• Creativity,  Intention,  Piano,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 8/1/2018

    Hi Everyone, It’s time for another weekly update! Today is August 1st! This is my birthday month! As such, I have a lot to share over the next 31 days! 1. Here are a couple of the newest posts from my blog Tropical Shade of Green (Click on the Link to Visit) : Learn From the Past But Live in the Present. A Morning Routine Will Ground Your Life. Surround Yourself with Good People. 2. Pay what you want for Roque’s Music: In honor of my birthday month and for a limited time, the songs off of my debut album Seahorses will be available on my band camp store with…

  • 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…

  • 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.…