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Links I Like: Post-Halloween Hangover Edition

My dad laughed at me for sending so many Halloween updates, so this post is for him!  May you continue to laugh at your Halloween-loving daughter! :)

My favorite holiday did not disappoint: concert, karaoke, visit with my favorite drag queen, opera… I really am such a lucky girl!

Here are my favorite Halloween-related links of this week:

Who Says You Can’t Celebrate Halloween in Rural China?

Wokai Fellow Evan Kornbluh posted this gem (with photos including that one ) about the Halloween party he hosted in Yilong County, complete with jack-o-lanterns, masks, candy, and holiday spirit.

However, there can be a flip side to Halloween fun, if school officials say: No Horsing Around

Lately I have been addicted to The Good Men Project, a web magazine that features all kinds of real stories about what men really think about things. This piece about a high school student’s unjust suspension for his awesome Halloween costume, especially caught my eye:

As part of his school’s spirit week, Dan Depaolis, a senior at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in the Boston area, was suspended for dressing as a medieval knight and riding a horse to school. If anything, he should be getting an award, not a suspension…

And what would Halloween be without sweet treats?  Sweet treats can symbolize larger themes of globalization, outsourcing, and our increasingly connected world.

I stumbled upon this thought-provoking post by Kriszia Vengua, a Filipina freelance writer and entrepreneur.  She writes:

At my local supermarket, there’s an aisle that still sells Chips Ahoy and Oreo cookies with the “Made in the USA” stamp on it. And people still buy it, even when there’s a cheaper pack of Oreos and Chips Ahoy that’s made in Thailand a couple of aisles down.

“Can they honestly do what I do?” a US based transcriptionist wrote on a job board once “How can someone from halfway around the world do what I can I do for that price? How can they be better?”

The answer is simple: they receive the exact same training, get the same amount of experience, in a country where labor prices are low, and English happens to be an official language.

There’s no accent needed in typing words. When that transcription comes in, you can hardly ever tell that it was typed by someone thousands of miles away. It’s essentially the same Oreos, the same Chips Ahoy.

There’s no emotion attached to the process: an order is placed, and someone fills it. Someone craves a cookie, they buy one.

The emotion lies more on the buyer: a friend of mine swears that the imported cookies tastes better. I admit, there’s a subtle difference, but it’s all a matter of preference. For someone who just wants something sweet, the difference is negligible.

I highly recommend reading her whole post. I once interviewed with a consulting firm in Washington D.C. that helps big companies enter emerging markets. As part of my final interview, I had to give a presentation on investing in the Filipino food processing industry. Her anecdote about the Oreos would have fit right in!

And, last but not least, the best way to get rid of a post-Halloween hangover is to begin celebrating the next holiday.  Colin Nissan puts a name on this holiday, in McSweeneys:

IT’S DECORATIVE
GOURD SEASON, MOTHERFUCKERS.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table…

Thanks Cooper for that profanity-strewn link! Have a great day :)

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