11-Year-Old Invents a “Spill-Proof Cup” For Grandfather with Parkinsons

Just last week we brought you the touching story of Angelo Casimiro. The Filipino teen created footwear which can can generate electricity by simply walking. The 15-year-old was inspired by the poverty around him and recognized that this invention could truly help those who do not have access to electricity.

Well, we’ve found yet another youngin’ who proves that brilliant ideas don’t always come from the minds of adults.

11-year-old Lily Born observed the many struggles of her grandfather who has Parkinson’s disease. Born, who was adopted from China, began imagining a cup which could help her grandfather drink without spilling the liquid.

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From this, Born created the Kangaroo cup. The Kangaroo cup has three legs which elevate the body of the cup and creates a very stable base. Additionally, the rim of the cup is curved inward so no drink splashes out as you use or transport the cup.

Born began by experimenting with moldable plastic and went on to make a ceramic version at a local pottery studio. Her father recognized what a great creation it was and the two embarked on an adventure to JingDeZhen, China where the model was refined and a manufacturer was found to create ceramic Kangaroo cups.

Currently, the Born family is raising funds to create plastic versions of the Kangaroo cups which are more durable. The plastic version will even have more comfortable grips and come in all sorts of colors.

Clearly, Lily Born is one of many children who prove that the imagination of a kid can go a long way.

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Filipino Teen Creates Footwear That Can Charge Phones & Access Electricity

A fifteen-year-old Filipino teen named Angelo Casimiro has created a new way to charge a phone or flashlight with footwear that can generate electricity by walking.

He recognizes that this concept may not seem necessary for everyone. After all, who wants to walk when they can just plug their phone into a charger and go on with their full day of watching Netflix? Well, this is certainly not the average day for everyone.

“I’m a Filipino. I live in the Philippines. And just by looking around my surroundings, I can see that a lot of people are suffering from poverty,” explains Casimiro. “A simple source of light is a big deal for people who don’t have electricity.”

The footwear was Casimiro’s entry to Google’s Science Fair this year. He realized that the average human takes 7,000 steps a day and wanted to find a way to utilize that energy.

Of course, this will still take quite some effort. During Casimiro’s experiments, he was able to give his phone about 10 minutes of battery life after two hours of playing basketball. None the less, this is clearly a start to something extraordinary.

Learn more about his invention with the video below.


Kimiko Glenn As Brook Soso on ‘Orange is the New Black’

When Netflix released the entire second season of Orange is the New Black, let’s just say we were more than a little excited. By the third episode, we discovered something to be really excited about– they casted an Asian.

Kimiko Glenn is the actress who plays the prison’s newest inmate, Brook Soso. Another character has described her as a “dirty hippie.” This isn’t completely missing the mark considering everything we’ve learned about her so far. She refuses to shower, goes on hunger strikes for better prison conditions and even rallies her other other inmates. Although at times odd, she’s clearly quite a character.

Of course this isn’t the first Asian character on Orange is the New Black. However, the only other Asian character, Chang, hardly spoke and told us nothing about her personality. Soso is quite the opposite– she can’t stop talking and the other inmates are quick to realize that.

Recently, actress Kimiko Glenn opened up to Cosmopolitan.com about her character:

Cosmo: You’re in more than half of the episodes in Season 2. How did you end up on the show?
Glenn: I was doing theater before all this, and I had some experience with film and TV — I filmed a sitcom pilot. When I got the audition, I was actually watching episode 5 of the first season. You know how it kind of snowballs and you’re like, Now I can’t stop, I’m addicted? I was in the middle of that. After I finished, I paused and looked at [my agent’s] email and it said: “Appointment for Orange Is The New Black.” And I said, “Oh my god, wait!” I stared at it for a second because I thought I was seeing things. It was cool because I was watching, like, “I would love to be on this show, but I would never be on this show because what part would there be for me in a prison?”


Cosmo: Orange is a great platform for minorities. How does Brook’s character help as far as Asian American representation, and do you think about it?
Glenn: Absolutely. I think the original vision of the character was a blonde girl, and then they opened it up to Indian, and then it kind of landed on me somehow. But I think that was telling of how open Jenji [Kohan, the creator] is and the way in which we’re thinking about it more. What I love about playing Brook is the fact that this is not an Asian stereotype. This is not like any character I’ve gone in for. I go in for a lot of the typical things you would think: the silly sidekick, the smart one, stuff like that. It is something I think about all the time. It’s a conversation I ask my agents; I ask my managers. It’s always a conversation because I do want to be playing parts that are human parts. And I love that they say that I’m Asian American. I’m not “full Asian.” I think Asians in general are underrepresented.

Cosmo: There isn’t much representation at all, and your character is funny.
Glenn: I get discouraged when I watch films. TV, I think is getting a lot better, but I’ll watch and it’ll be primarily white and then a few African-American actors scattered in. As an Asian woman, I find that it’s pretty difficult to break the boundary, you know, to come in and tell a story that isn’t about being Asian. I think what would be completely ground-breaking is if there was some sort of film or TV show — or maybe there is, I don’t know — where there is an Asian American lead who wasn’t about being Asian American.


Read the rest of Kimiko Glenn’s responses here.

THE ULTIMATE SUSHI GUIDE: Everything You Need To Know About Japan’s Most Iconic Food

History of Sushi

Over 2000 years ago, the first sushi was created. Of course, it was quite different back then. The original “sushi” was created in Southeast Asia simply as a way to preserve fish in fermented rice. The process of creating this original sushi, called narezushi, involved having salted fish wrapped in fermented rice for months and the rice would be thrown out when the fish was consumed.

When this became popular in Japan, the Japanese created a new dish, namanare, which involved eating both the fish and rice. The fish was consumed before it changed flavor.

Finally, a third type of sushi was created. Haya-zushi is the form of sushi we are most familiar with. The fish and rice was assembled to be eaten at the same time and the rice was not being used for fermentation.

Our modern sushi was created by Hanaya Yohei as an early form of fast food.



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Proper Way To Eat Sushi

1) Do not rub wooden chopsticks together before use. This may insult your host by saying their chopsticks are cheap.
2) Don’t feel pressured to use your chopsticks. It is also common to eat sushi using your hands. 
3) Sushi is meant to be consumed in one bite.
4) Only a light amount of soy sauce should be used. Otherwise you may insult the chef by indicating that the sushi did not have enough flavor.
5) The fish portion of the sushi should be dipped into the soy sauce and your sushi is consumed “rice up.”
6) Although popular in America, wasabi is not supposed to be mixed into the soy sauce.
7) Use the back end of your chopsticks to grab sushi from a communal plate.
8) Do not place the ginger on your sushi pieces. Ginger is meant to be eaten between different pieces of sushi to cleanse your palette for the next taste.



Different Types of Sushi
Maki (1)
Cylinder-shaped sushi that is rolled up with a bamboo matt and typically wrapped in nori (dried seaweed) and cut into pieces. There was various types of Makizuki depending on the ingredients inside as well as the size of the roll.
Another form of Makizuki, but it doesn’t quite look like the other variations. Instead of a cylinder shape, it is created with nori in a cone shape and stuffed with ingredients.
Uramaki is a Western-style of sushi which has rice on the outside and nori/other ingredients on the inside. This was created in the United States as a way of visually hiding the seaweed.



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Nigiri is hand formed. It is a mound of rice with a slice of fish/seafood placed on top.
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Raw fish served without rice.
An oval mound of rice wrapped in nori and topped with soft, loose or fine-chopped ingredient. 


“World’s Best Sushi Restaurant”
Tokyo’s famed restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro is said to have the best sushi in the world. The restaurant is owned and operated by 88-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono who is the very first sushi chef in the world to receive three Michelin stars. The sushi gathered so much attention that it became the focus of a 2011 documentary called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”

Reservations must be made months in advance and customers must be prepared to dish out quite a bit of money. The 20-course “Chef’s Recommended Special Course” is about $300. While that’s a lot of money for one meal, customers always seem satisfied. They argue that the meal is an experience and an art.


Chopsticks Tutorial 

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DIY Sushi Plush/Pillow

Inspiring Father’s Day Gift: Menswear That Works to End Human Trafficking

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Or maybe you just want to get something special for that important man in your life. Well we have just the thing! Not only can you help your fellow dress well, you can join the fight against global human trafficking.

Urbane + Gallant recently launched The Wilberforce pocket square. Not only is the pocket square clean, simple and gorgeous, there is an important story behind each one.

The pocket squares are made from organic cotton and natural silk fabric and are sewn by survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia. Each purchase provides survivors double the average monthly income, a personal education, and empowerment to move toward their passions by their own strength. Learn how to contribute to the mission by visiting http://urbanegallant.com.

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Urbane + Gallant is clearly working to make a difference. As mentioned, the pocket squares production specifically employs survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia and provides those survivors with double the monthly income as well as 9 hours of personal education.

To help with their mission, Urbane + Gallant has partnered with Agape International Missionsin Cambodia and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking in Los Angeles to combat this issue on a global scale.

You can purchase this pocket square here. Learn more about Urbane + Gallant on their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Urbane + Gallant is a lifestyle menswear brand on mission to cultivate a generation of men who live authentically masculine lives. Urbane + Gallant fulfills this mission through the creation of ethical fashion, which silhouettes how an urbane and gallant man lives. 

Fall In Love With Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

If you don’t know who Kiko Mizuhara is, you’re definitely missing out on one of Japan’s cutest and most lovable celebs.

23-year-old Mizuhara was born in Dallas, Texas to an American father and a Korean mother. At the age of one, the family moved to Japan where Mizuhara spent her childhood. By the age of 13, Mizuhara discovered her love for modeling and in 2003, she auditioned for the Japanese edition of Seventeen.

Clearly, the modeling world loved her right back. She became an exclusive model for Seventeen and then for fashion magazine ViVi. In addition to modeling, Mizuhara has acted in a number of films and a few television shows.

So what’s so special about this girl? Take even a brief glimpse at Mizuhara and you can feel something special about her. Her cuteness is so radiant that Buzzfeed has named her the “Zooey Deschanel of Asia.”

Check out some of our favorite photos and gifs of the model. You’ll be sure to have fallen in love with her by the end of this.

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Lies You’ve Heard About Asian Glow

Story by Teena Apeles.

All Asians turn red when they drink.
False. It’s estimated that 36 percent of East Asians have the genetic variance that causes facial flushing, according to Dr. Philip Brooks and his colleagues. Other studies suggest this genetic variant in Southeast Asians as well, such as Vietnamese and Indonesians, and there is a considerably low occurrence of the ALDH2 deficiency in the Filipino population compared to Japanese, Chinese and Koreans.

Only Asians have the ALDH2 deficiency.
False. It is estimated that 8 percent of the general population has this genetic condition. It has also been observed in South American, North American and Mexican Indian populations, but the deficiency, according to many published works, occurs “rarely” or is “virtually never seen” in Caucasians or Africans. “For the most part, we don’t think that the flushing you see in Caucasian people is the same ALDH2 deficiency that you see in the East Asian population,” says Brooks.

If you are Asian and get flushed after drinking alcohol, you definitely have the deficiency.
False. While it’s a pretty solid biomarker for the genetic condition among East Asians, Brooks says the only way to know for certain that you have the deficiency is to have genotyping done. In the Japanese study by Dr. Yokoyama, participants were given a questionnaire that was designed to be almost 99 percent accurate in identifying people with the ALDH2 deficiency, and an ethanol patch test was also suggested as fairly accurate.

There are certain types of alcohol that don’t cause facial flushing.
False. Some Asians have speculated that rice-based liquor does not cause flushing. “I found I don’t get red if I drink sake or Korean drinks like soju or makgeolli,” says Jeannie. “Engineered for Asian people!” And Faith believes that a little lemon or lime with liquor goes a long way for her: “Tequila is my drink of choice because it always settles best with my body. I think part of the reason tequila settles better with me is because I usually chase shots with a slice of lime or lemon, and something about the acidity in them helps the al- cohol digest better or something.” She adds, “I know for a fact that when lemons or limes are involved, I have way less of a chance of getting the Asian glow or any of the side symptoms.” But Brooks says there is no basis — and he’s not aware of any data — for ALDH2-deficient people to assume that different kinds of alcohol won’t cause facial flushing, and if it does, on occasion, that that in any way decreases one’s risk for esophageal cancer.



This story was originally published in out Summer 2014 issue. WANT TO LEARN MORE? Be on the lookout for our feature story coming soon! You can also purchase the issue TODAY.

Americans Overreacting to Asian Food

Recently, Buzzfeed released a video called “Asians Taste Exotic Asian Food.” It’s pretty easy to guess what happens in the video, but we ended up rolling our eyes while watching it anyway.

As expected, the Asian food chosen were some of the most intimidating options imaginable. They clearly had the goal of scaring the unsuspecting food-tasters. In fact, almost all of the dishes in this video were part of our list of “Top 10 “Scary” Asian Dishes We Love.” Admittedly, we’d be pretty hesitant to try some of these too. We definitely don’t blame anyone for reacting with shock when they realize their food can still move.

No, shock was not the reason we ended up rolling our eyes.

We understand hesitance and even dislike for unfamiliar food, but based on the reactions from this video, you would think Asian food is the most horrible thing imaginable. It’s an understatement to say that the food-tasters showed disliked for the Asian food. They gagged, spit it out and called it “rotten” and “gross.”

A few of the tasters were able to show some courtesy. They ate the food no matter how intimidating it looked and even admitted when it tasted better than expected. After all, these dishes are delicacies in many Asian cultures.

The rest of the tasters? Watch the video and see their reactions for yourself.

25 Asian YouTubers You Should Check Out This Summer






1) Jenn Im (clothesencounters)
I’m Jenn Im. Korean American. Born and raised in LA, but now living in the Bay. Clothes Encounters is a vlog of style musings, tutorials and lifestyle advice.”






2) Karen O (iamkareno)
“Hello! I’m Karen and I make fashion, lifestyle and lookbook videos. Born and raised in Hong Kong and the Bay Area. My style is influenced by the toughness of the city and the lax suburban lifestyle.”






3) Claire Marshall 
LA based Makeup Artist turned Beauty & Lifestyle Vlogger.”






 4) Cassey Ho (blogilates)
Full length POP Pilates and fun Bootcamp Sculpting workouts to Top 40 Hits with certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho.






5) LaurDIY
Hey! I’m Lauren, a 20 year old, Toronto based DIY and fashion YouTuber. Glitter, DIY, ripped denim & shiba inus pretty much sum up my existence.”






6) Sam Tsui (TheSamTsui)





 7) Wendy’s Lookbook
Hi everyone! I’m Wendy. I find inspiration in art, nature, culture, architecture, food, people and music. For me, fashion is a compilation of all that. The goal of my channel is to share outfit suggestions, create fun pairing ideas, provide fashion tips, play with shapes & colors, and put a smile on your face =D”






8) Vagabound Youth
19 year old Los Angeles native. CEO & founder of vintage boutique Vagabond Youth. Full time UCLA student. Feminist.”






9) Amy Pham (The Platform)
The Platform is a community of passionate content creators who share a love of beauty, fashion, and self expression. We celebrate real faces, real voices, real points of view, and believe that being unique never goes out of style.”






10) Just Kidding Films 
“Teaching Good Things In A Bad Way.”






11) Wong Fu Productions 
“Short films, music videos, and vlogs from Wes, Ted, and Phil. We like to tell stories, whether they’re funny, sad, or thoughtful. As emerging artists and filmmakers, we hope to continue to improve our craft, grow as a company, and reach people with our work.”






12) itsJudysLife
“Daily Vlogs with my husband Benji!”




13) Emmy (emmymadeinjapan)
“Join me on my international tasting adventures eating viewer-sent treats, Japanese candies, and homemade eats on Emmymade in Japan.”






14) Jessica Sanchez (jsanchezfan)






15) TantrumJas
“I am Jasmine. I am a 13 year old from London. I sing, I play piano and guitar. I will keep you updated with what I am up to on my facebook page (link below) – make sure you give it a ‘like’ !”






16) beautifymeeh
“Korean Makeup, Beauty, Fashion, Style, Tutorials, Inspired Looks, Vlogs and more ♥”






17) Keone & Mari 
“Doing what you love, with the one you love, through His love.”






18) Jeannie (alittleaboutalot)
“I love sharing things I discover and hope to encourage a few people along the way!”






19) Sophia Chang (fashionista804)






20) BubzBeauty
“My channel is to help make people realise their own beauty. In their hearts.”






21) Jubilee Project
“We are Jubilee Project – we exist to tell stories that inspire change!”






22) Joseph Vincent/Jason Chen






23) ochikeron
“This channel will show you how to cook Japanese Home Cooked Meals. Some are kawaii (cute) ♥”






24) SoothingSista






25) Taro (runnyrunny999)
“Hi, I’m Taro. Not pro but been making a cooking video since 2008. Japanese food, Japanese twist food… What is your favorite dish? ”

Beautiful Fashion Designs Using Flower Petals

Creativity reaches new heights with the work of a 22-year-old student in Singapore, Grace Ciao. Instead of using ink or fabric, Ciao creates her designs with an unexpected, but beautiful medium: flower petals.

Ciao told Buzzfeed that this creative idea was purely accidental. A boy had given her a red rose and she wished to preserve it.

Clearly, her idea was brilliant. Ciao currently has over 20,000 followers on Instagram and her beautiful petal designs have been featured on a number of media outlets.

When asked about her most favorite flowers to work with, Ciao responded that she favors flowers with multiple shades.

“They help me create prints which I otherwise couldn’t have thought of,” she explained “I think petals work really well for illustration also because their delicacy and exquisiteness mimic those of a soft fabric.”

Be sure to support Grace Ciao by checking out her official website and following her on Instagram.

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