An Amazing Collection of Mao Badges

Mao Badges

There are many different types of badges collected by people dating back many years. Many of these are campaign buttons used during election years dating as far back as George Washington.  The first mass produced photographic images on badges were used in 1896 by the William McKinley campaign for president of the United States.  The largest production of badges in history was in China.  A Mao badge was a symbol of communism in China during the early period of the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1971. Several billion Mao badges were produced.

A friend of mine made frequent business trips to China from 1969 – 1972. He was a Danish businessman with a passport from one of the few countries allowed Chinese visas.  During every meeting he was given a Mao badge. He was also given badges collected by others traveling with him.  He eventually collected an incredible 250 Mao badges.  He now has his collection of Mao badges displayed in frames.  Interestingly he points out that although they all look similar each of the Mao badges in his collection is unique and slightly different.  What an amazing collection!

Photo by Zu Zu the Pig of friend’s actual Mao badge collection

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Why Do We Want to Change our Race?

Chinese Solders

I was struck by an article that appeared in AOL news today by Sharline Chiang, which was originally written in the Daily Dose on May 25, 2015. I was struck by the article because it reminded me of myself.  Sharline was born in a Chinese body but wanted to be white.  She grew up in a suburb of New Jersey where in school there were a few black kids and a couple of Latinos and Asians, but most of the kids were white. She only had white friends and wanted to be just like them. She wanted to get eyelid surgery, breast implants and blue contacts so nobody would know that she was Chinese.  When she looked in the mirror she saw a Chinese girl but she wanted to see a blonde with blue eyes.  She hated the idea that people would ask her if she was a foreigner.

Eventually she stopped trying to be white and made friends with proud Asian Americans, Latinos and African-Americans. Her self-hatred slowly dissipated and was replaced by a new appreciation of herself.  She was reminded of her ancestors and the courage of people of color in America.  When I was a teenager I lived in Mexico City and also wanted to change my race. I was not Mexican but all of my classmates were and I too wanted to be just like them.  I was envious of the way they looked, which was nothing like the way I looked.  Like Sharline I also did many things to make myself look like my Mexican friends.  Eventually I also came to appreciate who I really was but it took much longer than I wish it would have.

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Malaysian Roti Canai with Curry Chicken

Malaysian Canai

Last weekend we had a special treat at a new Malaysian restaurant in Flushing, New York. PapaRich Malasian Delights is a beautiful, modern restaurant on the top floor of One Fulton square on Prince Street.  We had two traditional Malaysian dishes that were so authentic I felt like we had actually traveled to Malaysia.  As an appetizer we had Satay Chicken which we dipped in a wonderful peanut flavored sauce.  This was followed by a very traditional Malaysian dish Roti Canai with Curry Chicken.  For desert we had shaved ice with cendol red beans.  At the end of the meal we were greeted by the restaurant’s owner Daniel Tiew, who suggested we also try their signature desert “Cendol”.  This is also shaved ice with cendol but has brown sugar for added flavor.  I normally don’t eat two desserts but what a great way to end a meal on a hot summer day.

I have to say that eating roti canai for the first time was an amazingly positive experience for me. I realize that this is a famous Malaysian dish that is available everywhere in Malaysia but I have never had the opportunity to try it.  It is made by taking out a piece of dough that has been slightly oiled and contains eggs, butter, flour and water.  It is then kneaded and flattened into a thin layer.  The thin layer of dough is then folded into a square and placed on a hot griddle to fry.  Oil is sprinkled over the dough to give it a crispy outer layer.  The dough is finally loosened by the cooks slamming it between their hands to make it crunchy.  Ours was served with a curry sauce and curry chicken.  I liked it so much that we went to an Asian supermarket afterwards and purchased some frozen pre-made roti canai to take home.

Photo by Zu Zu the Pig

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The Rooster is a Symbol of Integrity

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The Chinese see the rooster as a symbol of integrity and efficiency. People born in the “Year of the Rooster” are felt to be hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. In the Asian world, 2017 is the Year of the Red Fire Rooster and this has some important implications for careers and investments. According to Chinese astrology rooster years are known to be generally positive and will be good for most people.  Hard work and patience will be the keys to achieving success next year.  If you look at the behavior of actual roosters you can see how Chinese legend came about.

A rooster is an adult male chicken and they instinctively see themselves as protectors of their hens. They will often sit on a high perch serving as a lookout.  If anything causes their hens to squawk, they can become a bit aggressive.  For the most part, however, the rooster has a nurturing but dominant personality and many people who keep roosters as pets find them quite affectionate.   There are many children’s stories about roosters ranging from fables like “The Rooster Prince” to “The Magnificent Rooster and the Little Ant”. These stories typically portray the rooster as a proud bird who swaggers around the barnyard picking kernels of grain and protecting his hens.

Artwork by Tiffany Chang, All Rights

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Make Money by Helping People Buy Birthday Gifts

Birthday Girls

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It is quick and easy to earn money with the affiliate program. When you sign up you will receive an affiliate ID. Just append this ID to any product URL.  When a customer clicks on that link you will receive a commission for anything they buy. Once you’ve created your URL, simply post it on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, your online store or anywhere on the web along with a statement or picture about the product.  Product pictures and banner ads are available on the website.  As people read your post and click your link all you have to do is watch your referrals make purchases and let the money roll in. Click the following link to learn more about the referral program:

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O-Chugen and O-Seibo Japanese Gift Giving

O-seibo gifts

It is a tradition in Japan, and among many Japanese Americans, to periodically give gifts to certain people. The two big gift giving seasons are o-chugen that takes place in the middle of summer and o-seibo which takes place at the end of the year.  These gifts are given to express gratitude to people who provided some type of care during the year. Examples are bosses, parents, relatives and teachers.  O-chugen gifts are usually sent from early to mid-July and o-seibo gifts are usually sent from early to mid- December.  This is a nice tradition because it shows certain people that you really appreciate what they do for you.  You too can participate in this excellent Japanese tradition by giving a gift to someone you care about during the o-chugen or o-seibo seasons.

Today people typically have their o-chugen and o-seibo gifts delivered to recipients from an online store. Some people, however, will bring gifts to recipient’s homes.  Gifts range widely in prices, but typically gifts will cost from under $30 to $100 per gift. Popular gifts are sets of assorted beer, desserts, tea and many other food items.  Sweets are often given to families with children.  Non-food o-seubo and o-chugen items can also be given. You can find examples of non-food gift items on Asian online stores such as Each gift package should be labeled with the words “o-seibo” or “o-chugen”. Ideally these words should be written on a thin paper, which in Japan is called noshi.

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Baby Bodysuits Customized with Zodiacals™ Animals

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Although you can find adorable baby clothes at discount stores, department stores, and specialty shops, baby bodysuits customized with Zodiacals animals are a great way to make sure the little bundle of joy stands out from the crowd. Baby bodysuits or onesies are t-shirt like baby garments that have snaps at the crotch to keep them from riding up and exposing the baby’s tummy.  These short-sleeved bodysuits can be used as a complete outfit or as an undergarment.  Zodiacals bodysuits have cute slogans such as “Unpredictable and Whitty” which is printed on the Year of the Monkey bodysuit.  These sayings are actually based on the Chinese zodiac and often precisely fit babies born in the birth year mentioned.

Animals are always great on baby bodysuits and Zodiacals animals are especially great because they are humanized animals doing interesting things. The Year of the Monkey bodysuits, for example, feature a fisherman rowing a boat using a bird to catch fish.  These animals are based on the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and each animal has a special meaning.  Zodiacals onesies make great baby shower gifts because they are thoughtful and unique – just as unique as the new bundle of joy.  They show that you really gave some thought to the gift’s selection because the bodysuit is customized to the baby’s birth year.  At you can see a wide selection of baby bodysuits featuring Zodiacals animals.

Photo by Melissa Griffin

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Explaining the Rat Chinese Zodiac Sign to Kids

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This drawing is of a female rat going to market selling fruit. It shows one of the key personality traits of people born in the Year of the Rat. Rats are good providers and she is helping to provide for her family. Rats are one of the most industrious and hardest working in the zodiac.

According to ancient Chinese legend it is very interesting how the resourceful rat became the first of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Over 2,000 years ago the Jade Emperor of China ordered that animals would be designated as calendar signs. He invited all the animals and proclaimed that the first 12 that showed up would be chosen. In looking at the other animals the rat realized that many of the other animals ran faster so he came up with a good idea. He talked the ox into carrying him on his back. The ox and the rat arrived first but as they arrived the rat slid in front and therefore became the first sign of the Chinese zodiac.

This story demonstrates some of the other key personality traits of people born in the Year of the Rat. The rat in the story was alert and observant enough to realize that he could not win the race on his own. Being resourceful and charming he was able to talk the ox into carrying him to finish in the front. Being ambitious he slid in front of the ox at the end to win the race.

Artwork © 2016 Tiffany Chang All Rights Reserved.

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