Why Asian Americans Are in Support of Jeremy Lin Joining the Lakers

 

This past weekend, social media exploded with the news that Jeremy Lin was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers. In particular, Asian Americans couldn’t stop talking about it. After all, Lin’s success story hit home with many of us, sports fans and non-sports fans alike.

However, Lin’s trade was met with much debate. Some Laker fans criticized his ability and questioned whether or not his fans were supporting him for the right reasons. We’re gonna clear it up for you: Yes, Asian Americans support Jeremy Lin not only for his skills but also because he succeeded against all odds. He succeeded despite the doubts thrown at him that we, as Asian Americans, face on a daily basis.

We summed it up in our Winter 2013-2014 issue by pointing out that Lin “embodied the hardworking Asian American icon that had been discriminated against and underestimated his entire life and was finally getting his opportunity to show the world what he could really do.”

 

 

 

Furthermore, NBC News points out that the trade was clearly a good decision. Los Angeles is one of the largest Asian American markets and will surely be in support of Lin.

“Lin has a chance to make a huge impact in that town — not by trying to relive ‘Linsanity’ but by being a solid player constantly trying to improve his game,” said University of Michigan Asian/Pacific Islander American History Professor Scott Kurashige to NBC News. “As long as he performs at that level, Asian Americans will undoubtedly rally behind Lin and the Lakers, but he’ll gain the respect of many more beyond that.”

As for Lin, he doesn’t seemed to be phased by all the debate. Three days ago, he posted the following picture.
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“Thank you to Houston fans, media, Rockets staff, coaches and teammates for the last 2 years,” he wrote in his caption. “Sad it never went, or ended, the way I had envisioned it to, but God always has a perfect plan and I’ll forever cherish that chapter of my life. Im SO blessed to join the Lakers and cant wait to get started!!! #purpleandgold #calikid”

 


MUST-TRY Korean Beauty Trend: Ombre/Gradient Lips

Already tired of ombre hair and ombre nails? Don’t give up on the ombre craze just yet! This summer, we’re encouraging all of our readers to try out the growing Korean beauty trend, ombre lips. We know what you’re thinking– this just looks like someone who ate a cherry popsicle. But trust us when we say there is much more to this look than what meets the eye. In fact, a quick glance at these celebs may have you convinced soon enough.

Ombre lips, also known at gradient lips, has been a popular look in Korea for years. It picked up tons of fans when a few members of Girls’ Generation used the look for their “I Got A Boy” music video back in 2012.

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SNSD’s “I Got A Boy” Concept.

Since then, gradient lips have popped up everywhere in Korean pop culture. Actress Yoon Eun Hye rocked the look in the popular drama “I Miss You” and more recently, actress Han Ji Min took part in a stunning photo shoot for Elle Korea where she showed off her (you guessed it) gradient lips. 

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Yoon Eun Hye in “I Miss You”

Han Ji Min for Elle Korea

Han Ji Min for Elle Korea

There are a number of reasons this look picked up popularity. Blogger Wengie points out that gradient lips creates small and innocent, doll-like features which fits perfectly with Korea’s “cute” obsession. On the other hand, others point out that a deeper shade of red on the inner lip has the opposite effect. Lips can then achieve the “just-bitten” sexy look.

Clearly, gradient lips can work for all sorts of faces and can quickly transition from innocent to sexy depending on your mood.

So how exactly does one achieve ombre lips? Luckily for you, gradient lips are quite simple:

 

 


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STEP 1: Go nude! (Well, just your lips.) Apply nude lipstick onto all of your lips. You can also use concealer or foundation to get the desired shade.

 

 

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STEP 2: Apply red or pink lipstick to the inner portion of your lips. You may reapply the color until you reach your desired shade.

 

 

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STEP 3: Blend outwards by dabbing it with your finger or smacking your lips together. Be sure to keep the color on just the inner portion of your lips to achieve the gradient look.

 

 

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STEP 3: Move away from innocent to sexy by emphasizing the umph– I mean, the color. Add a lip tint to your inner lip once again.

 

 

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STEP 4: Apply lip balm to the outer edge of your lips.

 

 

And that’s it!

Check out the video tutorial below for a better look at how it’s done with various shades.

Artist Turns Children’s Drawings Into the Most Awesome Plush Dolls Ever

 

There are many, many reasons we want to be kids again. No bills, more time to sleep and no irritating hormones are just a few of these very valid reasons to miss childhood. Well, artist Wendy Tsa is here to add another reason to the list: She can turn children’s doodles into amazingly accurate plush dolls.

This ingenious idea began in 2007 when Tsa made her first softie (yes, she calls them that) based on her 4-year-old son’s self-portrait. Realizing that more parents would want to immortalize their child’s quirky creativity, she created her very own toy company, Child’s Own Studio.

Of course, running this company can be quite a handful. After all, Child’s Own Studio’s official website points out that she is the company’s creator, proprietor, designer, craftsperson, photographer, marketing department, media contact and customer service. I don’t know how she does it all when it gets me tired just reading that sentence.

 

Artist Wendy Tsa and son.

Artist Wendy Tsa and son.

 

But to Tsa, it all seems worth it. She has created more than 600 unique and personalized softies from children’s drawings all over the world. Her craft has become so popular that Tsa cannot take orders consistently. She opens up a wait list about once a year and accepts less than 200 of the orders. Tsa recently opened up her wait list a few weeks ago and it already filled up. Fast.

No surprises there. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see their children’s drawings come to life? The price of these very unique softies are about $250. While this may seem rather steep for a stuffed animal, Tsa’s customers definitely think it’s worth it for these quality, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Check out some of her work below and be sure to look into her official website here.

 

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Americans Taste Filipino Street Food and Are Pleasantly Surprised

 

Last month we all rolled our eyes at Americans overreacting to Asian food where, as you can guess from the title, a few taste testers made it seem like Asian food was the most horrible thing in human existence. Let’s not kid ourselves here. Asian food is amazing —end of story. (Am I biased? Maybe a little.)

So you can imagine our fear when these same Buzzfeed taste testers decided to try some Filipino street food. After all, we’ve seen this before and it wasn’t pretty. A controversial blogpost titled “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again!” made its way onto the Web a few months ago and sparked some controversy for its writer, Agness Walewinder.

The story received nearly 700 responses and even led other writers, such as travel writer Nathan Allen, to allege that Walewinder was intentionally abrasive and offensive just to gain attention for her blog.

For instance, Walewinder comments, “No wonder why [sic], in the north, the vast majority of Filipino kids and young people are overweight. This is something we have noticed straight away. People in young age [sic] are huge and it’s due to poor quality of food.”

 

 

After such controversy, we couldn’t help but expect an even worse reception in Buzzfeed’s Filipino street food taste test. After all, these are the people who cringed at Japanese snacks. (Seriously, how do you not like jelly cups and green tea Kit Kats?)

So you can imagine our pleasant surprise to discover that Filipino street food was rather well received this time around. Although the tasters showed some hesitation before taking a bite, they were quick to admit that the street food was pretty good and even ended up enjoying many of the treats. Finally, we’ve found something they’re satisfied with!

Check out the video below and excuse me while I go indulge in some turon.

 

 

Choi Siwon Rescues A Puppy and Makes Us Fall in Love With Him… Even More

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Super Junior’s Choi Siwon any more than we already do, he goes and does some heroic act like this.

Siwon has been in Taiwan filming a new movie, To The Fore, directed by Dante Lam. Although he has only recently arrived, he has already been all over Taiwanese TV news. For what? Stepping out into traffic and saving a lost puppy from the pouring rain.

Apparently, Siwon was in a vehicle when he noticed the puppy and didn’t hesitate to chase after her and dry her off with a towel. He then dropped the puppy safely off to a vet’s clinic. How do we know all this? Well the good (and very, very handsome) samaritan was unaware that his entire act of kindness was caught on video. Was it filmed by a random passerby? Paparazzi? Crazy fan girl? We’ll never know, but we’re very thankful for the footage either way.

Additionally, Siwon had posted this adorable photo on twitter moments after the rescue.

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Although this story is heartwarming, we can’t say it comes as a complete surprise. After all, the Korean artist is well-known for his kindness and gentlemanly ways. According to Taiwanese fans, the artist has never denied a fans request to shake hands and is extremely friendly.

This act of heroism isn’t the only thing that has us in love with Siwon. He’s a triple threat: a singer, actor and model. He’s known for his strong faith and his reputation for kindness is unyielding. Oh, and let’s be honest here– if we looked up “handsome” in the dictionary, let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if I found his picture there. After all, he did rank #7 on The Independent Critics “100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013.”

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Oh, did I forget to mention the abs? We shouldn’t forget that.

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Choi Siwon, I would say there’s no way for us to love you even more, but you’ll probably go and prove us wrong again.


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Indian Arranged Marriages Meets Online Dating

It’s no secret that, even in this day and age, arranged marriages still exist. In fact, this tradition remains to be a very big part of Indian culture.

But there’s also no denying that the whole concept of an arranged marriage receives plenty of criticism. Some argue that marriage should be about love. Others point out the domestic violence rates in arranged marriages. Even more admit to feeling uncomfortable about the idea of people being forced. Simply put, many believe that this is a thing of the past and question how such an old tradition can survive in such a new age world.

Well, four Harvard Business School graduates seems to have come up with an answer to that. They realized that, for some families, the tradition of arranged marriages was not leaving any time soon. Well, if they wouldn’t budge, then this “new age” would be brought to them.

Hence the creation of a new website called easyBIOdata.

Anyone who is familiar with online dating will recognize the structure of easyBIOdata. Similar to other online sites, the website allows you to set up a profile which includes details such as height, skin tone, academic achievements, career and details about your family. The only difference? This profile is also meant to be viewed by parents and family members to get to know prospective partners for their children.

“We call the [biodata] a résumé for marriage, essentially,” co-founder Allyson Pritchett explained to NBC News. “It’s the first impression people get to make on the person they are hopefully going to be with forever.”

Although the website successfully scored fourth place in a course-wide competition, news of this website is being met with a lot of criticism. One commenter pointed out that the whole process felt like a job application.

The site’s founders disagree. In fact, easyBIOdata is described as “a free, user-friendly platform, dedicated to creating professional-quality biodata profiles for prospective brides and grooms.” To be honest, that sounds like any other online dating site description.

Furthermore, the creators are discovering that many of the young adults are actually using the site themselves rather than their parents and relatives. These young adults admit that they struggle to find a partner that their parents would approve of while living outside of India. This site gives them access to those who also face this struggle.

“As we got into it, we realized that it’s young people that are using it. With easyBiodata, they can create their own profiles but they’ll still choose to put their parents’ contact info on the form to keep them involved,” one of the founders, Yu Kakitsubo, said. “Our service is something that’s in between the traditional and the new.”

Check out the profile examples below and tell us what you think.

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Korean Golfer Ignores Suggestion to Get Plastic Surgery, Wins 16 Golf Tournaments Instead

We’ve all heard stories of models and actresses who have to deal with the sometimes unattainable expectation to be beautiful all the time, but now it appears that this expectation of beauty is expanding to the sports world. Apparently, even some athletes are now facing the pressure to be beautiful. At least that’s what it seems to be in the case of 26-year-old Korean golfer, Ahn Sun-ju.

After winning 16 tournaments and accruing nearly $5 million in prize money since 2010, Ahn has climbed her way upward and has become the top female golfer in Japan. Clearly, this is an extraordinary achievement, but it left sports columnist Lee Young-mi with questions. Namely, why was she not striving to be the best golfer in Korea?

Unfortunately, her responses to his interview questions were disheartening to say the least. Simply put, her physical appearance held her back.

“Some (potential Korean) sponsors even demanded I get plastic surgery,” she said in the article. “Companies did not consider me as a golf athlete, only that I was a woman. It mattered most to them was whether my appearance was marketable [sic]. I was deeply hurt by that.”

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The Korea Times points out that she won six tournaments in Korea, but still struggled to find a corporate sponsor. Is it really because she wasn’t pretty enough? She thinks so. During the interview, Ahn acknowledged that she doesn’t fit the stereotypical definition of “sexy” (why does that even matter?) but would not let that hinder her from playing golf. Instead, she turned to Japan.

“Japanese companies, on the other hand, focused on my ability as a golfer,” Ahn explained. “They are more concerned about my performance and how I treat my fans. I am being sponsored by six Japanese companies, including a clothing brand.”

Can we say for certain that Ahn’s decision to move to JLPGA was due to Korea’s inability to accept her physical appearance? Absolutely not. She may have just dealt with a sour company’s opinion and we certainly shouldn’t assume that the KLPGA puts those expectations on their players.

What we do know is that Ahn endured a horrible experience of someone telling her she wasn’t pretty enough. What’s even worse is the realization that we, too — sometimes not even aware of it — are told the same thing.

Many of us, especially women, are pressured on a daily basis as hundreds of advertisements tell us there’s room for improvement. That of course confirms the message we’ve grown up with our entire lives: we’re never enough and our imperfections need to be fixed. The pressure to be beautiful certainly occurs worldwide, but some countries, such as Korea, have begun to build a reputation for beauty, a reputation maybe they feel they must keep. Many people have now correlated Korea’s high beauty standards to their equally high plastic surgery rates. After all, how else is one supposed to keep up with such extreme pressure and expectations?

We may never know the details behind Ahn Sun-ju’s unfortunate experience. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that we admire her. She quickly understood that her worth was measured in her talent, not in her external beauty. Besides, last we checked, beauty never won golf tournaments. Good for you, girl.

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Odd Asian Trend: Brides Dolled Up For Their Big Day … Graduation

A few months ago, we got to see what happens when Japanese schools have no dress code for graduation. The regal ceremony turns into an epic show of cosplay with Domo, Princess Peach and even PowerRangers ready to accept their diploma.

This may be strange for those of us who picture graduation as a time for shiny black gowns and square-shaped caps. However, in Japan, they believe that a special day should be treated as such. Plus, this gives them another opportunity to show off some creativity and flare.

As it turns out, students in China also perceive graduation in this light. Instead of cosplaying as their favorite anime character for graduation, however, Chinese students have a different sort of outfit in mind: wedding dresses.

We kid you not. The most recent trend among Chinese college graduates are Western-style wedding gowns. White, laced and beaded, these Western-style wedding gowns are not at all new to China. In fact, many Chinese women have chosen a white wedding dress over the traditional red dress, but that hasn’t caused too many heads to turn seeing as the wedding dress is still actually being used for, oh, you know, a wedding.

When asked why they want to wear these typical wedding dresses for their graduation photos, one graduate said, “The wedding dress makes things feel more meaningful.” But isn’t a graduation meaningful enough without all the confusion of other celebrations thrown in? Apparently, not the way we imagine it.

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“Graduation ceremonies [in China] are not fun,” says Forbes writer Zheyan Ni. “Parents don’t typically attend and professors don’t hug. Speakers are usually party bureaucrats and officials affiliated with the school, delivering platitudinous and dry elocutions. In fact the only place for graduates to creatively express themselves is the formal photo shoot.”

Some have pointed out the symbolic meaning behind leaving one chapter of your life and “getting married” to another. Others have said this is their last chance to be creative and crazy without consequence. And some have simply said the gowns make everyone look pretty and that’s what you want for an important day. Whatever the reason may be, students across China are renting white gowns and bouquets of flowers for their very special day … well, their other very special day.

Tell us what you think — is this new Asian trend cute or too odd for your liking? Watch the video below.

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Breaking The Asian Myth: Why Asians CAN Wear Yellow

We’re no stranger to Asian myths — they’ve been thrown at us our entire lives. They’re ridiculous over-generalizations about Asians that assume we’re all exactly alike. Some Asian myths are dangerous, like the idea that Asians don’t get fat or don’t get breast cancer — both of these hinder our community from taking necessary health precautions. Other Asian myths are much less harmful (unless you count the dangers of all the eye-rolling it causes us), like the belief that all Asians have the same kind of hair.

Well, we’re here to add another eye-roll myth to the list: Asians shouldn’t wear yellow.

I was shocked to discover just how many Asian women were told that they shouldn’t wear yellow because it clashes with Asian skin. I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror, I certainly don’t think my skin shows signs of jaundice. It may have a yellow undertone, but all sorts of ethnicities have yellow undertones, so why are we forbidden from wearing yellow?

As it turns out, there’s no valid reason for the myth at all. One-time fashion dictators simply thought it made us look sallow and was not flattering on our skin tone. (It’s the same thinking behind why redheads should not wear red or pink.)

Yes, now is the time to sigh. But who can blame these color-blind fashionistas of the past. After all, this video from the ’80s highlights just how early we’re taught that Asian=Yellow.

The reality? No, Asians are not literally yellow. We simply have to blame a German professor from the 19th century who came up with the five color typology for humans that categorized Asians under the term “yellow.”

Luckily for us, this means that we can wear yellow without disappearing into our clothes. And as it turns out, we do a damn good job of it, too. Don’t believe me? Check out the following Asian celebs rocking yellow outfits. You’ll be sure to include this color in your wardrobe after you get a load of them.

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Olivia Munn at this year's Met Gala

Olivia Munn at this year’s Met Gala

 

Actress Jamie Chung

Actress Jamie Chung

 

Actress Mindy Kaling

Actress Mindy Kaling

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

 

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards 2009

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2009

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Bruno Mars Serenades 11-Year-Old Girl Injured by Drunk Driver

Right in the middle of a recent concert in Ohio, Bruno Mars stepped off stage to personally serenade one of his adoring fans, leaving the rest of the audience in a fit of hysterics. After all, it’s not often a world-famous Grammy winner singles out a fan to serenade. I mean, can you imagine all the jealous fangirls that would create? That’s a road no celeb wants to go down, so why all the attention to 11-year-old Zumyah Thorpe?

Well, as Bruno Mars puts it, she’s “an inspiration to the world.”

Last March, Zumyah lost her pregnant mother as well as both of her younger sisters when a drunk driver in a pickup truck collided with their vehicle. Zumyah Thorpe and her older sister survived the crash, but Zumyah suffered from a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to walk and talk. Doctors seriously wondered whether or not she would be able to gain these skills back.

Then something amazing happened.

Zumyah wasn’t about to give up. She began to improve her speech skills with the help of something very specific: Bruno Mars songs. Doctors soon discovered that Zumyah could sing, and she knew all the worlds to her favorite Bruno Mars songs.

“I am absolutely convinced that singing those Bruno Mars songs and being able to say ‘Bruno Mars’ is in itself a miracle,” says pediatric neurologist Dr. Nancy Bass, “and knowing all the words to the songs has helped her recover.”

Mars got wind of the amazing story and the impact his music had on Zumyah’s recovery. This obviously pulled at his own heartstrings and Mars chose to acknowledge it. During his concert, he shared Zumyah’s story to the crowd before hopping off stage to give her a special performance.

Was the audience filled with jealous fangirls that night? Nope. Just an audience that loves Bruno Mars even more.

Check out the heartwarming performance below: