John Cho Fans Rejoice: “Selfie” to Stream on Hulu


ABC’s romantic comedy series Selfie, starring John Cho and Karen Gillan, has found a new home on Hulu.

The video streaming site announced Monday that it has agreed to pick up Selfie after ABC canceled the Warner Bros. show earlier this month. Hulu will release the the six unaired episodes on Hulu and Hulu Plus on a weekly basis starting Tuesday, the series creator Emily Kapnek announced on Twitter. The episodes will also be available on


ABC scrapped Selfie from its Tuesday night lineup after the series opened with an underwhelming 5.3 million viewers and a 1.6 ratings among adults aged between 18 and 49, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Manhattan Love Story was also taken out of ABC’s lineup for the same reason.

This is not the first time Hulu has adopted an axed ABC Comedy. Last year, the streamer hosted the remaining episodes of Apartment 23  on its site after ABC canceled the show due to poor ratings.


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Kiss of Love: Mass Protest in India Opposes Conservative Views on Kissing


When I see couples give each other a quick kiss in public, I really don’t think twice about it. After all, growing up in American means movies, television shows and even cartoons which have characters show their love for one another with a quick peck. This act is not only normalized in our society, it’s actually seen as endearing and sweet.

This is certainly not the case in India. In fact, a public kiss is viewed as so disgraceful, you can receive jail time for that small, quick act of affection. The Indian Penal Code states that anyone who “does any obscene act in any public place” may be subject to arrest. And yes, public kissing falls into that list of obscene acts.

Although Westerners may be baffled by the conservative view, right-wing Hindu fundamentalists certainly take it very seriously. On October 23rd, a local news channel showed footage of a couple kissing inside of a cafe in Calicut. The reaction to this was swift and overwhelming. Within an hour of the broadcast, people smashed the windows of the cafe and caused chaos inside. They claimed it was punishment for endorsing “un-Indian” behavior. According to one Facebook commenter, public kissing is only for “filthy western people, where shame exists only in the dictionary.”



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But while there are those bent on aggressively enforcing this conservative view, there are also many, especially the youth, who seek to oppose this perception on kissing. Less than a day after the violent acts against the cafe, a nation-wide movement called the “Kiss of Love” campaign was created and sparked protests throughout India.

“We wanted to show how humans express their love. A kiss is a short and sweet expression,” explained Rahul Pasupalar, co-creator of the movement’s Facebook page which now has over 140,000 likes.



A number of these protestors are receiving daily death and rape threats, but the movement continues strong. In fact, many claim that this is about much more than just kissing. Because arranged marriages are still a common practice in India, the act of public kissing is seen as women making decisions on their own terms. The rise of kissing reflects the growing power of young women in deciding who to marry.

“The terms and timing of intimacy used to be initiated and decided entirely by the man,” said Dr. Avdesh Sharma, a psychiatrist practicing in New Delhi. “That is no longer true.”


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The Unforgettable 2014 Website is Finally Here


The official Unforgettable 2014 website is finally here! For updates on performers, award recipients, celebs and all the information you need, click here.

We are pleased to present
Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable. This high profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year and is an opportunity for talent to perform for distinguished and influential members of the community.


Sponsored by Royal Salute and presented by Duracoat, this year’s gala will honor and award four Asian Americans individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. The award recipients include: John Cho (ABC’s Selfie, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) – Royal Salute’s Mark of Respect Award and The Actor of the Year Award; Ming-Na Wen (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – The Actress of the Year Award; Ki Hong Lee (20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner) – The Male Breakout Star of the Year; Arden Cho (MTV’s Teen Wolf) – The Female Breakout Star of the Year.


Yoon Mi Rae, Korean American hip-hop and R&B royalty, returns this year to perform her No. 1 hit song in Korea. Other featured artists include K-Pop artist G.NA, winner of The Voice Tessanne Chin, beatbox champion KRNFX, along with collaboration performances from singer/songwriters Arden Cho and David Choi, and exciting dance performances by Mike Song and KINJAZ.


In addition to the award recipients and performers, global stars Lisa Ling (CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling host), Han Ji-min (TV Drama Rooftop Prince) and Koo Soo (Film Way Back Home) are among the confirmed list of high-profile celebrities attending the gala this year.


The event will take place at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Friday, December 5, 2014. An after party will immediately follow the black-tie event providing another chance to celebrate the year with celebrities and VIP guests at Feria.



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Japan Makes Plans To Create An Underwater City


Does an underwater city sound too crazy to ever be possible? Not to Japanese construction firm Shimizu Corp. In a plan described by Shimizu spokesman Hideo Imamura as “a real goal, not a pipe dream,” Ocean Spiral is a deep-sea eco-city which can fit approximately 5,000 people. If plans succeed, this underwater city may be available by 2030.

We’ve seen the concept made alive in animated and sci-fi films, Shimizu Corp. has drawn a blueprint for the technicalities of creating this fantasy. From the sketches and from Shimizu’s statements, we can see that the firm envisions a 500-meter sphere floating just slightly above the surface which holds three major sections: business zones, residential areas and hotel rooms.




And the design is not just made on a whim. Shimizu Corp has consulted researchers from the University of Tokyo, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, and the government’s Fisheries Research Agency. The projected cost of building this is 3 trillion yen (about $25.6 billion), and energy sources for it are planned to be drawn from an “earth-factory” about 3,000 meters under the sea. Shimizu wants to use the ocean to their advantage by utilizing thermal energy conversion to generate electricity, and having fish farms built around the sphere.





The unveiling of this plan is not without its controversies, but it definitely is the farthest we’ve gone to actually creating an underwater city. Issues such as rising sea levels for islands and its inhabitants, dangers from tsunamis or earthquakes, and population have all been brought up as concerns towards the development of this city. On the flip side, taking up space in the ocean can also bring up ethical, political and social ramifications.

The future of this underwater city is still unknown, but one thing is certain: we can’t help but feel a sense of wonder a the thought of living under the sea.


10 Times You Saw KI HONG LEE Before “The Maze Runner”


There has been a lot of buzz about Ki Hong Lee lately. Lee not only plays a lead character in the 2014 sci-fi film The Maze Runner, he was also recently named the fourth sexiest man of 2014 by People magazine and he will receive the “Male Breakout Star of the Year” award at KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine‘s 13th annual Unforgettable gala.

And while Lee is picking up new fans daily, we must remember that he’s actually been around for years now. Didn’t catch him? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up 10 times you saw Ki Hong Lee before The Maze Runner.



Modern Family (2010)
Well before the days of being an online heartthrob and playing the dashing Minho in The Maze Runner, Ki Hong Lee had a tiny appearance on ABC’s Modern Family as a busboy.



New Girl (2011)
You may have missed Lee’s short appearance on Fox’s New Girl, but now you won’t be able to stop watching him drum away on those bells.



Wong Fu Productions
Many fans first recall Lee’s work with Wong Fu Productions. He quickly won the hearts of many with the romantic shorts.





This McDonald’s Commercial (2013)
Thought you would never see Ki Hong Lee in a Filipino McDonalds commercial? Think again.



Jubilee Project
Lee also took part in a couple of Jubliee Project short films. Get the tissues ready before you watch these– they’re a couple of tear-jerkers.



Blue Bloods (2013)
Of course, Lee can do much more than humor and romance. Check out his serious side on this episode of the CBS drama, Blue Bloods.



His YouTube Channel
Of course, you may have simply recognized Lee from the YouTube channel described as “Your source for all things Ki Hong Lee.”


Street Style From Japan To China: Knit Hat Trend For Winter


Knit caps (or beanies) seem to be the headwear accessory favorite for keeping warm in Japan, Korea and China. Nearly every day now, street style blog images pop up with people sporting seamed caps.  Practical and simple, this style hat has been popularized by media from television shows through out the decades to celebrities and musicians that make it their fashion trade mark.  Take inspiration from these three countries for styling a cozy knit cap into your winter rotation.



1. Japan
We’ve been seeing an abundance of knit hats complementing classic pencil skirts and tops, or midi dresses with long jackets and coats for a more casual look.


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2. China
Taking a more urban approach to headwear, here is a look we often see on musicians and celebrities in the United States—knit hats and leather biker jackets.


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3. Korea
Mix your styles up with interesting scarves, oversized coats (which are right on trend for winter), or easy-going crew neck sweatshirts.


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Want to add some cozy knits to your wardrobe?  Check out famous Korean-American milliner Eugenia Kim’s designs. Here’s a few of our favorites:

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Eugenia Kim’s Marley Knit Beanie

Available in black and white at for $228.

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Eugenia Kim’s Pom Pom “Mimi” Beanie

Available in black and white at for $235.



Not too keen on spending a couple hundred dollars on a knit cap? Here’s some great options that are more budget friendly!

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American Apparel’s Recycled Fisherman Beanie

Available in nine different colors and options at for $22.

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KTAG NYC’s Side Eye Pom Beanie

Available at for $30.

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Ki Hong Lee Named Fourth Sexiest Man of 2014


People magazine has named Maze Runner star Ki Hong Lee the fourth sexiest man of 2014 in its annual “Sexiest Men Alive” list. How did the 28-year-old actor accomplish this great feat? With his dimples, of course.

“I’m the worst with compliments,” Lee told People magazine in his interview. “People will compliment me on my dimples ? but medically, dimples are flawed muscles – they’re not supposed to occur! People think it’s beautiful, but it’s nature’s mistake.”


People magazine includes actor Ki Hong Lee in its annual list of “Sexiest Men Alive” (Photo courtesy of Collin Stark/People)

People magazine includes actor Ki Hong Lee in its annual list of “Sexiest Men Alive”
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While Chris Hemsworth topped the list and graced the cover of the magazine issue, Lee managed to edge out Blake Shelton, Bradley Cooper and Matt Bomber, who placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

This year, KoreAm and Audrey Magazine are proud to present the “Male Breakout Star of the Year” to Lee at the 13th annual Unforgettable Gala. To learn more about the upcoming gala, click here.


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What Can $5 Get You in Asia?


In this recent Conde Nast Traveler slideshow, writer Caitlin Morton explores the different treasures five dollars can equate to around the world. And you guessed it, a majority of it is food. Not to mention a stack of beautiful bracelets from India! Here is the round-up, as relayed from Morton:


1. Hanoi, Vietnam
Four bia hoi (a thin draft lager that costs about 40 cents a glass) and two bowls of pho.

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2. Kyoto
A dozen soy milk mini-doughnuts and a sweet soy milk soft serve from Fujino Tofu in Nishiki Market.


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3. Tokyo
Three limited-edition Kit Kats from the world’s only limited-edition Kit Kat shop, in the Seibu Department store. Recent only-in-Japan flavors include vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pudding.


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4. Jaipur, India
An armful of rhinestone-studded glass bangles from one of the vendors at Johari Bazaar.


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5. Singapore
A plate of hokkien mee and a Tiger beer at Bukit Timah hawker center.


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Of course, the possibilities are endless.
My $5 Asia (food) story, for example, is from southern Taiwan. It was raining and my family and I found a small restaurant in the neighborhood that was more like a home kitchen serving meals. A simple plate of chow mein, fried rice and a bottle of Taiwanese beer ended up costing about 154.59 TWD, or $5.00.


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What’s your $5 story?


Men in China Can Now “Experience” the Pain of Childbirth


Apparently, mothers-to-be in China have not been receiving the proper amount of sympathy from their husbands during pregnancy. After all, what can be so hard about pushing a watermelon-sized human being out of your body, right?

Pregnant mothers have been so upset with their husbands that Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province decided it was time to do something about it. The solution? Have the fathers-to-be experience childbirth themselves.

…Okay, maybe they can’t actually experience childbirth, but they can at least feel the amount of pain a woman goes through. Twice a week, the hospital offers men the chance to finally experience the pain of childbirth through electric shocks which induces the same amount of pain that a woman would experience while giving birth.

During this childbirth pain simulation, electric shock pads are placed above the abdomen and men must endure the pain for 5 minutes as a nurse gradually raises the intensity of the shocks. Obviously, 5 minutes is nothing compared to hours of contractions, but it’s usually enough for men to get the point. In fact, many participants can’t even last the entire 5 minutes.

“It felt like my heart and lungs were being ripped apart,” said Song Siling, a participant of the simulations.

Another participant, Wu Jianlong, admitted that the experience truly changed his perspective. “Because all women have children and it usually takes quite a long time, I had thought of it as being something really natural, something really normal that they can get through,” he said.

So far, about 100 men have signed up for the simulation.

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China’s Fashion Week Introduces Smog Masks Into High Fashion


My first memory of the relationship between surgical masks and Asians was during the 2002 SARS outbreak. Since then, I have seen these masks everywhere — while visiting Asia, in Chinese language school and among my relatives. These surgical masks , which are commonly referred to as smogs, are popular in Asia mainly due to pollution concerns in air quality.

But now it seems that smogs are used for something very different. We’ve already seen Japan create more fashionable smogs for their consumers, but it didn’t stop there. It seems the trend has traveled all the way up to high fashion as various high fashion smog masks walked the runway last month during China Fashion Week in Beijing.

A model wearing a mask presents a creation at the QIAODAN Yin Peng Sports Wear Collection show during China Fashion Week in Beijing


Designers such as Qiaodan Yin Peng Sports Wear Collection and Masha Ma created outfits with studded, urban, minimalistic and other styles of fashionable masks for models to strut the runway with.

It was Yin Peng’s line of “smog couture” clothing last month at China Fashion Week where designed masks were officially inducted into high fashion, with Vader-like ventilators, fencing masks, and other elaborate covers.

Although there seems to be a rise of smogs in fashion, China’s bad air quality is much more than an excuse for accessories– it is a public health concern that has affected the majority of its population. The Beijing marathon, for example, has runners wearing masks and wiping their skin with water-soaked sponges to protect and wipe off pollution.

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What do you think? With climate change and air quality as relevant topics everywhere, does smog couture look like it could become fashionable and popular in America as well?