The Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Mixes Our Two Favorites: Hello Kitty and Food

 

November is finally here! Aside from the countless pies you’ll consume during Thanksgiving, there’s another reason for you to be excited this month: November is Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary!

There have already been multiple ways to celebrate the creation of our beloved Sanrio character. Hello Kitty has collaborated with everyone from Vans to Sephora to bring you limited-edition Hello Kitty items. You also could check out Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. This is the first large-scale Hello Kitty museum in the United States and it will be up until April 26, 2015. Most exciting of all, some of you celebrated our favorite Sanrio character this past weekend at the world’s first ever Hello Kitty Con.

If you missed the Hello Kitty Con or simply feel the need to celebrate more, don’t you worry. One other way you can celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary is with the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt.

 

 

You read that correctly. This event mixes two of our most favorite things: Hello Kitty and food. For a limited time, various restaurants and dessert spots are participating in #HelloKittyHungryHunt .

Each location offers a limited edition Hello Kitty themed food or beverage item as well as a collectible Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt enamel pin exclusive to each location. Locations include Cafe Dulce, Lollicup and Seoul Sausage. For a full list of participating locations, click here.

The Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt began on October 24th, but it’s not too late! The hunt will continue until November 21st. Be sure to take part in the hunt will supplies last!

 

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Collectible Pins.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Collectible Pins.

 

 

Feature image courtesy of sprudge.com.

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist? Use This Handy Chart To Find Out!

 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to Halloween costumes. You can be a cat, a superhero, even a banana! We personally don’t care how silly, scary or sexy your costume is, but we will care if your costume is racist.

Many people don’t even seem to recognize when they’re wearing a controversial costume. They simply see Halloween as an opportunity to be someone else for a night. But that’s the problem, you can’t be someone else for a night. As Huffington Post explains:

“Borrowing from another culture is most problematic when it plucks from a minority group (especially one that has been exploited or otherwise oppressed). Using aspects of another culture from a position of privilege is a means of additional exploitation in that it disregards the shared experiences that led to the development of the culture in question and uses ideas and traditions for their benefit.”

 

And trust us, we’ve seen some pretty insensitive ones over the years. Just check out these three guys who decided to be the Asiana Airlines flight attendants after crashing the plane.

 

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So if you’re confused about whether or not you’re wearing something insensitive tonight, we’re here to help. College humor created this handy flowchart for anyone that can’t figure out if their costume is racist. Check it out below:

 

Video of Talented Japanese Drummer Senri Kawaguchi Goes Viral

 

This past summer, S. White, a Taiwanese jazz drummer and street performer, stole everyone’s heart with her impressive drumming skills and adorable head-bobbing. Well, it looks like she’s not the only one gaining attention for her drumming!

A video of Senri Kawaguchi playing along to “Jinshin War” by Kawaguchi Chisato has been going viral. Many people claim she is more talented than most professional drummers and she has mastered quite a unique technique. Most impressive of all? Kawaguchi is only 16-years-old.

So how exactly does a teenager get to be so talented? Well apparently Kawaguchi was only 5-years-old when she first picked up drumsticks. By the time she was eight, she was receiving lessons from famed Japanese drummers.

Since then, she’s kept herself quite busy with her passion. She performed with rock band Nokemono before she became a teenager, landed endorsement deals with Yamaha and Zildjian, received awards in the “Rhythm & Drums Magazine” contest, appeared on a number of television shows, released her debut DVD “Horoscope,” and is currently touring with idol group E-Girls.

Check out the viral video for yourself and tell us what you think!

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Adorable Asian Babies in Halloween Costumes

 

This Halloween #TBT is quite possibly one of our very favorites! Even if you’re not a big fan of Halloween, you’re sure to be a fan of these cuties who are all dressed up and ready for for trick-or-treating.  

 

October is in the air. Shops are packed with pumpkin-flavored everything, the cold weather is creeping its way into our nights and stores are stocking up to prepare for the long-awaited holiday. So what does this mean for us? Fun-sized candy bars, fake spiderwebs and (much to our delight) halloween costumes galore.

Last year, we brought you the Adorable Asian Baby Overload. With Halloween tomorrow, we found it only appropriate to bring you the Halloween Costume Edition of Adorable Asian Babies. After all, what can possibly be cuter than an adorable Asian baby? An adorable Asian baby in a costume, of course! Here are some of our favorites. Feel free to show us any cuties that deserve to be on this list.

 


 

The baby from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
 
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The happiest baby monkey you’ll ever find.
 
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The “Oh, I’m a panda!” baby.
 
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The baby who’s clearly a strong, hammer-wielding god.
 
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The lost baby penguin.
 
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The cutest baby ewok ever. EVER.
 
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The baby who can beat you up.
 
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The very-serious-about-his-cosplay Naruto baby.
 
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The tiny Totoro.
 
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The GIANT Totoro.
 
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Baby Kiki and her Delivery Service.
 
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Baby Chun Li…
 
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…and her twin sister.
 

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What could be cuter than this little Mario?
 
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Little Mario and Luigi!
 
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A baby Cheeseburger that doesn’t seem to know what’s going on.
 
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A baby lobster that knows exactly what’s going on.
 
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Lots and lots…
 
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.. of adorable..
 
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.. BABY SUHSI!
 
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Last, but certainly not least is the baby who doesn’t care what holiday you think it is.
 
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5 Reasons You Should Watch A James Wan Film This Halloween

Don’t know who James Wan is? Well you certainly ought to change that.

Responsible for films such as Insidious, The Conjuring, and the Saw franchise, James Wan has been shaping our nightmares for years now. The 36-year-old Chinese Australian filmmaker is overlooked far more than he should be. Many people know his films and yet they don’t know the man behind them.

At the young age of 11, Wan was already well-aware that he wanted to be a filmmaker. After he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, he instantly went on to make films with a fellow aspiring filmmaker, Leigh Whannell. The two have collaborated with one another for a handful of films which just so happen to be perfect for Halloween.

We encourage you to sit down with some popcorn, a protective blanket and a James Wan film of your choice. Here’s five reasons why James Wan should be part of you Halloween this year:

 


 

1. He understands that given the right setting, a doll can be our worst nightmare.
No seriously, these things are creepy.

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2. He understands the power of Audio.

Watch a James Wan film at the theaters and you surely won’t be disappointed with the audio. Many scenes use it very tactfully like this one from Insidious:

And lets not forget the way he manages to make a simple title score terrifying while it’s blasted at you in full volume:

 


 

3. Why yes, creatures that pop up at us are frightening. 

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4. He understands that sometimes “less is more.”

Don’t get me wrong. Wan is brilliant at scary images that stay in your head in the worst way possible, but he understands that there needs to be variety.

He can take a little girl pointing at a wall and horrify you. He can allude to a scary flashback without ever showing what happened, but still give you the creeps. Wan understands that sometimes, our own imagination can be much worse than anything he shows.

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5. He makes you care about his characters and his storyline.

You may have turned away from the stomach-churning gore in Saw, but you have to admit, the movie got you thinking. He made sure you paid attention and ended up questioning whether or not you would be able to do the same thing. Would you make the same mistakes?

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Often times, a horror film flaw is that we simply don’t care about the characters. We’re afraid for death itself, but we don’t actually know too much about the people who are about to die or worse, they take on stereotypical “scary movie” personas. Wan very tastefully avoids this mistake with a simple method: He makes you actually like his characters. You end up hoping for a happy ending and it makes you more invested in the film itself.

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So take it from us and make sure Wan is part of your holiday. Happy Halloween everyone!

 

 

 

This story was originally published in 2013 as “Top 5 Ways James Wan Has Mastered Scary Films.” It has been republished just in time for Halloween.  

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Product Round Up

 

 

October is coming to a close, so if you have not yet found a way to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now’s your chance! National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 to increase awareness of the disease, help raise funds for research and create aid for those who are currently being treated.

As you probably already know, there are a number of ways to support this international health campaign. First of all, you can schedule a check up and make sure you are taking the proper steps in detecting the disease. You can then donate directly to NBCF, join countless marathons and fundraisers, and volunteer to help educate others.

Today, we’re looking into another way to support the campaign: BCAM products. You’ve probably noticed pink items everywhere this month and even if you’re not a fan of pink, don’t overlook them! Countless companies have created products specifically for BCAM and a portion of the profits are donated to various breast cancer organizations.

We stumbled upon quite a number of BCAM products and we’re here to bring you our most favorite picks.

 


 

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Murad’s Hydrate for Hope Set

Description: This limited edition set features Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture, a moisturizer that hydrates and restores natural smoothness, as well as a beautiful two-toned pink cosmetic bag. The design on the cosmetic bag “features a fabric print of Dr. Murad’s original art lined inside to encourage unbridled creativity and reinforce the link between beautiful skin and a connection with your life’s passion.”

Organization: 10% of profits will be donated to City of Hope’s breast and women’s cancers research, treatment and education programs. City of Hope is recognized for it’s medical care, innovative science and translational research.

Price: $49.50

WE TRIED IT! : As someone with sensitive skin, I am always hesitant to try new creams and moisturizers, but the Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture is extremely light and gentle. My skin was noticeably softer to the touch directly after application. Aesthetically, the cream container and the limited edition the cosmetic bag was gorgeous.
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Mixture BCA Products 

Description: Mixture has created a number of hand-crafted products specifically for breast cancer awareness month. The 4oz soap bar is created with a blend of goats milk, shea butter, olive oil and aloe. The adorable 2oz soy wax candles burn for over 20 hours. There are over 80 scents available including the new fitting fragrance, HOPE

Organization: 30% of proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen For The Cure. The organization educates and supports research towards breast cancer. They also provide financial and emotional assistance for those in need. The official website states, “In a broader sense, we empower others, ensure quality care for all, and invest in science to find the cures.”

Price: $6 – $8

WE TRIED IT! : Mixture products make quite the first impression. Everything is packaged in recycled materials in order to preserve the environment. Then, the second you open the package, you will instantly get caught up in the smells. The candles do not need to be lighted to give off the strong scents. Let’s not forget to mention that the handcrafted products are great to look at.

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Avon Breast Cancer Crusade — Anew Vitale Day & Night Cream

Description: A day and night cream that works together to uplift the face. The day cream helps strengthen skin to fight the signs of aging while the night cream helps refresh skin overnight to fight the signs of dullness and fatigue. Sold separately.

Organization: These creams are part of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade which are pink ribbon products that aim to raise funds and breast cancer awareness. With every cream purchased, a $5 donation will be made towards the Avon Foundation for Women which has created breast cancer programs in over 50 countries.

Price: $28 each

WE TRIED IT : Because I am still in my mid-20’s, I can’t say that I saw a drastic change in signs of aging. However, I can say that the cream definitely helped my skin feel refreshed and hydrated. As you can see, the jars themselves are stunning to look at.

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Earth Therapeutics Anti-Stress Microwaveable Sinus Pillow & Aloe Moisture Socks

Description: Feel-good products designed to bring calm and comfort to the mind and body. The conveniently-sized pillow relieves sinus headaches, tension and stress by being placed on the eyes and forehead. The pillow may be cooled or microwaved to achieve desired temperature. Additionally, the super plush socks are infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to replenish dry skin.

OrganizationEarth Therapeutics is a proud supporter of The National Breast Cancer Foundation.  A portion of proceeds from all BCA products is donated towards the cause.

Price: Anti-Stress Microwaveable Sinus Pillow, $12.99; Aloe Moisture Socks – 2 Pack, $11.99

WE TRIED IT! : If you’re a fan of comfort and anything soft and soothing, you must try Earth Therapeutics products. Perfect for the chill of fall, these extremely plush products are must-haves. My feet haven’t felt so comfortable in years.

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Think Pink With JULIAN CHANG

Description: For all of October, any pink product purchased will be 20% off!

Organization: 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Price: Varies

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Golden Thread Jewelry

Description: Customizable, hand made jewelry that bring together personalization and style with new trends and timeless classics.  Founder Jennifer Welker focuses on quality, innovation, sophistication and affordable style.

Organization: During the month of October, 20% of proceeds from the below Golden Thread styles will be donated to Susan G. Komen to help fund research and raise awareness for breast cancer.

Price:
Golden Thread Large Gold Disc with Initials and a Diamond, $1,360
Golden Thread Antique Gold Awareness Ribbon, $40
Golden Thread Single Pink Jade Necklace, $50
Golden Thread Blush Pink Necklace, $50

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Lemon

Description: “The ultimate legwear for the Modern woman.” Lemon offers tights, leggings, socks, slippers and mukluks which the mixes the fun aesthetics of youthful leggings with the sophistication of designer hosiery.

Organization: 25% of proceeds will be donated to Lolly’s Locks, an organization which provides high-quality wigs for cancer patients suffering hair loss as an effect of chemotherapy, and are unable to afford them.

Price: $30

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“Here in America, We Don’t Eat Turtles and Frogs”: Chinatown Tour Guide Apologizes For Racist Rant

 

You may have seen the viral video which shows a tour guide giving a description of San Francisco’s Chinatown to a number of individuals aboard a tour bus. Doesn’t sound like footage that would go viral? Well that’s because when I say she gave “a description” of Chinatown, I actually mean she gave a drunken, angry rant full of racism and profanity.

The video, which was shot by a German tourist on the double decker bus, shows the tour guide explaining that it is her last day on the job. Apparently, she thought the perfect way to celebrate this occasion was to drop the F-bomb all over the city. After watching her controversial performance, we’re going to go ahead and say she’s not a fan Chinatown.

 

 

Unsurprisingly, it’s a two way street — Chinatown is not a fan of the racist tour guide either. A rally was held at the Portsmouth Square which allowed citizens to voice their opinion on the racist rant. Sue Lee of the Chinese Historical Society of America spoke out about her disappointment in the tour guide for turning to racism to entertain the bus riders, her disappointment in the applause the tour guide received at the end of her rant and (most importantly) her disappointment that no one stood up to say something.

 

 

In response, the tour guide, who remains anonymous, spoke out to say she was not drunk and was simply doing a “satirical comedic portion of the tour.” She contacted San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu and said “I thought that I could bend the rules. I thought that I could be a little outrageous, and it was something that went way too far.”

Many do not believe she was simply trying to be comedic. However, Chiu recognizes the importance of the tour guide taking responsibility for her inappropriate actions. In a Facebook post, he wrote:

“She also apologized and seemed to be coming to an understanding that her comments were not “satirical” or “comedic” but were instead incredibly harmful and offensive. I don’t know the woman’s name or her phone number but she said she was going to call me back today to talk about what she can start to do to make amends to the Chinatown community and all of San Francisco. I’m glad she’s starting to come forward and realize she needs to take responsibility for her actions.”

 

 

 

 

Update on Nina Pham: The Nurse Who Beat Ebola

 

When 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham contracted the Ebola virus from her patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, it seemed like all of America entered a state of panic. After all, Pham was the very first person to ever contract the deadly virus on U.S. soil.

But now it seems those same panicked individuals are letting out a sigh of relief. The brave Texas nurse is officially virus-free.

On Friday morning, the National Institutes of Health confirmed that Pham no longer tested positive for Ebola. Pham was given multiples tests to make sure she was virus-free before being discharged from the hospital. After five consecutive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which tested negative for Ebola, doctors were confident that she was no longer infectious.

“I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham told reporters in front of the National Institutes of Health facility. “Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team.”

 

 

If any more proof is needed to show that Pham is indeed virus-free, President Barack Obama met Pham in the Oval Office to give her a big hug.

“I think hope just went up a notch today by the fact that we are all here to celebrate the recovery of a patient who was afflicted with a disease that is obviously very serious,” said National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins.

“Although I no longer have Ebola, I know that it may be awhile before I have my strength back,” Pham said. “So with gratitude and respect for everyone’s concern, I ask for my privacy and for my family’s privacy to be respected as I return to Texas and try to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog, Bentley.”

 

 

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Americans Taste Japanese Kit Kats and Immediately Fall In Love

 

When we saw the title to one of Buzzfeed‘s latest videos, we admit, we were a bit apprehensive. You can’t blame us though. Their new video “Americans Try Exotic Japanese Kit Kats” sounds awfully familiar to another video they made earlier this year titled “Americans Taste Exotic Asian Food.” Although exposure to Asian food is always appreciated, we were definitely left feeling uncomfortable with the reactions (or rather, overreactions) to Asian food. We basically watched four minutes of gagging and food spitting.

In their defense, these taste testers were given dishes such as chicken feet and developing duck embryo. Many commenters angrily pointed out that Buzzfeed chose Asia’s scariest dishes just to get a bad reaction.

Well, it seems Buzzfeed definitely listened to their viewers! Instead of scavenging Asia for the most unpleasant looking food, they instead turned to something many of us are familiar with and even love: Kit Kats.

Of course, these are no ordinary Kit Kats. We’re accustomed to a Kit Kat’s crunchy wafer covered in milk chocolate, but Japanese Kit Kats come in countless flavors. The taste testers tried everything from apple to tea-flavored Kit Kats.

Sure enough, the taste-testers had no hesitation when it came to trying the sweets. They reacted with absolute delight and proved that yes, Asian food and snacks can be delicious.

 

Top Stories of the Week: More Asians in Comics, Nina Pham’s Ebola Update and The Inspiring Malala Yousafzai

1) Marvel’s Newest Superhero Is An Asian American Woman (READ HERE

 

 

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2) Update on Nina Pham: The U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus From Patient (READ HERE

 

 

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3) ASIANS IN COMICS: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 (READ HERE

 

 

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4) Filipino Basketball Prodigy Kobe Paras Commits to UCLA, Gains Thousands of Fans (READ HERE

 

 


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5) Top 10 Reasons Malala Yousafzai Is An Inspiration (READ HERE