I know what you’re thinking. Barbie may not be the best role model for children (especially with all the unrealistic body standards), but we’ve got to hand it to Mattel, they’ve definitely put in effort to try and be inclusive.
In 2014, American Girl discontinued their one and only Asian American doll and we were devastated. After all, it’s not often that our little ones get the opportunity to see their culture and experiences reflected in something as mainstream as an American Girl doll. This is why we were three times happier when, while looking for an alternative Asian doll, we discovered that Barbie has been creating ethnically diverse Barbie dolls for years.
Most recently, a Filipina Barbie doll named Mutya Barbie has been added to the roster. Mutya is the third face in the Global Glamour™ Collection which also features Tribal BeautyBarbie and Venetian Muse Barbie.
Mutya Barbie was designed by Carlyle Nuera as his debut doll for The Barbie™ Collection. Needless to say, he made sure every single detail was given proper attention. It seems every aspect of the dress pays homage to Filipino culture. Not only did he choose to dress Mutya in a terno, a traditional Filipino dress worn on special occasions by women in the early 1900’s, but even the details of the dress try to capture the many aspects of Filipino culture and fashion.
“Mutya” means pearl or beauty or muse; it’s a girl’s name, and is also used in the titles of beauty pageants in the Philippines. Mutya™ Barbie® will have the Kira face sculpt; I know a lot of collectors have a lot of love and nostalgia for that face sculpt, as do I, since that was a face sculpt I grew up with!
Her organza overdress is a take on the terno, with the unmistakeable butterfly sleeves. The organza’s print references textiles of the different tribes in the Philippines, as well as the sun from the flag. The embroidery on the hem is inspired by the sampaguita, a jasmine flower that is the national flower of the Philippines. The details of Mutya Barbie’s jewelry refer back to tambourine jewelry as well.
If you’re looking to get Mutya on your shelf, you may have to move quickly. Mutya Barbie has a limited release of only 4,400 dolls and we have a feeling she’ll be sold out pretty quick.
Why can’t everyone stop talking about Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film, Big Hero 6? Well, during a time when the Academy Awards are heavily critiqued for a lack of diversity, it’s movies like Big Hero 6 and shows like Fresh Off the Boat that allow Asian American audiences to see characters who actuallylook like us (and aren’t villainized or in the background).
We spoke to Ryan Potter, the voice of Hiro Hamada, back in December during KoreAm & Audrey‘s annual awards ceremony, Unforgettable. After joking around about Asians knowing the best places to eat, he pointed out that what really makes our community so special is that we always support one another.
“There’s really no competition with one another for roles,” Potter explained. “If one of us is suited for a certain role better than another, it’s kind of like ‘Hey, I’m just happy one of us got it and the role wasn’t changed to another ethnicity.’ We all have each others back.”
This support within the Asian American community was certainly evident with everyone’s positive reaction to Big Hero 6‘s Oscar win. In our more recent interview with Ryan Potter, he recalls the very moment he realized that Hiro is one of the first multi-ethnic Disney characters, and what that could mean for the future of films.
“I remember someone told me, ‘How does it feel to be one of the first multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Disney characters ever?’ I was like, ‘Well there’s Mulan– oh wait, no. Pocahontas– wait no.’ Tadashi and Hiro are really the first multi-cultural Disney characters ever,” Potter says. “It’s the 54th title. From here on out, I can only imagine what Disney’s gonna come up with. [Big Hero 6] was definitely groundbreaking and I’m very honored to be able to be apart of it.”
Check out the rest of the interview below:
We don’t know what’s next for Potter, but we do know we’re rooting for him. And for those of you who are still unconvinced that Big Hero 6 is important to the Asian American community, consider what sort of effect it can have on children. As one of the writers for The Nerds of Color points out:
I, for one, am glad for Big Hero 6 and all its flaws. I’ll hope for a sequel or two that will feature — yes — more complex female characters, more men of color, and dare we hope queer people of color too? My daughter will sit in my lap, as she often demands for films that have any action in them, so she can turn her head into my chest if she feels like it’s too scary. I thank Big Hero 6, for the simple and necessary fact that in those moments, that the only person on the screen who looks like her daddy is not the villain.
Don’t miss out. You can purchase the Big Hero 6 Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand today!
Previously, Apple’s emoji humans only came in one shade: White. Thankfully, Apple seems to have finally realized that there is such a thing as a non-white customer (in fact, there are quite a number of us), so they decided to integrate diversity into their emojis to appeal to the masses. As a result, emoji humans will have six different skin tones, there will be flags from various countries and there is even alternate family types for families with same-gender parents.
This all sounds great, right? Most people seem to appreciate Apple’s effort to be inclusive and in general, the new changes have been met with positive feedback. However, there is one major complaint that is upsetting countless people: The yellow emoji.
As Quartz points out, “There is a long racist history of using “yellow” to describe Asians” so it’s only understandable that the Asian community reacts negatively or suspiciously with these yellow emojis. Honestly, that skin tone is really only fitting for Lego people or for The Simpsons.
Asian skin tone in the new Apple emoji set is bright yellow. That seems more racist than racially diverse.
Of course, Apple has tried to remedy this situation by saying the yellow emoji is not representative of Asians. Instead, it’s a default “non-human” color. Apple analyst, Rene Ritchie explained, “The yellow emoji aren’t meant to represent a skin tone. They’re default emoji yellow. Tap to hold to get one of the five skin tone choices.”
Apparently, we’re all supposed to understand that humans do not come in that shade and Apple never meant to suggest that Asians are yellow. Do you believe him? Tell us what you think.
We couldn’t contain our excitement back in 2013 when Marvel introduced 16-year-old Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager who is also known as the superhero Ms. Marvel. Khan is not only an Asian American superhero who can kick butt, she’s a woman we can look up to and relate to.
To highlight the fact that Ms. Marvel battles issues faced by many Asian Americans, comics writer G. Willow Wilson says that Kahn “struggles to reconcile being an American teenager with the conservative customs of her Pakistani Muslim family. Like a lot of children of immigrants, she feels torn between two worlds: the family she loves, but which drives her crazy, and her peers, who don’t really understand what her home life is like.”
Photo courtesy of thenerdsofcolor.org
Much to our excitement, it was recently announced that the Ms. Marvel series is a finalist for the first-ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity.
“The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “[They] reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”
Dwayne McDuffie was an accomplished comic book writer and television writer & producer who co-founded Milestone Media. He also worked on comic book titles such as DC’s Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Justice League of America and Marvel’s Fantastic Four. Although he passed away in 2011, this Diversity Award hopes to continue his vision of superheroes that can reflect all readers.
“I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices — both in content and creators — is able to continue now through this award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Dwayne’s wife, Charlotte McDuffie.
The winner of this award will be announced at the first-ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony which will be held at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28th.
If I’m being completely honest with you, there have been quite a handful of “all-nighters” in my life. Who hasn’t had to give up sleep for work, school or that unhealthy addiction to Netflix? Whatever the cause may be, you’re bound to have a few days where you can’t hide the missing hours of sleep– they show up on your face in the form of dark, unforgiving circles.
Sure, there are plenty of expensive products specifically made for dark circles, but these brightening products often don’t give full coverage or simply create unnatural white circles. Trust me, you don’t want those things either.
Photo courtesy of BuzzFeed/Getty Images
Leave it to YouTube beauty blogger, Deepica Mutyala, to find the solution. As it turns out, we don’t need expensive products to cover up our dark circles. All we need is a red tube of lipstick.
I know, I know. Lipstick doesn’t sound like something you’d want near your eyes, but trust us on this. Mutyala explains in her video that the opposite colors of your blue and green circles are red and orange. As a result, putting some lipstick on your dark circles offers more coverage than a bright concealer.
The trick is to know your skin type and understand what shade of lipstick would best oppose your circles. For instance, those of you who have have lighter skin will probably want to stick with a peach color while those of you who have tan skin can opt for orange and red shades. Blend the lipstick, cover it up with your normal concealer and voilà! You’ll be able to fool anyone into thinking you got a full night of sleep.
Mutuala’s viral video has already gathered nearly 4 million views. Check it out for yourself and let us know if you have any other crazy makeup hacks!
Okay, can we talk about how gorgeous Jamie Chung looked at the Oscars last night?
After all, we weren’t expecting to find much to be happy about. When nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards were announced, The Academy faced harsh criticism over the obvious lack of diversity. So you can’t blame us for pouring all our hopes into Disney’s Big Hero 6 — it was one of the very, very few instances of Asian American representation at the Oscars this year.
In addition to being our favorite, Big Hero 6 also brought Audrey cover girl Jamie Chung to the Oscars for the very first time. Chung, who voiced GoGo Tomago in the animated film, got us excited even before the event started by showing us a sneak peak of her accessories and a photo of her getting ready on Instagram.
That’s right! Our Spring 2015 cover girl is none other than the incredible Lucy Liu. Throughout the years that Lucy Liu has been in the entertainment industry, she has broken the mold for Asian Americans in countless ways. Be on the look out for our exclusive cover story which proves this actor, director, UNICEF ambassador and fine artist is so much more than meets the eye.
Can’t wait to get your hands on the issue? Click here to purchase it or to subscribe to Audrey Magazine. For now, check out what Audrey’s editor-in-chief Anna M. Park has to say about seeing Lucy Liu for the very first time:
When Ally McBeal first aired in 1997, I watched with interest. After all, back then, I too was a young lawyer in a downtown law firm. Of course, we didn’t get to wear skirts that short, and cases never went to trial that often nor that fast, but it didn’t matter. It was a nice 45-minute escape every Monday, the worst day of the week when you’re in a career you hate.
A year later, I got hooked on the show, and it definitely had nothing to do with those ridiculous dancing baby delusions. Ling Woo, played by then-newcomer Lucy Liu, was introduced to the firm. Who is this woman, I thought, and … why do I find myself loving her? Not everyone liked her, of course. Cries of “Dragon lady!” and “Exoticized geisha!” abounded. But I think that simplified the character. From her quicksilver tongue to her curtain of perfect hair, she was different from any other woman of Asian descent I had seen on TV or film. Someone I wished I could be at times — strong, assertive, not afraid to say it like it is.
Over the years, Lucy Liu has become a bona fide star, the first actor you’d name under the category of Asian American actors. And yet I’d forgotten how much of an influence she’s really had in entertainment, her star big enough to host Saturday Night Live, present at numerous Emmy and Academy Awards, even play herself in an episode of Sex and the City. She’s broken the color and gender barrier so many times, most recently in her role on Elementary as Dr. Joan Watson, the first time the Sherlock sidekick has been played by a woman, and an Asian woman, no less.
And yet for all that, it’s her artwork that really impresses me. Seemingly simple at first glance, but look close up and there is so much depth, so many layers. I’m hardly an art critic, but Lucy’s work gives me more of an insight into who she is than a wealth of IMDB entries.
Story by Ada Tseng Photos by Jeff Vespa
Stylist: Ashley Avignone, The Wall Group
Makeup: Rebecca Restrepo
Hair: Danielle Priano
The release of Disney’s Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray and DVD is less than a week away. Naturally, this seemed like the perfect time to reconnect with two of the film’s key voice actors, Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney.
…Who are we kidding? Any time is a good time to talk to Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney.
Potter voices Hiro Hamada, the main character of the film who leads the group of young superheroes that make up Big Hero 6. You may recognize Potter from Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas, where he proved that he doesn’t even need Hiro’s super suit to beat up villains in real life– he’s well-trained in martial arts. Daniel Henney lends his voice to Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi, who created the beloved Baymax. You probably recognize Henney as Agent Zero from X-Men Origins: Wolverine or as one of Audrey’s SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) not one, not two, but three times.
When we last spoke to Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney together, the two admitted that they hadn’t actually met each other until after the film was complete. Well it seems like the months of promoting the film together have certainly made the two much closer. We were lucky enough to get the chance the interview Potter and Henney earlier this month. Needless to say, they showed off that brotherly bond and even tried to prank us. Check out the interview below and make sure you watch until the end for the adorable bloopers.
If you missed Big Hero 6 in theaters, you’re in luck. The Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is already available. The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand will be available on February 24, 2015. Bonus features include deleted scenes and even the adorable short which opened for Big Hero 6 in theaters, Feast.
Be on the look out for updates on Big Hero 6‘s social media:
I don’t know about you, but coming from a Filipino household, I grew up with cans of Spam lining the food cupboard. It’s certainly not the healthiest of dishes, but you can bet that it got me out of bed excited for breakfast.
So what is Spam? Introduced in 1937, Spam is canned precooked meat. Although the origin of the name is still a mystery, many assume Spam means “spiced ham.” During WWII, Spam became a big part of the U.S. soldier’s diet because it was far too difficult to bring fresh meat to the soldiers. As a result, during the WWII occupation, Spam was introduced into Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines and other islands in the Pacific. Since Spam was affordable, accessible and had a long shelf life, it quickly became part of the native diets.
To this day, Spam is a popular food item in many parts of Asia. Even Hawaii incorporates Spam in a number of dishes such as the popular Spam musubi. But aside from Hawaii, the majority of the U.S. seems to have a negative impression of Spam. People seem to either think it’s “cheap” meat or they simply don’t know what Spam is altogether. That may explain all the confused looks in the following videos.
Recently Buzzfeed and REACT both decided to release Spam taste test videos. The difference between the two? Buzzfeed had adults try out Spam while REACT had kids try it out. Who likes it more? Who gets grossed out? Find out below:
I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t they cook the meat first? Sure, Spam is precooked meat, but it’s safe to say most of us throw it on a pan before eating it. In fact, many angry comments claim that the results of the videos would be drastically different had they cooked the meat first.
We’ll never know if that’s the case, but we do know that the reactions were generally the same in both videos. It seems you will either love Spam or hate it. If you’re one of the people who gets grossed out by the canned meat, maybe these Asian dishes will change your mind:
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