Spicy Noodle Challenges

Consuming spicy food is a rite of passage for every Asian kid. It's especially true if you were a younger or more compliant child within a group, ie. with your older sibling's friends or your Sunday school buddies. One day, the bunch of you are seated at the "kid's table" of a local Mandarin (because... Continue Reading →


Eating Anything and Everything

Everyone knows that the average Cantonese diet consists of camel's hump, dog meat, and other creative means of using available resources. Google up a notorious game along the lines of "Dirty Chinese Restaurant" and you'll find your stereotypical Chinese chef chasing cats with a cleaver and scrounging around dumpsters for extra pieces in his "special... Continue Reading →


At the turn of the 21st century, a fitness trend arose. Its name was Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and the need for yoga wear was borne. Out of Vancouver, where cool Asians reside, the brand Lululemon came to represent top-notch and top-priced athletic gear. Lululemon's hold on the fashion and "athletic" world soon extended to Richmond Hill Asians,... Continue Reading →

Teaching Private Music Lessons

After many years, a Richmond Hill Asian who has completed all ten levels of private music instruction finally graduates to the next stage in life. Akin to tribal rites of passage, the Asian has finally become mature, worthy of teaching piano or another classical instrument. This job, commonly held during high school or postsecondary years, is encouraged for... Continue Reading →

Growing Up with Asian Pop

Music is essential to the Asian experience. How else can you explain the popularity of piano lessons and karaoke? While Mississauga kids grew up with BET, Richmond Hill Asians tapped into the cultural bank already at their disposal. Discerning Asians tuned into J-pop (Japanese pop), K-pop (Korean pop) or C-pop (Cantonese/Chinese pop), genres just as varied as the natural world. Thus,... Continue Reading →

Kate Spade Bag

In the making of a Richmond Hill Asian, the designer purse is integral. While Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada have always reigned supreme, a slightly more affordable and trendy designer(1) piece consists of the Kate Spade crossbody bag. These tiny accessories, often pastel or two-toned coloured and plated with Kate Spade's famous insignia, hang proudly off... Continue Reading →

Private Music Lessons

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every Asian kid studies piano or violin at one point in their life. While there are scientific correlations between music and intelligence, and by this logic, drum lessons are just as helpful as piano classes, no Asian parent will ever enroll their little Christopher or Vivian into Rock 'N' Rolling Summer Camp. While... Continue Reading →

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