Happy Friday everyone!
This week’s fortune captures how making a small effort today can lead to a greater change overall.
Confidence is tricky. You can’t be overly confident and optimistic. But at the same time you also can’t be too meek and unconfident either. For the latter, take solace in the fact that a seemingly negligible act of confidence, such as raising your hand in a large lecture hall, leading a group presentation, or applying for that dream job can all lead to an even more confident you.
Taking the first step is always the trickiest, but you’ll find that the following steps will become easier. After mustering the courage to speak your mind the first time, you’ll find that it gets more natural with practice. Think: the domino effect. As the seasons pass, a more confident you shall emerge!
So here’s to taking that first step and kick-starting the chain of events!
Here’s to a bold and sanguine weekend!
Happy Monday all,
Today’s song is <國境之南> from the 2008 nTaiwanese film Cape No. 7 (海角七號). The video is both a trailer for the film and a music video. It gives a good context for the film and how the song is related.
Cape No. 7 is an incredible story in Taiwanese filmmaking. It was written and directed by Wei-Tesheng. Filmed on a small budget with relatively inexperienced actors, Wei even had to finance part of the movie himself. However, the reception of the movie in Taiwan was so explosive that not long after its release it became the second-highest grossing film in Taiwan history, and won 6 of the prestigious Golden Horse Awards in the same year.
Much of its success can be attributed to its unique story, which rests on a love story between a Taiwanese teacher and a Japanese woman. Their undelivered love letters tie the past to the present-day lives of people of southern Taiwan, in the course of one eventful summer. This song, with a title that translates to “South of the Border,” is the final one in the film, imparting a feeling of someone missing a past, long-gone lover.
Have a great week and enjoy the music! It always transports me to summer temporarily, especially summer in Taiwan.
My thoughts on generasian:
Almost all of us who grew up in the 1990s and later have them, those endless home videos your parents took of you at every piano recital, sports game, vacation and laughable family moment.
They were not a waste or annoying specters of the past. These home clips, combined with newsreels and interviews, have a place in the documentary Linsanity which came out in theaters last Friday.
Filming began while Jeremy Lin was a senior at Harvard, and director Evan Jackson Leong followed Lin through his tense ordeal with the NBA to Linsanity early last year. Most of Linsanity deals with Lin’s ups and downs through the sports divisions and teams, which make little sense to the non-sports fan. Woven into this journey is Lin’s spiritual life, interviews with his pastor and moments from Sunday services. But just as Lin drew the Asian community to television screens in February 2012 because of his background, Linsanity connects with viewers because it expresses the Asian American experience. Most of the audience in the few rows of the East Village AMC theater late Sunday afternoon were Asian.
Linsanity hits the hearts of Asian Americans because Lin is just one of us — whose life is on the big screen.
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