“Smile For The Philippines” Will Warm Your Heart

It goes without saying that the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan has been disheartening and has emotionally affected people worldwide. We cannot possibly know what the typhoon victims are feeling and we can only hope that everyone is giving their full efforts to help the Philippines in their state of need.

With that said, people have tried various methods to raise funds and help the relief efforts in the Philippines. Our hearts are warmed by acts as big as million dollar donations to acts as small as children donating their piggy-bank savings to those in need (small, but equally appreciated).

This is why we can’t help but smile at the efforts of Alex and Roi who handle the YouTube channel Wassabi. The boys, both Filipino, felt that they needed to do something to help. Of course, they wanted to do things a little differently.

In this time of tears, worry and stress, the Wassabi boys thought it would be best to create a video of love and support.

They visited a mall and had random strangers dance and give words of hope for the Philippine typhoon victims. In exchange, the boys would give monetary donations depending on the actions/ words of the the strangers.

In addition to strangers, the Wassabi boys also got a few familiar faces to participate including Keanu Reeves, Ryan Higa and AJ Rafeal.

Watch “Smile For The Philippines” below and be prepared to catch yourself smiling along with them.


Must-See Stop Motion Ad Using Just A Tissue

Say goodbye to the usual tissue ads showing sick kids and pink noses. Nepia, a Japanese tissue company, has decided to go a completely different direction with their advertising.

Quite a bit more visually stunning than a child blowing their nose into a tissue, Nepia has opted to use “tissue craft art.” The very skilled hands behind this video uses the soft tissue to form trees, animals and even human beings for their stop-motion video.

Audiences are stunned that material as soft as a tissue could be used for such intricate shapes.

The video shows much appreciation for the trees that the tissues are made from. Because of these sentiments, the ad includes the statement “Great tissue comes from great trees. We thank our forests.”

Watch the ad below as well as the behind-the-scenes footage. You’ll definitely grow an appreciation for all the hard work put into this advertisement.

Image of The Day: Totoro Cream Puffs in Miyazaki Themed Cafe

So first there was Miyazaki-themed cosplay. Then there was fashion inspired by Miyazaki. Then there were Totoro parodies.

Clearly, the Ghibli fandom is no where near finished even though Miyazaki has announced his retirement. The 72-year-old confirmed that his film The Wind Rises is his last. The film, which focuses on a fictional biography of Japan’s Zero airplane creator Jiro Horikoshi, has already become a box-office hit in Japan since its release in July.

So what’s next from Miyazaki fans? How else will they show their love for the timeless films?

Through food of course.

A city in Japan named Setagaya City holds a themed cafe called White Beard Workshop. Among the various Miyazaki sweets, a certain pastry has been catching social media attention.

The cafe sells adorable Totoro cream puffs. Each puff includes a leaf or hat to represent the flavor of the cream inside. Of course, a treat itself isn’t even the fun part. Upon purchasing one of these cuties, the puff is cut open to reveal the custard creme and give Totoro a big smile.

If you’re ever in Japan, be sure to pick up some of these. Be warned, they may be too cute to eat!

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Unforgettable Gala 2013

You’re invited to one of the premiere entertainment events of the year!

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine’s 12th annual gala, Unforgettable, will take place at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, December 7, 2013. This high profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year.

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal will honor 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.

Featured performers include: Korean American Hip-Hop Artists Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, YouTube artists Clara C., Jason Chen and Joseph Vincent, indie band Run River North, winner of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Poreotics, and Filipino American R&B group LEGACI.

This event is hosted by journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Walter Hong. Expected guests include Tamlyn Tomita, Dante Basco, Sung Kang, Tim Kang, Justin Chon, Arden ChoMickey Rourke and Terrence Howard, and many more.

An after party will immediately follow the black-tie gala, providing another chance to celebrate the year with celebrities and VIP guests at the Park Plaza Hotel.

INFORMATION:
Saturday, December 7, 2013|
An Elegant Black Tie Affair

Park Plaza Hotel
607 South Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Valet Parking: $10.00
Hosted Bar

SCHEDULE:
5PM           Red Carpet & Cocktail reception
7PM           Awards presentation
8PM           Dinner, Featuring cuisine by Lawry’s
9PM           Performances
10PM         After-party

To find out more about this exciting event, please check out the Unforgettable 2013 website here:
http://www.iamkoream.com/unforgettable2013/

To attend the event, call James Ryu at 310-769-4913 ext. 223 or email james@iamkoream.com.

Jason Day Loses Family Members to Typhoon Haiyan

Australian professional golfer Jason Day has recently revealed that he lost eight of his family members to devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines.

Day’s mother moved from the Philippines to Australia nearly 30 years ago. However, many of her relatives stayed in the Philippines in the city of Tacloban. Day is reported to have lost his grandmother, his uncle and six cousins during the typhoon which has claimed thousands of lives and left over 600,000 people displaced from their homes.

 Yahoo sports has described Day as “one of the nicest guys in all of professional golf.” Their description seems fitting as Day urges fans to focus their attention towards relief efforts in the Philippines.

“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour Monday.

“My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.

“We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media’s interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you.”

 

Gold Coast Bulletin was able to speak to Jason Day’s mother, Dening Day, about the tragedy that affected her family. She claims that she has not yet spoken to her son about their loss.


“My daughter has been updating him but I don’t want to bother him because he has commitments,” she said. “There will be plenty of time to talk after [the World Cup]. He’s representing his country so I don’t want him worrying about anything apart from golf.”

 

Day will team with Adam Scott in the World Cup beginning at Royal Melbourne on Thursday.

 

GoldieBlox Makes AMAZING Commercial For Girl Engineers

The GoldieBlox girls are back and more amazing than ever.

Debbie Sterling, a female engineer, decided to create GoldieBlox after realizing that toys for girls rarely focused on things related to the engineering field. Its no wonder that 90% of engineering jobs are held by men when women were never given the opportunity to explore the field as a child.

As children, we were not given legos, lincoln blocks, or robots to build. We were given dress-up barbies, build-a-bears and fake makeup kits. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with bears and barbies, Sterling wanted to create toys to inspire girls who may have some interest in engineering. She simply wanted the option to be available. Her website describes her creation as follows:

GoldieBlox is a series of interactive books + construction toys starring Goldie, a curious girl with a love of engineering. Goldie’s stories encourage girls to build, developing the spatial skills that are fundamental to engineering. As she goes on adventures with her friends, she comes across problems that she must solve by building simple machines. As the story unfolds, the girls get to build what Goldie builds. Through the downloadable e-book app, kids get to hear the story narrated and receive helpful hints and tips to enrich the building experience.

 

The girls are back and ready to show off their incredible engineering skills. Check out the amazing commercial below. You can also vote here to help GoldieBlox win a chance at airing their commercial in the Super Bowl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpe3Up9T_g

LYRICS:

Girls.
You think you know what we want, girls.
Pink and pretty it’s girls.
Just like the 50’s it’s girls.

You like to buy us pink toys
and everything else is for boys
and you can always get us dolls
and we’ll grow up like them… false.

It’s time to change.
We deserve to see a range.
‘Cause all our toys look just the same
and we would like to use our brains.

We are all more than princess maids.

Girls to build the spaceship,
Girls to code the new app,
Girls to grow up knowing
they can engineer that.

Girls.
That’s all we really need is Girls.
To bring us up to speed it’s Girls.
Our opportunity is Girls.
Don’t underestimate Girls.

Image of The Day: These Naptime Friends Will Warm Your Heart

What’s better than an adorable little Asian baby? How about an adorable Asian baby posing with his best friend.. who happens to be an equally cute dog?

Recently, a photoset of this duo has been making its way around social media sites and is quickly becoming a viral sensation. After looking through these pictures, it obvious that the popularity of these two best friends was inevitable. Simply wrapping them up in a blanket and having them sleep made many viewers squeal.

Although it seems that the pair have just entered online popularity, the two have actually been around for quite some time now.

Maru, the shiba ina puppy, and Issa, the adorable two-year-old boy, have already been internet sensations to Japanese audiences. Their facebook has been up and running since May 2012 and they have already gathered nearly 40,000 likes in less than a year.

Clearly, these two love the camera and are ready to share their cuteness to the world. Check out their viral photoset below and click here to see even more squeal-worthy photos.

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NFL Player DOUG BALDWIN Shows Support To Philippine Typhoon Victims

Doug Baldwin, the wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, was personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan which plowed through the Philippines. Baldwin revealed that many of his family members were in the Philippines including his grandmother.

Baldwin’s family was primarily located in Tacloban, a city in the northern part of the province of Leyte. Unfortunately, Tacloban received the worst of the typhoon.

After finding out that his family members were okay, Baldwin confessed his fears to The Seattle Times.

It was (stressful) at first just because you didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said Thursday. “Most of them have been accounted for. One of my family member’s house is completely gone and the majority of my family members are staying in my grandmother’s sister’s house. The only thing is that it’s been difficult to get them food and water because it’s not been accessible to do so. But most of them we have heard from and they are doing okay.

 

Baldwin added that he is very seriously considering taking his off-season time to visit his relatives in the Philippines.

In support of the Philippine typhoon victims, the Seattle Seahawks had American Red Cross volunteers at all gates on Sunday for the 1:25 p.m. game against the Vikings. All donations went towards disaster relief in the Philippines.

Fans are also invited to donate online through the American Red Cross’ disaster relief fund at the following link: http://www.redcross.org/cm/seahawks-pub

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Steven Yeun Reveals Glenn’s Secret To Survival

The Walking Dead hype is picking up once again with this new season. Admittedly, we’ve been quite hooked. We’re not ashamed to confess that one of the reasons for our TWD addiction is Glenn played by Steven Yeun.

Thankfully, our favorite character has managed to avoid his share of walkers throughout the show. Yeun opened up to AMC and revealed Glenn’s secret to survival along with other stories concerning The Walking Dead.

Check out the interview below:

 

Q: What do you do to get yourself in shape for the show every season?
A: Norman and Andy and I have a lot of discussions about this. We do have to be strong enough to pull off what we’re asked as actors to do. But then also, we want to make it realistic, in that we don’t want these guys to be jacked or anything like that. I just try to stay relatively healthy. But when it comes to gearing up for the new season, we even had discussions about taking a one week camping trip to get disheveled and disgusting. It’s interesting, because once we start shooting we actually start getting skinnier and more malnutritioned and gaunt as we go. The first and second season, Jon Bernthal got me into boxing, and that’s been good to just get strong without making you look like you’re ‘roiding out.

Q: Do you box with any other cast members?
A: Just Jon actually. He could kill me with one hit.

Q: Do any other aspects of The Walking Dead become a part of your life?
A: This show is really intense in that we’re living out these characters’ lives. So you just kind of live out really terrible situations that hit really close to home, so last year with what Glenn was going through, it was hard to not fall into his pit of despair and depression and keep my composure. I think that’s your job to kind of separate the two, so you don’t go insane.

Q: Glenn and Maggie have the best room at the prison. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever slept?
A: There are nice hotels, but nothing beats 1993, on the middle of a small mat on my grandma’s farm in one of the hottest summers in Korea. You can like smell the grain that they’re growing — they actually own a Tobacco farm. And you’re just laying there on the ground while my grandmother’s cooking.

Q: Are zombies a part of Korean culture at all?
A: I think the idea of it exists, but don’t know if it is in their pantheon of monsters. Korea has a way of being more about goblins and ghosts, and less about vampires, werewolves, and zombies.

Q: What did you know about Glenn’s arc and what surprised you about it this year?
A: I knew that going in that Glenn was going to be a little more careful. All the things that he’s suffered for and learned for his mistakes for. He wants to really keep and cherish the idea of family, and keeping those around him that he loves. Scott [Gimple] told me that was the direction Glenn was headed. But there were some surprises in terms of how feeble he was in his attempts to do so, early on.

Q: We’ve talked before about your background in comedy. Is there any space for humor for Glenn in the apocalypse?
A: I think earlier on in the first season, and the second season a bit, Glenn had that. But I think that as things wear on him, and as Glenn started having more things to care about and protect, he became a little darker. But I think that part of him still exists and hope it will come out sooner or later.

Q: What’s Glenn’s secret to survival?
A: Resilience. He’s hard to knock down, and if he does get knocked down, he’s hard to keep down.

Q: You’re an internet guy. Have you checked out any The Walking Dead tributes online?
A: The Glenn ones are pretty funny. The meme about being jealous of how Glenn does some nonsense and then gets laid? It’s good for Glenn! In person, a girl on the street once saw me about a block away and then she started walking towards me and doing the whole zombie walk. She regretted it as soon as she got up to me. She was like, “I’m so sorry, that was so embarrassing.”

 

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Three Reasons To Be A Proud Asian American Woman in The U.S.

Being both a woman and a person of color can hold its share of obstacles here in the United States. We drown in racial stereotypes on the daily ranging from things as small as “Asian women can’t drive” to things as serious as “Asian women don’t get breast cancer.”

Because of this, we have undoubtedly faced our share of struggles and pressures. In fact, Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group, Asian American girls and women aged 15 to 24 die from suicide at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, and Asian American women over 65 have the highest suicide rate in that demographic.

Clearly, we have quite a bit to overcomes and a handful of issues that need to be further addressed, but this should not make us forget the many ways in which Asian American women have strived here in the United States.

Our hard work and determination is a force to be reckoned with. We have been making strides in education, health, business and countless other fields.  Slowly, but surely, others are starting to notice it too. Below are three of the many reasons to be a proud Asian American woman in the United States:

 

1. EDUCATION

grad capAsian American women have achieved a higher level of educational attainment than women of any other race. In 2004, Asian women surpassed caucasian women for having the highest rate of college graduates.  Now in 2013, Asian American women 8.36 % of bachelor’s degrees, even though Asian women only consist of 5.14% of the female population.

2. BUSINESS

businessThere are over 600,000 Asian American women-owned businesses in the United States. This is an increase of 83% since 2002 and 156% since 1997. The top three states with the highest numbers are California with 193,300, New York with 68,700 and Texas with 51,800 Asian American women-owned businesses.

 

 

3. POLITICS

jean quanThere are six Asian American women in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate, totaling to seven Asian American women in Congress. There are 32 Asian American women serving in state legislatures and an Asian American woman mayor—Jean Quan from Oakland, California.

 

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