one and a half

i’ve always been interested in immigration and the people who choose to make a foreign country their home – probably because i’m an immigrant myself.

i came to england from burma with my mother when i was 6 months old, joining my father who had got a job here a couple months previously. he was present for my birth, then jetted off on the boeing to start his new life. i like to call myself a 1.5 generation immigrant – i wasn’t born in england, but i’m too young to remember burma (and my burmese is downright pathetic now – my parents see this as a good thing though, since we are living in england).  my parents and i are pretty well assimilated into british culture – my dad’s english is pretty perfect and my mum’s is wonky, but good enough for people to understand the gist of what she’s saying. a while ago, i found a hilarious, but extremely bittersweet blog post about being an ‘engrish’ to english translator – a mortifying experience i, and probably many other children of 1st generation immigrants have had to face. my parents have also been pretty stereotypical 1st generation asian parents too – amy chua describes them perfectly in her description ‘on generational decline’ in the (in)famous book battle hymn of the tiger mother:

“The immigrant generation (like my parents)  is the hardest working. Many will have started off in the United States [or whatever cushy first world country] almost penniless, but they will work hard until they become successful engineers, scientists, doctors,  academics, or businesspeople. As parents, they will be extremely strict and rabidly thrifty. (“Don’t throw out those leftovers! Why are you using so much dishwasher liquid? You don’t need a beauty salon – I can cut your hair even nicer.”) They will invest in real estate. They will not drink much. Everything they do and earn will go toward their children’s education and future.”

in comparison, the second generation (i include myself in this – 1.5 does round to 2) is described as floating on the success of their parents, also working hard, but probably not as hard, as them. they simply don’t have to. and their children after that is the one chua “lies awake worrying about” – the third generation is born into the wealth of the upper middle class and knows that their rich parents can provide everything they need and want without having to work for it. a study somewhere shows that third generation asian-americans score about the same as their white counterparts in maths tests, despite the stereotype that all asians are amazing at maths. scary.

for some reason, as soon as i started secondary school i managed to find myself in a friendship group full of mixed-race, immigrant kids. we’re all smart girls, with perfect english, and quite a few of us have scholarships. but if the bnp or any other scary far-right political party takes over the uk, then 7 out of the 8 of us would probably be deported. the latest immigrant is blanche, a perky half-german, half-english gal, with a bit of french in her as well,  who speaks perfect german and perfect accented (it’s not a german accent, but not an english one either – a lot of people think she’s american) english as well. she moved to the uk with her mum and older brother when she was 5 years old.

any of you guys in the covey immigrants, or mixed-race? do you have any interesting experiences of culture shock to share? i would love to know ^^

~miki ♥

the sense of an ending

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i have literally just finished this book, and i must say, it was one of the best i’ve ever read – and i’ve read a lot of books! the sense of an ending, by julian barnes is a moving and deeply thoughtful piece of writing, about our pasts, our changing memories and how they can affect our lives as we grow older. i don’t want to explain the plot – the amazon page does it so much better than i ever could, but it’s supremely gripping and full of little callbacks to the narrator’s younger days. it’s told in fragments, similar to the nature of our memories, a huge theme in this book.

the book isn’t very long at all – only about 150 pages, and i finished it in 2 hours (yup, i read fast), but it leaves you with many questions that linger long after you finish reading it. the narrator feels like someone you know in real life, you get to know him that well. i would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all of you, and definitely think it deserved the nomination for the man booker prize it got.

“There is accumulation. There is responsibility. And beyond these, there is unrest. There is great unrest.”

~miki ♥︎

p.s: can one of the admins add a reviews section pretty please? i know meredith has done a couple of book reviews and it would be nice to have a section dedicated to them ^^

blog stamps!

hey guys! don’t know if this has been done/suggested before (due to school and other related activities, i haven’t been as up to date on covey activities as i would like to be XP), but i thought it would be a nice idea to make some little banners for all your blogs that link to the covey! it would help get a lot more people visiting this little site and would spread even more awareness of it ^^ i designed the banners in a stamp style, since we’re from all over the world! they’re also in a range of different sizes, so you can choose which one you’d like!

admins – can you spread the word about these? it would be nice if everyone put one of these on their blog, to show they’re part of the covey :3 thank you!!!

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~miki ♥

fame, fortune and a little city in the south west

although it may not seem like much, apparently the city i live in (bristol) has been home to many famous faces. i’ve been told this over and over by various school projects attempting to show how wonderful our city is, and to be honest it is actually a pretty nice place to live in, despite the scarier parts of the city and my heavy sarcasm ;P

so here’s a list of some of the things that bristol is famous for…apologies if you’ve never heard of any of them ;3…

☆ aardman animations (wallace and gromit, anyone?) was founded here! nick park and co. are from bristol (but they never replied to the letter i sent them when i was 8 😦 )
☆ banksy the graffiti artist is rumoured to have attended bristol grammar, a school which some of my friends go to now :0
☆ a load of british comedians came from bristol, russell howard and bill bailey being two of them
☆ surprisingly, the suave cary grant is from bristol!

has your city produced any claims to fame? i would love to know them!

~miki ♥︎

a newcomer appears!

hi there all! my name’s mikiren, and i run jump into the fog, a blog about life, love and music :3 (sorry for the shameless plug XP) i’ve been added as another member of the wonderful covey gang, so thank you all ^^

i’m from bristol, england and today we’re having some glorious weather!! it’s been like this for the past week or so, temperatures soaring (at least for us) to 20 degrees (60 ish in Fahrenheit)!! unfortunately i won’t be able to enjoy this as i have school exams which have begun today!! eek!!

any advice for a panicky gal? how did you guys cope with exams and the mountain of stress that comes with them?