It’s Never Too Early To Say Goodbye!

Just one more week and I’ll be done with college! That pretty much means that I won’t be updating posts on this blog anymore. I will, however, still post interesting and fun facts about Asia in general on this blog. But I probably won’t be updating upcoming Purdue events for next semester since I won’t be around.  If you are interested in staying tuned with the latest Asian news, facts, events in general, please check out my blog regularly!

Before I finish off this post and enjoy my summer and upcoming graduation commencement, I’d like to share with you all some recaps of the photos that I have posted in my blog this semester!

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I hope everyone enjoyed all my posts so far! If you want to share some interesting facts with me or that you want me to find some particular articles, please don’t hesitate to tweet me at @ak_0406 or follow me on my Pinterest board!

See ya’ll soon!


Three-Day Buddhism Retreat

Summer is right around the corner! Do you have any plans in mind to slurp your summer away? If you would like to spend your summer in a peaceful environment or in a simple spiritual get-away, you surely don’t want to miss the opportunity to attend this year’s Three-Day Buddhism Retreat at Bloomington, Indiana! The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington will be hosting its annual Three-Day Buddhist Retreat this May. During the retreat, members will be staying at the temple for three consecutive days. Each day, the temple will be filled with various religious activities and lessons such as Amitaba chanting meditations, dharma exercises and traditional Buddhism practices. Practitioners will also be provided a variety of healthy and delicate Vegetarian food during their stay. 

During the retreat, practitioners will be offered basic lessons on fundamental knowledge of Buddhism practices and blessings. The lessons will target on the core objective of inner peace and spiritual growth as well as the key points of fire puja offerings. The purpose of this year’s Buddhism retreat is to create a deeper connection between the practitioners and the monks, as well as to provide an unforgettable experience of Buddhism practices.

Details of the event are listed below:

  • Date: May 24-26, 2014
  • Location: Chamtse Ling Temple (3655 S Snoddy Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401)
  • Fees: Please contact the representative of registration
  • Contact:; 812-327-5019

For more information, please check out the official Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center website: or the flyer below:



Life In Color- Event Review

Life in color was hosted on Friday evening and it was a success! I was very surprised to see many of my Asian American friends at the event. Everyone was poured with paint and had a great time together.

Jennifer Chen, a senior and a staff member of TSA, brought her Taiwanese flag to Life In Color and promoted the energy of Taiwanese students at Purdue University.

There are also many staff members of other Asian student organizations that brought their flags and t-shirts to the event.

Overall, the event was filled with diverse atmosphere and it was amazing.


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Asian-Inspired Design Ideas

When it comes to Asian Decors, we think of bamboo beds, wooden chairs and glass-designed tables. However, there’s definitely more than that. There are many ways to create your home an Asian, yet exotic vibe. Below are some suggestions on how to make your home a more exotic and iconic place to live!

1. Iconic Influence

One of the most familiar figures in Asian design is Buddha Statue or the “Enlightened One.” The “Enlightened One” was a mystical educator in the 5th century B.C. and the originator of Buddhism. The iconic figure of Buddha is symbolized worldwide as harmonious and mysterious., Adding a contemporary Buddha statue to your decor is a laid-back way to bring Asian vibe into your home.



2.Cultural Flair

Mix traditional and Asian elements into your design scheme for an elegant yet eclectic look. In this casual living room designer Jane Ellison added a bold cobalt-blue color along the back wall to pull out the muted blues in the sofa detail, as well as the hues in the porcelain pieces. Oriental blue and white wares were developed in China in the 14th century, and by the 17th century the pieces were considered prized possessions and collected by European royalty. These porcelain pieces, along with the bamboo shade, Japanese tatami mat and bronze accessories, pull in familiar Asian elements while adding some unexpected cultural flair.


3. Sweet Feng Shui

The art of feng shui has been practiced in ancient Chinese cultures for centuries but is now being integrated into Western interior design and architecture. According to feng shui, everything has a positive or negative energy. In order to balance these energies, designs must be carefully thought out to create an overall feeling of harmony in a room. Designer Marie Burgos incorporated natural feng shui elements into this Asian-style master bedroom, including the color scheme, bamboo platform bed, hand-forged drum side tables and traditional Japanese shoji screens.


4. Outdoor Elegance

Revamp your deck or patio by incorporating antique, Asian-inspired decor into your design scheme. RMS user LaDolfina carried the chinoiserie theme onto her outdoor pavilion with these lean, black lanterns and Kelly-green trumeau mirror. Originally produced in 18th-century France, trumeau mirrors were intended to hang between windows to bring more light into the room and enhance the decor. They are known for having an ornate and decorative portion at the top, above the mirror, and are almost always rectangular in shape. The gold illustrations on this version depict the European chinoiserie designs, while adding a decorative element to the home’s exterior.


Aside from these suggestions, there are also many other ways to enhance the looks of your room or home into a more Asian-inspired vibe! If you are interested in learning more about Asian decors, please visit my Pinterest Board: Asian Decors

Which Kind Of Asian Are You?

Below are some categories of different kinds of Asians. Take a look and see what kind of Asian you are!


  • Your significant other is not Asian and never has been.
  • You have few Asian friends, if any.
  • You are embarrassed at family events because you cannot speak your language and everyone has to switch to English to communicate with you.
  • You have no idea that the other types of Asians on this list even exist.
  • You think Hello Kitty is dumb and do not know what Sanrio is.
  • You are the only Asian on this list that does not know what Bubble Tea is.
  • You drive a Ford or some other domestic car and if you drive a Honda, it is stock.


  • You claim yourself as Asian, but real Asians think you’re whitewashed and non-Asians see you as a foreigner. You fit in nowhere.
  • You have heard of Bubble Tea but have never actually had any.
  • You are confused about your cultural identity and express this frustration through spoken word performances at your college.
  • You read A. magazine and think it’s great.
  • You do not know who Leon, Aaron, Sammi, Hikki, or Kangta are.
  • You are only vaguely aware of the other Asians below.

Fob (Fresh Off the Boat)

  • You were not born in America.
  • You know who Leon, Aaron, Sammi, Hikki, and Kangta are. In fact, you have seen them at Atlantic City or Las Vegas recently.
  • You speak your native language fluently and so do all your friends.
  • You do not have any non-Asian friends.
  • Your parents do not speak any English.
  • When you speak English, you like to make everything plural.
  • You get extremely good grades in school.
  • You cannot dance.
  • Your fashion sense comes from whatever country you’re from and you incorporate nothing from American fashion into your wardrobe.


  • Your command of the English language is minimal and you don’t care.
  • You like dim sum chicken feet.
  • You do not own a single CD, VCD, Video game, or DVD that isn’t bootlegged.
  • Your only hangout is Chinatown.
  • All the lights in your house are fluorescent.
  • You dry your clothes outside your window.
  • You need a haircut.
  • You either smell like cigarettes or food.


  • You are an Asian-American or Twinkie who has recently “awoken”.
  • You have a newly found fetish of Asian girls/boys.
  • You have taken the Asian Studies course at college.
  • You are trying to learn as much as possible about your culture to make up for your lifetime of trying to be white.

TSA Annual Barbecue

Final exam week is just right around the corner and Spring semester 2014 is about to come to an end! In order to take some out to mingle with friends and relieve some stress, TSA will be hosting its annual barbecue event on April 25, 2014.

All members and non-members are welcomed to join the barbecue and the crew will head to the Life in Color event at 9 p.m.!

For more information, please check out the information below:

Date: April 25, 2014

Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: 328 Lawn Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Fees: FREE! (TSA staff members will be responsible for the fees)