Men in China Can Now “Experience” the Pain of Childbirth

 

Apparently, mothers-to-be in China have not been receiving the proper amount of sympathy from their husbands during pregnancy. After all, what can be so hard about pushing a watermelon-sized human being out of your body, right?

Pregnant mothers have been so upset with their husbands that Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province decided it was time to do something about it. The solution? Have the fathers-to-be experience childbirth themselves.

…Okay, maybe they can’t actually experience childbirth, but they can at least feel the amount of pain a woman goes through. Twice a week, the hospital offers men the chance to finally experience the pain of childbirth through electric shocks which induces the same amount of pain that a woman would experience while giving birth.

During this childbirth pain simulation, electric shock pads are placed above the abdomen and men must endure the pain for 5 minutes as a nurse gradually raises the intensity of the shocks. Obviously, 5 minutes is nothing compared to hours of contractions, but it’s usually enough for men to get the point. In fact, many participants can’t even last the entire 5 minutes.

“It felt like my heart and lungs were being ripped apart,” said Song Siling, a participant of the simulations.

Another participant, Wu Jianlong, admitted that the experience truly changed his perspective. “Because all women have children and it usually takes quite a long time, I had thought of it as being something really natural, something really normal that they can get through,” he said.

So far, about 100 men have signed up for the simulation.

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All photos courtesy of chinadaily.com

 

Can The Korean Matching Trend Work For Couples in America?

 

By now, we all know about the popular Korean trend known as the “couple look.” To achieve the look, a couple coordinates their outfits with the same color, shirt, shoes. They can even go to extreme lengths and match head-to-toe in identical his-and-hers versions of an entire outfit.

Many couples have said they do this in an effort to show affection. Others say it helps as a clear sign for strangers to know they are off the market. Some even claim that they simply do it for fashion since it is so attention grabbing.

Whatever the reason may be, the matching trend has clearly been a hit for Korean couples. So what about American couples? It’s certainly not uncommon to see couples in the same color, but what about entire matching outfits?

Luckily for us, we don’t need to wonder. Refinery21 writer, Connie Wang, decided to go ahead and use this trend for her social experiment to see how it would play out for a couple in America.

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“It’s hard for me to get embarrassed about what I wear,” Wang wrote. “However, upon receiving this assignment to test-run one of the most prevalent fashion trends in Korea, I broke into a cold, miserable sweat. When I told my boyfriend he’d be roped into it, too, he turned a similar shade of gray.”

The couple went through an entire week of matching and documenting their experience. On the first day, they admitted that the process of picking the outfit and getting ready was quite fun, but as soon as they stepped outside, things changed.

“Immediately after we left the apartment, I felt more self-conscious about my outfit than I’ve ever felt in my life,” she recalled. “It was like a joke, and like we were in costume instead of in clothes, and I wanted to hide.”

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The next few days remained uncomfortable for the two. In fact, Wang’s boyfriend had a tendency to keep away from her in public to avoid the discomfort. The couple did prove one thing though. Some Korean couples claim that they matched to make sure others are aware of their taken status. That also seems to be the case in America.

“Note to all women who want to avoid being hit on: Dress up in the exact same outfit as one of your male friends. It’s like wearing a wedding ring on your entire body.”

Eventually the couple became a little bit more accepting of the idea, but “not so bad after all” isn’t exactly the best response you can get. There were various emotions involved. Wang’s boyfriend felt emasculated while Wang herself felt the need to put on lipstick to appear more feminine than the man sitting next to her. Oddly enough, the couple eventually stopped noticing.

“I can’t say I liked it,” Wangs boyfriend said on the very last day of the experiment. “But now I get it.”

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All photos courtesy of Refinery29.

 

The Ultimate Throwback: Childhood Photos of Your Favorite Asian Celebs

 

In honor of #TBT, we decided to resurface the precious baby pictures of some of our most beloved Asian celebs. 


Remember that awkward pre-teen stage? No matter how many times you try to forget that horrid chapter of your life, the mental images are probably burned into your memory. Well we have some good news. Everyone goes through strange childhood stage. Everyone. That includes some of your most favorite Asian celebrities!

So if you still feel like you’re going through an awkward phase, check out the photos below. Some of the most gorgeous Asian celebs had their facepalm moments too. There’s still hope for all of us!


 

1. Steven Yeun

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3. Brenda Song 

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4. Vanessa Hudgens 

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6. Kristen Kreuk

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7. Mindy Kaling

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8. Jackie Chan

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9. Daniel Henney

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Video of the Day: Incredible Wushu Martial Arts Performance

 

A video of two women performing in the 10th World Wushu Championships in Toronto, Canada, was uploaded onto YouTube 5 years ago. But it wasn’t until this past week that the video began getting the sort of attention it deserves.

The unbelievable video has resurfaced online and has been making its way into viral fame. The two female performers put on an intricately choreographed battle performance inspired by traditional Chinese martial arts, otherwise known as Wushu.

Find out what all the big fuss is about below.

 

Want to see more incredible Wushu? Lucky for you, this wasn’t the first martial arts video to ever go viral. This past summer, 7-year-old Mahiro-chan proved that despite her smal stature, she was just as capable of kicking butt with her martial arts.

 

Of course, if all of this is too rough for you, you can always choose to watch these two cuties. Sure, they may not be as intense as the martial artists in the previous videos, but they definitely reached viral fame. After all, who doesn’t love cute, Asian babies?

 

Steven Yeun and Sandara Park Team Up For Hilarious Mini Web Series

 

We never thought we’d see The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun and 2NE1’s Sandara Park — two of our favorites — collaborating together. So you can imagine our excitement when we discovered that the two were acting as a couple for the BeFUNNY mini web series, “What’s Eating Steven Yeun?” Was there squealing and jumping for joy involved? Possibly.

BeFUNNY studios works to bring together Asian American celebrities from Hollywood and Asian celebrities from all over Asia. In our opinion, they couldn’t have picked a better duo. After all, Yeun has openly discussed the lack of roles available for Asian Americans and how he’s bent on changing that.

“People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Yeun told TheWrap during an interview in July. “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.”

 

 

Rather than sit and sulk about the circumstances, Yeun decided to do something about it by writing and producing his own projects which will offer better roles to Asian actors. Yeun is working on an adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s memoir The Aquariums of Pyongyang, which focuses on life inside of a North Korean concentration camp, as well as some cartoons and comedies like this mini web series.

“What’s Eating Steven Yeun?”  follows Yeun as he decides to leave his career in America to enter the next chapter in his life and become a South Korean idol. The hilarious web series shows that this transition may not be as easy as Yeun expected.

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Check out all three episodes below!

 

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A Hello Kitty Cafe is Finally Coming to California

 

Calling all Hello Kitty fans in California! We have even more good news for you. The 40th anniversary of our most beloved Sanrio character brought us the Hello Kitty exhibit in the Japanese American National Museum, the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt and even the very first Hello Kitty Convention. Well, it looks like the celebrating is far from over.

During the Hello Kitty con, a pink food truck not only brought adorable donuts and macarons, it also brought exciting news: A Hello Kitty Cafe is finally coming to California!

Aside from it’s expected opening in 2015, not much is known about the upcoming Hello Kitty cafe. Although the website it still rather mysterious, it links to an Instagram showing a number of Hello Kitty themed food and the pink food truck.

Check them out below. They’re sure to leave you at the edge of your seat in excitement!

 

Sephora Accused of Being Racist Against Asians

 

Recently, Sephora held a big 20% off sale for their “VIB” customers who spent over $350 during the year. Unfortunately, many of those top-tier customers faced technical difficulties — their accounts were shut down or their ability to place orders were restricted with absolutely no reason given. This certainly caused quite the alarm for loyal customers who wanted to partake in the sale, but this was nothing compared to the shocking theory behind these blocked customers: Sephora is being accused of blocking their Asian customers.

Allegedly, the customers banned from the sale were those who have e-mail addresses based in China, or those who have Chinese/Asian surnames. Styleite caught just a few of the thousands of Chinese Americans waiting for an explanation from Sephora.

 

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If these allegations are true, you may be wondering why Sephora would use geographic and ethnic profiling. Many have theorized that such a move was done to prevent international bulk buyers and re-sellers. However, we can all agree that it’s impossible to actually tell which customers want to re-sell their products and which ones simply enjoy Sephora products. As expected, many Sephora users are outraged.

“Long-time Sephora customer here,” one reddit user wrote. “I moved to Taiwan a few years ago, but really wanted some Sephora goodness. I sent an order to my (western last name) friend and had her re-ship the package to me, I had no issues with the order. Recently tried to make another order and send it to my brother (Chinese last name) who lives in Miami to bring back to me on his next trip home. My order was canceled and when I asked, they gave me the same TOS bullshit. When I asked which part of the TOS they were talking about, I was ignored.”

Sephora eventually released a statement admitting their concern over reselling products.

Message for Clients

Sephora is dedicated to providing an exciting and reliable shopping experience and we sincerely apologize to our loyal clients who were impacted by the website crash that occurred yesterday.

Our website is incredibly robust and designed to withstand a tremendous amount of volume. What caused the disruption yesterday was a high level of bulk buys and automated accounts for reselling purposes from North America and multiple countries outside the US. The technical difficulties that impacted the site are actively being addressed and our desktop US website is now functioning normally. We are actively working to restore our Canadian, mobile website, and international shipping where applicable. There has been no impact on the security and privacy of our clients’ data.

The reality is that in taking steps to restore website functionality, some of our loyal North American and international clients got temporarily blocked. We understand how frustrating it is and are deeply sorry for the disruption to your shopping experience.

However, in some instances we have, indeed, de-activated accounts due to reselling — a pervasive issue throughout the industry and the world. As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting our clients and our brands, we have identified certain entities who take advantage of promotional opportunities to purchase products in large volume on our website and re-sell them through other channels. After careful consideration, we have deactivated these accounts in order to optimize product availability for the majority of our clients, as well as ensure that consumers are not subject to increased prices or products that are not being handled or stored properly.

As expected, many outraged customers are pledging never to shop there again. What do you think?

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Video of the Day: Learn How to Draw Baymax and the Rest of Big Hero 6

 

There’s undeniable excitement over the release of Disney’s newest animated film, Big Hero 6. If you’ve already watched the heartwarming, action-packed movie, then we’re going to go ahead and bet that you fell in love with the huggable robot, Baymax.

Built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax is a healthcare providing robot who can detect any patient’s level of pain with a simple scan, and is sufficiently programmed to treat nearly any ailment. Best of all, Baymax gives hugs.

Can’t get enough of this personal healthcare companion? Check out this tutorial from Disney Insider featuring Jin Kim, the Character Design Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Kim skillfully demonstrates how to draw Baymax as well as all the other loveable characters from Big Hero 6.

 

 

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Need more Big Hero 6 in your system? Don’t forget to check out these:

1) Japanese American Hapa Ryan Potter on His Big Debut in “Big Hero 6″
2) The Super Jamie Chung in “Big Hero 6″
3) “Big Hero 6″’s Hapa Brothers: Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter 

Top 15 Adorable Hello Kitty Cakes

 

Sanrio seems to be going all out this year for Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday. In fact, the world’s first ever Hello Kitty Con was held this past weekend. And don’t worry if you missed it. The convention may be over, but the birthday celebrating sure isn’t.

The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will be up until April 26, 2015. You can also take part in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt until November 21st, which has participating locations offering limited edition Hello Kitty themed food and beverage items as well as a collectible Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt enamel pin.

So why all the big fuss, you ask?

Sanrio’s Yuko Shimizu  introduced this iconic, mouthless kitty in 1974. According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty, who’s actual name is Kitty White, was born in London, England. She is the same height as five apples stacked on top of one another and her weight is three apples put together.

By 1999, Hello Kitty was appearing on 12,000 products yearly. By 2008, Hello Kitty was responsible for half of Sanrio’s billion dollar revenue. There were over 50,000 different Hello Kitty branded products in more than 60 countries.Today, Hello Kitty is worth $5 billion a year and has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Even if you can’t make it out to the Hello Kitty exhibit or participate in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt, you can still celebrate the birthday of our beloved Hello Kitty with one of these adorable Hello Kitty cakes.

For today’s #tbt, check out our Top 15 Adorable Hello Kitty Cakes below.

 

 

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97-Year-Old Becomes U.S. Citizen, Celebrates By Voting

 

Although we are one of the fastest growing demographics in the U.S., studies show that Asian Americans are the least likely to be contacted by political parties. Additionally, studies have shown that some Asian Americans choose not to vote because of their limited English proficiency.

Well Chenyi Pan — who just gained her U.S. citizenship this past September — did not let any of those factors stand in the way of her civic duty to vote. In fact, Pan spent quite a bit of time preparing to vote in her very first U.S. election.

At the age of 97.

Pan, who spent most of her life in China as a physics teacher and middle school vice-principal, came to the U.S. to be reunited with her children in September 2009 after the death of her husband.

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She quickly applied for her citizenship and anxiously waited to be part of a country which has shaped very deep memories for her. Pan claims she can still remember American pilots dropping boxes of supplies from planes into her village during World War II.

“If I become a citizen of the U.S., I want to be a good citizen and to follow the democratic way,” Pan said in an interview back in October. “Because the U.S. is the best country in the world, if I become a member of this country I want to do all I can to continue to help this country.”

In an effort to make an informed decision, Pan asked her daughter Ni to educate her about possible options. Although she felt both parties were good, she agreed more with the Democratic Party.

Regardless of which party Pan ended up voting for, you can bet that she took her decisions seriously. After all, Pan understood the significance of her vote.

“American elections are not just about the U.S.,” she said. “They’re about the world.”

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Feature image courtesy of Jacob Hilsabeck, Daily News.