As some of you have noticed, there has not been many new posts on this blog, the UGLY Chinese Canadian. What initially started out as an outlet for me to vent, slowly evolved into an assortment of odd news pieces and material shared from a number of people – artists, writers, activists and politicos.
I made a number of wonderful new friends, including a Japanese-Canadian grandma who hailed from Laval, Quebec. She used the name “Umeboshi” on my blog, and she was witty, caring and full of Canadian pride. I was so sad to learn she passed away (a couple of years back), and to this day, I miss her wit, encouragement and support.
I didn’t think my blog would reach out to the community the way it did.
There was one reader who shared her sadness and darkness with me. Somehow, this blog managed to connect her up with someone else, and her talks of suicide and bitterness disappeared. It was really nice to have her write to me, thanking me for saving her life.
I also have to thank my readers.
One astute reader (you know who you are), recognized the comments/ words from another reader, and saw it as signs of depression/ mental disorder. He wrote to me, for permission to contact the other reader. The other reader permitted me to provide contact info, and the two connected up. The concerned reader had saw himself in the other person’s words. For he too, had depression years back, and was successfully treated for his condition. More important, he informed me that mental illness was something that was not a topic openly discussed in the Asian/ Chinese communities. He reached out, and I made two new friends.
A number of you contributed stories and content to this blog – and helped to make it more interesting. Especially during election time. The visitors to this blog during electioneering efforts, be it civic, provincial or federal, was evident in the blog stat numbers. The number of readers would increase 20 to 30 fold. At one time, reaching over 300,000!
I also found it fascinating that universities and professors would contact me for permission to re-print some of the content on this blog. I think there are around 22 universities who’ve “included” some of this blog material into their teaching curriculum. I guess they found a banana’s perspective on multi-culturalism and Asian-North American history interesting.
In closing, I have to apologize to the many people who’ve written to me – for media interview requests, for our blog to showcase their creative work ( youtube vids, music, books, art), for opinions, etc. I’m just burned out, and can’t answer every request.
Anyways, I’ll leave this blog up on the Net. I’ll post the odd item now and then, but won’t be doing any heavy duty posting.
Many thanks and until next time,