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Tetsuro Shigematsu

Broadcaster, Reality TV star, PhD Candidate

Tetsuro Shigematsu is a cultural critic, broadcaster, scholar and theatre artist. His voice is familiar to millions of Canadians thanks to his years as the irreverent national host of "The Roundup" on CBC Radio One. He also worked as a nationally syndicated CBC radio columnist for which he won two RTNDA Awards for best commentary.

On TV, you can watch him talk smack as the notorious samurai-in-residence for MTV/Spike’s most watched reality series "The Deadliest Warrior." As a creator, Tetsuro's personal body of work in film, television, radio and YouTube continues to be taught in universities in Canada and the U.S. as examples of cultural possibility. A former writer for "This Hour Has 22 Minutes," Tetsuro is a Vanier scholar, and a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Follow him @tweetsuro.
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My Quest for the Perfect Standing Desk

Are you sitting down as you read this? If so, then good luck because you are going to die. Soon. According to a whole whack of journal articles, sitting is the new smoking.But maybe you already knew that. Maybe like me, you've been sufficiently terrorized into investing tens of dollars repurposing your heirloom Ikea furniture into a homebrew solution.
06/01/2015 05:50 EDT
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My Boy, the Princess... Help!

Disney Princesses are the WORST role model for your son to have. Here's my advice. Tell your son it's okay to be a princess for now. But one day, if he wants to rule, he'll need to step up and become a queen. And being regal means NOT getting co-opted into the princess-industrial complex.
10/23/2013 01:35 EDT
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The Asian Playboy, Pickup Artist or Social Justice Activist?

A lot of guys can't talk to women. A lot of those guys happen to be Asian. That's where JT Tran comes in. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Asian Playboy. The Asian Playboy is an MPUA - that's Master Pickup Artist, a pickup artist with such mad skillz, he gets paid to coach others.
10/10/2013 02:58 EDT
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No Asians In The Vienna Philharmonic? No Problem!

Dear Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, I hear that Asians aren't allowed to play in your famed ensemble. We get it. If I bought tickets to see The Harlem Globetrotters, I wouldn't want to see a bunch of red-haired, freckled-faced, white boys. Ain't nobody got time for that! If I go to Hooters, I don't wanna be served by a dude! I mean where would it end?
03/01/2013 01:00 EST
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Sh*t Asians Say When Whitey Isn't Around

Remember when you were a teenager hanging out in your friend's basement, and even though their parents may have been super cool, weren't you relieved when they finally went upstairs? Well, that's how we Asians feel when the last non-Asian person leaves the room. Once we have racial quorum, this is how we kick it...
11/09/2012 03:29 EST
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Bad Daddy vs. Father Of The Year

Buy your kids only the toys that you were deprived of as a child. For me, that was Star Wars. My childhood lightsaber was a cardboard wrapping paper tube. Two whacks and it went flaccid. My kids on the other hand have every lightsaber imaginable, from the telescopic cheapies, to official lightsaber replicas with authentic LucasFilm® sound effects. Sure they cry when I wallop them too hard, but painful is the path of the Jedi.
10/30/2012 01:39 EDT
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Why I'm Suspicious Of Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style is one catchy-ass tune, But unless you look like me, or live in South Korea, we Asians find white enthusiasm for this monster hit suspect.
10/08/2012 12:23 EDT

Want New Boobies? A Handful of Advice

Dear A-Cup Asian, As a man who doesn't have breasts, I should point out that I have zero expertise on this matter. But given how that has never stopped any man in the history of the world from weighing in on topics he knows nothing about, here goes!
09/14/2012 12:21 EDT

Eating Sushi? You Are Doing it Wrong

If a real friend is the person who tells you when you have bad breath, then what I'm about to tell you will make me your best friend; whenever you eat sushi, you are embarrassing yourself. That's right, the abominations you commit to your California Roll bring shame upon your whole family. Are you one of those people who rub their chopsticks together? Do you proudly explain to your rube aunt from Kelowna that this is how you get rid of the splinters? Dude, look around you. This isn't Quest for Fire. You are not Survivorman Les Stroud, trying to get some kindling to smoke. You are in a sushi-ya on Broadway.
08/29/2012 12:50 EDT

Chinese Sex Scandal Shows The World Needs More Group Sex

Yes, the whole Internet may be giggling over our cheesy group sex photos. Go ahead and laugh, but you'd be missing the bigger picture. The world needs more group sex.... This is a chance for Canada to do the right thing. I call upon the citizens of this great nation to grant these Chinese officials amnesty and safe harbor, and send a message to the rest of the world.
08/19/2012 06:19 EDT
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Everything You Wanted to Ask an Asian but Were Afraid To

Admit it. You find Asians scary. Maybe not physically intimidating. At 5'8'' no one is going to mistake me for Yao Ming. But there are just so damn many of us. And I'm not talking about the 1.3 billion over there in China, but the shiny sea of plastic welding visors right here in Hongcouver. Which of the following questions most piques your interest?
08/16/2012 07:17 EDT