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.”

 

 

Chinese Man Gets Plastic Surgery to Look Like K-Drama Actor Kim Soo Hyun

 

It’s quite the understatement to say My Love From Another Star, the K-drama that aired from December 2013 to February 2014, was well-received. The drama was so popular that a YSL lipstick color was sold out worldwide after viewers believed it was the one worn by the lead actress. But if you think that’s crazy, you haven’t seen anything yet. Apparently some fans will go much further than purchasing makeup to look like their favorite K-drama character. In this case, someone actually went as far as plastic surgery.

Now we’ve seen quite a number of people who take on massive amounts of surgery just to look like like a celebrity. In 2013, we saw a Korean woman who underwent plastic surgery to look like Miranda Kerr. Earlier this summer, we saw a Brazilian man who had 10 surgical procedures done to have an “Asian appearance.” And now, we have a Chinese man who was so taken with lead actor Kim Soo Hyun’s look in My Love From Another Star that he decided to alter himself to look like Kim Soo Hyun’s character, Do Min Joon.

 

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Apparently, the man appeared on a Taiwanese reality show on AnHui TV with clothes and a hairstyle that resembled the My Love From Another Star character. He then explained that he went to Korea to get all the surgery done. He seemed quite proud of his transformation and had no problem showing his before and after photos.

While many of us may not understand the mindset behind this sort of decision (and may even be creeped out by this), we can’t deny that plastic surgery has reached record-breaking heights in Asia and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. After all, this isn’t the only show which features plastic surgery outcomes. The Korean show Let’s Beauty allows viewers to follow the entire plastic surgery process, and Back to My Face features “reverse makeovers” that allow contestants to go back to their original appearance (because apparently, the way to fix excessive surgery is by undergoing even more surgery).

 

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Disturbed by this or do you think people are entitled to do what they want with their body? Tell us what you think.

 

Editorial Internship Opportunity at Audrey Magazine!

 

Audrey Magazine is looking for editorial interns for its online magazine! Here’s your chance to gain experience at an award-winning, national publication that covers Asian Fashion, Beauty, Trends and Entertainment.

DESCRIPTION: Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, able to multitask, have strong writing skills and should have an interest in the Asian/Asian American community. Experience with WordPress, Photoshop, Google Analytics, social media and other software and online tools are a huge plus. Time commitment of 20-30 hours per week preferred. College credit available. Opportunities for promotion are available. Position can begin immediately, interns may work off-site.

To apply send an email cover letter, resume and three writing samples (blog posts OK) to ethel@audreymagazine.com.

 

TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK: Parents Receive Amazing Surprise, Epic Wedding Photos & The Best Celeb Boyfriends

1) YouTube Star Surprises Parents By Paying Off Their Mortgage (READ HERE

 

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2) Check Out This Badass Wedding Shoot in China (READ HERE

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3) 10 Asian Celebrities Who Would Make Amazing Boyfriends (READ HERE

 

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4) Check Out This (Awesome) Angry Rant About Yellow Fever (READ HERE)

 

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5) Chinese Doctors Bow For An 11-Year-Old’s Selfless Decision (READ HERE

Must Watch: New Jeremy Lin Video Starring Harry Shum Jr., AJ Rafael and More

 

What could possibly be better than YouTube artist AJ Rafael, Wong Fu Production’s Phillip Wang, Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. and basketball player Jeremy Lin all in one video? The only thing that could beat that would be all four of those guys together acting, dancing, singing and playing instruments. Never gonna happen though, right? Wrong.

In a short titled “Jeremy Lin Goes to Hollywood,” AJ, Phil and Harry are given the task of cheering Jeremy Lin up. They assume his cloudy emotions are because of a mean tweet about him. So how does one cheer up a 6’3” basketball player? Apparently, the boys decide a musical extravaganza would do the trick.