There was definitely a theme to my spring break . . .
(A.H.’s party . . . before the madness ensued)
(. . . California)
(S.T. pinched me, because I wasn’t wearing green.)
(At Suede in S.F.)
(With Madam Cupcake, herself–nice eyebrows, ladies.)
Did you guess the theme? Fun with friends (and some drinking, too).
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It was lovely to spend time with my fellow Evans-ers before heading off to the Bay Area. And it was even more lovely to see friends in Cali (much love to you–please visit me in Seattle after the summer). Save for one rainy day, the weather was sublime. Some highlights:
- Bowling with S.T. & friends. I managed to place second to last, rather than dead last. Progress.
- Dancing with A.B. & B.H. in the city. Only heard one lame pick-up line that night: “So what do you think of white guys who can’t dance?”
- Eyebrow threading, eating, and watching Napoleon Dynamite (finally) with Mme. Cupcake.
- Good conversations with all of the above.
- Two screenings at the SFIAAFF (favorite short film: My Prince, My Angel). B.–did you end up going to see American Fusion?
I also saw Dave Chappelle’s Block Party last night. Highly recommend it–great music (I still prefer Jilly from Philly over Erykah Badu), hilarious, and inspiring. I’m listening to the soundtrack right now.
Also, I’m currently reading Tobias Hubinette’s dissertation: “Comforting an Orphaned Nation: Representations of International Adoption and Adopted Koreans in Korean Popular Culture.” It is rocking my world (thanks, H.). If only I could go to Sweden next month for the AKF Conference . . . Favorite quote thus far:
“I am also deeply sceptical towards Korea’s essentialist and nationalistic attempts at making claims at, and wanting to recover and re-Koreanise adoptees like myself, [Hello, Toby Dawson] while I am at the same time strongly critical towards European assimilationism, which strips the adoptees of everything Korean, as well as American multiculturalism with its ethnic chic and orientalist fetishism.”
Tomorrow, spring quarter technically starts, although I only have one class (Korean). I’m taking:
1. Public Management II
2. Quantitative Analysis II
3. Economics of Race and Inequality
5. Interpersonal Communication (just a one-credit workshop that meets twice)
I spoke with my new advisor about my insane plan to go to UCLA for Asian-American studies. He pointed out the opportunity cost associated with two (or three) more years of graduate school. 알았어. This was not exactly what I wanted to hear . . . . I was hoping he would say something more along the lines of what L.L. told me tonight: “The most important thing is to do what makes you happy. Everything else will work itself out.” Ultimately, that’s what I believe. So we shall see. L.L. and I also realized that it’s been over two years since we saw each other, and it’s been three years since I was in Omaha. Yeah, next month is going to be a trip.
I forced myself to stay away from blogs, e-mail, etc. over much of the break. And like a true junkie, I’ve been o.d.-ing now that I’m back. Well, haven’t gotten around to the e-mail part quite yet. Somehow the time slips away (at least I took the time to do the quarterly cleaning of my room).