Indian Arranged Marriages Meets Online Dating

It’s no secret that, even in this day and age, arranged marriages still exist. In fact, this tradition remains to be a very big part of Indian culture.

But there’s also no denying that the whole concept of an arranged marriage receives plenty of criticism. Some argue that marriage should be about love. Others point out the domestic violence rates in arranged marriages. Even more admit to feeling uncomfortable about the idea of people being forced. Simply put, many believe that this is a thing of the past and question how such an old tradition can survive in such a new age world.

Well, four Harvard Business School graduates seems to have come up with an answer to that. They realized that, for some families, the tradition of arranged marriages was not leaving any time soon. Well, if they wouldn’t budge, then this “new age” would be brought to them.

Hence the creation of a new website called easyBIOdata.

Anyone who is familiar with online dating will recognize the structure of easyBIOdata. Similar to other online sites, the website allows you to set up a profile which includes details such as height, skin tone, academic achievements, career and details about your family. The only difference? This profile is also meant to be viewed by parents and family members to get to know prospective partners for their children.

“We call the [biodata] a résumé for marriage, essentially,” co-founder Allyson Pritchett explained to NBC News. “It’s the first impression people get to make on the person they are hopefully going to be with forever.”

Although the website successfully scored fourth place in a course-wide competition, news of this website is being met with a lot of criticism. One commenter pointed out that the whole process felt like a job application.

The site’s founders disagree. In fact, easyBIOdata is described as “a free, user-friendly platform, dedicated to creating professional-quality biodata profiles for prospective brides and grooms.” To be honest, that sounds like any other online dating site description.

Furthermore, the creators are discovering that many of the young adults are actually using the site themselves rather than their parents and relatives. These young adults admit that they struggle to find a partner that their parents would approve of while living outside of India. This site gives them access to those who also face this struggle.

“As we got into it, we realized that it’s young people that are using it. With easyBiodata, they can create their own profiles but they’ll still choose to put their parents’ contact info on the form to keep them involved,” one of the founders, Yu Kakitsubo, said. “Our service is something that’s in between the traditional and the new.”

Check out the profile examples below and tell us what you think.

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Korean Golfer Ignores Suggestion to Get Plastic Surgery, Wins 16 Golf Tournaments Instead

We’ve all heard stories of models and actresses who have to deal with the sometimes unattainable expectation to be beautiful all the time, but now it appears that this expectation of beauty is expanding to the sports world. Apparently, even some athletes are now facing the pressure to be beautiful. At least that’s what it seems to be in the case of 26-year-old Korean golfer, Ahn Sun-ju.

After winning 16 tournaments and accruing nearly $5 million in prize money since 2010, Ahn has climbed her way upward and has become the top female golfer in Japan. Clearly, this is an extraordinary achievement, but it left sports columnist Lee Young-mi with questions. Namely, why was she not striving to be the best golfer in Korea?

Unfortunately, her responses to his interview questions were disheartening to say the least. Simply put, her physical appearance held her back.

“Some (potential Korean) sponsors even demanded I get plastic surgery,” she said in the article. “Companies did not consider me as a golf athlete, only that I was a woman. It mattered most to them was whether my appearance was marketable [sic]. I was deeply hurt by that.”

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The Korea Times points out that she won six tournaments in Korea, but still struggled to find a corporate sponsor. Is it really because she wasn’t pretty enough? She thinks so. During the interview, Ahn acknowledged that she doesn’t fit the stereotypical definition of “sexy” (why does that even matter?) but would not let that hinder her from playing golf. Instead, she turned to Japan.

“Japanese companies, on the other hand, focused on my ability as a golfer,” Ahn explained. “They are more concerned about my performance and how I treat my fans. I am being sponsored by six Japanese companies, including a clothing brand.”

Can we say for certain that Ahn’s decision to move to JLPGA was due to Korea’s inability to accept her physical appearance? Absolutely not. She may have just dealt with a sour company’s opinion and we certainly shouldn’t assume that the KLPGA puts those expectations on their players.

What we do know is that Ahn endured a horrible experience of someone telling her she wasn’t pretty enough. What’s even worse is the realization that we, too — sometimes not even aware of it — are told the same thing.

Many of us, especially women, are pressured on a daily basis as hundreds of advertisements tell us there’s room for improvement. That of course confirms the message we’ve grown up with our entire lives: we’re never enough and our imperfections need to be fixed. The pressure to be beautiful certainly occurs worldwide, but some countries, such as Korea, have begun to build a reputation for beauty, a reputation maybe they feel they must keep. Many people have now correlated Korea’s high beauty standards to their equally high plastic surgery rates. After all, how else is one supposed to keep up with such extreme pressure and expectations?

We may never know the details behind Ahn Sun-ju’s unfortunate experience. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that we admire her. She quickly understood that her worth was measured in her talent, not in her external beauty. Besides, last we checked, beauty never won golf tournaments. Good for you, girl.

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Odd Asian Trend: Brides Dolled Up For Their Big Day … Graduation

A few months ago, we got to see what happens when Japanese schools have no dress code for graduation. The regal ceremony turns into an epic show of cosplay with Domo, Princess Peach and even PowerRangers ready to accept their diploma.

This may be strange for those of us who picture graduation as a time for shiny black gowns and square-shaped caps. However, in Japan, they believe that a special day should be treated as such. Plus, this gives them another opportunity to show off some creativity and flare.

As it turns out, students in China also perceive graduation in this light. Instead of cosplaying as their favorite anime character for graduation, however, Chinese students have a different sort of outfit in mind: wedding dresses.

We kid you not. The most recent trend among Chinese college graduates are Western-style wedding gowns. White, laced and beaded, these Western-style wedding gowns are not at all new to China. In fact, many Chinese women have chosen a white wedding dress over the traditional red dress, but that hasn’t caused too many heads to turn seeing as the wedding dress is still actually being used for, oh, you know, a wedding.

When asked why they want to wear these typical wedding dresses for their graduation photos, one graduate said, “The wedding dress makes things feel more meaningful.” But isn’t a graduation meaningful enough without all the confusion of other celebrations thrown in? Apparently, not the way we imagine it.

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“Graduation ceremonies [in China] are not fun,” says Forbes writer Zheyan Ni. “Parents don’t typically attend and professors don’t hug. Speakers are usually party bureaucrats and officials affiliated with the school, delivering platitudinous and dry elocutions. In fact the only place for graduates to creatively express themselves is the formal photo shoot.”

Some have pointed out the symbolic meaning behind leaving one chapter of your life and “getting married” to another. Others have said this is their last chance to be creative and crazy without consequence. And some have simply said the gowns make everyone look pretty and that’s what you want for an important day. Whatever the reason may be, students across China are renting white gowns and bouquets of flowers for their very special day … well, their other very special day.

Tell us what you think — is this new Asian trend cute or too odd for your liking? Watch the video below.

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Breaking The Asian Myth: Why Asians CAN Wear Yellow

We’re no stranger to Asian myths — they’ve been thrown at us our entire lives. They’re ridiculous over-generalizations about Asians that assume we’re all exactly alike. Some Asian myths are dangerous, like the idea that Asians don’t get fat or don’t get breast cancer — both of these hinder our community from taking necessary health precautions. Other Asian myths are much less harmful (unless you count the dangers of all the eye-rolling it causes us), like the belief that all Asians have the same kind of hair.

Well, we’re here to add another eye-roll myth to the list: Asians shouldn’t wear yellow.

I was shocked to discover just how many Asian women were told that they shouldn’t wear yellow because it clashes with Asian skin. I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror, I certainly don’t think my skin shows signs of jaundice. It may have a yellow undertone, but all sorts of ethnicities have yellow undertones, so why are we forbidden from wearing yellow?

As it turns out, there’s no valid reason for the myth at all. One-time fashion dictators simply thought it made us look sallow and was not flattering on our skin tone. (It’s the same thinking behind why redheads should not wear red or pink.)

Yes, now is the time to sigh. But who can blame these color-blind fashionistas of the past. After all, this video from the ’80s highlights just how early we’re taught that Asian=Yellow.

The reality? No, Asians are not literally yellow. We simply have to blame a German professor from the 19th century who came up with the five color typology for humans that categorized Asians under the term “yellow.”

Luckily for us, this means that we can wear yellow without disappearing into our clothes. And as it turns out, we do a damn good job of it, too. Don’t believe me? Check out the following Asian celebs rocking yellow outfits. You’ll be sure to include this color in your wardrobe after you get a load of them.

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Olivia Munn at this year's Met Gala

Olivia Munn at this year’s Met Gala

 

Actress Jamie Chung

Actress Jamie Chung

 

Actress Mindy Kaling

Actress Mindy Kaling

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

 

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards 2009

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2009

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Bruno Mars Serenades 11-Year-Old Girl Injured by Drunk Driver

Right in the middle of a recent concert in Ohio, Bruno Mars stepped off stage to personally serenade one of his adoring fans, leaving the rest of the audience in a fit of hysterics. After all, it’s not often a world-famous Grammy winner singles out a fan to serenade. I mean, can you imagine all the jealous fangirls that would create? That’s a road no celeb wants to go down, so why all the attention to 11-year-old Zumyah Thorpe?

Well, as Bruno Mars puts it, she’s “an inspiration to the world.”

Last March, Zumyah lost her pregnant mother as well as both of her younger sisters when a drunk driver in a pickup truck collided with their vehicle. Zumyah Thorpe and her older sister survived the crash, but Zumyah suffered from a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to walk and talk. Doctors seriously wondered whether or not she would be able to gain these skills back.

Then something amazing happened.

Zumyah wasn’t about to give up. She began to improve her speech skills with the help of something very specific: Bruno Mars songs. Doctors soon discovered that Zumyah could sing, and she knew all the worlds to her favorite Bruno Mars songs.

“I am absolutely convinced that singing those Bruno Mars songs and being able to say ‘Bruno Mars’ is in itself a miracle,” says pediatric neurologist Dr. Nancy Bass, “and knowing all the words to the songs has helped her recover.”

Mars got wind of the amazing story and the impact his music had on Zumyah’s recovery. This obviously pulled at his own heartstrings and Mars chose to acknowledge it. During his concert, he shared Zumyah’s story to the crowd before hopping off stage to give her a special performance.

Was the audience filled with jealous fangirls that night? Nope. Just an audience that loves Bruno Mars even more.

Check out the heartwarming performance below:

 

Cutest Video Ever: Little Taiwanese Boy Comforts Girl on First Day of School

Remember when we were little and all the fairy tales were about a brave prince saving a beautiful princess?

We eventually grew up and realized that this fairy tale is nothing like reality. After all, we don’t need a prince to “save” us. And anyway, a lot of guys don’t even come close to the prince you may have once dreamed about. (Maybe you realized you prefer princesses over princes!)

Whatever the reason may be, we all grew up and got cynical. Well, this next video, reportedly trending in Taiwan, may have you believing in chivalry all over again.

In this video, which is currently one of the cutest things we’ve ever watched, a little Taiwanese girl is scared and crying during her first day of kindergarten. Luckily for her, she befriends the sweetest little fellow who tells her that he’ll protect her. He even offers to sleep next to her during nap time to keep her safe. Ah, the innocent days before hormones made everything complicated.

Check out the video below and be prepared for uncontrollable squealing.

 

This Makeup Tutorial Won’t Teach You Anything About Makeup, But It’s One of the Best We’ve Ever Seen

Let’s be honest here. There are about 43,670,746,827,946 YouTube makeup tutorials that you can choose from. Asia and Asian makeup is currently at the forefront of the cosmetic world so it was no surprise to us that this past month alone, we’ve seen amazing makeup tutorials on fake lashes, electric winged eyes and smoky eyes from Asian vloggers. Clearly, we’re in no shortage of these.

What we do want to see more of are videos like the following from YouTube personality Anna Akana. Known for her sass, her down-to-earth personality and her DGAF humor, Akana recently released a makeup tutorial called “How to put on your face.”

It teaches you absolutely nothing about makeup.

Instead, it focuses on something that doesn’t have countless videos online. As Akana puts on her makeup, she shows us how to cover our eyes with eyeshadow optimism, how to shape and fill in our eyebrows thoughts and how we need to find just the right amount of blush kindness. Oh, and cat eyes. (There’s no hidden meaning there — she just really likes cat eyes.)

We know what you’re thinking. This sounds “motivational poster” cheesy, but somehow Akana finds a way to avoid cheesiness while giving a very positive message. The video was made in response to all the requests she received so we’re left to assume that she either didn’t want viewers to know her makeup secrets (seriously though, how does she look so cool?) or she just thought this message was more important.

The best part of this video? She reminds us that it’s OK (and important) to care about both your appearance and care about your well-being.

“In other words, does what you do out here match what you feel in here?” she says. “Because I believe confidence and how you carry yourself is going to affect more of your relationships than anything else. If everywhere you come from is from an insecure, inadequate place, you’re not gonna be a very fun person to be around. So make sure you take care of this [inside and outside] when necessary.”

 

Photoshop Experiment Shows Every Country Has A Different Standard of Beauty

If you pick up a dictionary and look up “most ridiculous beauty test in existence,” you’ll find yourself looking at Asia’s Finger Trap Beauty test. Fine, it may not be in the dictionary, but that’s certainly how we feel about a “test” that judges beauty based on whether you have a tall nose, a small jaw and really long fingers.

Twenty-four-year-old journalist Esther Honig seems to be on the same page as us about these ridiculous and unattainable standards of beauty. Honig recently did a experiment about ideal beauty around the world and the results reinforce what we’ve believed in all these years: There is no one standard of beauty.

Think about it. If the Asian Finger Trap test determines beauty, then what about those, like myself, who don’t pass this test? Does this mean we should go cry ourselves to sleep because no one will ever find us attractive?

Nope, I don’t think so.

Honig recognized that one person’s perception of beauty is completely different from the next. How can we think of a single test as the all-knowing judge of beauty when the definition of beauty is constantly changing? In Asia there’s the finger trap test, but in America there’s the “thigh gap” obsession. Clearly, those are two very different scales and yet they both “determine” beauty. Confused? You should be.

To prove her point, Honig contacted 40 Photoshop-savvy individuals from more than 25 different countries. Their task was simple: edit her photo and make her beautiful.

The results blew her away. All the Photoshopped images were drastically different from one another.

“I hope this forces viewers to reconsider their concept of beauty and the expectations they hold themselves to,” Honig says. “When we compare unobtainable standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all that more elusive. It almost neutralizes the belief in a universal beauty.”

So the next time you feel ugly because your strong eyebrows simply can’t conform to the trendy short and straight “K-pop eyebrows,” remember in India, you’d be gorgeous.

You’re welcome.

Before & After: Indonesia

Before & After: Indonesia

Before & After: India

Before & After: India

 

Before & After: Philippines

Before & After: Philippines

Before & After: Vietnam

Before & After: Vietnam

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Before & After: Morocco

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Before & After: Argentina

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Before & After: United States of America

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Before & After: Chile

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Before & After: Kenya

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Before & After: Serbia

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Before & After: Pakistan

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Before & After: United Kingdom

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Before & After: Bangladesh

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Before & After: Bulgaria

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Before & After: Sri Lanka

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Before & After: Israel

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Before & After: Greece

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Before & After: Bangladesh

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Before & After: Italy

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Before & After: Serbia

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These People Think Japanese Snacks Are Gross

I don’t know about you, but I could sure use a green tea kitkat and a lychee jelly cup right about now, but apparently these Japanese snacks aren’t very appetizing to an unfamiliar tongue. At least thats what seems to be the case in this video.

Earlier this month, we showed you a Buzzfeed video of Americans Overreacting to Asian Food. That video was basically 4 minutes of Americans acting like Asian food was the worst thing in existence.

As it turns out, Buzzfeed has another video showing Americans tasting yummy Japanese snacks. No one can dislike Japanese desserts right?

Wrong. The reactions to the snacks still included a lot of cringing. We will admit that these taste testers were much less insulting and very willing to try the food in comparison to the previous video. Here, there is much more confusion, shock and even some curiosity instead of disgust.

Check out the video below and tell us what you think. As for me, I’m gonna keep eating fruit gummies, thank you very much.

How to Get BIG Asian Eyes with Fake Lashes (Video Tutorial)

Is there anything wrong with small, sharp eyes? Absolutely not. A number of Asia’s most popular models and celebs rock small eyes.

Despite this, there is no doubt that big eyes are currently the desired look in Asia and it seems like people will stop at nothing to get it. We can’t even count all the ways Asians have tried to achieve bigger eyes. There are big pupil lenses, tons of “big eye” makeup methods, the popular double eyelid surgery, eyelid tape, eyelid glue, and (we kid you not) double eyelid training glasses.

Today, we’re gonna keep it simple. What’s an easy way to get bigger eyes without hurting your wallet with surgery? False eyelashes.

Makeup guru xteeener is here to show us all a couple of tips and tricks with fake lashes so we can get big Asian eyes.


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TIP #1: Choose the right kind of glue.

There are tons of false eyelash glues available. Be sure to check out your options. Some dry on clear while others dry on black. Some are dispensed from a tube while others are applied with a wand. Don’t be afraid to explore.

 

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TIP #2: Be careful when removing the lashes.
You may cause the lash to lose its shape if you remove them harshly. xteeener shows us various ways in the video below.

 
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TIP #3: Trim your lashes.
Before any gluing goes on, measure and trim your lashes to avoid discomfort.

 

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TIP #4 Patience.
Wait 10-30 seconds after applying the glue to the lash band. This way, you’ll avoid the lash slipping and sliding out of place.

 


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TIP #5: You have options.
Some lashes are attached to a thick black band while others have a clear band. You can choose between natural-looking lashes, full lashes and even doll lashes. Be sure to explore. xteeener gives a number of great lash suggestions you can try out.

 

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TIP #6: Layers.
If you want a more full/voluminous look, don’t be afraid to layer lashes on top of one another. Layering lashes of different lengths and volume are even better.

 

 

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TIP #7: Placement is everything.
You can drastically alter the shape of your eye depending on the way you place your fake lashes. Check it out in the video below.

 

 

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