Mar. 21st, 2009

wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ai yazawa-nana-searching)
OneAsianWorld is worth a look if you're interested in East and South Asian pop culture. In addition to the news, there are lots of images of interesting and pretty people with Asian heritage, and unlike other such blogs, it doesn't restrict itself to only Korea or Japan or China. There are people from India and the US and the UK and so on (I didn't know Naomi Campbell was part Hakka Chinese by way of Jamaica.)

They could use some comment love, though, because they require a Typepad login and I don't even think I have one.

Irritatingly, there's no back button, so you'll have to go month-by-month.

Also, Chow Yun-Fat is going to play Kong Fuzi, aka Confucius, what.


Eat better, organic or not: a good reminder. I'd rather eat well-farmed local green beans that aren't labeled "organic," especially when I can talk to the farmers about how they're grown, than something flown in from China or Chile and labeled "organic."


The Price of Tomatoes: If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery. Obviously, not if you picked your own, but if you bought one without looking at the grocery store and it wasn't Whole Foods? You might feel a little ill after reading this; I know I did. Sigh. (And yeah, I know this isn't the only food or the only item in my apartment like this, but ... I'd rather know.) From the conclusion on "Buying Slave-Free Fruits": In the warm months, the best solution is to follow that old mantra: buy seasonal, local, and small-scale. But what about in winter? So far, Whole Foods is the only grocery chain that has signed on to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) Campaign for Fair Food, which means that it has promised not to deal with growers who tolerate serious worker abuses and, when buying tomatoes, to a pay a price that supports a living wage. When shopping elsewhere, you can take advantage of the fact that fruits and vegetables must be labeled with their country of origin. Most of the fresh tomatoes in supermarkets during winter months come from Florida, where labor conditions are dismal for field workers, or from Mexico, where they are worse, according to a CIW spokesman. One option during these months is to buy locally produced hydroponic greenhouse tomatoes, including cluster tomatoes still attached to the vine. Greenhouse tomatoes are also imported from Mexico, however, so check signage or consult the little stickers often seen on the fruits themselves to determine their source.


I was waiting to turn up something else to post but I can't. Going to keep sitting on the couch and coughing pathetically and watching [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor playing Disgaea and spending too much time putting together inspiring pictures in Scrivener for one of the two novels I like to periodically think about writing. Koff, koff.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (HP-Tonks)
Oh, I'm all verklempt at the end of Empire of Ivory! I'm such a sucker for that kind of thing! (funny, considering...) And we don't have the next book in the house. We'll have to stagger out and get it tomorrow.

edit: I hope no one thinks this is spoilery. :P

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