Bruno Mars recently won best pop vocal album for “Unorthodox Jukebox” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Additionally, Bruno Mars was nominated for three more Grammys including record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance.
Mars is clearly off to an amazing start for 2014, but his most recent achievement certainly takes the cake.
His much-anticipated Super Bowl performance alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers became a historic moment. The performance attracted 115.3 million viewers — the largest audience in Super Bowl history.
Prior to Bruno Mars, Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance held the record at 114 million. Beyonce’s performance last year had an audience of 110.8 million, but Bruno Mars was even able to beat Queen Bey.
This year’s Super Bowl game had an average viewing audience of 111.5 million viewers. Once again, this is the largest number in Super Bowl history.
“An old-fashioned charmer with old-fashioned talent, Mars is probably the most wholesome star in Top 40 pop right now,” LA Times writes. “Not to mention the one whose skill set most readily overlaps with that of the legends of yesteryear. He’s not afraid to sing about sex, but he’s also deeply unlikely to flash any skin — a reassuring prospect to NFL brass still haunted by a glimpse of Janet Jackson’s nipple 10 years ago.
When any of my Korean friends say that drinking is something that runs in their blood, and they tell me this quite often, I usually laugh it off as a joke. Whether it’s true or not, most of my friends have shown pride with this ongoing saying about their culture. However, recent studies have proven that this may not be a joke after all.
While it is well known that Koreans tend to consume more alcohol than most, many may be surprised with the startling difference of alcohol consumption in South Korea compared to the rest of the world.
A recent study from Quartz has shown that the average amount of liquor consumed by a person of drinking age is 13.7 shots per week in South Korea. In second place is Russia, but that number drops down drastically to a 6.3.
In fact, in America, the average amount of liquor consumed by a person of drinking age is 3.3 shots per week. That makes American consumption of alcohol more than four times less than South Korea.
Of the liquor consumed in South Korea, 97% of it is Soju. The popular fermented rice spirit is a native to South Korea with alcohol content varying from 16%-45%. As expected, soju sales have consistently topped the charts. Soju ranked #1 in world sale records of the diluted alcohol market in 2002. In 2006, it was estimated that the average adult Korean consumed 90 bottles of soju that year.
Of course, holding the title of being the number 1 drinking nation in Asia has its downsides. The numerous outbreaks of drunken violence has thankfully led to many efforts aimed to restrain South Koreans from heavy drinking.
Looking for a good cry? We’ve got just the thing to pull at your heartstrings.
Chinese New Year, which is often referred to as “Lunar New Year,” is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays. The holiday is even celebrated in countries with significant Chinese populations such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia.
A few days ago marked the beginning of the year of the horse. According to tradition, dinner on new year’s eve is the most important dinner of the entire year. Chinese New Year is a time for family to gather together, pass out red envelopes and (of course) eat to their heart’s desires.
Aside from the traditions of fireworks, red packets, decorating and cleaning, it is extremely important that new year’s eve dinner as well as new year’s dinner is spent with family. This is meant to emphasize the importance of family by ending and starting the year together.
In modern times, especially with how busy everyone is, it may be easy for some to forget the importance of family. This commercial is here to remind you. Released in 2012, this “oldie-but-goodie” is sure to help us remember that family will always be there for you.
To avoid stereotyping, I’m not going to say that all Asians like pandas, but we definitely have a soft spot for these adorable bears. Native to south central China, pandas are known for their distinct black and white color and for (despite their large size) having a diet that consists almost entirely of bamboo.
Well many people have decided to incorporate pandas into their own diet. No, I’m not talking about eating our beloved bears. A number of people have found creative ways to incorporate the panda’s distinct black and white patches into every day food. The result? Adorable panda-shaped and panda-themed food!
And who wouldn’t want food in the shape of these docile, cuddly creatures? Pandas are now considered an endangered species, but people have definitely made up for it by incorporating pandas into just about anything you can think of.
Now riceballs, cookies, pastries, bread, mochi, ice cream, cookies and even coffee can come in an adorable panda shape.
Admittedly, I am one of those individuals who gets gloomy at the sight of rain. For many people, rain is a time to complain about getting wet, being cold and an unexplained sense of sadness. Well you may start reconsidering that once you see Kayden.
In this video, Kayden appears to be experiencing rain for one of the first times. Trust us when we say this is the cutest reaction to rain EVER.
If you need a reminder to appreciate the little things in life, this would be it. I may not be delighted with rain, but I certainly don’t mind Kayden playing in it.
That’s right! Our wishes of seeing more Asian women in the media have been answered. Sure there’s Lucy Liu on Elementary, Brenda Song on Dads and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons on Modern Family, but it’s not very typical to see english-speaking shows focus entirely on Asian women. Mnet has hopes to change that.
Mnet America, the first and leading national television network centered on Asians, is releasing a new original series Alpha Girls. The show, which will debut on February 26 at 8pm ET/PT, follows the lives of successful Asian women and the struggles they have to endure to reach success. And don’t worry, the series also shows all the personal drama we love tuning into.
The premiere season of Alpha Girls follows TOKiMONSTA (DJ/ producer), Mina Kwon (artist, illustrator, graphic designer), Lanie Alabanza-Barcena (founder and lead designer of Hellz Bellz) and Soo Joo Park (fashion model).
TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee)
TOKiMONSTA is a Korean American electronic music producer, recording artist, and DJ. She has been ranked LA Weekly’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles, has two albums released and is currently signed to Ultra Records.
Mina Kwon is a Korean artist, illustrator and graphic designer known for her distinctive aesthetic and fresh look at modern day Hip Hop and street culture. Currently, she travels internationally to design album covers for Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy, Swizz Beats and other big names.
Soo Joo Park
Soo Joo Park is a force to be reckoned with on the fashion runway. Her resume includes top names like Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli, Emporio Armani, Ter Et Bantine, Osklen, Alexis Mabille, Vivienne Westwood.
In 2005, Lanie Alabanza-Barcena launched her own clothing line called Hellz Bellz. Based in Los Angeles, Lanie’s company has expanded, gained popularity and has collaborated with names such as Stussy, Vans, Nooka, Reebok, Sanrio Japan and G-Shock.
With the return of The Walking Dead quickly approaching, we can’t help but be excited to watch our favorite character, Glenn, make his way back onto our television screens. Although February 9th is less than two weeks away, many TWD fans are already bursting at the seams in anticipation.
To keep our readers entertained during this countdown, we’ve decided to make a very important list: 10 Reasons Glenn Would Make A Great Boyfriend.
1. He’s brave.
Glenn is, without a doubt, a Gryffindor at heart. Who can forget the moment Glenn offered to go down a well and be bait for a swollen zombie? Glenn has constantly put his neck on the line for the safety of others. We’re sure he’d care about your safety as your boyfriend.
2. He’s a risk-taker.
Looking for someone adventurous and willing to take risks for you? Well Glenn’s just the guy you need. Let’s not forget the reason Rick is alive in the first place — Glenn took a risk. He could have easily left Rick to handle the swarm on his own, but Glenn decided to help and bring him into the pack.
3. He’s protective. See that? That’s the face of a man who isn’t okay with people hurting his girlfriend. The angriest we’ve ever seen Glenn was when The Governor harassed Maggie. He does not let that kind of disrespect slide.
4. He’s caring.
If there’s one thing we all want in a relationship, it’s someone who cares about us and our well-being. Needless to say, Glenn cares about his girlfriends.
5. He’s sexy.
Even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, he understands the importance of “one-on-one” time.
6. He’s proud of his culture.
Walkers all around? That doesn’t matter. Glenn will still take the time to remind you that Asians are not all the same. Who doesn’t love a man who’s proud of his culture?
7. He’s loyal. The people in his group may not be blood-related, but to Glenn they’re family and that’s enough for him. Glenn is one of the most loyal characters and obviously a loyal boyfriend.
8. He’s romantic.
Okay, we get that chopping a ring off a walker’s finger may not be the cutest thing, but the guy is working with what he’s got! Imagine him in a walker-free world. He’s definitely a romantic boyfriend.
9. He knows how to have fun.
Yup, his life is in danger every single day, but that’s not gonna stop Glenn from getting his kicks. If you’re looking for a boyfriend who knows how to have fun despite gloomy circumstances, then Glenn is the guy for you.
10. He’s honest.
Remember that one time Glenn was told not to let people know that there were walkers in the barn? Yeah, the boy can’t keep secrets, BUT you can’t deny that he’s honest and he feels the need to do what’s right. These are definitely admirable traits in a relationship.
BONUS: Dolled up or dirtied up, he’s still eye-candy.
Among the talented artists that performed at Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal‘s annual awards gala, Unforgettable, indie band Run River North definitely stood out.
This six-member band is a force to be reckoned with when they’re together and luckily, others are beginning to notice. Run River North was recently featured on Last Call With Carson Daily.
The band discusses how they came together, how they lost a competition to a yo yo player and even how fun playing music in the back of a Honda can be.
During the interview, the band pointed out that they are all children of immigrants and with that comes a certain expectation and responsibility. Many of us can relate to the pressure of repaying our parents for their sacrifices.
“This [life as a musicians] is a very interesting choice for our parents. Having that family background makes doing this music seem very challenging. Our parents grew up wanting us to have a stable American Dream life. And we’re doing this which hopefully will be that, but in a lot of those first couple of years, sometimes even your whole career, you wont know what success looks like so having to juggle our own hopes and aspirations along with trying to honor our parents rightly — that challenge is something that we face everyday.”
The idea of being paid to eat sounds great doesn’t it? It will sound even better once you find out that this South Korean woman makes over $9000 a month just for eating dinner. I know what you’re thinking– where are the job applications!?
But before you go and quit your day job to become a full-time eater, you should probably know that there’s a catch. Seo Yeon Park, the beautiful 33-year-old who makes a living off of eating, must spend her dinnertime in front of a webcam to appease hundreds of adoring fans.
A little awkward? You bet.
But many of the Koreans who tune into Seo Yeon Park’s live-channel argue that paying to watch Seo Yeon eat is perfectly reasonable. We want to emphasize that although Park is noticeably attractive, there is no nudity or sex involved. Many people are quick to assume that her popularity is due to some strange fetish among viewers, but fans argue that they primarily watch Seo Yeon Park to heal their loneliness and their hunger pangs.
“People enjoy the vicarious pleasure of my online show when they can’t eat that much, don’t want to eat food at night, or are on a diet,” Seo Yeon told Reuters.
For this reason, Seo Yeon only eats top quality food that costs about $3000-$5000 a month. Seo Yeon will spend several hours eating (trust us, this girl can eat!) and spend a few more hours chatting with her fans. The entire show is roughly 4-6 hours and available every night. The show contains a live chat room and has become very interactive for her fans.
“For Koreans, eating is an extremely social, communal activity, which is why even the Korean word ‘family’ means ‘those who eat together,'” says Professor Sung-hee Park of Ewha University’s Division of Media Studies.
This is precisely why the show has become extremely popular among individuals who don’t want to eat by themselves.
“One of the best comments I ever received from a viewer who said that she had gotten over her anorexia by watching me eat,” says Park. “That really meant a lot to me.”
As a token of appreciation, many fans send in money. Seo Yeon Park gets paid so much that she was able to quit her day job at a consulting agency and now puts her full attention towards eating.
Lucky for her, Seo Yeon’s metabolism seems perfectly capable of adjusting to her job. Fans have watched her consume 4 whole pizzas in the span of a few hours and still maintain a fit body. Now that’s impressive!
If you still find yourself puzzled by all this, you’re not alone. In fact, Seo Yeon often receives harsh criticism from people who don’t support her channel.
“I get some really awful commenters who make me reexamine ‘why am I doing this again?’ but at the end of the day the positive feedback overwhelmingly outweighs the bad, so I am happy to continue.” she says.
And she’s not the only one! Over 3,500 people have been doing similar online programs sponsored by restaurants.
We’re not quite sure that this is a fad that will work in America, but we’re certainly interested in seeing how this progresses in Korea.
It’s no secret that Japanese women face quite a bit of pressure when it comes to weight. There are B&Bs where the cost of rent is dependent on the tenant’s weight and apps which verbally abuse women until they lose a few pounds.
Even when Japan tries to be more accepting of heavier women with terms like “marshmallow girls,” many of these actions cause unintended harm. For instance, a morning television show claimed it was perfectly acceptable for women to be heavy, but there are “right and wrong ways to be a fat girl.”
So when the Japanese entertainment company, AVEX, revealed that they were joining forces with fashion magazine CanCam to create J-Pop’s first official “fat” idol group, we were all taken aback with the news.
As RocketNews24 points out, “In Japan, being an idol is serious business. Getting caught in anything that has the potential of crushing a fan’s dreams could easily result in the idol getting fired. Simple things that common people partake in without as much as a blink of an eye, such as dating, smoking, or even putting on weight, are huge taboos for many members of Japanese idol groups.”
Clearly, Japan is trying to break away from their conventional image of a J-Pop idol. Asian Junkie believes that with the recent fad of “marshmallow girls,” it was only a matter of time that the pop industry would get in on the trend.
Auditions began August of last year. Out of 3,500 applicants, ten girls have finally been chosen to be part of the new J-Pop idol group, Chubbiness.
Rather than focus on being slim, the girls are encouraged to maintain their figure. To emphasize that they are proud of their weight, each member has revealed their favorite part of their body.
The big question is whether or not these girls are actually chubby. To many of us, most of the members of Chubbiness aren’t actually very round at all. In fact, many fall under the average weight category, but apparently these girls are no where near the thin figures of typical Japanese idols.
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