Your being white doesn’t make your adopted children white by osmosis

Not too long ago, I fell down and ripped the top layer of skin off my knee. As the wound started to heal, the scab, too, started to fall off. But enough of it was still dangling from my knee to be uncomfortable. To this woman — and others like her — I am that scab. My experiences, words and I are annoying reminders that life isn’t always what you want it to be. Being white does not mean that your child becomes white by osmosis. And frankly, if the worst thing that you’ve experienced in life is some “capitalizing,” then you should be grateful.

Eat, drink and be merry

True story: When I was in college, we didn’t have access to The Internets like all you young whipper snappers today. So, instead of drooling over all the photos of food on Pinterest and Instagram, I used to look at recipe books and imagine that I could be eating that instead of the dorm food my parents had paid for.

Dude Bros vs. Asian Men

I do believe that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But it’s clear that for many people, who say these offensive things, they refuse to see beauty in men who they view as inferior. More than a decade ago, I wrote a piece about Asian-American actors. And the response from women was overwhelmingly positive. But several men felt compelled to e-mail the newspaper to inform us that Asian men are ugly and that no one in their right mind would find them sexy.

Go Away With … Edward Lee

“I am always deeply influenced when I go to Korea. It is an endless source of inspiration for me. I have ties there, so it is special. But I also approach it as an outsider and learn new techniques and cooking traditions. I always look forward to going back again and again.” — Chef Edward Lee, star of “Culinary Genius” and “Fermented.”

“Friends” book & Rap Monster column

I had promised Nam-Joon that I would send him my “Friends” book and a copy of our interview in the Chicago Tribune. I thought it would be fun to do the same for a member of the BTS A.R.M.Y. So here’s what I’m offering… #WinWithJae

North Face: These boots were made for walking

I love boots. Besides providing warmth and traction, they also cover up a multitude of sins, such as cankles, unflattering pants and general slovenliness. And not that I’m into cosplay — because I’m not (not that there’s anything wrong with it) — but when I wear boots, I feel spritely. Like an elf. Not the Will Ferrell kind of elf, but the Legolas/Galadriel kind. Anyone else? No? Just me? Alrighty then… Moving on.

What would’ve happened if Ryan Lochte had spoken Portuguese?

Too many people have brushed off Lochte-Gate with, “Boys will be boys.” Which makes me question, just what kind of boys are we raising?

Dino Lingo

Dino Lingo has reached out and given me FIVE foreign language-learning programs to give away to my followers. If you’re one of the winners, you get to pick from any of the 45 language programs that they offer (including Korean, French and Croatian). Dino Lingo will send a code to input at checkout to all the winners. #WinWithJae

“Yes, My Accent Is Real”

Kunal Nayyar was so much fun to interview (see my post below). Many of you already know that he has written an autobiographical book called, “Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You.” His publisher has given me a copy of his book to giveaway to one luck winner. Want it? Let me know! #WinWithJae

Don’t open the door, Keanu!

If you’re a fan of Keanu Reeves and/or horror films, you may be interested in checking out “Knock Knock,”which will be in stores on Dec. 8, 2015. And guess what? In conjunction with Lions Gate Entertainment, I’ve giving away 5 copies of the DVD. #WinWithJae

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