Thoughts on the “remake/reboot” of ‘Journey to the West’ or rather ‘Monkey’

Normally, I don’t get into the whole whitewashing conversation of POC characters in western films because some asian films can be remade and adapted to a western audience.  Also, most of the time I am wary about getting into rage-based identity politics but…

When I heard that ABC, TVNZ and Netflix were collaborating and doing a “remake” (I would call a tribute) of the 1970’s Japanese adaptation of the show ‘Monkey’, I was quite frankly, outraged.

Being Australian of the Asian variety, whilst I’m not fully chinese myself, I did grow up watching the multiple Chinese, Taiwanese and HK adaptations in Vietnamese dub.

Australian kids of East/South East Asian background are raised watching or at least knowing the story of ‘Journey to the West’. A chinese buddhist monk goes on a pilgrimage with his three disciples to collect the sacred scriptures from India.

When I saw the photo and the description of the ABC/TVNZ/Netflix adaptation, I didn’t see anything connecting to China. This story has some historical background. Xuansang is a real life 16th Century Monk who did go to India and collect scripture. Xuansang recorded his 17 year journey to India, which nine centuries later inspired Wu Cheng’en to write the ‘Journey to the West’ novel with supernatural elements.

If you can’t understand why Asians in the West (USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are fucking angry over this, it’s because of the above, it has historical context.

I understand that this English Language ‘reboot’ series is not intended for an Eastern audience. In saying that, You would think the ABC and TVNZ take into account the outrage overseas with Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone being cast for asian characters. Do they realise that there are Asian communities across Australia and New Zealand? Also, Asians are under-represented on local television and movies. I find it difficult to swallow what they have fed us. When it was announced that they were adapting this story, as soon as I saw the pictures of the cast,  I was disappointed and pissed off.

I still can’t get over it.

So, I went to the doctor’s and the doctor said

‘You had an anxiety attack.’

This was Thursday afternoon.

I had to cut work early because I felt really crap. I felt disorientated, couldn’t concentrate, massive headache, couldn’t stomach things down and thought I had caught something

Turns out, it was an anxiety/stress attack.

It started from Monday and worsened until Thursday and smack bang, I thought I had gastro.

I think I need a new job.

Thought of the day

Or rather, for the past week.

It won’t be lengthy, but here it is.

The response from the US, or rather, the decision Trump had made. I have these conflicting feelings about the US attack on the Syrian airbase.

I don’t understand why people are praising him for this decision. A necessary evil one might say, but I wouldn’t say praiseworthy.

Because if he is so horrified about the atrocities commited in Khan Sheikhoun why does he not let those who are fleeing the conflict enter US Soil?

As this Blake Hounshell of Politico Magazine described:

It’s a dizzying turnabout for a man who complained endlessly during the presidential campaign about the trillions the United States had wasted on wars in the Middle East—and who urged his predecessor in 2013 not to launch “stupid” airstrikes to punish Bashar Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people.

(Source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/trumps-syria-whiplash-214997)

And I share the exact same thoughts as Frank Bruni of the New York Times

And so two questions, loud and urgent: Why did he do this now? And, beyond that, who exactly is he?

What is his motives in all of this? How did he change his issues in one day? Will the pain he saw in the photographs change his mind on refugee and immigration issues?

There are so many questions.

The fact that he has been dishonest for the little things is the reason why people are questioning any good moves, because they can’t believe it, they are entirely conflicted that they don’t know how to accept that he did something that was necessary or the “right” thing -for lack of a better word.

I just can’t make up my mind on how to feel about this.

Until next time.

 

The routine.

I come home pretty brain dead.

That has become the routine.

Every morning, I wake up and have a mini-crisis. Arguing with myself ‘Should I bother to go into work?’. The job is that depressing I am already having to argue with myself to get my body to march out of my room and get ready for work and it’s just 3 months.

So, I switch my smartphone’s wi-fi and “ding ding ding! news alert and someone from the US Administration has said something stupid, or when it comes to domestic politics, Pauline Hanson is being the typical populist fool that she is.

Then when I get to work, one look at my seat and comaraderie is knocked out of us, as my workmates in the kitchen realise it’s time to enter the office and in single file our smiles turn upside down.

I log in, look at my schedule and anticipate the end of my shift.

After work ends, I hop on the train and commute home.  By the time I get home, I feel like I’ve wasted a day and can’t really do anything, just spend two hours eating late dinner and tv shows.

 

 

 

 

Thought of the Day – March Sat 18

As I scroll through my facebook newsfeed, I saw a Reuters news article about North Korea and Japan’s evacuation drills regarding the threat of future missiles directed at them

Naturally, I’m worried because Australia is part of the Asia-Pacific region and it is worrisome. Australia has Pine Gap,which will most likely be a target.

 

A Jake Tapper Appreciation Post

In a previous entry , I had expressed my apprectiation for the CNN Anchor and politics journalist Jake Tapper.

I will admit I only discovered him  mid-year 2016  when I was bored, babysitting my toddler nephew. Those dark depressing unemployed days consisted me of getting bored with the programming on Optus FetchTV;  MTV was televising repeats of mainstream music that I quickly got bored of, I couldn’t watch certain shows because of the mature content and therefore CNN International occupied my time whilst I was playing with my nephew or while he was having his daytime nap . Of course, I was only watching CNN Newsroom, Anderson Cooper 360 and Don Lemon because CNN Asia-Pacific region don’t offer ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’ as part of their programming (Only State of the Union) .  I believe at some point on one of those three programs there was footage of Jake Tapper’s interview with Candidate Trump  regarding Judge Curiel. It was only a snippet and piqued my interest and so I went on youtube and discovered how great Jake Tapper was.

Edging closer to the election, I watched an array of other media outlets, ranging from Megyn Kelly to Rachel Maddow, so I pretty much watched snippets/content from all the American news channels FOX, MSNBC, CNN and ABC on youtube. Of all the anchors and journalists that stood out for me during the 2016 Presidential Election, Jake Tapper stood out amongst the many and won my attention.

And it seems like a lot of people agree with that.

He has been applauded over the months for his exceptional journalism and reporting. Ranging from celebrity comedians to fellow journalists for calling the Trump Administration out.

Recently, he was just awarded the Walter Cronkite Award along with his colleague Brian Stelter (who hosts Reliable Sources) and MSNBC’s Katy Tur (whom Trump singled out during his campaign , she was awarded for her courage under pressure covering campaign).

Why he stood out amongst the crowd of other journalists? He is relentless, he is hard on all his politician guests (from whatever party they align themselves with ) and he asks the right questions or hooks them back from  trying to pivot away from main discussion.

As much as I seem like a massive fan girl about Jake Tapper. His style of journalism is needed today, he reminds and educates his audience. Something, I don’t see much often these days.

OTT, other than that, he is part of Generation X, his hard work and attitude reminds me of my sister, whom I begrudgingly respect and look up to, also happens to be part of his generation. In addition to that, I understand 95% of his pop culture references, appreciate his deadpan/ dry humour and his resting bitch face is my top response gif on everything I disapprove of in online conversations.

Until next time.

It’s draining my soul.

I don’t want to go into much details about my employment. At the moment all or what I can comment about my current job is that it is so demoralising.

It’s draining my soul. Teammates are applying for jobs, planning to quit and I’m following suit because I do not enjoy what I am doing.

The workplace environment is great, the people are great, the facilities are great but the job itself? I rather clean hot bainmaries in 40 degree heat.

I have never ever had a panic attack at work. There was an occassion when I was reduced to tears. I tried holding it back and I just had a meltdown.

In my employment history I’ve never ever been bothered by something that it made me cry. It happened in this job and I just over it. Every morning, I look at my schedule, waiting for the day to end.

Lately, I haven’t been able to draft anything for this blog because I come home so damn tired not wanting to think about anything and just crash on the couch, switch on Netflix and just watch a mindless action movie.

Until next time.