Behind my drama blog name!

Blog Name:
I have thought about the reason why I named my blog HK-KDrama Island. I remember those times when I was good friends with some tvb fans and bloggers and some DramaFever fans and thought of an idea of merging tvb fans with kdrama fans. Also, I thought of the word Island when DramaFever asked fans a question “If you were to bring a kdrama to an island, which drama would it be?”. So there you go the name HK-KDRAMA Island and also because I am a Vietnamese American and neither Chinese or Korean and I wanted to blog asian dramas overall! I like to focus on a variety of things instead of one subject. It’s just my personality liking a lot of things. My parents tell me that I’m half influenced by asians and american media. I like them both. I used to rant with you tvb fans how some Chinese didn’t like me because I was Vietnamese. A wuxia fan who is chinese did bash me for watching wuxia series without reading the novels. A white girl who likes wuxia series did tell me “Since they bash you, they would probably bash me even harder for not being asian”. Yeah there were some non asians who watches wuxia but told me they are still learning from me. There was a British Producer who used to favorite my tweets about wuxia. Some chinese wuxia fans also bashes other wuxia fans who are chinese thinking they are too Americanized for them. But there were many tvb fans and bloggers who accepted me. I appreciated well loved tvb and wuxia bloggers who are HK Chinese: SPCNET, A Virtual Voyage, KTVB, and TVB News World for being my blogger friends though I’ve never thought I would be! And also some tvb bloggers told me that though they are chinese, they also watch tvb series in eng sub but that doesn’t make them less chinese or inferior. And a chinese fan told me he was surprised and it seems I watch more tvb series than he does. He said he didn’t get offended by me knowing more about tvb series. Some tvb fans did called me a “TVB Guru, probably the best, and the right person to talk about tvb series”. So I am one of the few Vietnamese Americans who blogs about tvb series besides TVB Musing (MetalAznWarrior), Lynne from TVB Horizon, and also Ted from TVB A Way of Thinking who I also chat with. I created this drama blog to keep memories of tvb series and wuxia which I’m worried they will be extinct in the future and also because there are lack of drama blogs that cover hk dramas. Yeah after I blog about wuxia series, other kdrama fans and bloggers started to know some tvb bloggers from me and started to watch some wuxia series.

My background:

My father is Vietnamese and my bother is half Chinese and half Vietnamese. I am a quarter chinese and 3/4 Vietnamese. I grew up watching a lot of wuxia series and tvb series thanks to my parents in viet dubbed because they wanted me to know more Vietnamese. I can speak Vietnamese fluently but can’t read nor write. My grandma used to buy me Haw Flake, Chan Pei Mui, and Salted Dried Plum. My father used to buy Beef Jerky. My father likes martial arts series while my mom likes modern dramas. It was funny when my aunt talk about me “That’s why she likes King of Snooker so much because it’s a comedy”. I rarely watch Fantasy Series with lots of CGI because my parents don’t like that genre. My aunt likes the genre and introduced me to Journey to the West and God of Honour. Yeah I like wuxia series but I also like other genre such as cops, comedies, and romance.

There was a time where I brought some tvb series in one of my classes in school for a school project cause I wanted my classmate and teacher knows there are good looking asians out there. I didn’t feel American Media portrayed many good looking asians. I was a wuxia and tvb addict since I was a child, it’s just stuff that I was born to like. And even eventually I created my drama blog because I love asian media so much!

Escape from Reality:

Fangirling Moments:

If there was a wuxia series I would recommend: I would recommend TVB The Four, it has handsome asian guys.

Chilam Cheung and Gigi Lai in Shades of Truth!

Chen Kun and Li Bing Bing in Sword of Outlaw

Another reason I recap asian dramas because it relieved me from stress. It’s just my own personal space where I feel I belong to.

❤ Jac

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My thoughts on asians supporting each other!

I am just a normal Asian American Girl. Sometimes I agree with asians on reddit sometimes I don’t. It’s just like real life! Asians support each other.

I don’t explain much about my view but I’ll shorten it!

-I don’t support asian men and women bashing each other!

-I don’t support asian men who white worship but bash asian women and see all asian women as bad!

-I don’t support asian women who are submissive to non-asians and bash asians!

-I don’t care who dates who. I am alright with Interracial Dating but I do think in Interracial dating blending two cultures together will be tough.

-I don’t support non-asian men who have yellow fever and sees asian women as sex objects and bash asian men!

-I don’t support non-asian women who bash asian women. It hurts asian unity and they are not asians! Overall, I don’t support non-asians bashing asians!

-I don’t support trolls who bash my asian friends! I care for my asian friends a lot!

It’s like the reality, every asian is different! I support some asians but I don’t support some asians! But I don’t support others who put non-asians above asians either!

As an asian, it’s normal for asians supporting each other!

Panang Curry

Have a great day you guys!

I had Banh Mi for lunch!

I have cooked Panang Curry for dinner!

Also Chris Lu from Masterchef tweeted me his photo with FoodNetwork Contestant Charles Chen. Just like how I wanted those two asian chefs to meet and cook together. 🙂

❤ Jackie

Friday Night Dining Out!

Funday Dining out with a friend in California Pizza Kitchen! As you know I enjoy dining out a lot and I love food. I think it’s the joy of life!

I ordered the California Club Pizza and my friend ordered the Thai Crunch Salad.

Have a wonderful night everyone!

❤ Jackie!

The term white supremacy and background!

Hi, So you know I am a big fan of wuxia and asian dramas and have many asians who are my blogger friends. I also have a few white men in a wmaf relationhsips who follow me for wuxia!

I asked a few questions to a white man in a wmaf relationship about the term white supremacy. I asked him if wmaf or amwf is white supremacy because I was kinda confused. He has a degree in history and help me clear up some stuff I’m confused about a few times.

Here’s his reply:

“No. White Supremacy is a system where white people have political, social and cultural control. It is about power and segregation. Under White Supremacy, Asians wouldn’t be able to marry whites, just like black people in the south couldn’t. In the south black men were often killed just for looking at a white woman. White Supremacy as a worldview is one that claims white people are superior to all other races due to their genetics. Almost without exception, white supremacists are opposed to interracial marriage because they believe it waters down the bloodline. This is why I keep saying it makes zero sense to frame interracial dating or marriage as contributing to white supremacy. Historically in the US it used to be illegal for interracial couples to marry. It became legal because people who didn’t like white supremacy fought against the law.”

“The other problem with invoking white supremacy that way, is it waters down the term itself. There are real racial injustices that remain from the racist policies the US used to have. But if people use it to say an asian man and women dating is a form of white supremacy (which 95% of the population will regard as a ridiculous argument) then the term starts to lose its meaning and when we talk about white supremacy in terms of things like how minorities are ore impacted by longer jail sentences or how asians might be discriminated against in the work place, people don’t listen as much because they the term has been applied to too many questionable things.”

Another wmaf had a chat with me and he told me about his background and how did he get interested in asian culture.

“I honestly don’t really care about all this racism stuff. Let me tell you about my life. My parents (white) moved from california to oklahoma shortly after they were married. They were the only white people to sit on the “black side” of the church in Oklahoma. Later they moved back to california, and were close friends with a black family. Both families had children around the same time, so my best friend growing up was black. And guess what, we shared the same first name. So for most of my young life, I didn’t even think that there was a difference between black and white people. Later, I became very interested in Asian culture. I loved Jackie Chan movies. Every week, my brother and our friends would go to eat Pho at the best vietnamese restaurant in San Diego (SD has a huge vietnamese community). Later I learned to speak Chinese. I moved to China and lived in a small city. I married a Chinese woman and now my son is Chinese/Asian. ”

So as much as I have plenty of asians who are my friends and enjoy chatting with me about wuxia and asian dramas, I also have a few white men who are fans of swordfighting movies and wuxia and follow me for that. I am grateful for those who follow me and support me out of goodwill. I have never thought of myself as an expert of asian dramas or wuxia and just an asian girl who is interested in them and watch them for fun.

Well isn’t it amazing, I used to be against asians on reddit cause I thought they were racists but some asian drama bloggers who are asians helped me explain about racism against asians and what they do is good. I eventually became good friends with asian men from reddit and became understanding toward them. We are both asians and have the same hobbies and understand each other as asians. Yeah I used to fight with a few asian drama bloggers but we became good friends due to same hobby of watching asian dramas and wuxia. Yeah despite some asians are honest but they care for me and support me. Sometimes I ask a few white men and women for opinions and they tell me “Remember I’m not asian so sometimes I don’t know how asian community feel”. Yeah wmaf would give me their opinions on it but they would tell me they are white so usually they stay out of talking about asian issues. They also tell me to be careful, there are a lot of bad guys out there too. And they said it’s always better for me to talk about it since I’m an asian girl.

❤ Jac