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Tim [Jun. 2nd, 2015|11:14 pm]
Kiviera
Dear Tim,

I miss you. I always will.

Love,
Deb
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2009|11:49 pm]
Kiviera
I love my parents and I'm not okay with the fact they won't always be around. Really. Really not okay with it.

</scared>
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I Live + China Digital Times [Oct. 9th, 2008|12:52 pm]
Kiviera
So as my sister pointed out over the phone yesterday, this Livejournal seems all but dead. And I must say, yes, I rather suppose it is. A number of factors are in play here:

1) Everything seems boring after Beijing
2) This is my fourth year, I am in the groove, and nothing seems entirely novel anymore.
3) This is my fourth year, I am taking 13 units and getting more than 5 hours of sleep most days of the week. The stress which impelled so many random and incoherent posts seems dormant at the moment.
4) China Digital Times

So you see, aside from making a concerted effort at "less Internet, more real life," the few spare hours I do have to mess about online are being devoted toward more productive, research-type energies. Monitoring news, for example. This includes U.S. news, but it also includes finding and composing posts for a China news aggregating website called the China Digital Times (CDT).

It's a great site, started up by democracy activist Xiao Qiang. He's teaching a seminar called Blogging China which I am taking and which might just be the coolest thing I've done at Berkeley so far, and I am lamenting the fact that the rest of my college experience was not like this. College should consist of intensive seminars, damn it.

So check out China Digital Times, and if you click on a post and see that it was posted by a dwang, then that would be me. This here is my latest contribution to the site.

In closing, I'd like to quote and remark on an excerpt from another article recently posted to CDT. From the AP: China says it won't torture Guantanamo detainees:
China has called on the U.S. to repatriate 17 Chinese Muslim detainees who were to have been released this week, saying they are terrorists and should be brought to justice, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news conference.

"Some people may worry whether these people could be tortured in China, I believe this is biased. China is a country under the rule of law, and forbids torture by any Chinese authorities, be they judiciary or public security," Qin said.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa...ooo, eee, haaa hooo. And I thought, my jokes were bad.
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Grades Coming In [May. 20th, 2008|05:23 pm]
Kiviera
Chinese - good
Gender seminar - good

Still waiting on History and Ethnic Studies (please don't tank my GPA too hard, please please please).
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Things I Hate About Finals #337 [May. 15th, 2008|01:28 pm]
Kiviera
Getting fat.

Uh, I mean. Gaining weight.
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State of the Deb [May. 12th, 2008|09:39 pm]
Kiviera
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

On the upside, I don't have writer's block. Yet. Knock on WOOD.
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I Have An Announcement to Make [May. 12th, 2008|03:07 pm]
Kiviera
I am 95% sure that by the end of this semester my GPA will have been tanked.

By an AC requirement, of all things.

*sighs and pets the GPA* We had a good run, buddy. RIP.

(As for you, major GPA: don't you fucking move. Don't even think about it.)
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Well, This Was a Delayed Reaction [Apr. 28th, 2008|10:27 pm]
Kiviera
I really need to be feverishly reading/writing a reading response right now, but I need to get this down real quick.

So today in Ethnic Studies section we were talking about the consequences of the redlining of Oakland in the 1970s, and there was a discussion going on about whether the persistent blighting and poverty of black neighborhoods were due predominantly to structural (racial) factors or individual behavior.

Long story short, as people threw out views on whether businesses stayed away from those black neighborhoods because they were poor or because they were black, and whether or not those black residents were poor because of this and that...someone pointed out that he thought businesses stayed away because of all the crime in the area. And of the perception of crime.

And then I kind of braced myself, because there were two black students in the section, and pointed out - come on, who do you more readily associate with crime? What do you think of when you think of 'crime-ridden neighborhood'? And which group of people do you immediately suspect of being criminals? Poor whites or poor blacks? Honestly. Couldn't that have anything to do with the dismal property value of certain parts of Oakland?

And one of those black students was sitting across the room from me; I was facing him straight-on. And I saw his face twitch when I said it. Just a little twitch, but I felt like I had stabbed him.

That was over twelve hours ago, and I was reading for Gender just now in a cafe, but now I'm crying and I can't seem to stop.
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I'm a Dork [Apr. 25th, 2008|09:04 am]
Kiviera
So like everyone else out there, I really really like Blue October's 'Hate Me'. But why do I like it so much? Why, because I can hear all three of my main characters talking to each other in it, of course!

Major Dorkiness, and Also Homework ProcrastinationCollapse )

Oh, Blue October in general is a great group. Check them out.
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Monday 11:48AM [Apr. 21st, 2008|11:46 am]
Kiviera
I hate life.
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