Cruel, Inappropriate Comments Cause Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda To Quit Social Media

 

Just yesterday, we came across a touching message that Zelda Williams wrote for her late father, Robin Williams. Unfortunately, later that day, the biracial Filipina actress was so distraught from inappropriate comments and pictures concerning her father’s death that she decided to give up both her Twitter and Instagram.

Countless fans and celebrities (such as Dante Basco) used social media to express their grief over the death of the talented Robin Williams, who was found dead on Monday, August 11 after an alleged suicide. Unfortunately, aside from sympathy, humans are also capable of cruelty.

A pair of insensitive Twitter users tweeted rude pictures to her page that showed Photoshopped images of her father’s deceased body. Angered by this (as anyone would be), she tweeted for her followers to report the users.

“Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please,” she wrote.

 

 

Finally she decided to get rid of her account all together. She informed her followers that she would delete her account for a long time and maybe even forever. She expressed herself further on her Instagram where she shed light on people taunting her and judging her for the amount of photos she had of her father. We certainly agree with her when she called these comments “cruel and unnecessary.” Her post read:

 

I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo

 

According to Fox News, Zelda is currently not allowing the cruel comments to bother her further.

“To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh,” she said in a statement. “As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too.”

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Dante Basco’s Touching Farewell to “Hook” Co-Star Robin Williams

 

You may know Dante Basco, who was featured in our Spring 2014 issue, as the voice of Prince Zuko on Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender or as the lead character in the independent film The Debut. But if you’re like me, your earliest memory of Basco was from Spielberg’s live-action Peter Pan film Hook (1991) where Basco played the red-haired Rufio, leader of The Lost Boys.

Among the notable actors in Hook, such as Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Smith, Basco seemed most fond of the talented Robin Williams. It goes without saying that the recent death of Williams shocked many, including Basco who admits that working with Williams truly changed his life.

Yesterday, Basco put his YouTube Vlogathon on hold and uploaded a video in dedication to Williams and the tragic news.

“Rest in Peace Robin,” Basco sadly whispers. “See you in Neverland.”

 

 

Today, on his official blog, Basco wrote an even more heartfelt farewell to his friend. Basco writes “I, like millions of others, became a fan and was always delightfully surprised by the performances he managed to produce, but with his passing, I can’t help to feel, along with my generation… I can’t help feeling like it’s the death of my childhood. I guess we can’t stay in Neverland forever, we must all grow up.”

 

Jamie Chung Has the Cutest Reaction to the Ice Bucket Challenge

 

If you’ve been active on social media lately, chances are you’ve probably run into the Ice Bucket Challenge. In fact, this has caught the attention of celebs such as Lance Bass, Elizabeth Banks, Martha Stewart and most recently, Jamie Chung.

The premise is simple enough. You take a freezing bucket of ice water, dump it onto your head, record it, post it on social media and nominate some friends to do the challenge as well. I don’t know about you, but usually I find myself rolling my eyes at these “chain letter” challenges. Call me uptight, but I doubt I would choke on cinnamon, chug a can a beer or dump ice water on myself just because “everyone else is doing it.”

 

 

But as it turns out, I ought to listen to my grade school teacher about not judging a book by its cover. There is apparently much more to the Ice Bucket Challenge than what meets the eye .The challenge is an effort to use social media to promote ASL awareness. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States, is a neurodegenerative disease which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing.

What does this have to do with freezing ice water poured uncomfortably on one’s head? Well, after you are nominated to do the Ice Water Challenge, you have 24 hours to complete the challenge or you must make a donation to an ASL charity. Either way, more and more people are curious about the disease and the viral challenge has undoubtedly raised ASL awareness. According to the Huffington Post, there has been a 1,000 percent spike in donations to the ALS association since the beginning of the Ice Water Challenge.

Just a few hours ago, Audrey cover girl Jamie Chung participated in this challenge and it’s definitely a must-see. Let’s just say, if I dumped a bunch of freezing water on my head, I doubt I’d look that cute.

 

Chung then posted a second video challenging none other than Vanessa Hudgens! We’ll definitely be on the look out for that one.

 

TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK: The Secret Behind Asia’s Beloved Peace Sign & The Life of A Billionairess

 

1) Why Do Asians Throw Up The V-Sign In Photos? Finally, An Explanation (READ HERE

 

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2) What It’s Like To Be an Asian American Living in Paris (READ HERE

 

 

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3) Natalie Nakase Makes NBA History As the First Asian Female Assistant Coach (READ HERE

 

 

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4) Monique Lhuillier Designs Wedding Gown For Her Fashion Role Model, Her Mother (READ HERE

 

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5) Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills‘s Dorothy Wang: A Peek Into the Life of a Billionairess (READ HERE

 

Feature image courtesy of Time

 

Sushi Nail Art, a Hindi Remake of “The Fault in Our Stars” and Other MUST READS OF THE WEEK

 

1) Japan’s latest trend: sushi nail art (READ HERE)

 

2) Hilarious instaVid of Jeremy Lin dunking on his mom makes us love him even more. (READ HERE)

 

3) Must-see community project celebrates 40 years of Hmong history in America (READ HERE

 

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4) A Hindi remake of The Fault in Our Stars is coming soon! (READ HERE

5) Food Food Food! Kristen Kish shares some secret recipes. (READ HERE)

6) This everyday, household item can apparently give you perfect double eyelids. (READ HERE)

 

 

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7) Check out the very first Asian American superhero  (READ HERE)

 

8) Harry Shum Jr. will be in the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel (READ HERE)

 

9) Check out “Bongsunhwa,” a play about Korean comfort women. (READ HERE

 

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10) Hilarious false eyelash malfunction on Taiwanese drama (READ HERE

 

 

 

This Heartwarming Video Celebrates the First Year of Motherhood

 

Let’s be honest here — the first year of motherhood is hard. Unless you’re one of the lucky few out there who are breezing through the first couple years of motherhood (what sorcery is this?), chances are you’re barely getting any sleep, your body is still recovering and you’ve worried yourself sick over a small head bump. Oh, and you’ve been thrown up on. A lot.

With the hustle and bustle of life, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the challenges that a woman may experience during her first year of motherhood, so Pampers Japan decided to give new fathers an opportunity to thank the mother of their newborn.

 

 

This extremely moving video shows fathers surprising their beloved with a photo gallery celebrating and documenting the first year of motherhood. Most touching of all, the gallery includes heartwarming thank you messages which truly show how much mothers are appreciated for all their hard work.

Get the tissues ready and check out the heartwarming video below.

 

 

Amazing Covers by The Filharmonic, the Newest Stars of “Pitch Perfect 2″

 

Exciting news for The Filharmonic fans! The Filipino American a cappella singers, best known for being finalists on season 4 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, are the newest additions to the Pitch Perfect franchise. The boys will join actresses Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson for Pitch Perfect 2, which hits theaters on May 15, 2015.

The all-male a cappella group consists of six talented Filipino singers: vocalists VJ, Joe, Trace and Barry, vocal bass Jules and beatboxer Niko.

According to their official website, the members come from a wide variety of backgrounds in the performing arts including pop, a capella, jazz, opera, theater and classical. In addition, “they honor their Filipino heritage through incredibly nuanced musical performances that are both moving and fun to experience.”

A few months ago, we were simply raving about their breathtaking cover of John Legend’s “All of Me.” Well, the boys are back with two more covers that are, once again, breathtaking.

Check out their cover of “Rude” by Magic, featuring AJ Rafael, as well as their cover of “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit.

 

Asian American Teen Dies From Suspected Overdose at HARD Music Festival

 

This past weekend, the Asian American community experienced a tragic loss. Nineteen-year-old Emily Tran of Anaheim, Calif., died of a suspected drug overdose while attending the summer music festival, HARD, in South El Monte, Calif.

According to a statement from the organizers of the concert, Tran began experiencing seizures. The teen was admitted into a health tent at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, and was then taken to the hospital. Sadly, Tran passed away at about 5:30 a.m. the following morning.

Although the autopsy is still pending, there are major suspicions that drugs were involved in the death. According to LA Weekly, “sheriff’s officials believed the teen had turned up positive for signs of methamphetamine and ecstasy, although the latter is an amphetamine derivative that can set off signals of meth use.”

 

 

Unfortunately, this is not the first death associated with rave-like parties. In fact, electronic dance music (EDM) festivals were shut out of the L.A. Coliseum and Sports Arena in 2011 after a 15-year-old, who had sneaked into the a 2010 rave, died of an ecstasy overdose. Additionally, 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang passed away recently at Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas due to, once again, ecstasy overdose.

Although security was notably more strict at this year’s HARD festival, more than 100 people were arrested and many were narcotics related.

Some have pointed out that the Asian American community has a rather large presence at these rave-like parties, but we believe this issue of drug consumption is one that not only affects Asian American youth, but American youth in general. Could these overdoses have been prevented if the deceased knew more about the drugs they were consuming? What sort of steps can we take to prevent similar outcomes?

Tell us what you think.

 

 

Natalie Nakase Makes NBA History As the First Asian Female Assistant Coach

 

Natalie Nakase is no stranger to making history in the basketball world. A few years ago, we profiled the Japanese American basketball player who, despite a petite height of 5-feet-2-inches, had undeniable basketball skills since high school. Nakase went on to play college basketball for UCLA before making history as the first Asian American to play in the National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL).

Things took a turn for Nakase when a serious knee injury ended her playing career. Of course, she wasn’t about to let go of basketball all together. She simply decided to take a different route. In 2011, Nakase made history books once again as head coach of the Saitama Broncos in Japan, making her the first female head coach in Japanese men’s professional basketball history.

 

 

Nakase is currently the assistant video coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers, but she has been quite vocal about her goal of becoming a head coach in the NBA, despite the fact that none of the 30 head NBA coaches are female.

Recently, she took a huge step closer to her goal. Doc Rivers, head coach of the Clippers, asked Nakase to coach the summer league, making her the first Asian female assistant coach in NBA history.

 

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Despite her petite stature, the players have responded well to her.

“When they sit down is probably the best time where I can really get into their ear because they’re sitting and they’re level to me,” she told NPR. “If I say the right things, and things that can help them, then they’ll listen, no matter how tall I am or if I’m a female.”

This is clearly a huge step for the Asian American female community and Nakase has made it clear that she will be ready for whatever comes her way. We certainly can’t wait for this talented woman to become the first female NBA head coach.

 

New Restaurant Dedicated to Employing Deaf Waiters & Waitresses

 

If you walk into Toronto’s new restaurant, Signs, you’ll think it’s just like any other restaurant in town. But you’ll change your mind soon enough once you’re asked to use American Sign Language (ASL) and sign your order to your deaf waiter or waitress. Yup, you read that correctly. In an effort to help increase job opportunities for the deaf community and provide a learning experience for customers, Signs encourages non-deaf customers to adapt to a deaf environment.

Just yesterday, we came across a Chinese student who was denied entry into college because her disability prevented her from passing a physical exam. Unfortunately, this is just one of the few obstacles that a handicapped individual may face. Recognizing this, Indian Canadian restaurant owner Anjan Manikumar has decided to take action and provide opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable for handicapped communities such as the deaf community.

The restaurant,which opened just last month on July 31, emphasizes its fun and novel methods to order.Not fluent in sign language? Well, don’t worry. The restaurant offers a “cheat book” which contains popular phrases used in restaurants as well as instructions on how to sign menu options. Of course, you can always just point to what you want, but where’s the fun in that?

 

 

Anjan Manikumar got the idea while working as a manager at a Boston Pizza in Markham. He served a deaf customer who could only point to what he wanted on the menu.

“I felt he wasn’t getting the service he deserved,” Manikumar told The National. He wasn’t getting the personal touch.”

He decided to learn American Sign Language, much to the delight of his deaf customer who quickly became “a regular.” Manikumar was inspired by the experience and wanted a restaurant that not only encourages non-deaf customers to learn sign language, but also provides job opportunities to the deaf community in a workforce they wouldn’t otherwise be able to work in.

“Providing them an opportunity here is something that they deserve,” said Manikumar. “And they’re very talented, every one of them.”

The most recent data on deaf unemployment in Canada points out 37.5% of deaf Canadians are unemployed and the high number is mainly due to “insensitive work environments.”

Luckily, Signs has already hired 50 deaf employees less than a month after its grand opening.

Mehdi Safavi is one of the waiters at Signs who admits this job is his first full-time job. “It’s wonderful. I’m so excited to be here,” he told The National. “It’s a deaf environment where hearing people can come in and experience our world and our culture. It’s amazing.”