Saturday, September 26, 2015

One word- WOW. One question- Peacock? One thought- soundtrack reminds me of the intro to "Amelie".

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fall classes are starting now..

Shout out to the HD reader who misses my musings. That's love right there. I don't think in the history of Heavy Discussion dot blogspot dot com have I ever not posted for an entire month. Forget almost two months! Fuck- blowing it. This blog used to operate as both an escape and an archive for my thoughts. But recently in the past month of launching Onto, it's been non stop; my point of view as an individual, as a designer, and as an entrepreneur are going through some major thresholds of transformation which is both scary and exciting. At the bottom of this post is a great Business of Fashion lecture about the realities of starting a "fashion" business. I recommend it to anyone who's ever thought about it or know people who have or are.

Picked up Wild Swans by Jung Chang in Hong Kong recently and am halfway through this epic book. It's given me a great insight into my own history as a Taiwanese/Chinese American currently traveling to China/Asia as much as I do. Most Chinese people do not talk about the past ever which makes this book all the more unique. I don't think there's any book like this out there and I just wanted to share it with others who are interested in the subject. It's also an incredible read for those who are interested in the lengths governments go to indoctrinate ideologies for the sake of "social stability".

"Wild Swans, in which 100 years of Chinese history is told through the eyes of three women (her grandmother, her mother and her), became the highest-selling non-fiction paperback book ever published.Translated into 37 languages, and selling more than 10 million copies, it established Chang as the spokesperson of 20th-century China, a woman who experienced the Cultural Revolution first hand – including her parents’ torture, her own brainwashing as a member of the Red Guard, periods of forced labour, and subsequent disillusionment – but who recorded it with a calm if moving dispassion." -

Friday, July 10, 2015

These remind me of my grandma (RIP). It's funny how sentimental the most common, mass produced items can somehow become meaningful and personal over time. So bizarre how there's actually a book that features this specific object as a token of anthropological significance. To quote the excerpt, these tins definitely appeared "all over the house". The book I came across is called "Visual Anthropology: Photography as a research method" by John and Malcolm Collier.

Natas almost always has an epic t shirt on.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In it’s 220 year history, only four women justices have served on the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor (1981-2005); Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-Present); Sonia Sotoymayor (2009-present), Former Solicitor General Elena Kagan (2010-present). The latter two nominated by President Barack Obama. 
There are a lot of things that are constantly happening in the world, and this week is no exception. It’s been one hell of a week. I’m still processing it as much as the next person. 
“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” Obama has eloquently put.
Growing up I went to a non-sectarian, private girl’s school in San Francisco where as a Kindergartener and lower school student we were immersed in classrooms where countless portraits of historic American women filled the walls above the chalkboards like feminist wallpaper. Founded by a Women’s suffragist, our educational curriculum revolved around the names and contributions of American women, many of who made lasting strides in the struggle for equality. This formative experience undeniably formed a unique basis of my understanding of self and identity at a young age. 

To be taught that women are capable of great things at a young age is beyond empowering. To experience being raised by mostly a single mother, for me, was character building. To see three women sitting on the Supreme Court who continue to empower that legacy for others as our democracy evolves, in what will always seems to be uncertain times is a steadfast reminder that the future never announces itself, it arrives like a thunderbolt.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

VIVA DAL SANTO. Bad Brains? Check. 50-50 no comply reverts. Check. Not giving a fuck. Double Check. Thanks to Dogbone for the find!


"Sadly missed, warmly remembered." RIP Dewitt.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Quartersnacks featured an interesting article about the original creator of the throwback and iconic "solo jazz" paper cup design. The idea of appropriation is part of America's cultural history and future, and as much as the idea of "authenticity" is slippery at best, it's always great to see and learn about these unsung artists and image makers.

Carolyn Davidson is also another anonymous artist who is solely responsible for creating the Nike swoosh logo in 1971. She was a female graphic design College student who charged Phil Knight $35(up for debate) for her work. Really interesting story.

Question: “I am a new shareholder, what does the swoosh mean and where did it originate?”
Phil Knight: I remember that. That was 38 years ago, and we were coming out with a NIKE line and we had to have a logo.
And we hired a graphic art student at Portland State University, and told her to come up with something that connoted speed, and we gave her $75.00 for what she came up with. When we went public in 1980, we called her back up and gave her 500 shares of stock, which she has never sold, and is worth close to $1 million this day.