MUST SEE: Korean Phone Conversations Become Impressive A Cappella Piece

Sitting next to strangers on a bus, train or subway can be uncomfortable. Even worse, if they start having personal phone conversations, you may find yourself annoyed, frustrated and ready to stare daggers at them. While these reactions are pretty common, we’re going to bet that you never thought a public transit phone conversation could be beautiful.

Until now.

The Korean collaborative project called Project SH released a video of one of the most unexpected and entertaining a cappella pieces we’ve laid eyes on.

The video begins with 5 individuals who, except for the sleeping man in the middle, all enter a phone conversation. The first girl is speaking to her mother, the man next to her is speaking to his boss, the next woman may be speaking to her ex-boyfriend and the man to the far right is assumed to be a student.

As you can expect, their conversations are all quite different. Despite the very different lives of these passengers, they are all able to harmonize lovely together even though they’re merely saying phrases like “I’ll be home for dinner.” Trust us. Eavesdropping on a conversation has never been this entertaining.

This “unintentional” a cappella performance will be the best two minutes of your day. Don’t believe us? Check out the video below and be sure to support Project SH through their official website, their Facebook page and their YouTube channel.

 



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Reality Check: Mulan’s Unhappily Ever After

If there’s one thing we can count on when it comes to classic Disney fairy tales, it’s the “happily ever after.” Snow White gets her Prince Charming, Simba reclaims his kingdom and even the Toy Story gang finds a new kid.

We expect the magic and the love, but do we ever expect Disney movies to be realistic? Nope, absolutely not.

This is probably why animation storyboard artist Jeff Hong has gathered quite a bit of attention for himself with his series called “Disney Unhappily Ever After.” In the series, Hong puts beloved Disney characters through a reality check. The characters endure various environmental, social and even political circumstances that we face as human beings.

Just take a look at Hong’s re-imagined image of Mulan. The threat to her country is no longer the Huns. Instead, Mulan sports a surgical mask to remind us of the dangerous smog conditions in China.

Hong very powerfully reminds us that just last year, the city of Harbin had air pollution that was 40 times higher than the international safety standard set by the World Health Organization. These extreme conditions have caused children as young as 8-years-old to get lung cancer and netizens have even begun to imagine how the deteriorating air quality will affect human survival.

By using Disney characters, Hong very successfully points out the realities of our own world. “The idea just popped in my head to put Disney princesses into environments that they wouldn’t be associated with,” Hong told The Huffington Post. “Once I started putting them together, I realized a lot of social issues that are always important to me could be woven in as well. I think that’s what has made it really successful and a bit controversial as well, so I’m glad it has started debates and discussions on the issues of racism, animal abuse, drugs, etc.”

Check out more of “Disney Unhappily Ever After” below and visit the official tumblr here.

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Is “Anti-Rape Underwear” The Right Answer?

A New York company called AR Wear hopes to bring confidence and protection to women everywhere. How does one do such a thing? With anti-rape underwear, of course.

Now the harder question is how does one create such a product? AR Wear wanted to make a line of anti-rape underwear that would be comfortable, but protective at the same time. They describe their creation below:

The waist, thighs, and central panels are protected with specially designed, cut resistant straps and webbing. Once the waist girth has been adjusted and secured with its unique locking device, the garment cannot be pulled down. Since a female’s waist measurement is generally less than that of her pelvic area, the waist strap can be locked at a comfortable position and still prevent unwanted removal of the garment. The thigh straps, after an initial adjustment by the wearer, prevent the leg openings from being lifted or shifted to the sides by someone else. The center panels are connected to both the waist and thigh straps to create a unified protective skeletal structure.

 

The product will come in various styles and is even available as running shorts, traveling shorts, etc.

Its clear to see that the company means well and has the best of intentions, but their product has already gathered quite a lot of negative criticism.

AR Wear specifies that “The only one responsible for a rape is the rapist and AR Wear will not solve the fundamental problem that rape exists in our world. Only by raising awareness and education, as well as bringing rapists to justice, can we all hope to eventually accomplish the goal of eliminating rape as a threat to both women and men.” They even point out that their product aims for girls to have “more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault.”

Some say that this still misses the point. Those who disagree with AR Wear claim that the product reinforces the idea that women are still ultimately responsible for rape. Instead of creating a product which stops men from raping women, we’ve created a  product which may or may not make rape a little bit more difficult for a man.

Others claim that AR Wear is flawed in its marketing and choice of words. Thinkprogress.org points out the underwear is marketed with the line “for when things go wrong.” They argue that such a tagline suggests rape is an accident.

AR Wear claims, “A woman or girl who is wearing one of our garments will be sending a clear message to her would-be assailant that she is NOT consenting. We believe that this undeniable message can help to prevent a significant number of rapes.” However, Thinkprogress.org argues that most people who commit rape are not innocently confused about their actions. They are aware of what they are doing despite any clear messages.

We can’t help but think of a similar tactic from a product in China.

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These hairy stockings were created to try and prevent rape as well. The theory behind this is that men would be so disgusted by the appearance of the users legs that they wouldn’t want to continue with the rape.

Admittedly, we were appalled by these. Doesn’t this product simply encourage the idea that rape is dependent on how a woman dresses and looks? Doesn’t this suggest that women should not dress in what makes them feel good or powerful and should instead be mindful or else rape is their fault?

If anti-rape underwear is so similar to these appalling stockings, is it the wrong answer as well? Tell us what you think.



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Asians in Fashion: Hailee Steinfeld for NYLON

In just a handful of years, Hailee Steinfeld has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with. The 17-year-old actress, who is part Filipino, was throne into fame during her portrayl of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit. Her performance earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

More recently, Steinfeld has played Petra Arkanian in the 2013 sci-fil film Ender’s Game and Juliet in the 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

In addition to acting, Steinfeld has proven that her face is fit for modeling. In 2011, she became the new, young face for the Italian designer brand Miu Miu.

She recently showed off this modeling talent as NYLON’s cover girl for their Young Hollywood issue. Even with all the playful colors and poses, it is clear that Steinfeld is no longer the little girl we remember. Although it’s only been a handful of years since Steinfeld’s award-winning performance in True Grit, she already shows maturity and growth in this photo shoot.

It’s easy to forget that she’s only seventeen, but Steinfeld is quite aware. “I have moments all the time where I realize how far away I am from home and all I want is to curl up in my bed and watch a movie, light a candle and be alone,” Steinfeld admits to NYLON. “But as often as I have those thoughts, I try not to take anything for granted, because I’m loving it.”

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Kunal Nayyar Talks About Grinding in the Club the American Way

When we met Kunal Nayyar last summer for our exclusive interview, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Nayyar’s charm and humor.

It was instantly clear to us that the Indian British actor was nothing like his character on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. After all, his character Raj Koothrappali is most known for his social awkwardness and Nayyar is clearly comfortable in the spotlight.

As it turns out, Nayyar wasn’t always this way. He recently appeared on Conan and revealed that all the cultural differences between India and America made him rather awkward when he first came to the U.S. as an 18 year old.

Nayyar describes getting in trouble for misusing the term “white trash”  and how he embarrassed himself by incorrectly asking a girl to “do a dance” with him.

Watch the interview below and see Nayyar go into the specifics of grinding in the club the American way.

 



EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to An Advanced Screening of ‘Godzilla’

Do you want to watch an upcoming blockbuster film starring one of the cinema’s most iconic and terrorizing creatures? Do you want to watch it in a theatre filled with celebs and industry insiders?  Here’s your chance!

Warner Brothers is teaming up with KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine to present an advanced screening of the upcoming blockbuster, GODZILLA.  Featuring an all-star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Anna Karenina), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Ken Watanabe (Inception), this anticipated film is bringing a new rendition of the classic story of the infamous monster.

Join us for an unforgettable and exciting night at CGV theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 14th.  Contest winners and a guest of their choice will get passes to the advanced screening as well as an exclusive after party! Here’s your chance to rub shoulders with industry insiders while you enjoy free appetizers from Madang 621 Korean BBQ and celebrate the night with an open bar.

 


HERE’S HOW TO WIN:

1) Like KoreAm Journal AND Audrey Magazine on Facebook.
2) Sign up on the official contest page.
3) Share the official contest page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Linkedin. 

That’s it! Contest ends on MAY 7TH so don’t miss your chance!


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

 

Movie Screening: 7:00 P.M – 9:00 P.M
CGV Cinema
621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

 

After Party:  9:00 P.M – 12:00 A.M
Madang 621 Korean BBQ Restaurant
621 S Western Ave. Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90005


DISCLAIMER:
-You must be at least 18 or older apply.
-Those under 21 years of age will not be able to attend the after party but will be able to obtain tickets for the film screening.
-The tickets are non-transferrable.
-Transportation will not be provided.
-If selected, please bring your ID to the event.

 

For any questions regarding the contest please contact: events@iamkoream.com 

 

 



A 92-Year-Old Filipina is the Last Kalinga Tattoo Artist

You would probably never think to get a tattoo from a 92-year-old, but Whang Od is here to change your mind. Od may be aged, but she has spent many years mastering her craft. Whang Od is the oldest and the very last Kalinga tattoo maker in the Philippines.

The province of Kalinga lies in Northern Philippines and is famed for their ancient art of tattooing. Their particular practice of tattoo making dates back 1,000 years. While tattoos are now worn for aesthetic purposes, the tradition behind Kalinga tattoos were much more intricate.

Interaksyon explains the old tradition of Kalinga tattoos.

“For people of the tribe, a lady with tattoos was—and is—regarded as beautiful. She decorates her arms with sleeves of snake skin and rice grain patterns. Her forehead and temples are embellished with crosses, triangles and dots to enhance her visage.

 

A boy, however, only earns his first marking after his first kill—specifically, when he cuts off an enemy’s head and brings it back to the village. As he grows into a strong warrior, he earns his ink armor one amulet at a time: centipedes in the arms for protection, pythons on the shoulders for strength, and the most elaborate of which, the mighty eagle on the chest and back– reserved for the most valiant.”

 

 

When the practice of head-hunting died out, the tradition of Kalinga tattoos slowly began to fade away. A community which was once filled with tattoo artists now has only one left. Whang Od has no children, so unless she passes on the art to a relative or an apprentice, the cultural tattoos may vanish.

Now before you hop on a plane to the Philippines to get an authentic Kalinga tattoo before it’s too late, you should know that the art of making Kalinga tattoos is quite different from the tattoo shops we’re accustomed to.

Whang Od doesn’t use a machine of any sort. She simply uses wooden sticks with a needle at the end of one. After applying ink on the needle, she taps/hammers the ink onto the skin.

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20 Asian Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Asian

Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same.

It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair.

Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike?

Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial often become overlooked in the Asian community.

Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian. Check out our list of 20 Asian celebs you probably didn’t know were Asian.

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1) Vanessa Hudgens (Part Filipino, Part Chinese)

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2) Tiger Woods (Part Thai, Part Chinese)

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4) Dean Cain (Quarter Japanese)

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5) Nicole Scherzinger (Half Filipino)

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6)Keanu Reeves (Quarter Hawaiian, Quarter Chinese)

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7) Darren Criss (Half Filipino)

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8) Ne-Yo (Quarter Chinese)

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9) Apl.de.ap (Filipino*)

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10) Jennifer Tilly (Half Chinese)

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11) Enrique Iglesias (Half Filipino)

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12) Amerie Rogers (Half Korean)

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13) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Quarter Indonesian)

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14) Kristin Kreuk (Half Chinese)

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15) Kimora Lee Simmons (Half Korean*)

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16) Norah Jones (Half Indian)

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17) Rob Schneider (Quarter Filipino)

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18) Chanel Iman (Half Korean)

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19) Lindsay Price (Half Korean)

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20) Michelle Branch (Quarter Indonesian)

*Thank you Audrey readers for your corrections.

Ditch The Raccoon Eyes: Top 5 Eye Liners That Beat the Spring/Summer Heat

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. For us here in LA, this can only mean one thing — heat.

While we may be a fan of the sun, we can all agree that our make up isn’t too fond of it.  Make up lovers everywhere have struggled to find the right beauty products that won’t melt away under warm conditions. In addition to the heat directly melting make up away, hot weather also causes our skin to sweat. The additional sweat and oil from our skin causes make up to smear smudge and run.

While these conditions may seem difficult to deal with, we certainly wouldn’t want you to stay locked inside all spring and summer long, so we’re here to help.

Audrey intern Paulina Lee tried on several eye liners and put them to the heat test. We’re here to share our results with you. Don’t go another day with “raccoon eyes.” Here are the top 5 eye liners that beat the spring/summer heat.


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1.) STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20.00) 
“This easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look—from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke. It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day.”

 


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2.) Etude House Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner ($14.69)
“Easy-to-draw Brush, smooth texture and smudge-proof”


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3.)  Revolon Colorstay Liquid Liner ($4.99)
“Elegant, sexy and sophisticated, Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner allows you to emphasize your eyes with precision. Dries quickly and lasts all day.”

 


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4) MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Waterproof Eye Liner ($25.00)
“Pro Waterproof Eyeliner is a completely water-resistant eyeliner that adds drama to the eyes and lasts all day, even under the most extreme conditions (water, tears, heat, etc.).”


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5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00)
“Creamy, forever-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, 24/7 pencils delight you with lush tropical hues, deep metallics, and unusually vibrant neutrals.”

New Dilemna: Plastic Surgery Patients Look Nothing Like Their Passport Pictures

As plastic surgery in South Korea continues to rise in popularity, more and more cosmetic surgery clinics have opened up. With so many of it’s kind, many of the clinics have focused on improving their work to beat out the competition. The results? South Korean plastic surgery has gotten so advanced that international patients are now facing a problem. How do you get back home when you look absolutely nothing like your passport picture?

The desire for plastic surgery spans beyond Korea. For instance, surgery rates in China have increased as well. Many people in China decide to travel to Korea to get procedures done because they claim they will get better results there. (Seriously. Check out this procedure gone wrong.)

However, when travelers try to return to China after their surgery, many are refused because they look drastically different from their passport picture.

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To fix this problem, South Korean clinics and hospitals have reportedly begun issuing “plastic surgery certificates” to their patients. Along with before and after pictures, the certificate also includes the patient’s passport number, the name of the hospital or clinic where the treatment took place, and other information to verify their identity.

Still don’t think these certificates are necessary? Just take a look at these twin sisters who are both unrecognizable after their surgery.

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Check out their story here. 

 

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