So you believe in the stereotype that Asians don’t know a thing about sports? Clearly, you haven’t met Erik Spoelstra. In 2008, Spoelstra made history as the first Asian American head coach in the history of not only the NBA, but of the four major American sports leagues. This Filipino American coach was determined clearly determined to make an even bigger impression. By leading his team Miami Heat to victory, Spoelstra became the first Asian American to win an NBA championship.
But of course, it doesn’t even stop there. Recently, Spoelstra gained a second NBA championship when The Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 with a final score of 95-88. Multiple championship wins is a feat that only 12 NBA coaches have been able to achieve. Spoelstra has already gained a name for himself for the consecutive victories and for successfully coaching the “Big Three” (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh).
Although one of the youngest coaches of the NBA, Spoelstra proves that he is a force to be reckoned with. He has been part of The Heat staff since 1995 and has shown that he has what it takes to see his team succeed.
Its Friday, the weekend is just around the corner, and the sunshine today marks the first official day of summer. What could possibly make this day even better than it already is?
A SHAG. Always a SHAG.
Today’s Smoking Hot Asian Guy is none other than actor Lee Jin Wook. Known for his roles in dramas such as Alone in Love, Smile Again, and Glass Castle, Lee Jin Wook continues to steal hearts with his most recent role as Park Sun-Woo in Nine: Nine Time Travels. What fans may not know about this heartthrob is his life before fame. Prior to acting, Lee Jin Wook was in Cheongju University pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. Brains, talent, good looks, and a good sense of style? Lee Jin Wook clearly deserves a spot on our SHAG list.
Check out Lee Jin Woo embracing his inner geek chic in this Marie Claire fashion photoshoot. Happy Friday Audrey Readers!
Little black dress? Check. Fake lashes and an unforgiving amount of eyeliner? Check. Heels so high that you’ll regret it in the morning. Check. Hairy-leg stockings to protect yourself from unsolicited male attention? Che- wait what?
Unfortunately, I’m not kidding. 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 even have to worry- they wouldn’t want to have a sexual encounter with you anyway. Problem solved right?
No, absolutely not.
After showing this image to a couple of male friends, I discovered that their reactions were all very similar- grossed out expressions followed by laughter because apparently China was correct in their theory that these actually do turn guys off. Admittedly, I was taken aback when I first saw these stockings, but for a much different reason than my male friends. I wasn’t appalled about the idea of hair on female legs (if thats what you want, then power to you for you breaking away from social norms). Instead, I was shocked by what this was saying about rape itself. While these stockings are trying to benefit females, does it not also simply aid in the idea that rape is dependent on how you dress and how you look? This simply supports the idea that women should not dress in what makes them feel good or feel powerful. No, apparently women need to be mindful or “they’re asking for it.” Products like this say that (for some reason) its our responsibility to make sure we don’t get raped.
We live in a world of pepper sprays, constant fear while walking alone at night, and now hairy-leg stockings. We are forced to take such extreme precautions to avoid being raped, but how about we just go ahead and create a pair of stockings that sticks some decency into people to know that rape is wrong.
Let us know what you think of these anti-pervert hairy-leg stockings. Our verdict? Unless it was halloween season (and even then its pretty unlikely), we’re definitely gonna avoid hairy-leg stockings.
You read correctly! The long-awaited 2NE1 comeback is now officially set for July of this year. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk, personally confirmed this himself. He added that instead of releasing the songs at once, 2NE1 will release one music video every month until their October showcase. This guarantees at least four songs for their album. The first song to be released is Falling in Love which is said to have a reggae feel and utilize oversea’s choreographers. Concerts will be planned after the release of the album in October, but no information regarding that has been released yet.
We’re more than excited to see brand new style and genre that 2NE1 plans to give us for this album. Could it be anything like their 2NE1 Loves teasers? Check them out for yourself!
Make way for The Baddest Female there is. Last month, 2ne1′s CL released her first solo single in over five years. Was she successful? You bet. In less than 24 hours after the video release of her solo single, she hit over 1 million views. Clearly, CL is ready to take the stage. Check out her photoshoot for Vogue July 2013- its nothing short of fierce.
Jessica Lee. The “Best Yearbook Quote” Award definitely goes to Jessica Lee. Her yearbook quote “Fluorine uranium carbon potassium bismuth technetium helium sulfur germanium thulium oxygen neon yttirum” seems innocent enough. Are we applauding her for her enthusiastic show of the periodic table? No, not necessarily. A closer look at her quote shows quite a different story. Decoded, it reads as:
And there you have it! Innocent elements of the periodic table turned into Notorious B.I.G. lyrics. Quite different from your average sentimental highschool yearbook quote, but then those didn’t win the award.
We’ve all seen the endless jokes about Asians who work in nail salons, massage parlors, and donut shops. This is often an easy target for stand-up comedians such as Anjelah Johnson and her popular skit mimicking the Vietnamese nail salon workers:
Why is it such as easy target? Primarily because such businesses are in fact heavily intertwined in the Asian American community. Its easy for people to make fun of this and yet they don’t take the time to understand that this is a deeply rooted issue for Asian Americans that stems from early immigration into the U.S. These comedians don’t take the time to understand the hazardous effects that such an environment has on our community (such as chemical exposure from glues, polishes, etc. infecting the nail salon workers). To make matters worse, one of the more popular things to make fun of is the fact that Asians talk about their customers in their own language. Apparently, speaking in one’s native tongue automatically justifies suspicion of gossip.
Needless to say, over the years these places have often become correlated to the Asian American community. So when filming a hidden tv show to try and focus on racism towards Asians, where do they choose to film it? An Asian-owned nail salon, of course.
What Would You do? is an ABC hidden camera television show where actors perform scenarios of conflict in public. The show focuses on the bystanders to see how they react to such situations. Recently, they performed a skit in a nail salon with Asian actors performing as the workers. The Caucasian actress was told to be racially offensive and she performed her task with flying colors. She began to comment rudely on the worker’s quality of life (justifying herself with the fact that the worker didn’t understand English) and went on to make racial comments ranging from Asians being bad drivers, good at math, and all the other Asian stereotypes you can think of.
All this was performed in front of unknowing customers and sure enough, the customers reacted. I was pleasantly surprised with just how riled up the bystanders were concerning this blatant show of racism. During each instance, the other customers spoke up about the actress’ rudeness. It was evident that her comments were not okay and it is a simple reminder to us that not all is lost. Its easy for us to point out the number of racist instances that our community has endured, but we must not forget that this is not always the case. While this certainly doesn’t fix the larger issue at hand, it is a reminder that there are people who understand what we continuously face.
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