In April, we named Lee Byung Hun one of Audrey’s Daily S.H.A.G.s (Smoking Hot Asian Guy). Clearly, Lee Min Jung agreed with us. Earlier today, it was announced that the two South Korean actors are tying the knot this August in Seoul. After an on and off relationship, the two were dubbed the “power couple” of the Korean entertainment industry after finally going public about their relationship last year. The couple has received quite a bit of support from fans and they hope the support will continue as they take their next step into marriage.
Lee Byung Hun began his acting career in Korea and became more known in the U.S. for roles such as Storm Shadow G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and more recently G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He will also appear in Red 2 which is out in theaters later this summer.
Lee Min Jung debuted in the Korean Entertainment industry at the age of 25. She had her big break though with her role in the popular drama Boys Over Flowers. She is continuing to gain popularity through her television and film work in South Korea.
We wish the best to these two and hope that their marriage is successful!
Calling all DBSK fans! The popular duo Dong Bang Shin Ki will be holding their first US solo concert. The “Catch Me Live World Tour” will be held in Los Angeles in the Nokia Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to watch Changmin and Yunho perform live on stage. Find out more on the Powerhouse official site and watch the teaser below to check out some of the other artists Powerhouse has brought to Los Angeles.
ABC’s new drama series Mistresses premiered yesterday June 3rd, 2013. The show is based on the 2008-2010 British series that follows the lives of four female friends who find themselves in a number of difficult and illicit situations (as expected with the title).
What really caught our eye was the character Karen Kim/Karen Rhodes played by actress Yunjin Kim (Lost). Karen’s character is a successful psychiatrist managing her own practice. Due to her work with Los Angeles’ immigrant communities, Karen has risen to be one of the most respected psychiatrists in her field. It is mentioned that she met lead character, Savi, during their undergrad years at UCLA.
Although this character is haunted with past mistakes and a dark affair, we are glad to see a successful and powerful Asian-American women take the screen. We don’t know whats in store for Karen Kim, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for her! Learn more on the official website here.
Rapper Jason Chu and Singer Kevin Lien come together for their own version of Lupe Fiasco’s “Battle Scars”. Rather than sing about love, the boys have opted to make their version portray the mental and emotional pain that one endures as the victim of bullying. Specifically, Chu and Lien hope to shine line on the prevalence of bullying within the Asian-American community and how we deal with this struggle. Check it out below:
The internationally renowned Filipino singer, Charice Pempengco, has boldly made it known to the public that she is in fact a lesbian. The 21 -year old recently appeared on the Filipino show “The Buzz” and revealed all to talk show host, Boy Abunda. Pempengo sported a new haircut and a new tattoo- only a few things which added fuel to the fire of rumors regarding her sexuality.
While pointing out that Pempengco owed no one an apology, Abunda went straight to the point and asked her whether or not she was a lesbian. Pempengco admitted yes with “Opo, tomboy po ako.”
Charice went into detail about her decision to reveal her sexuality in the Philippines. Explaining that she owes a lot to her home country, she decided they should be the first to know.
Charice went on to ask for forgiveness from her family and fans who may be shocked with her reveal. She explains how she took a break to herself and put a lot of thought into how she would reveal her identity. She went on to say that for much of her life, she did things for her family, but this was for her:
“Lahat po ng ginawa ko, ‘yung nagpa-tattoo ako, nagpagupit po ako ng buhok ko, alam ko pong very risky pero ginusto ko po. Hindi po dahil sa nagre-rebelde ako o sinaktan ako ng pamilya ko o ng ibang tao or depressed ako, hindi po. Ginawa ko po ‘yun dahil ‘yun ang gusto ko,”
(translation: A lot of what I did, getting a tattoo, cutting my hair, I know it was very risky, but I wanted it. Its not because I’m rebelling or because my family hurt me or because I’ve become a new person or because I’m depressed. I did these things because this is what I want.)
Pempengco continued to tearfully apologize to her family and admitted that they are currently not in the best of terms. This doesn’t seem to be her only struggle. People in her neighborhood who have been discovering her identity have already showered her with an array of insults and jokes.
Despite this rough time, Charice will not let this dampen her career. She confirmed that she will still continue singing and will begin recording soon.
Watch the interview here:
President Obama recently delivered a speech in the White House to honor AAPI Heritage Month Celebration.
“We are here today to honor the incredibly rich heritage and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders… generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders helped build this country, and helped to defend this country, and to make America what it is today. It’s a history that speaks to the promise of our nation — one that welcomes the contributions of all people, no matter their color or their beliefs, because we draw from the rich traditions of everybody who calls America home.”
The president’s warm words and acknowledgement of the AAPI community was well-received. Check it out below:
Majo no Takkyūbin is a popular children’s novel series released in 1985 about Kiki and her black cat Jiji. 1.8 million copies have been sold and the story became even more popular with Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 anime film adaptation Kiki’s Delivery Service (highest grossing film in Japan in 1989).
The live action film will star 16-year-old Fūka Koshiba as the young witch Kiki, will be directed by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge/Juon), and written by Satoko Okudera.
DEPT: The Market
AUTHOR: Paul Nakayama
ISSUE: Winter ’12-’13
“Having Sex? Don’t blow it- figuratively speaking, of course. Columnist Paul Nakayama lists the dos and don’ts of having sex the first, second and 10th times with that special someone.”
“When a woman asks me to write about sex, I will always reflexively say “yes,” but mostly because either sex was mentioned or I thought she was asking me for some. And now I’m panicking because I have to write the Dos and Don’ts of Having Sex the First, Second and 10th Times. Of course, what this actually means is writing about how I mess things up at those signposts. Well, I’m not falling into that trap again. Today, I’ll be basing all of the sad stuff on a friend of a friend.
The first time is when you can mess things up the most.”