You’re probably familiar with World War II icon, Rosie the Riveter, who represented the strength of the women who took up jobs at factories when men were off at war. To this day, Rosie the Riveter is still seen as an icon for feminism.
One Texas artist, Anat Ronen, wanted to blend the old with the new and create a mural showing both the strength of women in the ’40s and the strength of women today. Who could fill such big shoes as our current icon of strength? Of course, 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
Malala was only a young girl when she became an activist for the right to education and women’s rights. At the age of 11, she began blogging about her life under Taliban rule. This was so powerful that in 2009, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life. Her actions were seen as unacceptable by the Taliban and in 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck by a gunman in an assassination attempt. The strong, young lady survived and continues to fight for what she believes in.
“I felt I wanted to combine a symbol of Western ‘warrior’ with her image, to maximize the symbolism and through somewhat controversy [sic], promote her agenda,” Ronen told BuzzFeed.
Next to the mural, Ronen added one of Malala’s most famous quotes: “All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”
“I sensed they felt uneasy with the fact that I am distorting one of America’s greatest symbols,” Ronen added. “After the text was added, everything fell in place and people are able to make the connection and even if they never heard of Malala before, they now do.”
When this video began popping up everywhere, I was confused. How could a pair of Japanese school girls get more than a million views on YouTube in just a few days?
The video starts off innocently enough. The girls are playing and chasing each other around school. Suddenly, one jumps over a trash can and begins flipping in the hallway. Well, that was unexpected … WOAH, did she just jump off a building!?
Before you know it, an innocent chase between two young school girls becomes an epic show of parkour skills.
As it turns out, one of the girls, Fuka Yoshino, is a professional kickboxer and athlete. They certainly had me fooled there. The video keeps viewers impressed and entertained the entire time. Now I wonder why it doesn’t have even more views.
At the very end of the video, the girls playfully open up a bottle of a citrus soft drink called C.C. Lemon. Yup, it turns out this incredibly epic video is just an ad for a beverage.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard the saying that Asian children are over-achievers. Apparently in our youth, we all mastered 100 instruments, learned 50 languages, filled our days with extra-curriculars and still managed to get straight A’s. Oh, and we all knew Kung Fu too.
Well I’ve either forgotten most of those abilities or maybe, just maybe, that myth is just a myth after all. I’m gonna go ahead and lean towards the latter since the closest I’ve gotten to being musically talented are my 20 minute singing-in-the-shower concerts and the only thing I know about Kung Fu is that movies are awesome with it.
My point is, we are not all superhuman and every time I come across non-Asians who make that assumption, I wonder where they got that idea from. But then I stumble upon all the talented Asian children on YouTube and the assumptions begin to make sense to me.
They’re right– these kids are superhumans.
It’s hard to believe that these little ones possess such talent and natural ability. Check out our list of talented Asian children and be prepared to be blown away. As for me, I’m going to go curl up in a ball and wonder what I’ve been doing with my life.
1) Ryan Wang, 5-year-old piano prodigy
What were you doing at 5? Ryan Wang was performing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall after a mere year and half of lessons. Here he is performing for one of his biggest fans– a 101-year-old family friend.
2) Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong, young Filipino musicians
This duo put up a cover of “Dance with My Father” on YouTube and it skyrocketed into viral fame. For months, no one could identify who they were so Ellen went to find them.
3) Mahiro-Chan, the most fierce 7-year-old martial artist Forget cuteness, this 7-year-old will destroy you with her Kankudai skills. Mahiro-chan moves with an intensity, fierceness and speed that would impress any martial artist.
4) An entire class of talented Korean musicians
This 2nd grade class in an elementary school in Daegu, South Korea gives an impressive cover of Nujabes’ “Aquarian Dance.”
5) Three Dancers with mind-blowing choreography
Performing for DANCE@LIVE Japan 2014.
6) 4-year-old Rocker
Watch this lil guy perform a drum cover of System of A Down’s “Chop Suey.”
7) Sean Lew who began dancing at the age of 4
This professional dancer (he turned pro 3 years ago) has 7 years of dance experience, including international performances with collectiveUth and a stint on Glee.
8) Joyce Jimenez, a blind 11-year-old with an amazing voice
Residing in the Philippines, Joyce Jimenez belts out a cover of “Wrecking Ball” while following along to braille lyrics.
9) Tiny Hip-Hop Dancer
Both cute and talented, this little one has no problem following along to the choreo.
10) Taiwanese singer Lin Yu Chun
Watch him give Whitney Housten a run for her money in his cover of “I Will Always Love You.”
Prior to being one of Bollywood’s most popular, desired and beloved actresses, Deepika Padukone had to make a number of tough calls. Before focusing on a career as a fashion model, Padukone was en route to following her father’s footsteps by playing badminton competitively. She played in the national level championships as well as state level tournaments.
Though talented at the sport, Padukone knew early on that her heart lay elsewhere. She was a child model by the age of 8, and in 2004, despite fear of her father’s disapproval, she began focusing on modeling full-time. Thankfully, her father wasn’t upset by her decision and a year later in 2005, she won the “Model of the Year” award at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards. It was only a matter of time before the acting world called out to her.
2) She stays true to herself.
In many interviews, Padukone admits that she is socially awkward. And not cute Jennifer Lawrence awkward. She says her social awkwardness and social anxiety led to her having very few friends as a child. Normally, a popular actress would deny that part of their personality, but not Padukone.
Despite the fame, Padukone has no problem admitting that it takes her a lot of time to open up to people. Unlike many of her co-stars who own the room when they walk in, Padukone knows and accepts her shy personality. She seems to have no plans of changing it.
3) She’s fearless.
When fans aren’t discussing Padukone’s career, they’re probably talking about only one other thing: her love life. This interest in her personal life is probably due to the fact that she is known to be rather open about it, especially about her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. She often comes across as candid and not afraid to express her emotions.
In a 2013 interview, reporter Rajeev Masand asked if she had learned her lesson about publicly discussing her relationships. Padukone quickly bit back by pointing out that she was one of the first to open up and be honest about relationships. She clearly isn’t afraid to show her fans what’s truly happening in her life.
Deepika Padukone in a dress from her clothing line.
4) There’s more to her than meets the eye.
Padukone’s list of talents seem endless. In addition to her acting and modeling career, she has written for health and fitness magazines and is a columnist for Hindustan Times. She takes part in marathons, such as the World 10K Bangalore marathon, which often raises funds for a charitable organizations, and she even began her own clothing line in 2013.
5) She rolls with the punches.
A few years ago, Padukone’s career took a nosedive. She starred in a number of films, such as Bachna Ae Haseeno and Housefull, that received negative reviews.
Did she let this phase her? Absolutely not. She was confident in every role that she took on. In a 2012 interview, she said, “The films and the kind of roles I play, I’ve always believed in them. I’ve never really gone after what people expected me to do or what the industry expects me to do.” She continued to follow her gut and soon, her career took a turn.
In 2012, Padukone starred in the romantic comedy Cocktail, which was a major box office success and gave her a number of best actress nominations. She followed this up by acting in four of the top-grossing productions of 2013 and some of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and is currently one of the highest paid and most popular actresses in Bollywood.
BONUS: She’s beautiful!
She’s known as one of the most attractive celebrities in India. In 2008, she ranked first in Maxim India’s “Hot 100″ list and was named “India’s Most Beautiful Woman” in India’s People magazine. In 2012-2014, Padukone was ranked on The Times of India’s list of “Most Desirable Woman” and she was named the “World’s Sexiest Woman” in 2010 and 2014 by India’s FHM.
The following pictures prove it.
Want to see more of this incredible actress? Check out the trailer to her upcoming film FINDING FANNY.
FINDING FANNY releases in theaters across North America on September 12. Directed by Homi Adajania, the film also stars Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, and Pankaj Kapoor with a special appearance by Ranveer Singh.
We understand why women star in makeup commercials. After all, women are (generally) the target audience for makeup. But when women are used for cologne commercials, sports commercials or any other male-targeted product commercials, we can’t help but cringe a little. Don’t get us wrong — we have no problem with women breaking gender roles and being into these products as well, but you can’t sit there and tell us that a hot girl in a bikini swooning over a guy’s freshly-shaven face makes women wanna go buy some shaving cream.
Nevertheless, attractive women are constantly used to sell male-targeted products. This led me to wonder what it would be like if things were the other way around. No, I’m not talking about men modeling two-piece bikinis. I’m talking about a world where media focused on the male body to sell. What if, in a complete turn of events, men were used to sell makeup and beauty products?
Well it looks like I don’t have to wonder anymore because China has already begun to turn the tables. In China, Maybelline now uses male celebrities to sell beauty products to women. Clearly, this move is timed perfectly with the successful rise of idols. So far, they have enlisted Taiwanese pop star and actor Ko Chen-tung.
We’re not blind — we understand the problems with this idea. The biggest criticism we foresee is the commercial’s shift from “this product makes me beautiful” to “this product will help me impress hot guys.” Obviously, we’re rooting for commercials which advocate for self-love instead of being beautiful for someone else.
But we can’t deny that we’re quite amused with this concept. For starters, maybe men will realize how difficult it is when media sets such high standards. Also, let me just be honest here: I’m quite the happy camper when media recognizes that Asian men can be hot. Don’t you hate that stereotype? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at mainstream media portraying Asian men as unappealing. Clearly, China knows that stereotype is wrong and they’re not afraid to show it.
Check out the commercial below and tell us what you think!
This past weekend, social media exploded with the news that Jeremy Lin was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers. In particular, Asian Americans couldn’t stop talking about it. After all, Lin’s success story hit home with many of us, sports fans and non-sports fans alike.
However, Lin’s trade was met with much debate. Some Laker fans criticized his ability and questioned whether or not his fans were supporting him for the right reasons. We’re gonna clear it up for you: Yes, Asian Americans support Jeremy Lin not only for his skills but also because he succeeded against all odds. He succeeded despite the doubts thrown at him that we, as Asian Americans, face on a daily basis.
We summed it up in our Winter 2013-2014 issue by pointing out that Lin “embodied the hardworking Asian American icon that had been discriminated against and underestimated his entire life and was finally getting his opportunity to show the world what he could really do.”
Disparity in opinion on Jeremy Lin between Asians & non-Asians is crazy lol..We’re not blind to his flaws as a player but diff is we BELIEVE
Furthermore, NBC News points out that the trade was clearly a good decision. Los Angeles is one of the largest Asian American markets and will surely be in support of Lin.
“Lin has a chance to make a huge impact in that town — not by trying to relive ‘Linsanity’ but by being a solid player constantly trying to improve his game,” said University of Michigan Asian/Pacific Islander American History Professor Scott Kurashige to NBC News. “As long as he performs at that level, Asian Americans will undoubtedly rally behind Lin and the Lakers, but he’ll gain the respect of many more beyond that.”
As for Lin, he doesn’t seemed to be phased by all the debate. Three days ago, he posted the following picture.
“Thank you to Houston fans, media, Rockets staff, coaches and teammates for the last 2 years,” he wrote in his caption. “Sad it never went, or ended, the way I had envisioned it to, but God always has a perfect plan and I’ll forever cherish that chapter of my life. Im SO blessed to join the Lakers and cant wait to get started!!! #purpleandgold #calikid”
Already tired of ombre hair and ombre nails? Don’t give up on the ombre craze just yet! This summer, we’re encouraging all of our readers to try out the growing Korean beauty trend, ombre lips. We know what you’re thinking– this just looks like someone who ate a cherry popsicle. But trust us when we say there is much more to this look than what meets the eye. In fact, a quick glance at these celebs may have you convinced soon enough.
Ombre lips, also known at gradient lips, has been a popular look in Korea for years. It picked up tons of fans when a few members of Girls’ Generation used the look for their “I Got A Boy” music video back in 2012.
SNSD’s “I Got A Boy” Concept.
Since then, gradient lips have popped up everywhere in Korean pop culture. Actress Yoon Eun Hye rocked the look in the popular drama “I Miss You” and more recently, actress Han Ji Min took part in a stunning photo shoot for Elle Korea where she showed off her (you guessed it) gradient lips.
Yoon Eun Hye in “I Miss You”
Han Ji Min for Elle Korea
There are a number of reasons this look picked up popularity. Blogger Wengie points out that gradient lips creates small and innocent, doll-like features which fits perfectly with Korea’s “cute” obsession. On the other hand, others point out that a deeper shade of red on the inner lip has the opposite effect. Lips can then achieve the “just-bitten” sexy look.
Clearly, gradient lips can work for all sorts of faces and can quickly transition from innocent to sexy depending on your mood.
So how exactly does one achieve ombre lips? Luckily for you, gradient lips are quite simple:
STEP 1: Go nude! (Well, just your lips.) Apply nude lipstick onto all of your lips. You can also use concealer or foundation to get the desired shade.
STEP 2: Apply red or pink lipstick to the inner portion of your lips. You may reapply the color until you reach your desired shade.
STEP 3: Blend outwards by dabbing it with your finger or smacking your lips together. Be sure to keep the color on just the inner portion of your lips to achieve the gradient look.
STEP 3: Move away from innocent to sexy by emphasizing the umph– I mean, the color. Add a lip tint to your inner lip once again.
STEP 4: Apply lip balm to the outer edge of your lips.
And that’s it!
Check out the video tutorial below for a better look at how it’s done with various shades.
There are many, many reasons we want to be kids again. No bills, more time to sleep and no irritating hormones are just a few of these very valid reasons to miss childhood. Well, artist Wendy Tsa is here to add another reason to the list: She can turn children’s doodles into amazingly accurate plush dolls.
This ingenious idea began in 2007 when Tsa made her first softie (yes, she calls them that) based on her 4-year-old son’s self-portrait. Realizing that more parents would want to immortalize their child’s quirky creativity, she created her very own toy company, Child’s Own Studio.
Of course, running this company can be quite a handful. After all, Child’s Own Studio’s official website points out that she is the company’s creator, proprietor, designer, craftsperson, photographer, marketing department, media contact and customer service. I don’t know how she does it all when it gets me tired just reading that sentence.
Artist Wendy Tsa and son.
But to Tsa, it all seems worth it. She has created more than 600 unique and personalized softies from children’s drawings all over the world. Her craft has become so popular that Tsa cannot take orders consistently. She opens up a wait list about once a year and accepts less than 200 of the orders. Tsa recently opened up her wait list a few weeks ago and it already filled up. Fast.
No surprises there. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see their children’s drawings come to life? The price of these very unique softies are about $250. While this may seem rather steep for a stuffed animal, Tsa’s customers definitely think it’s worth it for these quality, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Last month we all rolled our eyes at Americans overreacting to Asian food where, as you can guess from the title, a few taste testers made it seem like Asian food was the most horrible thing in human existence. Let’s not kid ourselves here. Asian food is amazing —end of story. (Am I biased? Maybe a little.)
So you can imagine our fear when these same Buzzfeed taste testers decided to try some Filipino street food. After all, we’ve seen this before and it wasn’t pretty. A controversial blogpost titled “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again!” made its way onto the Web a few months ago and sparked some controversy for its writer, Agness Walewinder.
The story received nearly 700 responses and even led other writers, such as travel writer Nathan Allen, to allege that Walewinder was intentionally abrasive and offensive just to gain attention for her blog.
For instance, Walewinder comments, “No wonder why [sic], in the north, the vast majority of Filipino kids and young people are overweight. This is something we have noticed straight away. People in young age [sic] are huge and it’s due to poor quality of food.”
After such controversy, we couldn’t help but expect an even worse reception in Buzzfeed’s Filipino street food taste test. After all, these are the people who cringed at Japanese snacks. (Seriously, how do you not like jelly cups and green tea Kit Kats?)
So you can imagine our pleasant surprise to discover that Filipino street food was rather well received this time around. Although the tasters showed some hesitation before taking a bite, they were quick to admit that the street food was pretty good and even ended up enjoying many of the treats. Finally, we’ve found something they’re satisfied with!
Check out the video below and excuse me while I go indulge in some turon.
Just when we thought we couldn’t love Super Junior’s Choi Siwon any more than we already do, he goes and does some heroic act like this.
Siwon has been in Taiwan filming a new movie, To The Fore, directed by Dante Lam. Although he has only recently arrived, he has already been all over Taiwanese TV news. For what? Stepping out into traffic and saving a lost puppy from the pouring rain.
Apparently, Siwon was in a vehicle when he noticed the puppy and didn’t hesitate to chase after her and dry her off with a towel. He then dropped the puppy safely off to a vet’s clinic. How do we know all this? Well the good (and very, very handsome) samaritan was unaware that his entire act of kindness was caught on video. Was it filmed by a random passerby? Paparazzi? Crazy fan girl? We’ll never know, but we’re very thankful for the footage either way.
Additionally, Siwon had posted this adorable photo on twitter moments after the rescue.
Although this story is heartwarming, we can’t say it comes as a complete surprise. After all, the Korean artist is well-known for his kindness and gentlemanly ways. According to Taiwanese fans, the artist has never denied a fans request to shake hands and is extremely friendly.
This act of heroism isn’t the only thing that has us in love with Siwon. He’s a triple threat: a singer, actor and model. He’s known for his strong faith and his reputation for kindness is unyielding. Oh, and let’s be honest here– if we looked up “handsome” in the dictionary, let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if I found his picture there. After all, he did rank #7 on The Independent Critics “100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013.”
Oh, did I forget to mention the abs? We shouldn’t forget that.
Choi Siwon, I would say there’s no way for us to love you even more, but you’ll probably go and prove us wrong again.
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