19 April 2019
When I picked this book up, it dawned on me that I am reading the written impressions of an Asian American who is a generation removed from me. The general topic of the book is essentially shame, and for the author, it is shame about his skin colour and race. An Asian male isn't the hottest being on the planet, at least during his time. So the author had plenty of mental demons to deal with, like how women find him and other Asian males to be the least desirable sexual partner, like how he and other Asian males aren't masculine enough for the Western world, and like how he and other Asian males are thought to have smaller than average penises.
17 April 2019
15 April 2019
For my fourth visit to Hebbel am Ufer, I watched La Plaza by El Conde de Torrefiel, the Barcelona-based project by Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert. However, I must say that I am not sure I liked this one. I think it was too conceptual, too post-theatre, and too intelligent for its own good. Quite a few people walked out, and if not for the fact that I was seated in the middle of my row, I probably would have done the same.
13 April 2019
Many centuries ago, there was a Vietnamese Emperor, who was given a magical sword from Heaven, and he used it to drive the Chinese away from Vietnam. After the war, there appeared a giant turtle who then grabbed the sword and with it, disappeared into the depths of a lake in the middle of Hanoi, in order to return the sword to its owners. Hence, the name of this lake is Hoàn Kiếm Lake, or Lake of the Restored Sword. It's a prominent landmark in Hanoi, and together with its abandoned Turtle Tower, functions as an unofficial symbol of the city of Hanoi.
11 April 2019
See, in the future, humans were attacked by aliens that looked like bugs. Adults couldn't find a way to defeat them, so somehow evolution and eugenics cooperated into allowing humans to breed geniuses. So there are these children who act and think like adults. There are some weird laws in earth, like the prohibition to have more than two children. But anyway, there is this child, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, who seems to be the best genius around there. And humans have him as the only hope to defeat the bugs.