Just in case ppl think feminism and women's rights is an outdated issue since women already are 'equal' to men; Some statistics below: Globally, women make up less than 20% of company boards and less than 25% of parliaments, with there being millions (yes,millions!) of missing girls and gender ratio disproportion in countries like India and China due to gender selection abortions. 1/3 of all women would have experienced either sexual assault, harrassment, or violence in their lifetimes. At least 1 woman dies every week in Australia due to intimate partner/ex-partner murder. I really will start doing something concrete this year on women's issues after so many failed attempts! Some Personal Favourite Quotes: 'A Slut is a Woman with a Man's Morals' 'Women can only have it all when Men Stop Having It All' 'A Woman's Called a Bitch, Bossy,etc when she IS the Boss. A Male Boss is Called Disciplined, Decisive, Strong, Showing Leadership Skills.' Anyways, Happy International Women's Day Everyone!!:) Lets all strive for a better, more just, world, for everyone, including half the population of the world!!:) ps: some more thoughts on the issue..in many Asian countries, the official retirement age for women is earlier than for men leading to the accepted but ridiculous situation whereby women, known to statistically out-live men by 5-10 years actually are stopped from working EARLIER than men meaning financial difficulties later on in life for elderly women, especially those whom don't have a partner's income to fall back on such as single women and widowed women. Also, another often talked about issue is child care access for working women. This is all fine and great and should make more progress but why is it always that any discussion of childcare is seen as a 'working woman's' issue and men and fathers are never part of the discussion??? It's almost as if child-care is seen as a woman's issue exclusively. I mean this is directly related to the above quote of mine 'Women can only have it all when Men stop having it All'. Having a child and marriage doesn't seem to impede at all a man's career progression, if anything, it adds points to his career (he's a responsible man, a family man,etc,etc,etc) despite the fact that men do less house work, child rearing duties,etc as compared to women in families. In contrast, getting married and especially having a child is seen as a direct impediment to a woman's career and she is perceived to be not as committed and able to progress further in her career. I think only when men start taking time off or leaving early from work for child-rearing duties, and shouldering more of the burden off women in child and domestic duties can women 'have it all'. Besides, thats what vast majorities of women have been doing for centuries, being the full-time domestic home-maker so that their men can focus fully on their careers without having to worry about whether nappies have been changed, children picked up from school, or PTA meetings. What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear some from readers.:)
It's been another year since I last blogged...I would like to wish everyone a very happy Chinese/Lunar New Year!!:) May you all have peace, prosperity, good health & wealth in the year ahead:)
I'm going to Japan after a decade in 3 weeks time (off for a 3 weeks long holiday to China and Japan!) and this blog started in Japan as a record of my time spent there as a Japanese language exchange student. It's been 10 years since I've returned to Japan and thus this blog is having its 10th year anniversary this year! I've been really lazy this few years to update anything but am glad this blog is still around on its 10th year anniversary:)
I will be going to China's historically beautiful Jiangnan area of Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Ningbo first for 1 week plus and then off to Tokyo and Hokkaido for 2 weeks:) I really love going to China and travelling there learning about its culture,history,food, and people and can't wait to return since my last trip.
Will update everyone on my Japan (and China!) trip when I get back!!:)
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'Love Letter' (1995)- This movie came out in early 1995 and was very popular throughout Asia at the time. It was shot in a small town in Hokkaido called 'Otaru' which I'll be visiting whilst in Hokkaido (for the first time! yay!) for my Japan trip:) This visit would be exactly 20 years since the film came out! Can't wait!