Chinese Squawking Chicken Articles
My Ma or things she would say or do.
On the Chinese calendar, today is the Start of Spring. Which means that, technically, the Year of the Horse is over and the Year of the Goat/Sheep has begun. Chinese New Year is on February 19. But the astrological year actually kicks off today. Read Full Intro
It’s Dame Angelina now. Queen Elizabeth made Angelina Jolie an honourer Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George on Friday on a Birthday Honours list that also included Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, and Damian Lewis. Some of you complained. And I would agree with you – that she’s a Hollywood star, and an American, and sure she just came off a busy week for the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict but there are non-famous heroes who deserve recognition and crabby crabby crabby crabby crabby crabby – but, you know, talk to me when you’re finished bitching about the guy from Homeland. Full Story
I am an only child. My parents divorced when I was six years old. I wasn’t an outgoing person. I didn’t have a lot in common with the other kids at school, often being the only Chinese student in a classroom full of people whose parents also grew up in Canada or in other parts of the world where English is the first language. Full Story
How about one for the Twi-Hards? Robert Pattinson is working on a film in Toronto. I live in Toronto. He was on set today with a cow. Dragging the cow. I am a cow. A f-cking cow. Let's just go ahead and call the cow Lainey, even though Lainey is a blonde cow. They couldn't find a dark brown cow? It does make a lot of sense though. Full Story
Gwyneth Paltrow went to a party at Charlize Theron’s yesterday. G and Charlize were also hanging out at Sean Penn’s Haiti fundraiser a few weeks ago. So I guess she really is friends with everyone except for Madonna. Still. And she’s going to need her friends, especially the Tigers, this year. Full Story
I feel like it's kinda perfect that the Super Bowl is happening over Chinese New Year weekend. Feasting and celebrating is always good this time of year -- good luck likes a party. When my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, was heading into a really, really sh-t cycle for Tigers (she's a Tiger Mother for real), she insisted on a major birthday party, even more extravagant than usual, so that the happiness and goodwill generated on the occasion might provide some padding against what she was facing. She ended up in hospital a few months later, the beginning of what would be a brutal fight against a rare disease. Which she's still recovering from. But the point is - she's recovering. And she often says that party may have been the difference between recovery and loss. Or she could just be saying that because Jacek and I paid for that party, as we do all her parties, and she's telling us that we have to keep doing it. Guess whose birthday happens in a month?
The blog may be lighter today for Chinese New Year. Back to full schedule on Monday.
May the Horse be kind, gentle, and forgiving. May you be happy and healthy and loved this year.
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! Happy New Year!
Yours in gossip,