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Hey guys, so my immediate plans for Rose Under the Star have also kind of gone on hold, I think I’m going to be busy and won’t be able to make the second chapter for a while. So I’m just putting the first one up for you all to enjoy right now HERE.

Because of the queue function on smackjeeves, the rest of the 34 pages are going to be going up over the net like hour or so? So if you check back later the rest of the chapter will be up. Right now it’s only up to page 17 right now. 

Rose Under the Star is a story about teenaged girls with magical girl/superhero powers, dealing with real-life issues, depression, and relationships with parents. Check the warnings before deciding to follow it in the future, though. 

It’s all up now!! 

Chinese Glee Drama: A Cultural Comparison

Since discovering that there’s a Chinese drama that’s a blatant ripoff of Glee and watching said drama, I’ve become interested in the differences between the two. As everything else is pretty much a carbon copy of the original, these changes seem more like a conscious effort to make the Glee storyline more palatable for a Chinese audience. Read more for a way too long analysis.

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Well, that was easy.

You just learned 8 Chinese words in the cutest way possible.

When TED speaker ShaoLan Hsueh tried to teach her children Chinese, she realized just how hard it is for new learners to grasp. So she created a series of illustrations to make the beautiful, often complex characters easier to remember. It makes learning Chinese … wait for it … Chineasy.

Try Chineasy for yourself and watch her full talk here »



the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women

Afong Moy.  Her name was Afong Moy.  Say the names of people who should be remembered.

I didn’t know this, but I did know that the majority of Chinese women who immigrated in the 19th century were brought over as prostitutes against their will, with the rest being obedient stay-at-home wives. And that, kids, is why Asian women are stereotyped as being hypersexualized “predators” that are paradoxically also meek and submissive.




I think the next fandom trend should be combining stock AUs. Imagine!:

  • Cops AU plus Hogwarts AU equals Wizard Buddy Cops, subtext, and as many wand jokes as you can make
  • A high school AU, only it’s high school in the future featuring space station hijinks and/or alien invasion, mixed in with serious concerns about who’s going with who to prom
  • The coffee shop AU, liberally spiced up with interactions with a mirror world where the heroes become the villains and vice versa—and can the adorably dorky new barista figure out how to make the perfect latte art and keep her girlfriend from falling in love with her eviler, sexier doppelganger?
  • Noir detective pirate AU, and the difficulties of solving gritty crime on the high seas
  • Vampire Western AU, and the challenges of cattle rustling on the sunny plains of the wild west, and making sure that none of those damned suckers take out any of pa’s herd again!
  • Prohibition-era speakeasy AU with fairy tale AU featuring the complications of being secretly magical and smuggling when you can’t actually lie
  • Okay, coffee shop AU + ANYTHING is hilarious to me
  • Regency coffee shop AU
  • Vampire coffee shop AU (BARTENDING IN THE DARK)
  • Gym rat vampire AU—getting pumped and drinking blood
  • Mermaid college AU

17th c. coffee house AU. Any heroes of your choice struggle with coffee making, rowdy patrons, enlightenment philosophy and Charles II’s attempt to suppress coffee houses.


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