Adorable Image of The Day: Couple Recreates Photo 51 Years Later

Some say that romantic love doesn’t exist anymore and who can blame them? After all, there’s a Korean website for “discreet cheating” and in Japan, people have resorted to virtual girlfriends.

Luckily for us, there are still some believers of love and every now and then they help us believe in it too.

The Twitter account History in Pictures shows us exactly what it’s title suggests. They post pictures of a New York blizzard in 1888, a San Francisco drive-in theater in the early 90′s and even a rare picture of Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller.

Recently, they posted an image that has been capturing hearts. An Asian couple posed for a picture in 1963 and then recreated the picture in 2014 at the exact same spot. The picture was only uploaded last night, but it has already gathered nearly 4,000 retweets and over 7,000 favorites.

Unfortunately, no one seems to know who this adorable mystery couple is. We’d like nothing more than to get in contact with them and thank them for reminding us of how love looks like.

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Incredible Miniature Art by Tatsuya Tanaka

Tatsuya Tanaka, a Kagoshima-based artist and art director, is quickly becoming a big deal for his project called “Miniature Calendars.”

Tanaka places delicate and tiny figurines with real, life-size objects. He has been able to create impressive and creative backgrounds and settings using these everyday objects. In one photo, pins and rubber bands create the ring of a boxing match. In another picture, the curve of a banana becomes the perfect snowboarding slope.

“Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once. Broccoli and parsley might sometimes look like a forest, or the tree leaves floating on the surface of the water might sometimes look like little boats,” Tanaka explains on his official website.

His work may be small, but Tenaka’s creative mind has given him giant attention. Tenaka has nearly 14 thousand followers on Twitter and his Instagram, where he posts most of his artwork, has nearly 60 thousand followers.

Step into Tenaka’s creative world with his photos below.

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Take a Peek at Obama’s $300 Sushi Meal

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo, Japan for his Asia Tour. After Japan, the President will make a stop in South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. According to the Stamford Advocate, the purpose of this trip includes “reaffirming his commitment to a defense treaty with Japan, making progress on a stalled trans-Pacific trade agreement and finalizing a deal to modestly increase the American military footprint in the Philippines.”

President Obama began this Asia tour on Wednesday evening by having a private dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What restaurant can possibly be fit for a President and a Prime Minister? They dined at Tokyo’s famed restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro which is said to have the best sushi in the world.

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The restaurant is owned and operated by 88-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono who is the very first sushi chef in the world to receive three Michelin stars. The sushi gathered so much attention that it became the focus of a 2011 documentary called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”

Reservations must be made months in advance and customers must be prepared to dish out quite a bit of money. The 20-course “Chef’s Recommended Special Course” is about $300. While that’s a lot of money for one meal, customers always seem satisfied. They argue that the meal is an experience and an art.

If you’re not willing to spend $300 on sushi, there are food bloggers out there who can do it for you. Food blogger Little Meg dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro and her pictures give us a peek at the sushi fit for a President and Prime Minister.

 

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From Comic Books to Television: Steven Yeun Voices Animated Adaptation of ‘Chew’

Steven Yeun can’t seem to get enough of comic books that make their way onto television. We don’t mind though. After all, we can’t seem to get enough of Steven Yeun.

The 30-year-old Korean American actor is most known for his role as Glenn on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Through the show, Yeun has gained quite a large fanbase (just check out the 10 reasons Glenn would make a great boyfriend) and it looks like he’s ready to get even more with yet another comic book-turned-television series.

If you thought Yeun was done with shows that focused on eating humans then you’re wrong. The comic book “Chew” is written by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory and stars a character named Tony Chu. Chu is a detective and a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent. He also happens to be a “cibopath.” According to the comic, a “cibopath” can take a bite from anything (except beets) and get a psychic sensation of what has happened to that object.

So if Chu takes a bite out of a vegetable, he can see where it came from and everything the vegetable has been through. If he takes a bite out of bacon, he can see the life of the pig it came from. And if he takes a bite out of a corpse, he can figure out any murder mystery thrown at him.

Gross cannibalism aside, there’s definitely a plus to this — the main character is Chinese American. If you didn’t already know, we get quite excited about Asians in comics and rarely do we get to see and Asian lead character.

For the upcoming animated adaptation of “Chew,” Yeun will voice the main character Tony and Felicia Day has been hired to play Tony’s love interest, Amelia Mintz.

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Why People Hate “Hello Kitty” by Avril Lavigne

Yesterday, Avril Lavigne released the music video to her new single “Hello Kitty” on YouTube, but in a blink of an eye it was removed. Billboard called the video an “embarrassment in any language”  and Entertainment Weekly claimed that there “are serious questions about whether it’s offensive.”

Why?

Well it may have a thing or two to do with all the cultural appropriation. Lavigne’s video includes all things stereotypically Japanese — sushi, Japanese schoolgirls, bright pink colors and even expressionless Asian back up dancers. Throughout the video, Lavigne throws out Japanese words like “arigato” and “kawaii.” That’s right. Her lyrics are actually “Thank you! Cute! Cute!”  Apparently, there’s no need to have lyrics that make sense as long as you blurt out the most stereotypical Asian words you know.

As you can expect, audiences are torn. Loyal Avril fans have stood by her side and see nothing wrong with the video. Fans on her official website are claiming that “Hello Kitty” is far from offensive. In fact, they believe that the video should be praised for “doing something different.”

Of course, even more people are arguing that Lavigne’s cultural appropriation is far from new and different. We saw this with Gwen Stafani’s “Harajuku Girls,” with Katy Perry’s Geisha performance and especially in Alison Gold’s infamous “Chinese Food” video.

For loyal fans who are confused, the reason people hate Avril’s “Hello Kitty” is because it uses Asian culture as a prop. Even the expressionless back up dancers are simply a backdrop. There is a very big difference between embracing a culture and using it as an accessory. It is not appreciation to trivialize an entire way of life.

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.”

The video was removed from YouTube, but check it out here and tell us what you think. 

Audrey Readers Have Adorable Asian Babies

When we began the Adorable Asian Baby series, our readers couldn’t get enough of it. We brought you Adorable Asian Babies with Puppies, Adorable Asian babies in Halloween Costumes and even Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You.

As it turns out, many of our readers are parents of their very own Adorable Asian baby and we needed to get a glimpse of all these cuties. A few months ago, we asked you all to submit a picture of your own Adorable Asian baby and you certainly didn’t disappoint us. Check out some of our favorite submissions by Audrey readers like you!


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Aaron Lee, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Rice and seaweed soup (miyuk gook)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Don’t dress boys up in clothes that look like girls clothes. No matter how cute baby boy is!
My favorite way to wake my parents up: With a kiss on the cheek
What I want to be when I grow up:  A Los Angeles dodger!

 


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Ryan Lee, 6 months old
Favorite Asian food: Korean sweet potato (goguma)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Fuzzy hats makes any cute baby cuter!
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Pooping in the middle of the night
What I want to be when I grow up:  A professional golfer.

 


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Natalie Kim, 19 months (picture taken at 14 months)
Favorite Asian actress/actor:
Song Hye-Kyo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear something cute and comfortable so you can run around everywhere and still look cute
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Sticking my finger up their nose
What I want to be when I grow up: Anything I want to be!


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Addison Pham, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Pho
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Lee Min Ho (I’m a korean drama addict like my mommy)
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Glasses are cool
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Screaming “miilllllkkkkk” in their ear
What I want to be when I grow up: A singer like Anna and Elsa on Frozen


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Audrey Madison Valmoria, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Everything (as long as I can dip it in ketchup)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Hello Kitty is my girl!
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear anything and everything! You’ll still be cute.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Falling out of my bed…
What I want to be when I grow up: To be able to stay up past my bedtime.

 


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Ian Inho Park, 3 years old
Favorite Asian food: Kimchi
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear what mom wants you to wear.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Run around the house and be loud, real loud.
What I want to be when I grow up: A doctor! (And that was his answer. He likes to play doctor and probe my ears and mouth)

 


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Skylar Inji Park, 4 yearrs old 
Favorite Asian food:  Rice and gim (roasted seaweed)
My fashion advice for Asian babies:  Wear anything blue, you can’t go wrong with it.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: : Say “shee” (means pee in Korean) in a really panicky voice.
What I want to be when I grow up:  A super model (She walk around the house balancing things on her head while she cat walks)

 


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Favorite Asian food: Rice and ramen… separated into bite-sized portions so that i can easily use my chopsticks to nom nom it all up
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Me! No… really… me. I love acting silly or pretending to be a zombie or a kitty. Someday you will see my name in lights after the word “Starring”. Oops there I go being super Asian and overachieving… I just answered a later question, didn’t I?
My fashion advice for Asian babies: For you little girls, princess all the way. Every skirt or dress magically transforms the wearer into a princess. For you little boys, I prefer the preppy banana republic, or if you can afford it, burberry look. Slightly nerdy or studious looking is the way to my heart.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: I tend to wake up… grab the ipad… unlock it… open the Netflix app… select my profile… and pick out a cartoon to watch. My mom will usually wake up to watch it with me because she’s just as geeky as I am.  Marvel comics or Powerpuff girls are popular wake up alarms.
What I want to be when I grow up: I want to be everything… which is why I am going to go into acting. That way every time I take on a new role, I will have a new job to learn and perform. If that falls through… I am going to join S.H.I.E.L.D as an agent. Stopping the bad guys and saving the world looks like something I can stand for.

Chinatown’s Senior Citizens: The Original Hipsters

It’s no secret that fashion bloggers are most certainly on the rise these days. After all, who doesn’t want to see what’s trending in the fashion world?

While it’s nice to look at all these young bloggers pose in front of DSLR cameras, Valerie Luu understands that some of the best fashionistas are the ones you wouldn’t expect. Luu teamed up with photographer Andria Lo and translators Tricia Choi, Kat Wong, and Michelle Yeung to explore the streets of Chinatown. There, they uncovered some of the most underrated style experts ever: the senior citizens.

“Chinese seniors would get off and walk up Pacific, with purple puffy jackets, snapbacks, and sneakers you’d expect to see on a 20-year-old Missionite, not an 80-something Chinese woman,” Luu wrote. “Chinatown fashion combines urban utilitarianism with smart, unexpected combinations of prints and a use of color that just made me feel uplifted whenever I saw it. They’re fashionistas – worthy of any street-style blog.”

After interviewing the Chinatown locals, Luu discovered that many of these senior citizens have been fashion forward their whole life. Ask 82-year-old Man Ta why she wears jade shoes and she won’t say it’s because the color is popular right now. Jade has always been her favorite color. Ask 76-year-old Yu Tom why she wears floral print and she won’t say it’s to fit in. Bright colors remind her of her late husband. Clearly, this isn’t just for fashion — it’s a lifestyle. In fact many of the senior citizens admit that they wear snapbacks, beanies and puffy jackets simply to keep warm.

Check out some photos of these original hipsters and be sure to view the full photo essay here.

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Celebrate Earth Day With 5 of Asia’s Most Beautiful Spots

Last year, Buzzfeed released a list called “27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die.” Since it’s release, the list has gained over 8 million views and for good reason. All of the locations are undeniably breathtaking.

In honor of Earth Day, we’re taking a closer look at the five locations in Asia that made it onto this list.

 

1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China

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The Danxia landforms are sandstone formations most known for, you guessed it, their vibrant color patterns.The are located in a remote region in northern central China. The mountains and hills retain such color because Danxia landforms are composed of red sandstone. Mineral deposits were compressed into rock for 24 million years thus gaining a colors ranging from deep red to yellow and green.

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2. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

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The Sơn Đoòng cave is currently the largest known cave in the world and is located near the border of Laos and Vietnam. It is five times larger than the Phong Nha Cave which previously held the record for being the biggest cave in Vietnam. Although it was created 2-5 million years ago, the cave did not become public knowledge until 2009. Inside, there is a fast flowing underground river as well as cave pearls the size of baseballs.

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 3. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan

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This popular tourist destination has been given the nickname “flower paradise” because the 32,000 square metres of flowers look amazing all year long. With each passing season, a different variety of flower will blossom throughout the Hitachi Seaside park such as the Nemophilas. The popular, blue flower blossoms annually during springtime.

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4. Bamboo groves of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan

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These Japanese bamboo groves, located in Northwest Kyoto, are a tourist favorite. The gorgeous line of bamboo not only looks beautiful, apparently it sounds beautiful too. Amusing Planet notes “The sound of the wind in this bamboo forest has been voted as one of ‘one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan’ by the Japanese government.” The bamboo in this grove is still used to manufacture various products such as cups, boxes, baskets and mats in the area.

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5. Kelimutu crater lakes in Flores Island, Indonesia

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Kelimutu is a small volcano central Flores Island of Indonesia. It has gained popularity because the volcano has three craters- each contain a lake with a different color. The lakes periodically change colors from red and brown to turquoise and green, independent of each other. The lakes are named Tiwi Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Tai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Lake of Evil Sprits, or Enchanted Lake). The scientific explanation behind the colorful lakes  chemical reactions from the minerals in the lake triggers by the volcano’s gas activity.

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This is What Happens When You Ask Miss America to Prom

Here at Audrey, we’re a big fan of Nina Davuluri. The 24-year-old made pageant history by becoming the first woman of Indian descent to earn the prestigious title of Miss America.

As it turns out, there’s an even bigger fan of  Davuluri. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves showed the world just how much he loves Miss America by asking her one of the most nerve-racking questions that a high school student can ask.

He asked her to prom.

Davaluri was visiting a Pennsylvania high school to discuss diversity, science, technology, engineering and math studies. As you can expect, Davuluri had no idea she would leave with an invitation to prom.

According to Huffington Post, “The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.”

Unfortunately, school officials had already warned Farves not to go through with his plan. As punishment for breaking the rules, Farves has received three days of in-school suspension.

While we certainly don’t advocate for rule-breaking, we understand Farves’ affinity for Davuluri. Not only was she Miss America, Davuluri proved that she is quite an individual to admire.  After winning her title, she quickly became the focus of discriminatory and racist comments on various social media platforms. The aspiring doctor was referred to, among other things, as “Miss 7-11,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” and as a “terrorist.”

Did these harsh comments get to her? Absolutely not. In fact, she commented on why racism gives her even more reason to keep going.

“I grew up watching Miss America for years and years, and as the daughter of immigrants, I always thought to myself that I could never be that — because I didn’t look a certain way; I didn’t fit the model of what was up there on that screen,” she says. “And it shouldn’t be about race, it shouldn’t — but it is. To be able to stand up there, and be an example for other little girls that America is now a very different place, that’s everything to me.”

“I’d already experienced [racism] on a smaller scale when I won Miss New York,” she added. “It’s part of the reason I was so determined to focus my platform on diversity. But you can’t just scream in the dark, you have to try to shed light and awareness.”

Need even more reason to love Nina Davuluri? Check out our top 5 reasons.

Mindy Kaling Hates Birthdays

Well, maybe it’s a bit extreme to say she hates birthdays, but she certainly isn’t a fan of them.

Audrey Magazine cover girl, Mindy Kaling, is known for many things. She’s known for creating and starring in her very own TV sitcom, The Mindy Project. She’s known for being nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as a producer of The Office and, of course, she’s known for her honest and outspoken opinions. So on Monday night, Kaling made an appearance on Conan to tell him her strong opinion on birthdays.

According to Kaling, her strict attitude with her workers have led them to call her a mean dictator. For what exactly? Apparently Kaling believes that birthdays should not be a big deal after the age of sixteen.

“My big thing is, you have to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ faster.” Kaling laughed. Kaling went on to say that with 200 employees, there’s always a birthday. Understandably, it must get tiring to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song everyday.

Kaling continued by joking  that she doesn’t buy her writers birthday presents because she’s already given them a present: Their job.

Check out the interview below.