Jamie Chung Reacts to Being in PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful Women List

Jamie Chung, Audrey Magazine‘s Fall 2012 cover girl, has yet another achievement to add to her list. People Magazine‘s latest issue revealed their picks for the 50 most beautiful women of 2014. Much to our delight, Chung made it onto the list.

Earlier today, Chung posted the following photo on Instagram:

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She also tweeted the following humble message:




The 30-year-old Korean American actress is most known for her portrayal as a bisexual Mulan in the ABC fantasy television series Once Upon a Time. Additionally, she has a number of television shows and movies under her belt including Grey’s Anatomy, Sucker Punch, The Hangover II & III, Premium Rush, The Man With The Iron Fists, 7500  and she played the lead in the indie film, Eden, based on the true story of Chong Kim and her personal struggles against human sex trafficking.

Fans everywhere fell for Chung’s beauty and talent. Understandably, many hearts were broken earlier this year when Chung announced her engagement to 35-year-old actor Bryan Greenberg.

Of course, this won’t stop her many fans from purchasing this issue of People Magazine. If you haven’t fallen for Jamie Chung yet, check out the reasons we love her.

Chung is not the only favorite of ours to make it on to this list. Sneak peeks of the list have been popping up online all week. We have discovered that another Audrey Magazine cover girl, Mindy Kaling, is also part of this list. Kaling is most known for creating and starring in her very own TV sitcom, The Mindy Project and for being nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as a producer of The Office.

Our Favorite Harry Shum Jr. and Jenna Ushkowitz Moments

When the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee paired together Mike Chang and Tina Cohen-Chang, audiences couldn’t get enough of the couple. The pairing, which tried to intentionally point out racial stereotypes, largely gained popularity because of the duo’s chemistry with one another.

Just how much chemistry is there? Apparently the actors behind these characters, Harry Shum Jr. and Jenna Ushkowitz, share the same birthday. Today we’d like to wish a happy 32nd birthay to Harry and a happy 28th birthday to Jenna.

Although the two are not a couple in real life (Harry Shum Jr. is engaged. Get to know his fiance here), the duo clearly have some fan-supported chemistry. Check out our favorite Harry and Jenna moments below.

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Want to see more of these two? Check out the top 5 reasons we love Jenna Ushkowitz and Harry’s “Painfully Shy” Interpretive Dance.


Top 5 Reasons We Love Jenna Ushkowitz

We’d like to wish the lovely Jenna Ushkowitz a Happy 28th Birthday! In honor of her special day, we decided to highlight five of the many reasons we are a Jenna fan.

1) She’s Talented. 

Most people know Ushkowitz through her role on musical comedy-drama television series Glee. However, Ushkowitz’s time in the spotlight began since she was just 3-years-old. The child actress appeared on a number of television shows including Sesame Street. At the impressive age of ten, Ushkowitz stepped into Broadway and had her first role in 1996 revival of The King and I. She appeared in several musicals in high school and received a  B.A. in Theatre Arts, with a concentration in Performance and a minor in Musical Theater from Marymount Manhattan College. Clearly,  Ushkowitz was destined for the limelight.


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2) Her Character on Glee.
In 2009,  Ushkowitz landed the role of Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. Glee‘s cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” featured Ushkowitz on lead vocals and proved to be quite a success. According to the character’s official wiki page, the song “charted at number 47 on the Australian Singles Chart, 38 on the Canadian Hot 100, 15 on the Irish Singles Chart, 35 on the UK Singles Chart, and 66 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100.”


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3) She’s a Korean American Adoptee.
The large Korean adoptee community faces quite a bit of controversy. Just check out this Korean adoption photo essay, the documentary about Korean American adoptee Dan Matthews and this tragic adoption case. Despite the number of individuals who are against Korean adoption, Ushkowitz proves that an adoptee can thrive under such circumstances. Her achievements have made her one of the few notable Asian Americans in mainstream media.

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4) She’s an Audrey Cover Girl.
Ushkowitz was Audrey Magazine’s very own Fall 2011 cover girl.  “I want to do what Sandra [Oh] has done, which is make herself an actress, and not an Asian American actress,” she told Audrey Magazine. “I want to be able to break those walls and make it socially wanted — not “acceptable” ‘cause I think it is acceptable — to see an Asian girl on the cover of any popular magazine.” Check out the entire interview here.


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5) She’s Beautiful.
Just check out these photos below.

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Bizarre Double Eyelid Training Glasses

Plastic surgery rates in Asia have skyrocketed over the years. Among these surgeries, the double eyelid surgery is easily the most requested and common procedure. Despite it’s growing popularity, some woman are still unwilling to go under the knife and have created alternative methods to achieve their goals.

Some have resorted to make up, others have opted for photoshop, and now we have a bizarre little device called 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.

“There are many products that create a double-eyelid, but there are also many people who have a hard time using glues and tapes to create the look,” says Techo Trade rep, Ikuo Otani. “We created this product with those people in mind, allowing anyone to easily train their eyelids to become creased in just a few minutes a day.”

Although the Eyelid Trainer makes it’s users look absolutely ridiculous, many people seem determined to achieve this look. The Eyelid Trainer sold 7,000 units sold in the first month of sales.

Of course, we’re not quite sure if this product actually works. In fact, the rise in cosmetic surgery in Asia indicate that more and more people are willing to cough up the money for permanent results instead of products like the Eyelid Trainer.

Currently, South Korea has the world’s highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery. Just how much surgery are we looking at?  Well there’s a woman who was so obsessed with Miranda Kerr‘s looks that she decided to go under the knife in an effort to look like the Australian Victoria’s Secret model. The phenomenon of cosmetic surgery has grown so much in Korea that a television show called “Let’s Beauty” was created. The show allows audiences to follow along with someone’s entire cosmetic transformation.



This Adorable Family Dancing to K-pop Will Make Your Day

Korean girl group T-ARA is most known for their hit “Roly Poly” which was nominated for several awards including Gaon chart’s number one single of the year.

Aside from the cute group members and catchy lyrics, the song catapulted into popularity for its innocent dance. There are many videos of people trying to mimic the dance moves, however, no one seems to be able to beat the original.

Until now.

DramaFever, the people responsible for showing us the adorable Ye-bin, recently released a video that is 3 minutes and 26 seconds of adorable. In the video, a family shows us the most amusing dance cover to the T-ARA song.

We’re not sure who we want to pay attention to most. Should we look at the young girl who has an impressive amount of dance skills for her age? Or maybe we should look at the tiny baby who wobbles in and out of the camera? Many viewers are arguing that the star of the video is actually the father. Even though he’s not quite as skilled as his daughter in dancing, he’s just as committed. Still in work clothes, he’s just as determined to nail the dance moves.

Check out the video below. We promise it will make your day.


Not familiar with the T-ARA song they’re dancing to? Watch it here.

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Health & Wellness of Asian American Women: The Secret to Happiness

The search for happiness is no easy one. It’s a particularly hard task because many of us don’t exactly know what makes us happy in the first place.

It seems like we’re not the only ones trying to figure this one out: studies have been done to answer that very question. The results? Rather than some of the expected triggers of happiness such as friends, money and food, it has been scientifically proven that one of the greatest contributors to happiness is how much gratitude you show. This is not to say that the aforementioned things do not bring happiness. Let’s not kid ourselves — food has made us all happy at one point. This study simply concludes that one’s happiness can be drastically shifted depending on the amount of gratitude shown. In other words, they may have found a way in which we can find happiness despite rough days.

Soul Pancake decided to take this theory for a test-drive. They measured the happiness level of people before and after showing gratitude. Check it out for yourself:

If such a small act impacts the emotional health of individuals, then it is especially important that the Asian American community start incorporating this into our daily lives.

In our Fall 2013 issue, we delved deep into the topic of depression and mental health among Asian American women:

Asians are arguably the most wired people in the world, and we also bear the ignoble distinction of having the highest rates of depression. According to a 2011 report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group. In fact, Asian American girls and women aged 15 to 24 die from suicide at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, and suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among Asian Americans overall (only ninth for white Americans). It’s not just young women either; Asian American women over 65 have the highest suicide rate in that demographic. And while some studies find depressive symptoms in 35 percent of Chinese immigrants, among Southeast Asians, 71 percent meet the criteria for major affective disorders such as depression.

What causes such a high incidence of depression within our community? Is it the pressure we often face from family and society? Is it, as mentioned above, a matter of comparing ourselves to others and setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves?

Apparently, it may have a thing or two to do with race itself. Medical Daily released a story that studied the long term effects of racism. According to the study, there is a strong relationship between racial discrimination and depression. More importantly, Blacks, Hispanics and Asians were at the highest risk.

By enduring racism earlier on, various health issues such as “low self-esteem, reduced resilience, increased behavior problems and lower levels of wellbeing” can result.

“Children are still developing their sense of worth and belonging,” Medical Daily explains. “They internalize hateful comments more often as truths.”

Clearly, we are fighting various battles at once. With so many factors working against us, it is especially important that Asian American women look after their emotional and mental wellbeing. So why not try these methods: even the small steps — limiting time on social media and taking the time to show gratitude — may make a difference. After all, what’s there to lose?

Avril Levigne Responds To Criticism About Offensive “Hello Kitty” Music Video

You may have missed the recent controversy surrounding Avril Lavigne’s new music video “Hello Kitty.” After all, the video was taken down the same day it was uploaded onto YouTube.

The video to Lavigne’s single “Hello Kitty” has received criticism left and right for its cultural appropriation. Simply put, it’s 3 minutes and 19 seconds of sushi, bright colors, expressionless Asian back up dancers and random Japanese words. All of this prompted Billboard to call the video an “embarrassment in any language.”

Even some of Lavigne’s most loyal fans (who wouldn’t even necessarily call the video intentionally racist) definitely saw why it was problematic to use a culture as a prop. They were certain that Lavigne would release an apology. Were they right?

Well, 21 hours ago, Avril responded to all the criticisms and allegations of racism.

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Now we can all let out a collective sigh and eye roll. Is this an apology for a lapse in judgement? Absolutely not. In fact, it sounds like the cop-out excuse: “I have an Asian friend so I can’t be racist against Asians!” Yup, we’ve all heard that one before. If she had noticed that she offended people and sent an apology because that was not her intention, our feelings would be different. Despite an overwhelming amount of people shaking their head at the video, Lavigne, as well as a number of fans, still don’t see the problem.

To reiterate what we said early, the reason people are upset over this video is because “it uses Asian culture as a prop. Even the expressionless back up dancers are simply a backdrop. There is a very big difference between embracing a culture and using it as an accessory. It is not appreciation to trivialize an entire way of life.”

Avril, why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?



Adorable Image of The Day: Couple Recreates Photo 51 Years Later

Some say that romantic love doesn’t exist anymore and who can blame them? After all, there’s a Korean website for “discreet cheating” and in Japan, people have resorted to virtual girlfriends.

Luckily for us, there are still some believers of love and every now and then they help us believe in it too.

The Twitter account History in Pictures shows us exactly what it’s title suggests. They post pictures of a New York blizzard in 1888, a San Francisco drive-in theater in the early 90’s and even a rare picture of Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller.

Recently, they posted an image that has been capturing hearts. An Asian couple posed for a picture in 1963 and then recreated the picture in 2014 at the exact same spot. The picture was only uploaded last night, but it has already gathered nearly 4,000 retweets and over 7,000 favorites.

Unfortunately, no one seems to know who this adorable mystery couple is. We’d like nothing more than to get in contact with them and thank them for reminding us of how love looks like.


Incredible Miniature Art by Tatsuya Tanaka

Tatsuya Tanaka, a Kagoshima-based artist and art director, is quickly becoming a big deal for his project called “Miniature Calendars.”

Tanaka places delicate and tiny figurines with real, life-size objects. He has been able to create impressive and creative backgrounds and settings using these everyday objects. In one photo, pins and rubber bands create the ring of a boxing match. In another picture, the curve of a banana becomes the perfect snowboarding slope.

“Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once. Broccoli and parsley might sometimes look like a forest, or the tree leaves floating on the surface of the water might sometimes look like little boats,” Tanaka explains on his official website.

His work may be small, but Tenaka’s creative mind has given him giant attention. Tenaka has nearly 14 thousand followers on Twitter and his Instagram, where he posts most of his artwork, has nearly 60 thousand followers.

Step into Tenaka’s creative world with his photos below.

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Take a Peek at Obama’s $300 Sushi Meal

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo, Japan for his Asia Tour. After Japan, the President will make a stop in South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. According to the Stamford Advocate, the purpose of this trip includes “reaffirming his commitment to a defense treaty with Japan, making progress on a stalled trans-Pacific trade agreement and finalizing a deal to modestly increase the American military footprint in the Philippines.”

President Obama began this Asia tour on Wednesday evening by having a private dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What restaurant can possibly be fit for a President and a Prime Minister? They dined at Tokyo’s famed restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro which 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.

If you’re not willing to spend $300 on sushi, there are food bloggers out there who can do it for you. Food blogger Little Meg dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro and her pictures give us a peek at the sushi fit for a President and Prime Minister.


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