I Can Forgive Her But I Don’t Have To Because She Screwed With My Chickens

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Off To The Races

Jenny ("Real Estate") (seems like there should be another noun there, as I suspect she is not, herself, "Real Estate") explains that Puka is "comprised of" five Asians. I have to tell you, "comprised of" was the most important usage error of my entire life, and if I had not made it, I would be a far, far less happy person, so I always have a very special place in my heart for it, but I also notice it every time it happens, making it simultaneously one of my great joys and one of the great thorns in my side. Damn you, internet! Anyway, Jenny explains that she's Filipino, Yul and Becky are Korean, Brad is Filipino-Hawaiian, and Cao Boi is Vietnamese. These are all, you see, different countries. (Jeff Probst: "I knew that! I did! I knew that before you said it!") "We're a mixed group ourselves within the Asian community." Watch out, Jenny! You'll ruin the beautiful illusion of four homogenous teams making up the entire world population! It would make the Olympics so much shorter! If we invented one more medal, everyone could be a winner! The world's slowest athlete would win the tin! LET'S SING!

As Cao Boi chops a coconut, he tells the group that there was a monk in Vietnam who lived many years just on coconuts. "I have a feeling you're going to be telling a lot of stories tonight," Brad says dryly and warily. Yul tells us in an interview that there's a "schism" and a "generational gap" between Cao Boi and the rest of the group. Cao Boi, for his part, says that he's never been "accepted by the Asian community." "I don't look educated," he says, "I don't fit the stereotype: hard-working, Mr. Engineers with jacket, suit, and tie, drive nice cars...I just don't fit the stereotype. I belong in a hippie community." It's interesting, because on one hand, this is a really interesting cultural moment, and on the other hand, it's Angie being all "I'm different," and it's Aaron and Arianne being self-consciously "alternative," and it's really new and really the same as always, if you see my point.

Hiki goes up on the beach. Sekou, a large guy with a bandanna tied around his head, tries to get a cheer of "represent, represent, represent" going, but it's not clear whether there's 100% agreement on that point. Stephannie (the extra "n" is for "Nursing Student") says in an interview that there is that all the "represent" pressure, to "represent our people." Rebecca ("Make-Up Artist") says the same, and she thinks there's pressure to show that "yes, black people do swim, yes, black people do know how to get on a boat and paddle. [They] don't just run track." Heh. Someday, I hope to demonstrate the same thing about Quakers and making oatmeal.

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