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    [–] Lai Tak Tsuen [Nikon F100 - 20mm - Portra400] xavier_x007x 1 points ago in analog

    i used to pass by this building everyday on my way to school!

    [–] Produce 48 - 내꺼야 (PICK ME) @ Mnet M! Countdown (180510) xavier_x007x 6 points ago in kpop

    i guess im thinking of something like whatta man? i just dont recall akb doing any dances that required more powerful/sharp moves, their moves have always been quite cutesy and soft.

    on one hand i hoped to see them do something out of the boundaries for akb48, but on the other hand, i agree that its unlike that the production team would want to do anything risky.

    [–] Produce 48 - 내꺼야 (PICK ME) @ Mnet M! Countdown (180510) xavier_x007x 4 points ago in kpop

    i do follow akb actually, so i know how their routines work. its just that their group choreographies have never been very complex up until their latest release, so i was wondering if the akb girls would be able to keep up with the korean choreographers.

    [–] Produce 48 - 내꺼야 (PICK ME) @ Mnet M! Countdown (180510) xavier_x007x 25 points ago in kpop

    i was just gonna say! the akb girls did a lot better than i expected them to, especially sakura. i feel kind of bad for jurina...? because jurina and sakura are probably the most popular out of the akb girls who participated but jurina had like 2 seconds of screentime compared to sakura. though honestly jurinas ending expression didnt quite... i just didn't really like it personally.

    [–] VINXEN (빈첸) - SINKING DOWN WITH U xavier_x007x 1 points ago in kpop

    it sounds like a mess. i was really looking forward to this because i really liked the original track and was hoping he would extend it. i like the new verse, but the entire track feels overproduced, and to me it does not sound as authentic/genuine as the original.

    [–] Henry Lau has left SM Entertainment after 10 years xavier_x007x 75 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago) in kpop

    honestly i dont like the image hes painted for himself on variety shows.

    he was the first kpop star i liked back in 2008, and i was really really glad he managed to breakthrough in korea with real man after all the only13 shit hes been through. but maybe its because he was known for being 'dumb' on real man, i feel like on his later varieties he keeps using the same concept too. idk when sleazy and greasy became part of that image too, the first time i remember was when he was on happy together with kyuhyun (?), and he was trying to demonstrate the free-spirited ways foreigners hit on girls. im glad that korea still seems to like him, but all of his chinese variety appearances havent been well accepted by the general public. ive been pretty disappointed too.

    i really wish him the best though because i know that hes musically talented.

    [–] TVXQ! reveals official lightstick xavier_x007x 23 points ago in kpop

    I'm not sure if this is the reason why TVXQ's fandom is called Cassiopeia or if this is just a happy coincidence, but I remember reading that the letters TV(f)XQ line up to the shape of the Cassiopeia constellation on the qwerty keyboard. JYJ also released a song called W soon after the split, which was a song dedicated to their fans.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 2 points ago in history

    Thank you for taking the time to read about my grandmother. I hope your grandfather was able to live through much more enjoyable moments after what he went through.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 3 points ago in history

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. I was educated in Asia, yet when we were taught about WWII the focus was also on what happened in Europe. I am ashamed that I do not know more about what happened in my own country.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 5 points ago in history

    While I do think that Japan's, I guess, official stance towards WWII has remained pretty unremorseful, I'm sure many do actually recognise and feel apologetic towards many of the horrific things the Japanese troops had done.

    I remember participating in a home-stay programme facilitated by a charity (?) which aimed to connect East/Southeast Asian children to Japanese host families, and to allow us to let go of some of our resentment and prejudices against Japan as a country. The mother in the host family had broken into tears and kneeled down to apologise to us, four children, on our last day. I forgot what triggered it exactly though, I think we were just thanking them for being such kind hosts and allowing us to enjoy a very nice time in Japan.

    With that being said, I do still hope that more people in the West can learn about what Japan had done in Asia during WWII. I think the Japanese culture has attracted many many western admirers with its animations, food, craft, etc., and I just wish that these people could also keep in mind this piece of the Japanese history.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 5 points ago in history

    Subjectively, that definitely feels like the case, just because I know so many more people who experienced it as civilians, as kids. My grandpa, for instance, was hung up and beaten by the Japanese, which made it difficult for him to walk for the rest of his life, and it also affected his personality. I think another reason why a lot of people in Asia still hold resentment towards the Japanese is because the Japanese government, unlike the German government, has still yet to admit to and apologise for a lot of things that happened during the war, like the Nanking Massacre or comfort women, for instance.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 1 points ago in history

    Ah, that is quite a difficult situation then. Honestly, I am not sure how much of a connection I would be able to feel with a person I can't directly speak to. I'm sure she still cares a lot about you though, just that it is more difficult for her to express that.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 2 points ago in history

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. I considered translating the 'aiya's into 'umm's but it just didn't feel right. I hope you were able to share many fond memories with your grandmother despite the language barrier.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 2 points ago in history

    Thank you for taking the time to read about her experiences. It is very interesting indeed, because I did not notice that she tried to censor some things when I transcribed it then. It made me feel loved, when I heard this again, and realised she was trying to protect me in a way. It also made me feel a bit sad, though, that I never had the chance to listen to her stories again as an adult.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 2 points ago in history

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. I think that everyone from that generation has memories that only they live to remember, so it will definitely be a valuable experience to be able to hear and document this veteran's stories.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 1 points ago in history

    I actually was just trying to find the transcript of this interview when I stumbled upon the audio itself. It is a very nice surprise. I actually learnt about the Japanese occupation of Singapore in middle school, because I attended a school funded by the Singaporean government. I hope that you have many other memories of your grandmother to remember her by, and thank you for taking time to reading this.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 2 points ago in history

    If she also lived in Jilin city at the time, then it really might be possible that they did. I always knew my grandma as one who really loved talking to people and making friends - with her neighbours, the security guards at my school, or even scammers who tried to sell her fake health products. So I think that if your great-grandmother was in the same area as my grandma, it is likely that my grandma at least knew of her.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 1 points ago in history

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. My impression has been that many schools in the west do not really cover what happened in China/Asia during WWII, but the education system I was under taught us a lot about what was going on in Europe at the time. Thank you for sharing my grandmother's narrative with your students.

    [–] I interviewed my grandmother about living under Japanese occupation during WWII in Northeastern China (Manchukuo) xavier_x007x 2 points ago in history

    Thank you. The phrase is 刀子嘴豆腐心, its Mandarin pinyin is "dao zi zui, dou fu xin", but its pronunciation is probably closer to the English spelling "d-ao dz-i dz-oo-ei, d-oh fu sh-ee-n."