My family is dealing with a strong case of Linsanity and we got together to discuss the causes. In this edited version of a longer conversation, author William Wong (my dad), student Brian Weller (my cousin) and me go over the epic rise of Jeremy Lin, the first Asian-American NBA superstar and overnight celebrity. We talk about the effect that his ascension has had on our community and on our basketball watching habits. While Jeremy Lin’s journey is still unfolding, there is no question that seeing a popular public figure with an Asian face has brought us together to root for the New York Knicks. #Linning.
Tags: Asian America, basketball, Chinese, interview, Jeremy Lin, Knicks, Lin, linning, linsane, linsanity, NBA, New York, shaolinbboy, Taiwanese, UCSC, William Wong
Tags: 4 square, adults, apprenticeship, Bay Area, bike polo, capture the flag, conversation, dizzle bizzle, dodgeball, east bay, Elsewhere Public Works, feature, First Voice media, four square, full circle., fun, games, gaming, Jejune Institute, kickball, kids games, KPFA, mosswood, Nonchalance, Oakland, play, playground, radio show, roundtable discussion, Sam Mende-Wong, san francisco, san jose, shaolinbboy, underground, urban gamers, urban games
URBAN GAMING SHOWCASE ON FULL CIRCLE
Urban games are taking over! In this hour of radio programing, I explore the importance of play in our everyday lives. This show features a piece about San Francisco’s mysterious Jejune Institute, a sound collage about Dodgeball in San Jose brought to you by the World Dodgeball Society, a vox pop about play from 4 Square of the East Bay, sounds from San Francisco Bike Polo and a conversation with gamers from Urban Capture the Flag, Mosswood Kickball, Underground Dodgeball and 4 Square of the East Bay. Take a listen and have some fun! The audio below is the entire show.
THE JEJUNE INSTITUTE
I took my cousin and her husband on a mystery trip to San Francisco. They only knew that they were going to be inducted into the “Jejune Institute.” I followed them around the city as they discovered just what that meant.
WHY IS PLAY IMPORTANT?
Why is play important? Adults playing 4 Square in a parking lot in Oakland have the answer.
DODGEBALL RULES AND ADVICE
The World Dodgeball Society is a dodgeball league for adults that started in LA and has spread across the country. I attended the first WDS game in Northern California, specifically in San Jose. This piece outlines the rules and gives listeners some dodgeball advice from experts.
SOUNDS FROM SF BIKE POLO
To close out the show, I put together some sounds from the vibrant scene of San Francisco Bike Polo. Bike Polo is polo on bikes (exactly like it sounds) and is huge with players around the country and the world. Enjoy and remember to wear a helmet.
Tags: books, ninjas, Sam Mende-Wong, shaolinbboy, unmasking
This is my excerpt from an influential book in my life. This is good advice. Beware of ninjas.
This piece originally aired on July 15th, 2011 as part of the program Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.
Tags: atmosphere, First Voice media, history, ink, KPFA, Sam Mende-Wong, shaolinbboy, tattoo, tattoos
This is a segment that I put together for a First Voice Media class. It’s all about tattoos and includes tattoo music, a quick history of tattoos and an interview with three folks who have tattoos. Check it out, it’s fun and informative!
This piece originally aired on June 24th, 2011 as part of the program Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.
Tags: charter school, communication, critical thinking, education, graduation, KPFA, Leadership High School, Sam Mende-Wong, senior projects
Many high schools do their best to teach (or at least review) the basics of math, reading and science, but how many schools actually teach intangible skills like communication and critical thinking that are needed to survive day to day life? At Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA students are not only taught how to find these skills in the themselves, but how to apply what they learn to real life. I visited the city’s first charter high school during senior exhibitions to see what people think about this new approach to education.
This piece originally aired on June 3rd, 2011 as part of the program Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.
Tags: after-school, arts, circus arts, clown, clowning, humor, kids circus, laughter, Oakland, Prescott Circus Theater, prescott clowns, prescott elementary, Sam Mende-Wong, Shaolin B-Boy, shaolinbboy
In West Oakland, there is a unique after-school program that trains kids to be clowns. Through circus arts the Prescott Circus Theater teaches physical skills as well as life skills. I took an afternoon to hang out with the clowns as their rehearsed for their big spring showcase and talked to them about the circus. This piece takes listeners on a short trip through a rehearsal as well as interviews with the Artistic Director, a teaching artist, former students and current clowns.
This piece originally aired on April 1st, 2011 as part of the program Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.
Tags: apprenticeship program, Bay Area, Berkeley, DNA, first voice, full circle., golden gate bridge, KPFA, lawrence hall of science, marin, Oakland, richmond, Sam Mende-Wong, san francisco, san jose, view, whale
The folks of the KPFA Apprenticeship Program (producers of the show Full Circle) were asked to submit radio pieces that was a geographical reflection of a place they had been. While most of the group chose to cover locations outside of the United State, my mind couldn’t stop thinking about the first place I like to go when returning from a trip. In this piece, I reflect on how the view from the Lawrence Hall of Science has welcomed me back home to the Bay Area and has helped remind me about what I love most about this place.
This piece originally aired on March 25th, 2011 as part of the program Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.