“Fresh Off The Boat” Author is Not Sorry For Controversial Title

It goes without saying that we are all excited for ABC’s new sitcom Fresh Off The Boat. After all, it’s been two decades since we’ve seen a television series focus on an Asian American family.

While our readers generally agree with our excitement, there was one reaction that popped up more than anything else: what is with that title? 

As you can imagine, many people were confused with the controversial title. “Fresh off the boat” has historically been a derogatory term and has been generally used as an insult. Many people have shared their fear that the sitcom will normalize the usage of “F.O.B.” without recognizing the oppression that comes along with the term.

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Eddie Huang, the creator/writer of the Fresh Off The Boat memoir and the co-producer of the show, highly disagrees. The Taiwanese-Chinese American writer claims that he is turning the tables and hopes to create an environment where the phrase is a badge of honor. 

“I would never call myself an American,” he told BuzzFeed. “I’m a Taiwanese-Chinese American. My parents came here in the late ’70s and had me about three years after they’d lived in this country. So I consider myself fresh. You can’t tell me to not consider myself something.”

“There are people in every race who try to speak for everybody and try to legislate what you can think and what you can’t think, with no understanding of what it means to interpret an experience,” he added. “It’s ‘fresh off the boat.’ That’s a term that Asians call each other and we claim it and it’s worn with pride.”

 

He went on to say that the title is a nod to how his family was perceived by others and how they perceived themselves.

Of course Huang recognizes that some may disagree with the title as well as the show’s portrayal of Asian Americans. He simply emphasizes that he is showing his own experience and it’s important for other Asian Americans to go and show their separate experience. After all, we are capable of having different stories.

“It’s not enough for one person to represent us,” he said. “We need many people. People are going to disagree, but, you know what? They gotta make another show.”

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20 of Asia’s Most Mouth-Watering Desserts

When we brought you Top 10 Scary Asian Dishes We Love, readers couldn’t agree more. While we may love our food, we admit that to an unfamiliar eye, some of our Asian dishes look quite unapproachable.

Thankfully, this isn’t the case with all of our food. For instance, many of our desserts look too good to be true. To prove our point, we made a list of 20 of Asia’s Most Mouth-Watering Desserts. 

You’ll probably find yourself really hungry after scrolling through this. You’ve been warned.


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1) Custard Tart/ Egg Tart 
(Chinese) A custard tart pastry that consists of an outer crust which is filled with egg custard and baked.


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2) Khanom khrok
(Thai) Rice flour and coconut milk pancakes-like pastries.


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3) Halo Halo
(Filipino) Shaved ice and evaporated milk with various boiled sweet beans, jello and fruits such as jack fruit, tapioca and ice cream.

 


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4)  Bungeoppang
(Korean) Batter is poured into a fish-shape mold, filled with red bean paste, then closed and roasted.


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5) Mochi Ice Cream
(Japanese) Pounded sticky rice (mochi) filled with ice cream.


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6)  Chendol
(Indonesian/Vietnamese) Coconut milk, jelly noodles, and shaved ice mixed with various ingredients such red beans and creamed corn.


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7)  Castella
(Japanese)  Sponge cake  made of sugar, flour, eggs, and starch syrup.


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8) Ensaymada
(Filipino)  A brioche baked with butter instead of lard and topped with grated cheese and sugar.


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9) Doufuhua
(Chinese) Made with very soft tofu and often referred to as tofu pudding.


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10) Tteok
(Korean) Rice cakes made with steamed rice flour. can It can range from elaborate versions with nuts and fruits to the plain-flavored tteok.


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11) Khanom tom
(Thai)  Glutinous rice flour, palm sugar and coconut.


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12) Leche Flan
(Filipino) A custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top.


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13) Green Tea Ice Cream
(Japanese) Japanese ice cream flavor.


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14) Almond biscuits
(Chinese) A light biscuit/cookie often topped with sliced almond nuts and sometimes  prepared with almond flour.


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15) Bánh chuối
(Vietnamese) A sweet banana cake or pudding.


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16) Kutsinta
(Filipino) Rice cake made from rice flour, brown sugar and lye. Often topped with coconut.


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17) Coffee Jelly
(Japanese) A gelatin dessert that has the color and flavor of black coffee.

 


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18) Gyeongju bread
(Korean) A small pastry with red bean paste filling. A local specialty of Gyeongju City, South Korea.


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19) Almond Jelly
(Chinese) Apricot kernel milk extracted, sweetened, heated with a gelling agent and solidified into a gelatin dessert.


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20) Sikhye
(Korean) A sweet rice beverage served as a dessert. It is created by pouring malt water onto cooked rice.

 


Know more desserts that deserve to be on this list? Comment below and let us know!

Bollywood Actress Sonam Kapoor Talks Homosexuality on the Big Screen

The beautiful Sonam Kapoor is known for a number of achievements. She is a famous model and Bollywood actress, she is known as the daughter of Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor, and at the age of 28, she has over a dozen films under her belt as well as a number of award nominations in recognition of her talent.

As it turns out, Kapoor should also be known for her strong opinions and ability to stand up for what she believes in. She demonstrated this while in Cannes as an ambassador for the beauty brand L’Oreal.

During interviews, Kapoor discussed her disapproval of India’s laws on homosexuality. Last year, India’s Supreme Court put a ban on gay sex. On December 2013, their Supreme Court reenacted Section 377 of India’s Penal Code, which states, “whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Kapoor argued that India’s legal stance on homosexuality does not align with their cultural stance which accepts homosexuality. How does she think India can combat this law? Through the big screen.

Kapoor discussed last year’s Palme d’or winner, “Blue is the Warmest Color,” which is a lesbian love story. Kapoor voiced that having gay love stories on film would help her country become more open to the idea of homosexuality.

“We’ve regressed instead of progressing,” she said. “I think movies can influence the way people think sometimes and if we do start making love stories or we start making movies about people who are amazing human beings, people who have done something in life, people who are inspirational who aren’t necessarily only straight, I think people will start appreciating them more,” she said. “So yeah, I think we need to expose India a little bit more so we should make more movies about them.”

 

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Asian American Woman Verbally and Physically Abused by Police

A lawsuit was filed in Chicago in 2013. Chicago police are accused of committing a hate crime for physically and verbally abusing an Asian American woman, Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek, during a raid of her tanning salon/massage parlor.

According to the lawsuit, police came into the salon on suspicion that it was a site for prostitution. According to Huffington Post, the  5’2″ and 110-pound manager was not being very cooperative with police, however, Chicago police responded in an extreme and physical manner.

The officer can be heard asking to use his taser on the 32-year-old manager. According to the lawsuit, Klyzek was handcuffed and kneeling on the ground, but police still struck her and put their hands over her nose and mouth. Klyzek suffered from a number of scratches, bruises and abrasions.

When Klyzek tried to scream, the police began yelling racial and ethnic slurs at her. “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f— you came from,” the officer said, although Klyzek pointed out that she was a citizen of the United States.

“No you’re not! No, you’re not a citizen,” the officer yelled back. “You’re here on our borrowed time. So mind your f–king business before I shut this whole f–king place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will f–king kill you because they don’t care about you, OK? I’ll take this building. You’ll be dead and your family will be dead.”

The exchange was caught on a surveillance camera. Allegedly, the officers tried looking for the footage once they realized they were being filmed.

“The alleged comments, if true, are reprehensible and completely intolerable in our police department,” Police spokesman Adam Collins told the Chicago Sun Times. “We have codes of conduct that apply to officers, and if the allegations are proven accurate appropriate action will be taken.”

CBS news recently reported that the officer in question has been stripped of police powers, pending the outcome of an investigation.

The video of the interaction can be seen below.

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Sneak Peak: Sandra Oh on the Cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014!

This upcoming summer issue of Audrey Magazine will feature none other than Sandra Oh! In our exclusive cover story, we find out why Oh left Grey’s Anatomy and what’s in store for the actress next. READ IT HERE and be on the look out for our Summer 2014 issue which is packed with even more stunning photos of Sandra Oh!

 

KEEP UPDATED WITH THE SHOP AUDREY PAGE TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THE SUMMER ISSUE COMING SOON!

 

Story: Michelle Woo
Photos: Lever Rukhin
Stylist: Anita Patrickson for The Wall Group
Makeup: Georgie Eisdell for The Wall Group
Hair: Christine Symonds for The Wall Group
Location: The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel

 

Women Are Getting “Hand Lifts” For Engagement Ring Selfies

Surgery continues to be a rising trend among Asians. In fact, this phenomenon to alter one’s physical appearance has grown so much that South Korea, who has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic plastic surgery, has created a number of popular television programs focused on surgery. Ironically, Korea recently created a show which focuses on reversing the effects of excessive plastic surgery… with more plastic surgery.

As much as we think we’ve seen it all, we seem to constantly stumble upon new and shocking trends focused on altering one’s physical appearance. For instance, the new trend among bride-to-be’s: hand lifts.

Gone are the days when we would find out about our friends’ engagements through excited telephone calls or save-the-dates in the mail. Instead, we generally get this news through Facebook statuses and Instagram photos.

As you can expect, this has gotten some women quite insecure about the state of their hands while showing off their dazzling engagement ring. Hand-lifts have been becoming quite popular among bride-to-be’s.

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According to Elle, a NYC dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad said he’s had a 40% increase in women seeking hand-lifts. He directly correlates this to social media and the rise of selfies.

“As we age, the skin on the hands can lose fat, becoming more thin and bony with prominent veins and wrinkles,” Ostad tells Elle. “Social media has certainly led people to be more concerned about their appearance and how they present themselves, so if women can receive a quick procedure to make themselves feel better and younger, it’s something that they are willing to do.”

The quick procedure, which onlt takes about 10 minutes, is done by injecting Juvéderm into the hand. This will instantly smooth out the wrinkles and give a plumper, younger-looking appearance. The results last about 10 months, but your wallet will have to cough up $1,200. 

 

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Top 5 Natural/Nude Lip Glosses

Vibrant and bold colors have certainly risen in popularity. We can’t tell you how many women reach for their bright red lipstick on a night out. More women are also choosing colorful eyeliner and eye shadow to make their facial features pop.

Despite this, there are certainly still a handful of women who opt for for more natural-looking lips. Maybe you prefer to draw attention to your eyes. Maybe a nude shade better matches your skin-tone. Maybe you just simply like the look of natural and nude lips. Whatever the reason may be, we have just the thing for natural lip gloss lovers.

Audrey intern, Paulina Lee, is here to give some insight on the top 5 Natural/Nude Lip Glosses currently on the market.


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1) Bobbi Brown- Rich Color Gloss in Pink Buff ($25)
This lip gloss gives lips a beautiful glossy appearance without the stickiness.  It also provides a layer of moisture, which gives even dry lips the appearance of a smooth gloss finish.  The pigment of this is a bit more on the matted side.


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2) Smashbox – Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Forever- Whispering Pink ($22)
Although the pigment looks glittery in its container, it isn’t so when applied.  When applied on your lips, the color comes out as a pretty pink shimmer with just the right amount of gloss.  It’s great for a fun night out and another plus is its lasting quality– one application can last for hours.


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3) Benefit – Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Dandelion ($16)
Not only does this lipgloss give a youthful appearance, but smells wonderful to boast.  The pigment of this lip gloss is much more sheer than the two above, but still retains the a pretty glossy quality without feeling sticky.


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4) Revlon – ColorStay Overtime Liquid in Forever Pink ($10)
This gloss is long-lasting as one side is the pigmented color while the clear end of the stick acts as a sealing conditioner to maintain the glossiness.  It boasts a 16 hour lasting quality to it, allowing the subtle pop of color to last throughout the day.


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5) LUSH – Lips Liquid lipstick in Perspective ($19)
Like all LUSH products, this lipgloss is made from entirely natural ingredients such as rose wax and jojoba oil.  It is not as glossy as the others and may need to be touched up with additional clear gloss, but it stands out with its vibrant yet subtle pigment.  Also, this product unique in its versatility, as it can also be used as blush or eyeshadow as well.

18 of Asia’s Most Bizarre Products & Trends

Everyday, it seems as if we come across products, trends and even holidays from Asia that gets us quite confused. From fuzzy-hair stockings to an actual single awareness day, Asia never seems short of these bizarre creations. Check out our list of 18 of Asia’s Most Bizarre Products & Trends below. Weird or awesome? You be the judge.


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1) The “Liberation Wrapper”
“For years, Japanese culture has encouraged women to strive for “ochobo” which is described as small and modest mouths… [The liberation wrapper] is a large burger wrapper with the image of a women’s face. The wrapper is meant to hide women as they take a big bite of their burger and maintain the appearance of ochobo.” Read the full story here.


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2) Finger Trap Beauty Test
“The concept is simple: Touch the side of your index finger to both the tip of your nose and your chin. If your lips don’t touch your finger, congratulations! You’re pretty! If they do, well, er … there’s always Photoshop?” Read the full story here. 


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3) Surgical Masks
“Apparently, there are 5 main reasons for the popular mask trend: for health purposes, to avoid social awkwardness, for warmth, for the lazy and in the name of fashion.” Read the full story here. 


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4) Black Day: Korea’s Single Awareness Day 
“As you may have guessed, Black Day is practically the opposite of [Valentine's Day and White Day]. This is a day is for those who did not receive gifts on Valentines Day or White Day. Yup, this unofficial holiday is for single people.” Read the full story here. 


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5) Double Eyelid Training Glasses
“The glasses are a non-surgical option to create the illusion of a double eyelid. The Eyelid Trainer is worn like any other pair of glasses. Apparently, 5 minutes a day with this contraption will give you the double eyelids you desire. ” Read full story here. 


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6) Tokyo Street Fashion 
“While many people find popular Japanese fashion styles such as Harajuku and Lolita confusing, New York-based photographer Thomas C. Card was intrigued by the street fashion that he spent months in Japan to document the various styles.” Read the full story here. 


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7) Edible iPhone Case
“The Survival Senbei Rice Cracker iPhone 5 Cover is handmade by “Mariko” using only brown rice and salt. For $64, you can have a phone cover that doubles as a tasty snack in case of an emergency.” Read the full story here. 


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8) Cosplay Graduation
“But the Kanazawa College of Art is not like other colleges. Graduates are apparently allowed to wear absolutely whatever they would like. So what happens when Japanese students have no dresscode for graduation? Some of the best cosplay ever.” Read the full story here.


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9) The Virtual Girlfriend
“Thousands of men and women of all ages have been captivated by this real life dating simulator which offers three girlfriends to choose from– Rinko, Nene and Manaka. All of the choices have different backstories and adjustable personalities.” Read the full story here. 


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10) The World’s Longest Kiss
“The world’s longest kiss lasted a whomping 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. The record was set by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat during an event organized by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Thailand. The annual kissathon competition happens during, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day.” Read the full story here. 


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11) Snail Facials 
“Although some of us may see snails as pesky and slimy or even a delicious delicacy, Japan is definitely transforming the use of these creatures and women are paying a pretty big price for this treatment. One session costs approximately 10,500 Yen, which is about $107.” Read the full story here. 


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12) Sex Ed For 30-Year-Olds 
“The tutorials cost more than $400, but women have been lining up to learn and lessons are booked weeks in advance. Many of these students are 30- to 40-year-olds seeking to decrease the anxiety before their first sexual encounter.” Read the full story here. 


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13) The “True Love” Bra
“Makers are claiming that the bra is able to analyze how a woman truly feels and will only pop open when the user finds her true love. The lingerie company is marketing the bra as a safety device. Apparently, the bra will ward off unwanted sexual advances and will make sure that all people, except your true love, will not have access to your breasts.” Read the full story here.


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14) The Study Cube
“Last year, South Korea’s environmentally-friendly furniture manufacturer Emok unveiled the Study Cube, a wooden box just big enough to seat one person in front of a built-in desk. The box comes with a bookshelf, whiteboard, LED light, outlet and ventilation grill. There’s even a massage bar under the desk that also serves as a footrest.” Read the full story here.


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15) Strange Asian Hairdos
“Whether its creepy, funny, or just intriguing to look at, all of these hairstyles are undeniably strange. Although strange hairdos are certainly not something people are born with, a quick google search of “strange Asian hair” is enough to let us know that this is a pretty common search.” Read the full story here.


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16) Anti-Rape Stockings
“The most recent fashion creation from China are hairy-leg stockings designed to ward off men and decrease the possibility of rape. The theory behind this creation is that the male will be so disgusted with the appearance of your legs that you don’t have to worry– they wouldn’t want to have a sexual encounter with you anyway.” Read the full story here


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17) Plastic Surgery Television Shows
“The purpose of this show is to “help those with special circumstances or people who are too ugly to feel confident in their life.” The participant facing “special circumstances” will have their plastic surgery sponsored by the television program and audiences follow along during the transformation.” Read the full story here.


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18) New Elementary Desks 
“Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.” Read the full story here. 

MUST-SEE: Google Glass Used to Create Touching Video

Get your tissues ready. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, the short film called “Seeds” is made entirely using a Google Glass.

For those unfamiliar with the device, Google Glass is worn like any other pair of glasses. It has an optical head-mounted display and allows wearers to communicate with the Internet though voice commands. Aside from it’s impressive LED display and touchpad, Google Glass also comes with a camera that allows users to take pictures and capture video. It was through this method that “Seeds” was created. 

The short follows the 23-year-old filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty as he travels to India and teases viewers with a mysterious manilla envelope. According to Mashable, the video was shot over the course of 10 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and India. 

Thus far, Google Glass has received quite a bit of criticism and has been questioned as an invasion of privacy. This short aims to highlight the benefits of Google Glass. In this case, “Seeds” shows how the device can capture beautiful and touching moments.

Check out the must-see video below.

 

New Korean Show Allows Contestants to Reverse Excessive Plastic Surgery

If you told us that South Korea was releasing a new television show based on plastic surgery, we admit that we wouldn’t be too surprised. After all, we’ve already seen twin sisters look completely different after appearing on the show Let’s Beauty.

We will, however, admit that we were caught off guard with the new Korean show Back to My Face. The popular show does focus on plastic surgery, but it has a big twist: the show focused on “reverse makeovers” that allow contestants to go back to their original appearance.

Back to My Face features contestants who have had 10 or more procedures done and may have some regrets about their decisions. Contestants are encouraged to go back to their original appearance through a number of “therapy sessions” such as getting feedback from strangers about their pre-surgery photos.

After their sessions, the contestants decide if they want to have reconstructive surgery to remove implants or undo excessive plastic surgery that has been done. 

Although the show has gathered quite a bit of attention for itself, netizens have mixed feelings towards the show. Some claim that Back to My Face has a good message and reminds people to embrace what they are born with. Others have complained that the show tries to be redeeming, but it is still about more surgery.

Watch the preview below and tell us what you think.

 

Here is a photo of one contestant who regretted the amount of surgery she had done:
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Here is the contestant after her reconstructive surgery:

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And here is an old photo of the contestant before excessive amounts of surgery. Were they able to match her original appearance? :
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Check out more contestants who wanted to get their original appearance back:

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