Summer Must Read: “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng

 

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” And with that first line of Pushcart Prize recipient Celeste Ng’s haunting debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, you know you’re in for the long haul, if for no other reason than to find out how and why. But as you begin to uncover the secrets and pains and misdirected motivations of each member of the mixed-race Lee family trying to fit in in 1970s Ohio, you realize it’s more the redemption of the living that you yearn for: from the patriarch James who can’t seem to escape the outsider status his Chinese face brands on him; to his wife Marilyn, obsessed with an unfulfilled dream and her failure to break out of her own mother’s homemaker mold; to son Nathan, a living reminder to his father, despite his academic successes, of his own social ineptitudes. But perhaps most heartbreaking is the youngest, Hannah, whose very conception lays the groundwork for a dysfunctional dynamic that would culminate in tragedy. Ng writes:

What about Hannah? They set up her nursery in the bedroom in the attic, where things that were not wanted were kept, and even when she got older, now and then each of them would forget, fleetingly, that she existed — as when Marilyn, laying four plates for dinner one night, did not realize her omission until Hannah reached the table. Hannah, as if she understood her place in the cosmos, grew from quiet infant to watchful child: a child fond of nooks and corners, who curled up in closets, behind sofas, under dangling tablecloths, staying out of sight as well as out of mind, to ensure the terrain of the family did not change.

 

 

Details Hardcover, $26.96, penguin.com.

 

— STORY BY ANNA M. PARK 

 

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here

Asia Street Style: Let Your Clothes Do The Talking With NOVELTY TOPS

 

Novelty tops continue to be a favorite during the warmer months on Asian street style blogs. I’ve seen everything from childhood favorites like Mickey Mouse to pop art explosions, but ultimately I like reading the cool, edgy phrases that turn up on shirts.  Sometimes people prefer to let their clothes do the talking, and it’s quite fun to browse through a variety of designs and typography. It does appear that simple sans-serif fonts printed against plain backgrounds are favored this season, mimicking the style of quote posts we see all over social media platforms.

Despite what Alexander Wang’s spring/summer 2014 collection would suggest, message tees aren’t a new trend; in fact they’ve been around for decades (Frankie Says Relax, anyone?), but they are constantly being reinvented as mainstream pop and political culture is ever-changing.

Check out some of the novelty tops that caught my eye.

 


 

Sporting a message that can be interpreted in multiple ways will keep people thinking.

 

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Photo Above Courtesy of studiolumiere1.tumblr.com

 

Start the day off by sharing some positive notes.

 

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Photo Courtesy of iamalexfinch.net

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You, me, Oui!  A play on words and sounds can be fun expressions.

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Photo courtesy of instagram.com/sanddi_lee

Want to add some written expressions into your style rotation? Check out these three contemporary designer finds.

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Flam Boy Ant Box Fit Short Sleeve Tee by Zoe Karssen Available at: www.zoekarssenshop.com for $81.

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Happy Bowery Tee by Textile Elizabeth And James Available at: www.shopbop.com for $92.

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Super Loved Muscle Tee by Current/Elliott Available at: www.neimanmarcus.com for $108.

 

— STORY BY MIN A. LEE

Feature image courtesy of stalman.com.

 

What It’s Like To Be an Asian American Living in Paris

 

Founder of the Asian American empowerment writing program Glamourbaby Diaries, Ruby Veridiano is fulfilling a dream as a fashion student living in the City of Lights. Here, she tells us what it’s like to be an Asian American living in Paris. 

I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that I’d ever have the opportunity to live in France. As the child of Filipino immigrants raised in a modest California town, I came from humble beginnings. Though I’d dreamed of living in Paris for many years, it seemed only a distant fantasy. Yet, as life has proven, no dream is too good to come true.

Over the past decade, I had invested my life in the nonprofit sector as an artist educator and girls’ empowerment champion. Through it all, I had never forgotten my first love: fashion. Last September, I serendipitously found a program at the American University of Paris that would allow me to merge my passion for social good with my love for fashion through a degree specializing in corporate social responsibility in the fashion and luxury industries. A few weeks later, I was accepted, and my whirlwind journey to France began. By January, I had officially become a fashion student and a formal resident of Paris. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

When I first arrived in Paris, I was awed by the romance and elegance of the city. Everything from the architecture to the food to the fashion was created in the spirit of exquisite beauty. In fact, all I saw during my first hour on the streets of Paris were well-tailored suits, plush furs and a sea of red-soled high heels in proper homage to Christian Louboutin. Having Paris as a classroom is pretty much the most exciting thing to happen to a fashion student.

 

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As I soon learned, the French art de vivre makes Americans seem like workaholic maniacs. French culture celebrates the ability to enjoy life, and that includes ensuring that work won’t detract from this pursuit. Dinner is enjoyed for hours to savor every taste, and meals are often gourmet heavens filled with artisanal cheeses and tastefully designed plates. And the wine! Red wines are so necessary to the French that they flow freely and endlessly.

Yet despite all the wonderful French food, a Filipina girl will always crave her rice, lumpia and, well, her community. Luckily, the biggest surprise I’ve gotten since moving here is that I can’t turn a street corner without seeing a Filipino person or hearing Tagalog. Since the Philippines has the largest domestic workforce in the world, Filipinos are everywhere, even in Paris.

In the 17th arrondissement, you can find groups of Filipina women gathering at Parc Monceau, a popular park in the city. Many of them came to France to pursue better working conditions and work as nannies for wealthy children. When speaking with one of them, I was saddened to hear how she has had to give up raising her own child for another, but she does it to ensure that she can take care of her family back home. This is the story many overseas Filipina workers share, and I deeply honor their sacrifice and resilience.

There are also Filipina and other Asian women who have grown up in France, and admittedly, it is strange to see that, although they look a lot like me, they speak a completely different language. And since Paris attracts visitors worldwide, it’s not uncommon to come across Asians with a diverse range of accents, ranging from Australian to British. Hands down, the biggest blessing of living internationally is witnessing how diverse our diaspora truly is.

 

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As I continue living out this dream, I’ve picked up a few favorite spots along the way. Here, some of the highlights of my Paris.

Chez Francis: Conveniently situated right in front of the Pont d’Alma bridge, the outdoor seating at this café guarantees a front row view of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River. A little pricey, but the view is worth it.

Palais Galliera: Paris is the fashion capital of the world, so it’s only right that you attend a fashion exhibit. Palais Galliera is home to the city’s most inspiring fashion curations. A must.

Lafayette Café: While you’re in the fashion mood, stop by one of the city’s largest department stores, Galeries Lafayette. You don’t have to shop, but you have to eat at the sixth floor café, which offers the best panoramic views of Paris.

Les Arts Décoratifs: Sure, the Louvre is famous, but the smaller museum to the left of it packs a pretty powerful punch, too. Come here to check out exhibits on decorative arts and design, including the works of legendary fashion designer Dries Van Noten.

 

 

Parc Monceau: All the runners come to Parc Monceau to jog, but as a Filipina, this place is crucial. Because many Filipinas congregate here, you can often find lumpia and Filipino treats for sale.

Rue Cler Market Street: A well-known cobblestone street near the Eiffel Tower, rue Cler boasts festive outdoor cafés, fromageries (cheese storefronts), flower shops and bakeries.

Le Refuge des Fondues: Situated at the top of Montmartre, a neighborhood that gives you a taste of old Paris, this place is unlike any other fondue experience — you’re required to climb on top of tables and drink wine out of baby bottles.

Les Cocottes de Christian Constant: Christian Constant is the Wolfgang Puck of France: a master chef with signature restaurants. Les Cocottes offers cozy fine dining with friendly service (a rarity in France) and the best caramel waffle dessert ever. After dinner, walk over to Champ de Mars, the park that surrounds the Eiffel Tower. If you time it right on the hour, you can watch the Tower sparkle.

Le 114: Set on a street where young Parisians go to party, 114 (“cent quatorze” in French) is my favorite place to dance and release that grad school stress. Come in your sneakers and prepare to let go, let loose and have fun!

Find out more about the author at rubyveridiano.com. 

 

— STORY BY RUBY VERIDIANO 

 

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here!

Move Over Harajuku Girl! The Kurogyaru Is the Latest Look Out of Japan

 

Ganguro is one of Tokyo’s most distinct fashion subcultures, which started in the mid-1990s and is well known for some key characteristics: dark tans, bleached hair and dramatic white makeup. Contrary to what some might think, the style originally came about in opposition of the traditional Japanese beauty standard of fair skin, dark hair and a fairly simple makeup look. In order to rebel against this singular idea of beauty, Ganguro decided to express themselves with an extreme style so as to make their message loud and clear that there are other ways to be beautiful. Though the Ganguro look had mostly faded away by the 2000s, a succeeding subculture, Kurogyaru (literal translation: black gals), is keeping the spirit alive and Black Diamond is at the forefront spreading the fashion style all over the world. We caught up with Black Diamond recently and got the scoop directly from them.

 

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Audrey Magazine: What inspired you to form the group, Black Diamond?

Black Diamond: We are all just a bunch of girls who love the Kurogyaru style. Our current manager originally wanted to publish a special edition magazine featuring Kurogyaru fashion, so he tried to bring people together which is how we got involved. Over time, we became a group and now we have more than 150 members in Japan.

AM: Although Ganguro is a trend from the mid-’90s, what made you want to revive it and get into the Kurogyaru style?

BD: As a group, our goal is to spread the Kurogyaru style. Ganguro has completely faded out and now Kurogyaru is a newer evolution of that subculture. We noticed that there aren’t many people dressing in this way, so we want to inspire people to enjoy Kurogyaru.

AM: What is the difference between Ganguro and Kurogyaru style?

BD: Ganguro is also known for the tanned skin, but other than that, we would say the styles are completely different. Ganguro makeup tends to be like heavy and white makeup around the eyes, but Kurogyaru is a lot more colorful. We have a more modern way of doing our makeup and hair, as well as clothing style.

 

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AM: What are your thoughts on the traditional Asian beauty standard of porcelain skin?

BD: We think that there’s nothing wrong with liking pale skin. We just happen to prefer darker skin and we hope people can see the beauty in that, too.

AM: So from your perspective, what is beauty?

BD: Beauty is … flashiness? Flashy hair, flashy clothes, flashy makeup, flashy nails? [Laughs] Beauty is dark skin and flashiness.

AM: How do you accomplish your daily look? How long does it take?

BD: Well, for makeup, we do it everyday obviously. [Laughs] Our outfits depend on our moods and the weather. Like today, Harutama (the one with blue hair) and Rise (the one with pink hair) coordinated together and did their hair like the popular Japanese characters Kiki and Lala [Little Twin Stars]. It really depends on each person, but on average, it takes us about one to two hours to get ready everyday.

AM: What is a must-have Kurogyaru item?

BD: A tanning bed. [Laughs] False eyelashes? Actually if we don’t have everything, the look just isn’t right. Every item is a must-have. [Laughs]

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AM: Black Diamond not only has members in Japan but overseas as well. How has your group grown internationally?

BD: The Internet. People saw and heard about us from the Internet and many people wanted to join our group from their home countries, so we have many subgroups in different regions of Japan and also in various parts of the world.

AM: Can you tell us about your ongoing or upcoming projects?

BD: We are working on starting our own clothing line. One of our greatest motivations is that there are many foreigners who are into Kurogyaru style and they cannot easily get the clothes or the right sizes, so we want to make our line more accessible for Kurogyaru fans internationally.

Kurogyaru are also known for their “para para” style of dancing. Check it out here:

 

 

For more information on Black Diamond, you can check out their Facebook page here.
–Story and photos by Mai Nguyen.

How Men REALLY Feel About Trading Bachelorhood For Married Life; Columnist Paul Nakayama Spills All

In his regular column for Audrey Magazine, published in the Summer 2014 issue, Paul Nakayama talks about dismantling the man cave and other life changes he’ll have to make as he (finally!) bids farewell to bachelorhood. 

 

In my 20s and early 30s, I did my share of dating. Mind you, I didn’t have one night stands or a monthly swap-out of girls, but rather a steady string of long-term, monogamous relationships. I was generally considered a Nice Guy, and while Nice Guys do often finish last, I met some Nice Girls who found me at the finish line. But then I debunked the myth about Nice Guys being nice, and when things got hard I ended up screwing up the relationship. Now after a few years of mostly being single, I’m hanging up my bachelor hat again. I’ve met an amazing girl who makes it seem easy — I mean not easy easy — but easy. In fact, it’ll be the first time I live with a woman other than family. And therein lies my new dilemma: as I approach 40, I’ve kinda settled into the bachelor life.

For example, I’m a writer and I tend to keep graveyard hours — less people to bother you at night and it doesn’t seem so weird to drink during work. While most of the world is sleeping, I’m sitting at my computer thinking of new ways for evil masterminds to destroy the world or, in my most ironic of gigs, doling out really bad relationship advice to all of you. For a few more months, my girl is in Japan so our hours coincide. When I go to bed around 8 a.m., it’s midnight over there. But when we start living together, I have to start functioning like a normal human being. She even says that I need to be under the sun occasionally, despite my complaints that it’d be impossible to look at my iPhone or iPad and then I’d spontaneously combust from digital withdrawal.

I’m also deprogramming my brain and eyes to not check out girls anymore at restaurants and bars. After years of conscious and subconscious honing of my babe radar, I realize I’ll need some time to shut it off. It’s certainly not a deliberate action when I leer at a girl, particularly one that is exposed to the elements, but I don’t want to risk having my girl think I have eyes for anyone but her. To counter the programming in my internal detection systems, I have started to spend a lot more time reading menus, counting ceiling/floor tiles, staring deep into my girl’s eyes without blinking and ignoring all peripheral motion. Sadly, the only thing that seems to work well is to take excessive photos of my food and drinks. And my leftovers and empty dishes even.

 

 

The biggest visible change is probably going to be the dismantling of my man cave. Over the years, I’ve collected a serious treasure trove of video games, comics, DVDs, books, CDs and geeky art prints — and I love all of it. I can’t just abandon them when I make a new friend. That would just be wrong. But spatially there’s no way for her and her supposedly essential goods, like clothes, to fit into my apartment with all of my stuff. So in trying to be a good, accommodating boyfriend, I’ve come up with an alternate plan. I’ve studied the blueprints, sketched out some ideas and will be constructing a secret man cave by tearing down a wall in the broom closet. That way I can sneak in a few minutes here and there to spend with my precious lovelies. UPDATE: I was informed by my neighbor that he doesn’t appreciate me busting a hole into his living room; he said I was encroaching on his personal space. I suppose he may have a point, but I think that’s why he doesn’t have friends.

Speaking of living together, I’m told it takes a system of compromise and sharing to make it work. I’ve heard a competing theory that it’s more about giving up all personal freedoms and just saying yes. But let’s operate off an optimistic presumption for now. That means that I probably can’t watch Game of Thrones in my underwear while swinging a sword anymore. (I’ll try subtly tossing out the idea, but I have my doubts.) It means I’ll have to give her at least half of the DVR space, which is why I’m convinced that most BitTorrents are downloaded by husbands and boyfriends and not cheapskates. Meals will now have to be more nutritious than my usual fare of beer, steak and Red Vines. I’ll now have to take my music playlists more seriously and not “experiment” with One Direction and Taylor Swift songs … or maybe include more 1D and Taylor. Or something. I don’t know what the “good” boyfriends are doing these days.

I’m sure there’s a lot more to consider in the days ahead. I’m getting all of the cautionary tales from my friends, and there are a lot of them. But somehow, I’m still really excited. I’m looking forward to having a partner in my life. You know, someone to watch movies with or have spontaneous cocktails with or share my meals with, other than my pal Netflix. Someone to bring me toilet paper instead of having to waddle into the hallway. You know, really romantic stuff that’ll change my life for the better. Thankfully, I’ve been writing these columns for Audrey for 10 years now, talking about my bachelor life, so I’ve got a whole record of how I’ve messed up with girls … and I can save all my successes for this one.

 

— STORY BY PAUL NAKAYAMA

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here. 

Calling All Fashion Minimalists: Designer Ann Kim Proves Less Is More

 

By chance, I stumbled upon an amazing 14 karat gold cuff featuring a black diamond by Andy Heart and Mirlo New York, and I decided to do a little research about who was behind this basic yet stunning design. What I found was the addictive style blog of Los Angeles-based designer, Ann Kim, whose fashion preferences are a minimalist’s heaven.

Simplicity is a key element that has continued since her very first posts. Her style isn’t dictated by fast changing trends, but rather by her own personal preference for impeccable tailored fits and all things black. If there is one thing I must note, I love that she never over-accessorizes. Kim proves that less is truly more.

 

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I love Kim’s straight forward ensembles. Head-to- toe in black can flatter any figure or skin tone.

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Uncomplicated accessories give off an elegant appearance even with the tough details of a biker jacket.

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A timeless look that is perfect for being outdoors in the heat with its tastefully cut draping.

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Finally, the cuff that started it all. This collaboration piece between Kim and Mirlo New York can be found at Sweetheartsociety.com for $585.

 

– STORY BY MIN A. LEE

All photos courtesy of Andyheart.com

 

“Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills”‘s Dorothy Wang: A Peek Into the Life of a Billionairess

 

For most of us, we can only dream of what it would be like to win the Powerball lottery or to be whisked away on a private jet to a private island, but that’s truly the fabulous life of billionairess Dorothy Wang, one of the stars on the E! reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. Growing up as the daughter of Roger Wang, CEO of Golden Eagle International Group, which, among other things, owns a Chinese mall chain, Wang rarely heard the word “no.” “I’ve never been put on a budget because I’ve never needed to [be],” says Wang, who nonetheless says she does get a nudge from her parents about her spending every now and then. “There’s a constant ‘well, just try harder next month.’”

Self-described as ‘funemployed,’ Wang lives a socialite’s dream, most recently partying at Coachella with the likes of Paris Hilton. Though she doesn’t need to work, when she’s not shooting for the show, she keeps to a structured morning routine to keep her productive. She spends a good hour and a half each morning answering emails and organizing her day from her office — in bed. “I prefer to not start my day until at least 1 p.m., so I can have my ‘me’ time,” says Wang. Currently, she’s working on her website and a few product lines. “I want to do things that are nice and high-end, but at the same time, I want every high-end collection to have a line that is more affordable,” she says. “I love bathrobes, and so I want to do a type of robe line, at different price points.”

 

 

With not much of an appetite in the morning, her breakfast usually consists of hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar because “it’s good for your skin and it’s supposed to make your metabolism move faster.” Add in five almonds, a teaspoon of chia seeds and a handful of blueberries and there you have the Dorothy Wang breakfast. Oh, and if she’s super hungry? Wang says, “I’ll push it to six almonds.”

As expected, her closet is a mass of shoes — every girl’s fantasy and her housekeeper’s worst nightmare. “Every time I want to get ready, I have to look through all of these shoeboxes, and there are lids and shoes everywhere in my room. Sometimes I can hear [my housekeeper] when she comes into my room after I get ready and she gasps,” says Wang. With at least 50 pairs of heels just to start, she says that her go-to daytime look is comfortable and casual with Chanel flats or motorcycle boots. When she’s ready to glam it up for a night on the town, her faves are Christian Louboutin and Gianvito Rossi. When asked how many Hermès Birkin bags she owns, she responds, “That’s something I can’t reveal, but it’s getting up there.”

With more than 352,000 followers and mostly selfies posted on her Instagram account (she considers herself a master of the art form), it’s no surprise that Wang got the attention of casting director Doron Ofir (Jersey Shore), who approached her about being on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. Wang brought in an instant cast with her best friend, Morgan, and her boyfriend, real estate whiz Brendan; songwriter Jonny and interior designer Roxanne. “We’ve literally known each other for at least six or seven years,” says Wang, describing the show “as more Clueless and less Mean Girls.

 

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Take an episode in the first season, when Wang and Jonny get into a tiff when he finds out he can’t participate in a blood drive Wang is hosting because he’s gay. In a heated discussion, Jonny tells her she wouldn’t understand as she’s not a “minority.” Wang, incredulous, gestures to her face. “I’m Chinese!” she responds. When asked how she feels about being in the public eye as an Asian American, she says she feels honored, but admits it’s not always as easy as it looks. “I’m the first to admit that maybe I’m not the best example of every Asian American person out there,” says Wang. “Maybe I’m not the way that everyone wants to be represented, but at least I am an Asian face that will hopefully open up the scope [of what] people see.”

Season 2 of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills premiered on E! just earlier this month.

 

– STORY BY LORNA SOONHEE UMPHREY 

 

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here. 

 

 

Why Do Asians Throw Up The V-Sign In Photos? Finally, An Explanation

Ever wondered why in photos, East Asians always make the ubiquitous V-sign? (Also known as the peace sign or “fob sign.”)

According to Time, the hand gesture entered mainstream consciousness through the 1968 manga Star of the Giants (Kyojin no Hoshi), which follows a young baseball player with father issues. Before a big game, the dad throws his son a “V” sign as a gesture of approval. The volleyball manga V Is the Sign (Sain wa V!) was created after that.

But the V-sign didn’t become popular until American figure skater Janet Lynn performed her long program at the Olympics in Sapporo, Japan in 1972. The shaggy-haired 18-year-old, heavily favored for the gold medal, collapsed on the ice after failing to land on a jump. But instead of frowning, Lynn sprang back on her feet and smiled. People in Japan were in awe. “They could not understand how I could smile knowing that I could not win anything,” Lynn, who took a bronze medal, told Time. “I couldn’t go anywhere the next day [in Japan] without mobs of people. It was like I was a rock star.” During media tours around Japan, she would flash the V-sign, and a cultural phenomenon was born.

 

In the next decade, Japan’s pop culture flooded across East Asia, much like Korea’s Hallyu Wave that we’re seeing today. The V-sign became cool and fashionable in South Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Since then, flashing the V-sign in photos has become second nature.

“I think the practice is a testament to the power of media, especially television, in postwar japan for propagating news tastes and practices,” Jason Karlin, an associate professor at the University of Tokyo and an expert on Japanese media culture, told Time. “The V-sign was [and still is] often recommended as a technique to make girls’ faces appear smaller and cuter.”

STORY BY STEVE HAN

This story was originally published in iamkoream.com.

Hollis Wong-Wear’s Crazy Fear, Bad Habit and New The Flavr Blue Video

 

You may remember Hollis Wong-Wear from our Spring 2014 issue. Although she was first known as “that girl singing the hook in ‘White Walls’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis,” in a matter of months, she has quickly created a name for herself escalating her far beyond just “that girl.”

Hollis’s collaborations with Macklemore and Lewis were undeniably successful and she became one of the few Asian American women rappers in the Seattle music scene. But instead of continuing on the expected R&B/hip-hop route, Hollis is going synth-pop with her band The Flavr Blue.

 

 

“I’ve never felt like I fit into a box, so I’m always pushing myself to be daring and different,” Hollis told us in the interview. “In the seven years that I’ve been making music, I’ve done rap, R&B, dance/electronic music and super lounge-y soul. I’ve sung in a jazz quartet. I’m way more motivated to do something I’ve never done before than to perfect one particular type of music.”

Well, she certainly caught our attention with her hypnotic sound in The Flavr Blue’s “We Can Go Blind” music video, which was released earlier this summer. The song, off The Flavr Blue’s latest Bright Vices EP, “is haunting and heartfelt, aching and ephemeral, a song that I’m proud of and a video I’m *extremely* proud of,” says Hollis. Check it out below.

In the meantime, a quick peek into the everyday life of Hollis.

Full name: Hollis Audrey Wong-Wear

Age: ’87 baybee

Ethnic background: Hong Kongese + White

Where you were born? Petaluma, CA

Where you were raised? North Bay Areuhh

Your go-to karaoke song? “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal

Last time you cried? I cried just a little bit watching Beyonce do her thing at Safeco Field on Wednesday for “On The Run.” Just a lil’.

What always makes you laugh? Mitch Hedberg

Your go-to comfort food? Noodles of any kind!

Last thing you ate? A banana.

Currently on “repeat” on your ipod? Wut iPod? I have Mapei’s “Wait” stuck in my head!

A guilty pleasure you don’t feel guilty about? Working from bed :)

Current favorite place? Mmm … Seattle in the summertime!

Favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise? Coffee

Current obsessions? Seinabo Sey and FARIS jewelry

Pet peeve? ccing instead of bccing on email

Habit I need to break? Biting my nails :/

Hidden talent? Remarkably adroit whistler

Talent you’d like to have? Fluency in Spanish and Cantonese

 Word or phrase you most overuse? “crackin'”

Most treasured possession? The dress by Mark Mitchell that I wore to the Grammys (CHECK IT OUT HERE!)

Greatest fear? An oversized moth :/

Motto? Why not?

What’s cool about being Asian? Being part of the diaspora, culturally interconnected with people across the globe. What’s cool about being Chinese is internalized astronomical expectations and dim sum.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what occupation would you be doing? Trying to make it as a journalist or getting my PhD in cultural studies.

 

 

An Adorable Dog Shopkeeper, China’s McDonalds Meat Scandal, and Other MUST READS OF THE WEEK

1) This adorable dog is our most favorite shopkeeper in all of Japan (READ HERE)

 

2) SHOCKING: Australian couple abandons their baby after discovering he has down syndrome, leaves baby with Thai surrogate. (READ HERE)

 

3) An in-depth look into the internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii (READ HERE)

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4) Meet the newest K-drama star: Sazal Kim, a.k.a Sazal Mahamud (and yes, he’s Bangladeshi) (READ HERE)

 

5) An inspiring update from conjoined twins who were separated 10 years ago (READ HERE)

 

6) You may not want to know why China’s McDonalds had to stop serving hamburgers (READ HERE)

 

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7) The harsh reality of trying to become a K-pop star (READ HERE)

 

8) Get to know volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova who is apparently so beautiful, she is now a viral sensation  (READ HERE)

 

9) First their were cat cafes, then there were vampire cafes. Now you can line up for Japan’s new Owl-cafe (READ HERE)

 

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10) These peaches wearing sexy underwear kinda give us the creeps (READ HERE