Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013

Now some of you may be wondering why we have the SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) series to begin with. Before you incorrectly judge, let us clarify a few things. This series was not created simply because we want to oggle at attractive men and base their worth on their looks. That would be far from our purpose.

This series was created because over the years we’ve recognized something very unfortunate. As Asians, we’ve been plagued by a number of negative and incorrect stereotypes. Sure, we’ve been able to fight off some of these myths, but many of these stereotypes still continue strongly today. One of the most widely known? A stereotype against Asian men.

Asian men, for some unknown reason, have been labeled as unattractive here in America. 

Of course, mainstream media is largely responsible for this. Too many times have we seen Asian males stereotyped as short, skinny, nerdy, awkward and unappealing in the public eye. Too many times have we heard that Asian girls can “date any race they want” while poor Asian men are left empty-handed.

Just look at the social media shots fired at New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde concerning her “scrawny Asian boyfriend.” With such a high number of racist stereotypes thrown at him, we really begin to see just how mainstream media has depicted Asian men.

Of course, we know better. Asian men can be just as attractive, sexy and appealing as any other. This series was created to counter the very incorrect stereotype Asian men have been facing for years. Whether its their looks, talent, sense of fashion or even intelligence, these men have proven themselves as desirable.

In honor of the new year, we look back on the most popular SHAGs thus far. We present to you the Top 5 SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) of 2013.


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1) XIAN LIM 
“Who is Xian Lim you may ask? He’s only one of the hottest and most admired stars in Philippine showbiz. This Chinese Filipino actor, model and singer has received several awards and has been featured in a variety of films and television shows…”


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2) LEE BYUNG-HUN
“It’s no secret that I love Lee Byung-hun. And it’s also no secret that I want you to love him too. I came across this workout/training video of the South Korean actor recently – and heavens, it was just too special to not devote a entire post of screen caps to share with our S.H.A.G. fans (Audrey readers)…”


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3) JAY PARK
“Men’s Health Korea never fails to brighten up my month –every month. Kpop star Jay Park is this month’s cover boy and like all given cover boys of the past, he gives the world (um, fangirls) a look at his glorious abs and his tattoos…”


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4) DANIEL HENNEY
“It’s rare to feel the need to swoon, sigh, giggle (yes, the term “giggle” is actually appropriate here) and blush all at the same time. If you thought this overwhelm of emotions was impossible, then you clearly haven’t seen the latest photoshoot from today’s Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy), Daniel Henney.”

 


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5) SONG SEUNG-HEON
“Our latest S.H.A.G. (SMOKING HOT ASIAN GUY!) is none other than South Korean heartthrob, Song Seung-heon. Song Seung-heon is returning to kdrama-land with the MBC meloadrama When a Man Loves on April 3rd! While we don’t know how much of his abs will appear in this upcoming drama, but we can give you this picture for now to hold you over…”

Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013

2013 was quite the year for Audrey Magazine. Not only did it mark our ten year anniversary, it was also the launch of our revamped website. While we’re more than excited to kick off this new year, let’s take a moment to look back on all the stories of style, beauty and inspiring Asian Americans of the previous year.

Ranked by which stories were the most popular of the year, we bring you Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013!


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1) Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair
“If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, its Asian hair. No one knows when this actually happened, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women had the same kind of hair…”


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2) Not For Weak Stomachs: Removal of a 25-Year-Old Blackhead 
“In September we showed you the results of sleeping with makeup on for an entire month and called it a horror story. Now we take that back. We take it all back. Apparently, that wasn’t a skincare horror story at all. This is…”


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3) Korean Twin Sisters Unrecognizable After Plastic Surgery 
“It’s no secret. In Asia, plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. In fact, double eyelid surgery is so typical that many girls have been known to receive the procedure as a graduation gift. Aside from these minor procedures, just how far has surgery entered Asian culture? According to some, surgery has become a very serious ordeal…”


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“1. Indonesian entertainer Agnes Monica (@agnezmo) — 8,326,171 followers
2. Japanese-Swiss-Polish Brazilian TV personality Sabrina Sato Rahal (@sabrinasatoreal) 3. Indonesian singer Sherina Munaf (@sherinamunaf)…”


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5) Korean American K-Pop Star Embroiled in Nude Photos Scandal
“Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet. Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy…”


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6) The Ultimate Guide to EXO
“EXO is separated into two subgroups, EXO K and EXO M, which promotes in Korea and China respectively. But together? This boy band totals to 12 members. Overwhelming? Just a bit. As much as we wanted to get to know the line-up for KCON, was learning all 12 members worth it? YES. The answer to that question is a very enthusiastic yes…”


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7) False Rumor: Philippines Disqualified From Pageants For The Next Two Years 
“In the midst of all this good news for the Philippines, a strange rumor has begun to spread. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the  Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants for the next two years claiming that Filipina candidates had an “enormous advantage” this year…”


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8) Asians in Fashion | EXO-K for Ivy Club Autumn 2013
“With the rise of EXO’s popularity, we can confidently say that  Ivy Club made quite a good decision to have the boys model and endorse their Autumn 2013 look…”


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9) Extremely Racist Responses to Olympus Has Fallen
“Its no secret that we still face racism today. Every time I start to believe that I live in my ideal/equal world, acts like this bring me back to the reality that we still have a long way to go…”


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10) Where I Went and What I Bought: Seoul
“I took a dream vacation last month. Not to some tropical hideaway surrounded by crystal clear waters. Not to a romantic European capital overflowing with crumbling palaces and fine wine. No, I went on a shopping vacation. To Korea…”

 

Watch JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS’ Award Video: Inspiration Award 2013

Earlier this month, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal presented their 12th annual awards gala, Unforgettable. Historically, this event recognized the success of the Korean American community, but in honor of Audrey Magazine’s 10th anniversary, Unforgettable expanded to celebrate the achievements of the entire Pan-Asian community.

Aside from a lavishing dinner and show-stopping performances, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal honored three individuals with achievement awards: producer of The Joy Luck Club and Shanghai Calling Janet YangYouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Jose Antonio Vargas was presented with the Inspiration Award for his inspiring efforts to advance the Asian American community.

About Jose:
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. Additionally, he is a notable advocate for the DREAM Act, an American legislative proposal which seeks to uplift the immigrant community.

In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine internationally with fellow undocumented Americans as part of a follow-up cover story. Since then, he has testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, and written and directedDocumented, a documentary film on his undocumented experience. It world premiered in June 2013 as the centerpiece of the AFIDOCS film festival in Washington, D.C.

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Watch DAVID CHOI’s Award Video: Arts & Entertainment Award 2013

Earlier this month, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal presented their 12th annual awards gala, Unforgettable. Historically, this event recognized the success of the Korean American community, but in honor of Audrey Magazine’s 10th anniversary, Unforgettable expanded to celebrate the achievements of the entire Pan-Asian community.

Aside from a lavishing dinner and show-stopping performances, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal honored three individuals with achievement awards: producer of The Joy Luck Club and Shanghai Calling Janet YangYouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

David Choi was presented with the Arts & Entertainment Award for his success in the arts & entertainment industry and for paving the way for future Asian Americans to thrive.

About David:
David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer. On YouTube, he has close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views. David has toured all over the world performing his original songs and covers in front of thousands of people. He wrote and self produced all three of his albums including “Forever and Ever” which debuted at #97 on the iTunes top album charts.  His songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV, A&E, E!, Travel Channel, Style, PBS, Food Network, Disney, retail stores all over the USA, as well as in national commercials overseas and he has worked with brands such as Kellogg’s, Starburst, American Cancer Society, GE, YesStyle, Blue Microphones, Google, Toyota, Samsung, Hyundai and JC Penney.

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Watch JANET YANG’s Award Video: Audrey Woman of Influence Award 2013

Earlier this month, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal presented their 12th annual awards gala, Unforgettable. Historically, this event recognized the success of the Korean American community, but in honor of Audrey Magazine’s 10th anniversary, Unforgettable expanded to celebrate the achievements of the entire Pan-Asian community.

Aside from a lavishing dinner and show-stopping performances, Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal honored three individuals with achievement awards: producer of The Joy Luck Club and Shanghai Calling Janet YangYouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Janet Yang was presented with the very first Audrey Woman of Influence Award to acknowledge her inspiring efforts as a woman in the Asian American community.

About Janet:
Janet Yang is a prominent Hollywood producer with deep roots in China.  Her award-winning film and TV credits include The Joy Luck Club,  The People vs. Larry FlyntDark Matter and Indictment: The McMartin Trial. Most recently, Yang produced the international film, Shanghai Calling, a romantic comedy shot entirely on location in Shanghai and played to great acclaim.  Yang began her career bringing Chinese cinema into North America, and then representing the Hollywood studios to broker the first sale of American cinema into China. This in turn led to joining Steven Spielberg on the historic production of Empire of the Sun. Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Committee of 100. Yang holds a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese studies and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Harry Shum Jr. Choreographs “Painfully Shy” Interpretive Dance

Here at Audrey, we’ve always been quite the fan of Harry Shum Jr. and for good reason! Aside from his popular role as Mike Chang on Fox television show Glee, his powerful role as Chaz Young in White Frog and his swoon-worthy abs, Harry Shum Jr. is also widely known for his show-stopping dance skills.

This Chinese American entertainer began his dance career in high school then continued under several studios in San Francisco. He is known for blending a number of different dance styles including popping, tutting,waving, locking, breaking and also contemporary.

While we’ve been seeing quite a lot of Harry on the television screen, we don’t seem to know too much about his personal life.

Finally, Harry Shum Jr. lets us in. Creating a beautiful mess, Harry choreographed an interpretive dance to show how it’s like to be painfully shy. In this very personal and very beautiful dance, we get to know the actor and his personal struggle just a little bit more.

“If you, right now, are in a shell,” says the narrator, “you should know that you’re not alone — that there are many, many other people like you… it might even be necessary right now. It might keep you safe for a time. But after the danger is gone and after it’s exhausted its use, you’ll find a way out.”

Watch the dance below.

 

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You Won’t Believe Who’s Behind This Amazing Nujabes Cover

 

Nujabes was a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ. The name “Nujabes” is the reverse spelling of the DJ’s birth name, Jun Seba. Aside from owning  Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founding Hydeout Production, Nujabes is most known for his blend of jazz with hip hop music.

Some of his more notable works include the “Luv(sic)’ hexalogy as well as his work in the anime Samurai Champloo.

In 2010, Nujabes died in a traffic accident leaving his many fans to grieve over the 36-year-old.

Of course, much of his work remains popular today. Recently, some students in Korea have been reaching viral popularity due to their impressive cover of Nujabes’ “Aquarian Dance.” The best part about all this? The students are 2nd graders.

Check out the talented students of an elementary school in Daegu, South Korea. For your reference, you can hear the original Nujabes version below.

 

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“Being Born As A Girl Is Worthless”

Among the number of privileges we often take for granted is a skill you’re using this very moment: literacy.

For those of us who are lucky enough to have an education, we often overlook how much we utilize reading and writing on a daily basis. To us, it is simply basic knowledge that one naturally picks up way back in elementary school. We foolishly forget that there is an overwhelming amount of women who dream of having the opportunity just to learn how to read and write.

The truth is, for many women, education is not something that is attainable. In certain areas of the world, girls grow up to believe that because they are a girl, they don’t deserve an education. They don’t serve a purpose outside of procreation and taking care of their husbands. These girls grow up believing that being born a girl is worthless.

This is exactly what Chuna Devi grew up believing. As a child in Nepal, she was not sent to school because her parents saw no need in a female having an education. Instead, she was left to look after the animals and was married off by the age of 16.

As a result, when her mother needed medical attention, Chuna Devi could not find the necessary doctor because she could not read the words and numbers on the hospital signs.

This is not uncommon for many women in South Asia. According to Le Globaliste, “of the world’s 493 million illiterate women, half live in South Asia. The region will see 130 million young girls married as children by 2030, and almost four in 10 South Asian women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes. As girls are forced to abandon their education, they become increasingly isolated.”

Now, at the age of 47 and with daughters of her own, what does Chuna Devi decide to do? Change her life.

As a mother of three raising her kids in Nepal, Chuna finally learned how to read at a READ center. With this knowledge, Chuna educates her own daughters and aims to spread the message that it is never too late to learn.

The official website for READ Global describes their centers and organization:

READ Centers offer educational trainings and resources in literacy, livelihood skills, health, leadership, women’s rights, the environment, and more. READ Global is nonprofit organization working in rural South Asia to build community library and resource centers (READ Centers) that offer training programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women’s empowerment. With each Center we seed a small business called a ‘sustaining enterprise’ that generates revenue to maintain the Center in the long run. Our Centers are owned and operated by our local partner communities.

 

Slowly, but surely, READ informs more and more women that being born as a girl is priceless. Watch the inspiring story below.

 

Do You Prefer An Older Or Younger Lover? Japan Responds

They say that age is just a number, but apparently people still have their preferences. For many of us, there has been a long-standing belief that older men prefer younger women and younger women prefer older men.

Recently, this trend seems to have shifted.The rise of terms such as “cougar” and “MILF” have increased in popularity. This has become so evolved in mainstream media that even “Hot Mom” photo competitions exist. The idea of “the attractive older woman” has been embraced.

In the past, if you were a woman who dated a younger man, you were laughed at, called a “cradle-robber” and even called desperate. Women were led to believe in finding an older man to ensure that they were nurtured and cared for. Times have changes and more and more women are leaning away from this path.

Sandra L. Caron, a professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, told The New York Times, “For a long time we’ve been fed this idea that women should look for a man to take care of her, a man that is more educated, has a better job and makes more money. That might be fine and dandy if you’re in high school and have this fairy tale Prince Charming. But when you look at adult women, most are self-sufficient and they don’t have to look for that.”

When NBC News looked into this trend, they noted that women may be more interested in younger men because,

-Older women are looking better every day, thanks to creative medical advances and a gym on every corner.

-Women are more likely to come back on the dating market because of divorce and a longer expected life span.

-Not as many women are looking for the picket fence and two cars. Now companionship, travel, and fun are coming to the forefront.

-Women may also want a man with a less-developed career who could follow her or take care of children, if that is a factor.

-For their part, younger men often find older women more interesting, experimental, fun to talk to, financially settled, and more adept sexually.

 

While the U.S. has begun embracing the idea of older women with younger men, Japan has kept true to their traditional views on relationships.

Earlier this month, a Japanese dating app called Match Alarm asked nearly 3,000 singles if they preferred dating someone the same age, younger, or older. The response was unanimous for women- 81.3% responded that they would prefer an older lover. This percentage is not as large for men, but a majority (46.9%) still prefer dating younger women.

Despite this preference towards traditional ways, Japan was still surprised that one in three men want an older lover. In fact, once the numbers were separated by age group, more than 50% of men between the ages of 20 and 24 preferred older women.

Japanese women generally seemed to agree on older men. Even the oldest age group, 35-39 most preferred dating older men. Check out the results below.

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So tell us- do you prefer an older or a younger lover?

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