Thank you, Juan Ramirez

In my drafts is this thought on COVID-19:

Hood Chinese restaurants with bulletproof glass were ahead of the curve.

Now it reads like I'm blue family.


I visited my parents last week.

While there, they ordered food from Sushi 88, a family friend's restaurant, and their neighbors to the left hung a giant aloha shirt on a flagpole outside their house to honour a deceased grandfather who loved Hawaii.


Wikipedia » 88 (number) » In Chinese culture

Number 88 symbolizes fortune and good luck in Chinese culture, since the word 8 sounds similar to the word fā (發, which implies 發財, or wealth, in Mandarin or Cantonese). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number in Chinese culture.

Wikipedia » 88 (number) » In white nationalism and supremacism

Neo-Nazis use the number 88 as an abbreviation for the Nazi salute Heil Hitler. The letter H is eighth in the alphabet, whereby 88 becomes HH.


The aloha shirt's existence can be traced to a confluence of cultural influences. It had a Western-style silhouette, was cut from Japanese kabe crepe fabric, was made by Japanese and Chinese tailors, and was worn like a Filipino barong tagalog.

"The aloha shirt visually captures the multiethnic history of the place. It's a window into Hawaii's cultural universe." [source]

With growing alarm, I've watched armed white men protesting around the US. But, as a Hawai'i resident, I've wondered specifically about the reoccurring presence of aloha shirts.

When you see people at far right protests with aloha attire, they are saying they are ready to fight the second civil war. [source]


Ordering in tonight from Heil Hitler Beef Noodle and watching Race Ventura: When Hatred Calls.

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