Want to See: Zumba, but with Kpop music and Kpop dance moves

Kpop has become a global phenomenon in the last several years.

In South Korea, and even in one instance in America, Kpop schools have opened to train youngsters hoping to make it big as an idol have opened up.

Even in America, Kpop has finally started to take off.

If Zumba can become a global fitness / music phenomenon, can’t Kpop accomplish something similar with a Kpop inspired fitness program?

 

Can Asians in the west finally become…(dare I say it?) cool?

Or would we become unwitting punchlines like Psy was only allowed to cross over with an over the top satire video?

 

Does anyone want to work with me on this? I can support by helping out with coming up with a business plan and maybe some branding.

WTS: A film based around a Chinese delivery boy

One of the (MANY) problems with Asian American media representation is that in the few times we are seen in media, we have these humiliating stereotype roles.

You might be familiar with the Chinese take out delivery boy.

Here are some hallmarks:

  • Speaks in broken English. Sometimes with a “generic Asian accent” that has random influences of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean accents.
  • May resorts to miming to communicate.
  • Often the temporary emotional punching bag of the main character.
  • May be the butt of racial jokes.
  • Note how this person could be a male teenager, or a an adult male, but they are still referred to as a “Chinese take out delivery boy”.

 

Stereotypes are humiliating because they dehumanize us and insult us. They take the tremendous complexity and depth within us…and distill it to several punchlines.

Several writers that I look up to like David Mura and Gene Luen Yang have said that as writers, we resist these dehumanizing stereotypes by taking them and making them richer and deeper. We resist by reclaiming and rehumanizing them.

This is more of a personal desire, rather than a tactical desire that furthers social justice, but the stereotype I most want to see rehumanized is the Chinese take out delivery boy / person. Asian male actors frequently talk about how THAT is the role they always end up auditioning for. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a role that rewarded all those years of auditions, all those frustrations, all the humiliations, all the time spent trying to make a bit part come alive?

  • I want to know their background.
  • Where did they grow up?
  • What’s their relationship with their favorite customers?
  • Who are their least favorite customers?
  • What pisses them off?
  • What are their thoughts on their city?
  • What do they do to relax?
  • What’s going on with their families?
  • Can we have an actor with a good Chinese accent? Can my parents tell what region of China he’s from?
  • What are they doing in their spare time?
  • What do they do during the slow times of the restaurant?
  • What are their flaws?
  • Have they experienced trauma?
  • What is their love life like?

Is anyone working on this? Does this exist already? Let me know here.

Want to See: Michael Scott from The Office Acting Out Trump’s Antics

I mean that’s pretty much it. Get Steve Carrel to play his character Michael Scott from The Office and give him lines from Trump.

Some examples:

  • “You know what uranium is, right? It’s a thing called nuclear weapons and other things like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.” -IFLScience
  • From CNN:
    “I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it,” Trump said, before telling interviewer Maria Bartiromo he was told the strike was ready to go.
    Trump added that he told Xi that the United States had “just fired 59 missiles … heading to Iraq,” incorrectly identifying the country he was striking when relaying the story to Bartiromo.
  • In a speech to the Coast Guard
    • “Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse, or more unfairly.”
  • “Well, er, it wasn’t, er, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that. [In response to the interviewer suggesting that his tweeting that there were tapes was a smart tactic]-Fox Entertainment
  • “We have a very good relationship. People say we have the best relationship of any President-President, because he’s called President also. Now some people might call him the King of China, but he’s called President. ” -Fox Entertainment
  • “Our country’s really in bad, big trouble. We have a lot of trouble. A lot of problems. And one of the big problems, I talk about, divisiveness. I think that a lot of people will appreciate … I’m not doing it for that reason. I’m doing it because it’s time to go in a different direction.” -NYT
    • (With this quote, you can even imagine continuing in Michael Scott’s voice with something like “I talk about divisiveness, to talk about unity. A lot of people will keep talking about divisiveness and divide. But I’m going to keep talking about divisiveness and unite. You could even call me…the Uniter in Chief.”
  • Any Donald Trump “word salad” speech, but instead of a large audience, in a small conference room

No conversation on Trump is complete without mentioning his extreme racism and sexism. Michael Scott, as offensive as he is, does not say things a white supremacist would say. So how would Michael Scott handle being given Trump’s horrifying lines and tweets?

I believe Michael Scott would say to the “documentary team” filming him that he refuses to say these things. I think it would be weirdly powerful to have Michael Scott, a beloved character from a beloved show, reject these hateful lines.

WTS: Alternative Social Media Structures

In light of the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the larger ramifications of people realizing just how much data Facebook has on us (IT’S SO MUCH DATA), in addition to how they have not exercised much care of said data. In response to this, I’ve heard talk of people deleting Facebook.

At this point, I treat Facebook as a news source, an entertainment source, as a gossip site, as a place to make life/career announcements, as a place to plan events, as a socializing site through the messenger, and many other uses (and Facebook knows this). I’m tempted to delete it, but the pure utility of it is undeniable (and Facebook knows this too).

I want to propose a not-for profit, or co-op, or open source model for a social media site. I’m also curious about what a decentralized “social media network” would look like.

For example, what if everyone had their own private server, running the same software that could communicate using a set protocol with other servers running the software?

 Pros  Cons
  •  Control of own data
    • You could analyze your own data
  • Decentralized hosting
  • People can “opt in” for advertising (and quite honestly, you be getting paid)
  • Hacks are probably more limited in scale(?)
  • You would be able to tailor the algorithm that orders your feed
  • People could choose to install various “add-ons” for additional features (hopefully for positive things…)
  •  Pay for server space
  • Probably will need to know coding
  • You will probably be hacked and it will probably be your own fault
  • Probably a lot of effort to maintain and settings to remember
  • If a “friend” server is hacked, they will probably be able to download everything that is accessible to them

Does this make any sense? If it were a co-op or not for profit model, would people pay in for it? If it were a de-centralized, open source software / communication protocol, would enough people take the time to download it and maintain it?

 

Aside: To be clear, problem goes beyond Facebook and for profit social media companies. Taking control of our online data should impact internet service providers (ISP’s) as well. The amount of data our ISP’s have is unsettling. ISP’s and any company that sells supposedly anonymized data should have some kind of oversight.

WTS: an app that tells people you died

This may seem like a morbid “Want to See”, but hear me out.

I have friends across the country. I have friends I haven’t seen in years. This was made possible because of social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and technology like texting, email , and phone calls.

I’m a part of different social groups, different communities…and I can keep them apart from each other.

On top of that, in today’s age of social media, algorithms determine what we see is based on a team of programmer’s hell bent on getting us addicted to social media and finding ways to monetize us.

If I died, there are people who may know me, but may not hear news of my passing because of algorithms that don’t reflect their actual priorities/values. There are people who wouldn’t even be able to be reached by the people making the arrangements for my death.

It causes me genuine worry that death in the modern age, for all the talk of how connected we are, may hit us long after the rituals and community grieving has passed. I worry about how others would hear of my own death, but also how I would hear about the death of others.

Death and dying are a part of life.  We’re willing to plan out all the other parts of our lives, including saving for retirement, and writing a will for our material possessions. Doesn’t it make sense to plan how we’re going to tell our friends and family?

So this is my want to see: an app that emails, texts, FB messages, and DM’s everyone you know that you have died.

Let me know what you think, or if you would be interested in working on something like this with me HERE.

WTS: Pizza Farm

(Stolen from my roommate)

I want to see a farm  that grows/raises all the ingredients for a pizza (wheat, tomatoes, basil, milk/cheese, etc.).  This Pizza Farm would have people come over, complete the harvesting, preparation, cooking, and most importantly, EATING.

This pizza could not get any fresher.  Forget “Farm to table”.  This would be “Vine to mouth”.

Fingers crossed that as urban agriculture and aquaponics becomes more and more mature, a food-entrepreneur makes this a reality!

Let me know if this already exists OR if you have an interest in urban-ag/aquaponics OR you want to start a pizza place.

UPDATE: Turns out from my other roommate that this actually exists!  See here. So I’m updating this to Pizza Urban Ag/Aquaponics store as something I WTS.

WTS: App that combines driving and public transit navigation

As someone who lives in a Beta – City , my city’s public transit is only so-so and most people rely on driving. That being said, there are certain areas that are particularly easy to get to via public transit compared to driving. These are areas that have limited/expensive parking, and/or a lot of traffic.

In these instances, I would love to have an app that planned my route so I could drive to where parking was cheaper/more available, and then take public transit the rest of the way. Basically “park and ride” but instead of parking dedicated lots, parking on side streets, etc.

I would love the app to tell me the following:

  • How to get to your destination using only driving
  • How to get to your destination using only public transit
  • How to get to your destination maximizing time on public transit and minimizing travel time

I feel this would allow me to make an informed decision on what I should take, as well as give me an opportunity to use public transit.

Let me know if this already exists, or if you’re a programmer and want to make this happen too!