First Asian American to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

There’s a saying about the Asian American community. Whether or not this actually holds true for you, you’ve probably heard the stereotype that Asians Americans are expected to excel in the medical, law and engineering field.

While we obviously have a lot of respect for those fields, what about the Asian Americans who specialize in art, literature or film? Here at Audrey, we think it’s important to highlight the achievements of Asian Americans in fields outside of medicine or law. Believe it or not, we actually are interested in other things.

A perfect example is Vijay Seshadri who has become the first Asian American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry yesterday for his book 3 Sections. The book is said to be “a “compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.”

India-born Seshadri moved to the United States at the age of five. He holds an A.B. degree from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University where he was a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature.

When asked about what the Pulitzer Prize means to him, Seshardi responded, “The Pulitzer is tremendous honor, but it somehow seems to me to have to do not with my past but my future, which is of course something I have to discover.”

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Happy Black Day: Korea’s Single Awareness Day

In America, Valentines Day means roses and a box of chocolates for our significant other. It is arguably the most romantic national holiday for us. Nonetheless, for many Asian countries, a single day to show love isn’t enough.

For countries such as Japan, Korea and China, Valentine’s day is celebrated quite differently. This holiday is an opportunity for women to present men with chocolate as an expression of love. Men do not give women anything in return until a month later. On March 14th, otherwise known as White day, men reply to the women who gave them gifts. This gift is a good indicator of whether or not he feels the same way.

As it turns out, White Day is not the only holiday we’re missing out on. A month after White Day, on April 14th, Korea celebrates yet another interesting holiday: Black Day.

As you may have guessed, Black Day is practically the opposite of the two romantic holidays. 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.

To celebrate this day, people wear black and eat black-colored food. Specifically, people indulge in jajangmyeon, a noodle dish with a thick sauce made of chunjang (soybean paste), diced pork and vegetables. As sad as this holiday may seem, people have put in efforts to make this holiday fun such as jajangmyeon-eating competitions.

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Image of the Day: 2NE1’s Dara Park Meets Steven Yeun

If you’re a fan of both K-Pop and The Walking Dead, be prepared to get your fan-girling on. Recently Dara Park instgrammed a picture of The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun. (Steven, is that eyeliner we see!?)

Sandara Park, a South Korean idol singer, actress, dancer and model, has been a favorite of ours for years. Park, who began her career in the Philippines as an actress, is most known as a member of popular K-Pop group 2NE1.

Apparently, Steven Yeun is among her numerous fans overseas. The actor, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, is rumored to be in South Korea for a visit.

“It was very nice meeting you,” Park wrote as the photo caption. Yeun not only re-tweeted the photo, but started following Park on twitter.

This certainly isn’t the first time that Sandara has befriended overseas celebrities. Just last year, Dara gained viral attention after a photo of Justin Beiber kissing her cheek made its way around the internet. Needless to say, fans seem much more happy about her friendship with Yeun.

 

China Creates App to De-Smog Pictures

It’s no secret that the pollution in China has reached unbearable levels. In fact, China has had to deal with the youngest lung cancer patient ever: an 8-year-old. On some days, the pollution is so bad that classes, bus routes and airports shut down. This month, the Chinese government has confirmed that citizens should wear masks.

Wu Kai, a citizen of Harbin told Huffington Post “I couldn’t see anything outside the window of my apartment, and I thought it was snowing, then I realized it wasn’t snow. I have not seen the sun for a long time.”

So what are the netizens to do with such depressing and dangerous conditions? Well apparently, there’s an app that can make you feel better about it all.

Blue Sky, designed by Ogilvy & Mather for the World Wildlife Federation of China, launched on March 29th. It allows users to “paint” the sky and transform the grey to blue.

 

Some are complaining that this app cares too much for aesthetics when there’s a bigger issue at hand, but executive creative director Doug Schiff argues that the purpose of the app is to allow users to visualize a better world. By seeing a blue sky, Schiff hopes people will further realize what they are missing and they will be encouraged to more aggressively look for solutions.

While many believe the app will not achieve anything but prettier pictures, the creators are certainly right about one thing– we definitely see the extreme difference between a clean and a polluted sky.

 

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Is Your Face Fling Material or Relationship Material?

“What do you look for in a woman?”

Smile, eyes, intelligence, or a “coke bottle” body? In this day and age, we seem to have heard all the responses. In fact, we thought nothing could surprise us. That was, of course, before we discovered that a man may actually determine what type of relationship he will have with you based on the shape of your face.

A study shows that the shape of your face may determine whether you are “fling material” or “long-term material.” Men and women alike may be skeptical of this, but researchers believe this preference may be entirely subconscious for a man.

Researchers studied hundreds of men by showing them faces of women and asking which ones would be chosen for long-term relationships and which would be chosen for flings. The faces were taken from European or Japanese faces.

The results? Apparently facial features which are considered feminine (such a small chins and full cheeks) were often chosen as fling traits while features considered more masculine (stronger jaws and square faces) were chosen for long-term relationships.

The theory is that men subconsciously find feminine features more attractive and the more attractive a woman is, the more fear a man will have that she will enter an affair.

“Previous research has found that attractive women are likelier to be unfaithful, particularly if their partner is ugly.”

We know what you’re thinking. This is absurd.

It’s quite insulting to believe that a woman’s likelihood of cheating is dependent on how attractive she is. This study claims that a man chooses his spouse dependent on whether or not she “looks” like she will cheat on him. Absurd.

Additionally, there are countless ways in which this study seems to have holes. Was race taken into consideration? Do full cheeks simply remind men of more youthful girls and they equate youth to flings? Does this study apply to women who are attracted to women?

Tell us what you think and comment below!

’47 RONIN’ Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack GIVEAWAY

47 Ronin is the 2013 American adaptation of the real-life story of a group of samurai seeking to avenge their master. Keanu Reeves stars as an outcast who joins a band of ronin (samurai without a master or lord), led by Hiroyuki Sanada. Battling across a fantasy world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors, the ronin must seek help from kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed – in their ultimate fight for redemption. Other actors rounding out the cast include Audrey cover girl RINKO KIKUCHI, Koh Shibasaki and Asano Tadanobu.

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The DVD was released earlier this month and now you have a chance to win the Blu-Ray 3D combo pack which includes the Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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Comment below or email us if you have any questions. Giveaway ends April 30, 2014. 

Another Heartwarming Life Insurance Commercial

Crying because of an emotional Thai video is not a new phenomenon. In fact, we’ve been guilty of it multiple times.

We cried during the three-minute video showing just how far a good deed can take you. We cried during the short which showed true love and bravery from a mother and, of course, we cried during the video which showed how strong the bond of family truly is.

Now, we’re crying again. This time, our tears are for a heartfelt life insurance commercial. The video shows a man who consistently does good deeds for others. Often, he sacrifices his own time, efforts, and money to help those in need.

For most of the video, strangers shake their head as he gives up all of his money to beggars on the street. By the end of the commercial, we are able to see what the kind-hearted man gains in return for his good deeds.

The video, which has gathered over 5 million views is winning the hearts of many. Watch the it below and let us know if it pulls at your heartstrings.

 

Who Knew Judo Could Be This Cute?

Anyone who is skilled in the art of judo knows that it should not be taken lightly. Although the name judo means the “gentle or yielding way,” an intense Judo match is far from gentle.

The objective of this martial art, which is derived from jujutsu, is to throw or takedown an opponent to the ground. You may immobilize or subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

The idea behind judo is to use your opponent’s strength against them and adapt to changing circumstances. Because it does not solely focus on one’s strength, judo can be mastered by anyone regardless of their body type.

Although judo welcomes all, we certainly didn’t expect to see these tiny girls on the mat for a judo match.

Our initial fear of the young girls getting hurt is quickly erased. We can’t help but squeal at how cute these girls are in their mini judo outfits. They bow to one another enthusiastically and take turns pinning one another to the ground.

By the end of the match, the girls simply run towards each other and hug before falling to the ground giggling. Watch the video below.

 

Jackie Chan Portrait Made Entirely of Chopsticks

A few months ago, we showed you the art of Red Hong Yi. Referred to as the artist who “loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush,” Hong Yi utilized make up to recreated scenes from Chinese myths and create cultural and traditional symbols of the country such as opera masks, firecrackers, cherry blossom trees and goldfish.

Luckily for us, Hong Yi continues to use unique mediums for her work. She has made portraits out of flower petals, sunflower seeds, candle wax, bamboo sticks and coffee cup stains. She’s even painted an entire portrait using a basketball as a brush.

Most recently, Hong Yi has payed homage to actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer, and stunt performer, Jackie Chan.

In addition to managing his first K-Pop band, JJCC, Chan is also celebrating his 60th birthday this year. In honor of this, Red Hong Yi decided to create a portrait of him. Of course, this isn’t just an ordinary portrait. It’s created with 64,000 chopsticks.

In the video description, Hong Yi writes, “Jackie turns 60 this year and being an artist who paints without a paintbrush, I spent a looong time thinking about what material to use for his portrait! He is an actor, a martial arts master, an environmentalist and is a world-renowned face! I finally decided on chopsticks – a symbol of the Chinese culture, Jackie has used chopsticks during his kungfu scenes in a few movies like the Fearless Hyena and Karate Kid. I used disposable bamboo chopsticks to show that disposable materials can be reused and made into something else more meaningful and beautiful. I spent a month collecting these chopsticks from cafes, stalls and factories in Zhejiang and Beijing, then tying each of them up. So honoured to present it at his concert on 6/4/14. Happy 60th birthday, Jackie!”

 

 

The World’s Greatest Competitive Eater Pranks Soccer Team

If you don’t know who Takeru Kobayashi is, you may want to change that. After all, this 36-year-old holds an astounding six Guinness World Records. His talent? Competitive eating.

Born in Nagano, Japan, Kobayashi began competitive eating in 2001. During his rookie competition, he broke the record by eating 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Kobayashi went on to beat this amount and currently holds the Guinness World Record for 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Of course, Kobayashi isn’t limited to hot dogs. He holds Guinness World records for eating meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, pizza and pasta as well.

One may not expect these impressive records from Kobayashi. After all, he stands at 5’8″ and weighs 128 lbs. As skilled as he may be, his frame is awfully deceiving. This may be why the New York Cosmos were unable to recognize the talented competitive eater.

Disguised a waiter at Buffalo Wild Wings, Kobayashi was able to successfully prank Midfielder Peri Marosevic, who was called the team’s biggest eater. Clearly, Marosevic had no idea what he was up against.

Check out the hilarious prank below.