Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sun Tattoo by Yu-Chiao Wang

Diversity Project #1

This project called "Speak UP" I wrote to Willamette Weekly & the editor was so kind to published it on line.

See my article on Willamette Week web site

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Eat




The following description of a Thai mealtime was written in the 1850’s by Monsignor Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix:

The Thai take all their meals seated on a mat or carpet. The dishes are enclosed in great bronze vases with a lid in a conical shape and adorned with red cloth. The dishes are cut in small pieces and the rice is placed aside and to the right in a great, widening bowl. On the left side, there is a basin with water in which floats another small basin to drink. The diners have neither spoons, nor forks, nor knives. They only use a mother-of-pearl spoon to take from the plates. For all the rest, fingers are sufficient for them. Only when they are satisfied do they drink pure water or a cup of tea. Drinking from the same bowl or cup is not shocking to them. Among the rich people, the husband usually eats before his wife who serves him at the table.The Princes and the King are only different from their subjects by the richness of the cutlery and the variety of dishes.

The dining hour is, so to speak, sacred for the Thai. One never bothers somebody who is eating; even masters themselves watch out not to interrupt the meal of their slaves. The time of a meal is also a time for silence. Even if one is with ten or twenty people to eat together, one barely hears a few words escape one or the other, so deeply engrossed are they in their business! Thus, their meals take only about a quarter of an hour. One must also remark that they never drink before or during a meal, only afterwards.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Comissioner Sam Adams and his staff stood up to fight against Poverty



I stopped by commisioner Sam Adams office at City Hall unannounced & Sam is really kind to get out of his important meeting & rally his staff to stand up along with a million people around the world as a part of UN projects to end world poverty by 2015. Please click on the project title to go to UN project link.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Get Up! Stand Up! Portlanders!

Join me Portlanders and be a part of UN Stand Up against Poverty project. October 16 + 17, 2007 here is the details:

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT is a worldwide call to take action against poverty and inequality and for the Millennium Development Goals. During the 24 hour period between Oct. 16th at 9pm GMT and Oct. 17th at 9pm GMT, millions will literally STAND UP and SPEAK OUT to show that they refuse to stay silent or seated in the face of poverty. Help us break the world record so we can break the record of broken promises. Click the post title for the project web site.

What I will do?

I will walk around classrooms & public places in Portland, Oregon. These include City Hall, parks, library etc. & encourage people to stand up to fight against poverty.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Social Practice Undergrad Class

FUN IS FREE!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Another Dessert! Another Good Time!



I had another dessert! I spent almost 2 hours with Matthew & we had Russian Tea Cakes at Whole Foods Market.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Artist Without Borders





For some reason I am thinking about the ability of artist to be mobile & there are many artists, such as Gabriel Orozco who practice on the road and using what already available as materials, or inspiration. I'm thinking about starting Artist Without Border project that is obviously inspired by the concept of Doctor Without Border. Who would not love to travel?


A snippet from Seattle Art Museum