How's it going my gumdrops? I have been in the middle of updating 2 of my Q&A blogs on my website, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Since I've been experiencing glitches and because the original version had a large amount of content, the Q&A blogs are being transferred to Blogger.
This Q&A blog was originally published on April 28th, 2014.
Mimikoko's Question: I was always curious about your Asian Studies. I fell head over heals in love with girlie J pop a few years ago and, a while later, with K pop. I was wondering how it was you came into Asian Studies and if you have managed to use any part of that in your daily activities or making a living.
Answer: I was exposed to Japanese in 6th grade. My middle school teachers taught 6th graders different languages each quarter. Once I started taking Japanese, I loved it. Japanese is a great challenge and a unique language.
I took my 1st entire year of Japanese in 7th grade and I continued all throughout high school. Some of my high school classmates labeled me "The Curve Breaker" because I almost always broke our classroom's curve. Not that my peers couldn't learn Japanese.
They reveled in being self-entitled, juvenile delinquents and making our teachers cry. They were such terrors, that our teachers annually quit. My classmates did this non-stop for 5 years (7th-11th grade).
By the time of my senior year, they removed Japanese from my high school. However, I took the initiative to contact 1 of our Japanese teachers and I took Japanese as an Independent Study. I wanted to become a Japanese Consecutive Translator/Creative Writer.
I took Spanish, German, and Japanese, during my college years. However, I always excelled in Japanese. I attended 3 colleges by the time I was 20 years old. This was besides hosting my own college radio show (All Things Frightening), while being a student at UW-Parkside and Carthage College simultaneously.
I finally settled at Carthage College because they had the Japanese Major. I had to change my major at the last minute to Asian Studies because the Japanese Major required students to study abroad for 6-12 months. I couldn't study abroad. During that time, we had 2 family deaths, family crises, and I acquired a severe bleeding disorder, that I have been cured of these last 3 years.
Anyway, having an Asian Studies Degree, I can be an Academic Advisor, Journalist, Writer, Teacher, Translator, work in Sociology, Politics, and even Media. It really depends on what he/she wants to do with a degree in Asian Studies.
I am somewhat at a disadvantage, since I mostly focused on the Japanese language. I learned about the culture and religions as well.
Victor Da Silva's Questions:
1) What are your thoughts on the actor, who plays TOM (Steve Blum) from the animation block Toonami? Had you ever heard of him outside of shows you like? If so, do you have a personal agenda against him or had you not seen the shows he was on, aside from the elephant in the room, Cowboy Bebop? Have you ever met him at an anime convention in your area or were you too busy with other things?
Answer: I have nothing against Steven Jay Blum. I like and respect him as a voice actor. I have never met him or attended any conventions. I didn't know, who Blum was until Scryed aired on Adult Swim, 10 years ago. Back then, I was in college and barely had time, much less privacy. I never liked Cowboy Bebop and I still cannot understand the hype. Steven Jay Blum has voiced many characters over the years. I miss him as Orochimaru on Naruto and Naruto Shippuden.
2) If you were to unintentionally meet Jason DeMarco in real life and had one thing to say, what would you tell him and why do you need to see him face to face?
Answer: I don't need to see Jason DeMarco in person. I can take or leave him to be honest. Although, if I bumped into him, I would ask, "Will you ever acknowledge your female audience again, or are you going to keep blacklisting us from being a part of your viewer ratings?"
Marie Moore's Question: Why don't you put up any pictures of yourself?
Answer: This has been a common question over these last 3 years. I've dealt with trolls, cyber stalkers, opportunists, and sleazebags on social networking sites and forums within the last 2-4 years.
In fact, 4 years ago, I belonged to SOAPnet's General Hospital forum. A poster, who has fibromyalgia, had the audacity to make a mock prayer thread about my disabled mother. This was literally 1 day after my mother was released from the hospital.
My mother collapsed from strong medication, that her quack doctor prescribed and had a seizure. Not only that, but the poster also accused me of having a facebook account. Her friend impersonated me on facebook and claimed, that I insulted the poster with fibromyalgia behind her back.
4 years ago, I didn't have a facebook account. I didn't make my account, until 3 years ago. It was originally to re-connect with high school friends and classmates, since our 10-year class reunion was approaching. I purposely use my high school alias/alter ego name and pre-blocked past trolls, stalkers, defamers, high school bullies, frenemies, opportunists, womanizers, cat callers, exes, and people I can't stand. I bet I have 1,000 people on my block list.
I especially deal with cat callers and womanizers inboxing me for nudie pics, cyber sex, etc. Besides, I'm not someone, who requires a gajillion selfies, and I'm surely not desperately seeking validation about my sexiness like most people (typically women) today.
Since the time I was a teenager, I always hid from cameras. My birth name is on my Horror-Punks URL. Yesterday, some creep on Vivaldi.net cat called my old Yahoo avatar.
My Old Yahoo Avatar:
Answer: Yes, I've met Elaine Browne (a former Black Panther) and Charlie Murphy (Eddie Murphy's brother). The Dave Chappelle cast was at Carthage College doing their stand-up comedian tour, 10 years ago. Also, Def Comedy Jam's Tony Tone did a skit about me 8 years ago, in his stand-up.
Tony Tone joked about my Demonia boots. My boots have a Steampunk/Fetish Goth appearance. He called me "Bigfoot from Wauwatosa" and claimed, that me and my college female friend could supposedly end the war in Iraq with her hat and my boots.
The month after we met Tony Tone, we met Eric Nieves. Since his show was before Valentine's Day my college senior year, he asked us women in the audience what qualities we looked for in men. I shouted, "HE'S GOTTA HAVE ALL HIS TEETH!!!" This made Eric Nieves spit take his water on stage, while laughing at me.
I have met several comedians, political, and public figures in person. I almost met Jamie Kennedy my college senior year, but my guy friend made me late.
I waited for my friend to return to campus, before Jamie did his stand-up. I was early for the stand-up but it was too late to meet him, before his show.
This is it for Q&A blog #1. Stay tuned for the next Q&A!