This new year, I will…

  1. Stop being so late all the time (including on this blog. I probably should have posted this yesterday, but for some odd reason, New Year’s is a bad holiday for me. I always get depressed). Especially to assignments. Thank God I’m not a photog.
  2. Hang out more with my girlfriends and stop making my husband so crazy.
  3. (Starting with the atypical stuff) Get more active. (i.e. lose weight).
  4. Have more people over to my apartment.
  5. Get dressed up more often.
  6. Somehow, someway, get my family and my husband under the same roof – peaceably. Without me ending the evening in tears.

I came across this story in my buddy Brandon’s blog earlier. I love stories like this – these are exactly the type I would love to do if I could get to a bigger metro paper. It just goes to show that relationships between ethnicities, cultures and religions are constantly evolving. The story is about a black Oakland child who sings Chinese opera like a pro. It is a tad bit sad though that the Bay area papers got beat by the Wall Street Journal on a story that was in their own backyard:

Tyler was in the first grade when Chew noticed what she calls his “angelic voice” and took him under her wing. At first, the 6-year-old was mystified. “I was like, ‘What is she singing?’ ” he recalls. Because he doesn’t speak Chinese (he understands only a few words), Chew records tapes for him to practice with. “Every day, I ask him to come and sing it for me, with each syllable perfect,” she says.


Tyler says he is enjoying the publicity. When he grows up, he says, he wants to be “the same as I am now — a Chinese opera singer.” Onstage, he gets a “tickly feeling” in his stomach. He likes gospel and Chinese opera equally, but doesn’t listen much to Chinese opera. “You can’t really get it on the radio,” he said.

Chew doesn’t use Beijing opera’s traditional white makeup on Tyler or any of the other kids; she wants people to see he is African American. “I’m very proud of it,” she says. “It’s definitely a feat. Why hide that fact?”


David Lei, a Piedmont resident and San Francisco businessman who runs a foundation that promotes Chinese performing arts, heard Tyler at the Asian Art Museum last year. “I felt quite moved that someone from another culture would pick it up so well,” he says. “And the fact that he’s a little boy — even very few Chinese young people could do it.

“Now that the Chinese are intermarrying, how do you keep this culture?” Lei said. “I am interested in how to pass this on to the next generation that will not look like me. I think it’s a big revelation for a lot of Chinese – that, geez, we’re all gonna be like Tiger Woods! This is the future. I’m passing my future to someone like Tyler.”

*sigh* I wish.