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Derek Padula

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Derek Padula is the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball website and book series; the first to reveal the deep history, philosophy, and cultural roots of the world's #1 anime and manga.

Derek's journey begins when he sees the Dragon Ball anime in 1997. His love for the series inspires him to start martial arts training in Shàolín gōngfu, tàijí-quán, qìgōng, karate, and Fǎlún Dàfǎ meditation. He earns his B.A. in East Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese from Western Michigan University. Then he studies abroad in Běijīng, China where he trains with the Buddhist Shàolín monks and a Dàoist tàijí sword master. After returning home he begins his life's work.

He is now an authority on Dragon Ball and loves to share his understanding of this profound se
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Derek Padula The mystery of who stole my PlayStation 2. I was living with two roommates who it turned out after I moved in were drug addicts. They had druggy frien…moreThe mystery of who stole my PlayStation 2. I was living with two roommates who it turned out after I moved in were drug addicts. They had druggy friends, and one day after I returned home from work my room had been broken into, the lock busted, and my PlayStation 2 and its 40+ games were missing. My roommates acted like they had no idea, or that it was my fault. So I called the police and filed a report, but they said they would never find it, and it was most likely already pawned off for drug money. So I think this would make for an interesting mystery plot.(less)
Derek Padula I'm formatting, editing, and publishing all of my Dragon Ball Culture books from ebook to print. Each one takes about 2 to 3 months of work. After tha…moreI'm formatting, editing, and publishing all of my Dragon Ball Culture books from ebook to print. Each one takes about 2 to 3 months of work. After that, it's on to the next book!(less)
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Want to write a Dragon Ball Z fan comic? Read this interview with Lady Tygry, the author of Unguarded, a fan comic about Freeza’s childhood, family, and untold friendship with a Saiyan! a Read Unguarded on LadyTygryComics.com. Follow Lady Tygry on Facebook and Twitter. Inspiration What inspired you to create Unguarded: A Dragon Ball Z […]
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“Make your ideal your new real.”
Derek Padula

“Make your ideal your new real.”
Derek Padula

“Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. When some people have to run a 100 metre race with sandbags on their legs, the fact that no one is allowed to have a head start does not make the race fair. Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in building a genuinely fair and efficient society.”
Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

“Running the company for the shareholders often reduces its long-term growth potential.”
Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

“Above a certain level of income, the relative value of material consumption vis-a-vis leisure time is diminished, so earning a higher income at the cost of working longer hours may reduce the quality of your life. More importantly, the fact that the citizens of a country work longer than others in comparable countries does not necessarily mean that they like working longer hours. They may be compelled to work long hours, even if they actually want to take longer holidays.”
Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

“Health is the natural condition. When sickness occurs, it is a sign that Nature has gone off course because of a physical or mental imbalance. The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a 'sound mind in a sound body'.”
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