“And if I am? I've decided to contribute to the thread rather than call others out on their beliefs.”
Super Doodles on May 29, 2012 at 22:49:37
“Well put lightening, funny how you can maintain your respect for someone who doesn't deserve it. Self-respect is the first form and is what grants you the mutual respect everyone deserves, at least until the otherwise. Kudos for not stooping to the low level. I myself prefer to put people in their place, rather than giving them undue respect, but I used to be like you....I just got tired of people being so hateful and rude for absolutely no reason”
“From what I heard from others, Animal Planet actually increased the quality of the footage. It explains a lot if you think about it. I was skeptical at first too because I kept thinking 'How could the camera pan so smoothly over to the mermaid? There's barely any shake at all and this is an amateur video!'
But with technology nowadays, anybody can stabilize a video. I've done it myself a few times and I'm just a high school student who's never taken any sort of film class before.
Granted, that's my own wishful thinking, but I'm certainly open to the idea of the existence of these creatures. I'm a biology student so I find this idea of divergent evolution very fascinating, and for the history nerd in me, it seems to me that the ubiquity of mermaids across many different cultures is more than just a mere exchange of stories. Especially if you consider the maritime stories in different countries that are very different from one another.”
vin7250 on May 29, 2012 at 14:49:44
“Im sorry I made a comment above about you being a child as you obviously are. My apologies.”
“Actually what happened was Animal Planet was trying to increase the quality of those videos by reducing the shakiness and whatnot. Initially I also thought those cell phone videos were fake, but it's quite easy to improve the quality of such videos with modern technology. So perhaps it's my own wishful thinking, but I believe that footage was real.
Now I'm not sure what's wrong with mermaids being scary monsters - were people expecting them to be like the mermaids of yore? The existence of mermaids is based upon the theory of divergent evolution and the anatomy of these creatures was explained. Furthermore, given the environment these creatures live in, I think it's expected that they be more primitive than humans and with very different characteristics.
Hair would only slow an animal down in the water, which is why marine mammals rarely have much hair, and skin like ours would eventually shrivel in the water. Furthermore, sound travels differently underwater so they definitely couldn't have ears like humans have.”
“Did anyone watch the Animal Planet documentary on mermaids? Plus now there's footage! It's just kept by the military. I have to say though - that phone video looked totally surreal. But I believe it because I believe in science more than I do the military since it often destroys any kind of scientific evidence that could cause an uproar, which I understand, but I think it's time for another scientific revolution.”
“That's true, but only for licensed dealers. There was a report more than a decade ago about how a quarter of the dealers at gun shows were unlicensed. Who knows where that number is at now.
At any rate, former convicts and those with a history of mental illness shouldn't be able to get their hands on a firearm as easily as someone with none of those problems.”
“Obviously that's not what's going to happen, but first world countries that have placed a ban on guns DO have a significantly lower number of deaths caused by guns.
As much as I wish the U.S. would ban guns (flaming liberal here), it's evident that it's impossible, so right now I'm desperately hoping for a compromise and that SOMETHING will be done to make sure that every state has background checks and that the background checks will become more strict.
If not a ban, we should really reexamine how we do those background checks to make sure people with mental health issues or criminal records will have a harder time getting their hands on them.
Personally, I'm not used to seeing people where I live carry around guns other than policemen. Even then, when I see them I get antsy because sometimes it means there's some serious trouble nearby.”
coyoteb1 on Dec 26, 2012 at 07:12:00
“last time I checked, every state DID have background checks --”
Jan 15, 2011 at 01:38:01
“I'm an Asian American and interestingly enough the way Chua raised her kids is so similar, yet at the same time, so different.
My parents (who were also immigrants) always stressed academics and praised me when I got an A. When I got a B they weren't very happy and they would ask me what was wrong but I never received any criticism from it. And the thing was I think it was mostly the fact that I could sense their disappointment and I would always feel bad afterward.
Also, my mom encouraged me to make my own choices. I remember being an introverted, dependent child and when I got invited to a sleepover for the first time in elementary school, I asked my mom if I could go. She asked me "Do you want to go?" To which I replied yes, and she simply stated "Then you can go." And she never refused unless I had another appointment.
At one point I even asked my parents why they never told me to go to an Ivy League school and they told me that they would be ecstatic if I got in, but that they wanted me to be happy and that they wouldn't force me to go if I didn't want to.
I've been looking through the comments and it seems that a lot of Asian-Americans weren't raised the same way. Is there anyone who was?”
roshni on Jan 15, 2011 at 14:21:44
“Your parents are a lot more flexible than mine were. It took me a long time to discover who I was and what I wanted to do with my own life. As a South Asian, Chua's approach is only too familiar to me.”
pennywhite on Jan 15, 2011 at 12:05:23
“Thank you for this post.
It sounds as if your parents had a healthy balance, and I've also read comments from other asian-americans who stated that they were raised with a much milder and more loving form of parenting than that described by Ms. Chua.
I worry that she will inflame bigotry against the asian community. I refuse to believe that Ms. Chua is a typical asian parent.”