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Why I Care About Sports: They are a Metaphor for the Workplace

February 20, 2013 by


I wrote about why I, and by proxy we, as adults in American society, cared about sports before.  I was a bit negativish in ultimately saying that I cared about sports mostly because sports has storylines rife with hateable or loveable characters.  I suggested that community organizations or NGOs or other people trying to do […]

Proud to Be an American?

June 13, 2012 by


Two songs in my head from Two Angelenos from two different backgrounds and experiences. “God Bless the USA” vs. “America” One of the songs is by Lee Greenwood from 1984, a tribute to soldiers that I most recently heard at a Balloon and Wine Festival in Temecula.  “God Bless the USA” The “other” song (pun […]

Numbers: A Limited License to Membership for the Weak and A License to Dismiss for the Powerful

May 31, 2012 by


As I was riding the Metro a few months ago, I was reading the book Technopoly by Neil Postman, courtesy of Savudgery Enchantarak. I started thinking about how I was slave to numbers in my own daily life.  Checking how many people visit this blog.  Checking how many followers I have on Twitter.  How many […]

What Anthropology Means to Me

March 21, 2012 by


In this the 2nd year of g-school, it means a predisposition to understanding different worlds with a tendency towards the weird, the marginal, those at the borders a predisposition to understanding exclusions and inclusions in the field, observing every little bit of information that you possibly can in real time the work of “making” the […]

Metaphor for Positionality and Learning in Mathematics Classrooms in the US

March 7, 2012 by


My research project nowadays is a bit of a personal redemption project, somewhat reconciling two worlds that I’d been a part of — the successful math student and the marginalized math student. A “mixed” hybrid identity, if you will. I’d been wondering how a student gets marginalized in mathematics. In real life, there are tons […]

Running Is Re-Socialization and Acculturation of the Body

February 16, 2012 by


I have not run much in the past 6 months since Fall Semester started, but am slowly getting back to it. Before Fall Semester started, I was running almost every day, religiously following Hal Higdon’s Advanced 5K schedule, en route to trying to become a medal winner for the Historic Filipinotown 5K runs in August. […]

Reversing Downward Spirals: My Cognitive Potato Chips

October 3, 2011 by


You give me a bag of Lays BBQ chips, I’ll give you an empty bag of Lays BBQ chips. They once had a marketing line  “you can’t just stop with one”, something that circulates my mind each time I open a fresh bag, planning to eat “just a few.” I eat that few.  I don’t […]

Making Pain Shared and Communal

May 25, 2011 by


Read through Ralph Cintron’s Angels’ Town. An ethnography that shed light onto the logic of violence in gang life. So the question is basic:  why retaliation and why use a mode of violence? A question stated so easily, yet so complex to address especially in the context of urbanized LA.  Here’s Cintron’s explanation captured in […]

At the Borders

May 24, 2011 by


As I’ve been exposed to more research and political agendas relating to immigration, I’d been thinking about the concept of boundaries and borders. I have not been thinking of boundaries and borders as a means of keeping people out as we tend to use in immigration discourse.  Instead, I perceive borders/boundaries as these fronts, these […]

What Waves Are You Lost in?

April 29, 2011 by


Waves are something in the English language we get “caught up” and “lost” in. Perhaps more poignant, 2 months removed from the tsunami in Japan, just 2 months ago. Lost in “waves of gang violence.” Caught up in a “wave of misunderstanding.” Lost in a “wave” of this “sea” of immigrants. The implication in this […]