Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

and in the tradition of so many upstanding and loving Chinese daughters, I am taking my mother to San Manuel Casino and playing some slots and BINGO! Yeah. Cause that's how we roll.

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell's fascinating book about success called 'Outliers'. And some of the theories he has are fascinating! He speaks of geniuses such as Bill Joy (creator of JAVA), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Joe Flom (powerhouse lawyer), and others as people that were a product of their culture and environment, going back sometimes hundreds of years. Gladwell also goes on to discuss the theory of why asians are so successful, especially at math, starting with the way we say numbers in Chinese - quickly (as in one syllable, aiding our memories); and our histories as rice farmers - crazy tenactious farmers waking at 3 am and working with family to farm rice in the fields.

I would go on and talk more about the book, but seriously, I have a casino to go to. And bingo to play. and although this is not drag queen bingo of West Hollywood, I, as an Asian, hope my math skills thanks to hundreds of years of rice farming, will aid me in winning cash muuunnnnneeeeeyyy!

Happy Mother's Day.

And if you get a chance, check out Justin Timberlake and Adam Samberg doing the 'Mother's Day' digital short that aired on SNL last night. so good!

5 comments:

Marcus said...

Where I live there's a big asian population and I have many asian friends, but when I went to Reno last year, I saw 0 asian people...until I went downtown to the casinos and the ratio was like 75% asian. I couldn't believe my eyes, and there were entire families from grandparents to grandchildren running around. I just don't quite understand it myself, I can't stand the cigarette smoke for long. But hey, everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Brent said...

I live near Tunica MS, which has 10 Casinos. Wow talk about all the Vietnamese there.. ha ha

I have a lot of Asian friends in Memphis also... my Japanese friends used to go to the casino all the time, until they had their 3rd child. Now with 3 little ones at home, it's kinda hard.

stirling said...

Sure wish you'd stop in to say hi to your fans.....Happy 4th if July!

Buck said...

I agree with Stirling. We miss you, Chi-Lan!

pedra12 said...

Hi Chi-Lan. We miss you!!! Come back and see us!! :-)