

    My Daily Rituals for a Meaningful Life

    I have a lot of goals and dreams in my life, and I am cultivating daily rituals to help me accomplish them.  These are incremental steps that I take on a regular basis to help me get further along in my goals. They may not seem like much, but in the overall scheme of my life, they make a huge impact. Here are my daily rituals that I try to live by: 1. Drink lots of water every day in the morning. One of the first things I try to do after waking up is drink one or two glasses of water. I also have coffee in the morning, but…

  • Creativity,  Culture and Society,  Intention

    Asian Representation in Popular Culture

    I recently wrote a post about the dominance of White people and culture in every facet of society here in America (you can read the post HERE.), and I have been thinking a lot lately about Asian representation in popular culture. Surely there are more than just classic martial art films? (Cue the sound of crickets endlessly chirping away.) I look over at the African-American community. They have come such a long way. Last year, the film Moonlight won best picture. They have won Oscars in all of the major acting categories. They have formidable pop stars. (Beyonce and Rihanna anyone?) Rap, R&B, and Hip hop have become mainstream mainstays.…

  • Culture and Society,  Intention

    How To Live In the Era of President Trump

    This has not been easy, but over the last year, I have given President Trump the benefit of the doubt. There is often a learning curve in any occupation, and being President of the United States is right up there with parenting and sewage/sanitation worker as one of the toughest jobs in the world. During his first year in office, I have watched, I have listened, and I have learned.  I’ve taken the time to observe his behavior and to build my own mindset and protective shield. First of all, in the interest of transparency, I was not and, at this point, do not plan to be a Trump supporter.…