May 9, 2010 - 5:30 AM
I'm sorry to keep blogging about all the drama in HKSA and my involvement in wushu. If I'm not thinking about the Hong Kong Student Association, my thoughts turn to my classes or wushu. These are the three things that are currently at the top of my schedule. I really want to succeed in all three. As I am currently near the end of my junior year, I will only have one more year to enjoy all that the University of Oregon has to offer. It's a bit depressing to think about this. There's so much I wished I could have done earlier. Then again, I can't keep regretting the things I haven't done. Instead, I should look forward to the future and enjoy my current state.
I am thankful for all the people I have met through my involvement in these extracurricular activities, and I wish we could spend our time together forever, planning meetings, events, and practices together. These are all bonding experiences that I hope we will continue even after college. In the case of wushu, I want to continue to learn, even after I graduate. I hope to find time to practice on my own, as well as meeting up with the rest of the current team to train. College is definitely a life changing experience and I think I've grown a lot. To those who are just starting their studies, remember to have fun as well. I took a different path my freshmen year and never realized how much the UO has to offer.
It was raining hard earlier this afternoon, typical spring weather in Eugene. The clouds decided to roll in and the sky roared with thunder. I couldn't help but stop and look out the window, reminiscing the happy moments I have had these past few years. Rain does that to people. I had also opened the window to let in the cool fresh air as the sky poured and clashed. A single drop of water hitting the pavement ten thousand times drowned everything around me except for the thoughts in my head.
As of now the rain has stopped and there is a little peek of sun in the horizon. Blue skies and white clouds after a heavy shower is very common here. Life is so beautiful right now.
May 5, 2010 - 2:30 PM
CMAT stands for Chinese Martial Arts Tournament. It is one of the largest martial arts event held in the United States, drawing nearly 500 participants from across the nation. There were also a few well known martial artists that competed from China. Wu Di, a member of the Beijing Wushu Team graced the carpet with his amazing skills and awesome hair! The event included many divisions from youth, adult and senior. Within these divisions there were different categories that one may compete in, including many styles and weapons that I am not yet familiar with.
The event started Saturday morning and lasted till 10pm. My purpose of competing in CMAT was to do better than I did in the collegiate championships. I felt more confident this time, but unfortunately this did not prevent me from touching the ground...again. My hand on the ground played a big factor in my ending score. My only goal next year is to improve my balance and to do better!
Out of the 24 people who competed from the University of Oregon, our team racked up 10 medals: 3 bronze, 4 silver, and 3 gold. What is most impressive is that out of the 10 won, 8 of these medals belonged to beginners! Almost all the medals were won in the weapons category, which we have only been practicing for about 2 months. I am really proud of everyone! It is very nerve racking to compete among spectators, rivals, and judges. Lots of people made mistakes, including the best. No matter how many times one practices, the only form that matters is the one you do on the carpet. I guess what I'm trying to say is that confidence is the most important thing when you only have one shot to please the judges.
Speaking of carpets, there was only one ring that had a green carpet. Dubbed the "China Carpet," it was only used for advanced competitors. I was fortunate enough to touch it while I was down at the competitors ring. The carpet was so soft that I wouldn't mind sleeping on it! All in all, CMAT was a great experience. I got to meet new people, and form closer bonds with my teammates. I also got to witness the greatest people in the wushu world! Will I go again? Of course, and I will be ready next time!
May 5, 2010 - 11:30 AM
The Oregon Wushu Team, went down to UC Berkley last weekend to compete in an annual martial arts tournament. Every year the team jumps in vans and drives down south from Oregon to warm sunny California. Ten hours riding in a van filled with eleven others is not so bad. I have never been on a road trip for this long and I must say I wouldn't mind taking a road trip back down there again. The gradual change in scenery within the span of the van ride is beautiful. I love seeing the tall fir covered hills shape shift into smooth, rolling hills with sparse leafy trees. Not to mention the palm trees as we got further down south. Everything about the landscape was breathtaking and I found myself glued to the window. There were blue skies, rolling plains, with every shade of green.
Passing these natural landscapes brought memories of my geology class that I took fall term. I recognized the rocks hanging on the side of a wall, the distinct shapes of mountains, and how they formed. We passed by areas covered with snow, and ice and drove past Mt. Shasta. What a beautiful mountain it was! I think my appreciation for the road trip would've been different, if I had not taken that geology course. Besides the natural landscapes, we passed by cities and small towns. There were lots of farms as well with cows, bulls, llamas, horses and sheep. During the ride I exclaimed that I saw a cow with a large head; several seconds later I realized, to my own embarrassment, that it was a furry donkey.
I got a lot out of this road trip. It was also a great bonding moment for us all. Sitting shoulder to shoulder for 10 hours, we had a lot to chat about. Just getting to know each other even more was very pleasant and it made the trip past even faster. Of course we didn't have to sit in the car for 10 hours straight. On the way down to California we had several rest stops including a visit to In-N-Out Burger. I have heard of this legendary place from those who have previously competed last year. We stopped by Remington to experience this fast food joint. The place was very vintage looking, and the staffs all wore white uniforms with white paper hats. It was really cool and the food was not bad! The atmosphere was very classic and the menu was small. My goal is to tackle the entire menu next time, which consists of about 10 items. I can't wait till our next competition - it was so much fun!
April 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM
I am in total disbelief that someone would want to take over our club and bring down the entire committee team. Honestly, I want to find this person and confront him, but I must not overreact. I know better, and it is this specific person who has crossed the line, not me. I and the committee team, which I am very much proud of, is now faced with someone who has chosen to act immaturely. Though some may see this as a minor situation, I feel strongly threatened, and will take steps to protect my position and the status of my members.
I am hurt to have found out that this specific person, who was once an exec officer, and whom I had never met before, has decided that he will take over the University of Oregon's H_ong K_ong S_tudent A_ssociation. Acting in such a low way as to create a false Facebook identity and friending some of our members to "stalk us." How do I know this? I have several sources that have pointed me to this conclusion, one being that the profile picture was stolen from someone else's Facebook page to create this false identity. Further investigations have concluded that this person has been using this identity with a Facebook application to gather news feeds of our member's messages, group announcements, photos and events that has anything to do with the word "H_K_S_A." I just discovered this application which deeply disturbs me.... From this Facebook application, I saw all the recent messages between my friends, and the group fan page. Facebook really has become a stalking tool, so I would like to take this time to warn everyone to be aware of this application. I was told that this person is gathering information in order to take over the current club which he has deliberately chose not to be apart of.
If this person wishes to be apart of H_K_S_A, and has a passion to make changes for the club, I welcome him to join and share his opinions. We value anyone who has a passion to meet new people, to celebrate with us, and to learn more about the Hong Kong culture. Unfortunately this person's intensions are conflicting with mine. It seems that they wish to make this club exclusively for Hong Kong students only. No "American born Chinese" to be exact. I feel threaten by this and would like to address that most of the committee members do have ties to Hong Kong, and have just as much passion and enthusiasm to share our culture with the student body, and maybe even more.
Our members do not only consists of Hong Kong students, but every University of Oregon student who has an interest in learning about the culture. Now that the school year is slowly closing, I have seen this club flourish with all the efforts the committee members and I have put in. Our organization has well over 40 dedicated members, with many more who are just discovering us. I have strived to bring more to H_K_S_A as one of the Presidents, and I am happy to say I love each and every member for making this club a success. I wanted to make this group a second home away from home, a place where we can all be one big family. It is safe to say that we have achieved this in some respect. Only those who do not share the same passion as I will try to stand in the way.
April 19, 2010 - 1:00 AM
I don't know when the next warm sunny day will come, but I hope it does soon! Maybe it's just Oregon, but please don't question us when the sun breaks through the clouds and people start wearing shorts, tanks and summer dresses. I'm one of them and am proud of it. Oregonians can handle it! We were conditioned to dress for the weather. Or maybe under the weather? When it's raining, a true Oregonian doesn't mind a little water. We're all ducks of course right? I've lived in Oregon all my life and I don't think I've ever owned rain boots or a rain coat. Actually I remember a light blue one when I was little, but that was all!
When the sunshines, students are out sunbathing on the lawns, or near the river by Autzen Stadium. Today was 70 degrees, partly cloudy, and I saw many people in bathing suits trying to get a tan. According to Oregon standards, that's hot weather, especially during the spring. From the EMU lawn where I sat reading for Chinese Literature, I saw people playing frisbee, volleyball, studying, socializing, and even a medieval style battle with foam weapons was formed. There was also this one balancing sport that I am interested in trying. It's kind of like a tree tight rope act, where they tie a bungee cord strap between two trees. One would then try to walk from one end to the other, balancing 2 feet from the ground. I doubt I would be able to walk on it let alone even stand on it, but it looks a lot of fun.
There is so much I would like to do when the weather is nice! I really love hiking, and taking walks near the river. Regardless of my work load, I will definitely make room to get some sunshine, even if it means I'm doing homework outside. There are so many places to explore in and around Eugene and I hope to see them all during my years here. Last night a friend told me that he and his girl friend just google-mapped Eugene and decided to hike to a lake they found. Being active or exploring the outdoors, is a favorite pass time for most students at the University of Oregon. I am always surprised by the beauty of this city.