Saturday, July 24, 2010

From around the interwebs...

Various shizzle that I've been reading this week...

Yay to Non-White faces on MasterChef; but is duck egg yolk custard bad, or just different?
Asian-Australian blogger Monica Tan ponders how the MasterChef judges' "Western palates" can adequately and objectively judge the dishes made by the contestants of Asian origin. And how do we judge one cuisine against another?

India's myth of fair-skinned beauty
Lakshmi Menon (pictured left) is widely regarded as India's first supermodel, but she struggled to make an impression in her home country, where she was considered too dark according to local beauty standards. (Look at the picture and take a moment to let that sink in!) You can also see obviously intelligent Bangalore-born Menon interviewed about the issue here.

10 facts you may not know about Asian-American history
Courtesy of the Race in America website.

Exclusive: Bangladeshi updates Facebook status to "Lower Socio-Economic"
As two Australians are sent to Dhaka to teach slum dwellers how to blog, satirical writer Joe Hildebrand questions if more bloggers is the answer to Bangladesh's crippling problems.

Bilingual children more likely to become tolerant citizens
New Zealand journalist Tahu Potiki argues for bilingualism as a way of encouraging diversity of thought; meaning that "bilingual kids have a range of solutions for the one problem."

More on Chinglish and "Engnese"
A Taiwanese-American returns to Taiwan and gains a new perspective on speaking like a FOB.

Your 2010 Name of the Year
This site's annual awards are always good for a chuckle, even if this year's selection (AFL footballer Steele Sidebottom) is a little underwhelming. I preferred Nohjay Nimpson and Selathius Bobo, personally.

As accents change, so do a nursery's plants
This NY Times article looks at a neighbourhood nursery reflects the changing demographics of a suburb, from the fig trees of the older Italian residents, to the scotch bonnet peppers and callaloo of the newer West Indian immigrants.


  1. Thanks for listing me, much appreciated :) But my name is Monica, not Melissa.

  2. Good lord! Sorry Monica, will change it. I think I know a Melissa Tan from somewhere and confused your name with hers.