1) Japanese cook creates bear hug cookies that are too cute to eat. (READ HERE)
2) Liar liar, pants on fire. Cheating in Asia at an all-time high. (READ HERE)
3) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologizes for racist jokes. Sigh. (READ HERE)
4) Introducing Japan’s new coke bottles made entirely of ice. (READ HERE)
5) Chi Po-lin talks about directing Taiwan’s highest-grossing documentary film ever made. (READ HERE)
6) Who knew making Korean candy could sound this cool? (READ HERE)
7) Americans taste test Filipino snacks and are pleasantly surprised. (WATCH HERE)
8) Malala Yousafzai’s Mother is inspired by daughter and learns to read and write. (READ HERE)
9) Yes, Ferguson matters to the Asian American community. (READ HERE)
10) Are AA journalists ignoring Ferguson? (READ HERE)
If you’re looking for something to make you smile and warm your heart, then you’ve come to right place. We’ve just found the newest member to our list of Adorable Asian Babies, and she’s brought a friend!
The gentle giant’s name is Simba and he’s a 2-year-old Tibetan Mastiff. Because of the breed’s large size, Tibetan Mastiff’s have historically been used as guard dogs. This does not appear to be the case with Simba however, who seems to resemble a pillow or a soft playground more than anything else.
The tiny human playing with (or shall we say on top of) Simba is Weiwei. Undaunted by Simba’s large size, Weiwei seems perfectly comfortable lounging on top of and cuddling with the gentle giant.
After the initial adorable gibberish, Weiwei begins singing popular Taiwanese song 爱笑的眼睛, which roughly translates to “loving and smiling eyes.”
Despite the little one sitting on him and talking away, Simba doesn’t seem to mind the company of his best friend. Check out the video below which has already begun to go viral and has reminded many viewers of the characters in My Neighbor Totoro.
To check out more Adorable Asian Babies, click here!
When you think of Vanessa Hudgens, the bright-eyed Gabriella Montez from Disney’s High School Musical probably comes to mind. After all, this is when Hudgens skyrocketed into her success. But the first High School Musical came out in the early 2000’s and Hudgens has long since left her Disney days behind her.
Once the High School Musical franchise was officially over, Hudgens threw away her cutsie, innocent look (along with many articles of clothing) for her role in Spring Breakers. In the film, Hudgens plays Candy, a “dangerous” party girl who spends the bulk of the movie engaging in reckless behavior. Let’s just say, it’s not very Disney-appropriate.
Despite the drastic difference between her character in HSM to her character in Spring Breakers, her (arguably) biggest change came with her role in Gimme Shelter. Hudgens plays Agnes “Apple” Bailey, who is abused by her mother and abandoned by her Wall Street father. Pregnant and alone, Apple ultimately finds compassion in a stranger, who takes her in at a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers.
Hudgens was praised for her commitment to looking the part and was found nearly unrecognizable. She reportedly lived for weeks in pregnancy shelters, interacting with the young, homeless mothers who also appear in the movie, to prepare for her role.
And now we reach present day. Recently, Hudgens was on the cover of Flaunt magazine showing off a very mature side of herself. With short hair, enticing red lips, distressed jeans and a white crop top, Hudgens simply defines sophisticated sexy.
Clearly, we must commend Hudgens on her incredible versatility and effortless ability to transition from look to look. So tell us. Which look is your favorite?
I’ll be the first to admit that if I were to wake up to my house on fire, panic would probably be the very first emotion to take over. That was not the case however, for 9-year-old Galaxy Kong of Hayward, Calif., who woke up last Thursday morning to a house filled with smoke.
Immediately, all the fire safety skills she picked up from school kicked into action. She ran to her father, who was still deep asleep despite the raging fire. After waking him, she scoped the scene and noticed there was too much smoke blocking the way out.
She then instructed her father to open the window while she closed the door and placed towels under the door to prevent the smoke from entering the room. Firefighters say that this small but important trick that she learned during fire safety training at school is what helped save their lives.
With towels blocking the smoke, Galaxy had enough time to guide her father out the window before the smoke overpowered them. A nearby construction crew helped assist them out of the second story window and both left the scene uninjured.
The fire, which allegedly began in the kitchen, was extinguished within about 20 minutes after it was reported at about 7 a.m.
Although Galaxy looks small and cute as she’s wrapped in a blanket following the events of the fire, I think it’s safe to say we have a hero in our midst.
Most pet owners know there’s a thin line between loving your pet and loving your pet. Well Japanese artist Aki Inomata dangerously walks that line with her new project “I Wear the Dog’s Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair.” Yes, the title is quite self-explanatory.
Inomata collected bundles of her own hair and wove it into a small coat for her dog. She then collected heaps of hair from her dog and created a trendy, tan coat for herself. Yes, they literally wear each other’s hair.
Although this merely seems like an extreme pet love, Inomata swears that her art project aims to show a conflicted owner’s feelings over “owning” another living creature.
“The concept of my works is to get people to perceive the modes of life of various living creatures by experiencing a kind of empathy towards them.” she said in a statement to DesignBoom.
If you’re interested in checking out this peculiar piece of art, the exhibit is currently running at the Hagisa Gallery in Tokyo.
Photos courtesy of Huffington Post.
Earlier this month, we brought you the heartwarming story of Raudhatul Jannah, who was reunited with her family 10 years after a gigantic tsunami hit her Indonesian province. Now, it appears the family has yet another reason to rejoice. Soon after their reunion with Jannah, the family was able to locate Jannah’s missing older brother, Arif Pratama Rangkuti.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami, which occurred on December 26, 2004, killed an estimated total of 250,000 people and left 1.7 million residents homeless. The tsunami caused Jannah (who was only 4 years old at the time) and Arif (who was 7) to separate from their parents. After months of searching, the children were presumed dead.
Ten years later, Jannah’s uncle spotted a girl walking along the street and could not ignore the resemblance to his lost niece. After many questions, Jannah was confirmed as the missing daughter believed to be dead by her family. Best of all, she brought news that her brother may still be alive since they were briefly stranded on an island together.
News of this reunion gained much attention and the family hoped this would be enough to find their missing son as well. They were right. According to The Guardian, a couple contacted the family after seeing a picture of young Arif. Apparently, a homeless teenager had a strong resemblance to the child in the photo and when they showed the young man a picture of the family, he exclaimed, “That’s mother!”
After confirming his identity, the family picked him up earlier this week. Call it a miracle, but after 10 years of being apart, this family is finally complete again.
We’ve seen everything from adorable Hello Kitty bento boxes to intricate panda bento boxes. And just when we thought we’ve seen it all, another creative food artist comes along and impresses us even more.
Bentos are home-packed meals common in Japanese cuisine. Traditionally, these boxes hold rice, fish or meat, and pickled or cooked vegetables. More recently, “kyaraben” (which translates to “character bento”) has picked up in popularity. Kyaraben are elaborately decorated bento boxes inspired by characters from anime, comics books, video games, animals, shows, etc. It is not uncommon to come across Japanese children comparing bento boxes at lunchtime to see who has the most impressive looking meal.
But one mother, who goes by the Twitter handle , decided that she wanted her bento boxes to not only be cute but help educate her child as well. To do this, she very skillfully incorporated Japan’s prefectures as the theme for each bento box.
For each bento box, she used food items such as seaweed, egg and rice to accurately show the shape of one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including Hokkaido, Kyoto and Tokyo. She even added the name of of each prefecture written in the roman alphabet to help her child learn even more.
Creative, yummy, cute and educational? Yes, please.
CHECK OUT MORE OF HER CREATIONS HERE.
If I were to ask seasoned, middle-aged individuals about their thoughts on war and love, my guess is that a handful would give me a response sprinkled with political opinions and even more would spew out jaded responses based on “the one that got away.”
But what about asking innocent children to dig into their brain and tell us what they feel about these deep issues? Their answers would be drastically different right?
Ryugin, an Okinawa-based bank, decided to go ahead and find out what sort of ideas were bouncing around in a child’s head. In a commercial titled “Children and Philosophy,” bright-eyed Japanese children give their adorable perspective on things.
The commercial, which is an advertisement for education loans that can benefit a child’s future, will have you smiling over their innocence.
Back in 2012, a Chinese beach accessory known as the “face-kini” began attracting worldwide attention.
The term face-kini gained online popularity years ago when Time Magazine showed off a picture of some Chinese beach-goers who wore the bizarre mask. Now, it seems the craze is back, but not in the way you’d expect. Recently, French magazine CR Fashion Book had their models sporting (you guessed it) face-kinis.
Despite the undeniable popularity of the face-kini, the beach accessory was never actually worn for the sake of fashion in China. The full head mask, often paired with a long-sleeved body suit, was a hit in China because of its ability to protect its user from the sun. The accessory helped with Asia’s questionable obsession with pale skin.
“I’m afraid of getting dark,” a face-kini wearer explained to The New York Times. “A woman should always have fair skin. Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant.”
While China used the mask as a way to retain paleness, CR Fashion Book, which was created by former editor-in-chief of French Vogue Carine Roitfed, saw the masks as an opportunity for fashion.
Check out the French fashion photos below and tell us what you think!
Every time I hear about a new Thai commercial going viral, I prepare myself with some tissues. Better safe than sorry, right? After watching an emotional video about financial burden, a heartwarming video about the power of good deeds and a touching video about motherhood, one can’t be too careful about these tear-inducing commercials.
And I was right. This new life insurance commercial certainly does a good job of pulling at heartstrings. In the video, a young man is constantly ridiculed by his peers for his poor guitar playing.
All of this comes to a stop, however, once the bullies discover the true reason behind the boy’s guitar playing. What could possibly stop the bullies in their tracks? Watch the video below and find out.
In less than a few weeks, this video has gained over 3.5 million views. Let us know if it pulls at your heartstrings as well.