This post was originally published on my PhDadBlog. I've never liked the terms “Terrible Twos” or “Terrible Threes.” They feel too much like catch-all labels for a certain timeframe when a lot of parents seem to go through some similar-ish struggles with their kids. It makes it too tempting to just throw the label on … Continue reading Transitional Troubles
This post was originally published on my PhDadBlog. Welcome to the PhDadBlog! A little experiment in parenting and self-reflection I’m excited to kick off with this first post. As any parent can attest, parenting is a tough job. For about a year now, I’ve been the stay-at-home-parent to our boys full time and it’s been … Continue reading Welcome!
I was pleasantly surprised to receive some really positive feedback on my last post on PhD/grad school advice. So, in the true spirit of Hollywood, I thought I'd follow up my very modest success with an ill-conceived sequel! I should note that these are all just personal reflections. I have not talked these through with … Continue reading Unqualified PhD Advice Part 2: Now Even More Unsolicited!
AMC’s new show Into the Badlands premiered this past Sunday and man, what an opening! I’ve written before about how I’ve seen the Chinese martial arts cinema aesthetics travel to Hollywood, particularly through the success of The Matrix, and it’s very exciting to see it coming to the small screen too! I’ve also written about Inseparable, … Continue reading Into the Badlands: Where a Chinese Man is Finally Free to Be Just Another Man
So I finished my dissertation a few weeks into the fall semester and all I need to do now is wait for commencement. Which means it's time to give some unsolicited and unqualified advice about getting through a Phd program! To be clear, my only qualification for giving any advice on completing a doctoral program … Continue reading Unsolicited and Unqualified PhD Advice from an Almost-Graduate
This started out as a post about GamerGate. (If you haven’t heard about GamerGate, just Google it.) I don’t have anything new to add to the “Which side is right?” or “What is GamerGate really about?” debates. My thoughts go elsewhere… A child points to a green bowl and says it’s red. He’s adamant about … Continue reading This Started Out as a Post About GamerGate
Ferguson. Mike Brown. Sexism. James Foley. Rape culture. Ezell Ford. Anita Sarkeesian. John Crawford. Fraternities. Steven Sotloff. Racism. Zoe Quinn. Misogyny. ISIS. Ray Rice. GamerGate. I think there’s a connection between every word and name on that list. It’s tempting to treat them as though they have to do with largely disparate issues like racism, … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Recent Events and the Need for Change
I’m not even going to pretend what I have to say here is in any way groundbreaking, or a must-read, or that what I say in the next few paragraphs will blow your mind. My heart and soul hurt, and I just need to write something. Maybe it will help. And yes, these feelings are … Continue reading Neglecting the Whole
So I finally watched Yuen Woo Ping’s True Legend (2010) last night and had a thought. Well, I had many thoughts, most of them negative, but one main thought. Martial arts cinema – especially from Mainland China – seems to be adapting to the requirements of a globalized cinema audience in all the wrong ways … Continue reading An Appeal to Chinese Martial Arts Cinema
Just a quick post to briefly share/develop some thoughts on the current state of entertainment cinema in the People’s Republic of China. This is a result of my own ongoing research interests in the mainstream film industry of Mainland China as well as what I’ve read in some articles recently. One of the things … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Storytelling in Chinese Cinema