Most of the racist things that I come across online (and trust me, I’ve seen my fair share of them), typically create emotions of anger. While I can’t say this craigslist listing is completely void of anger, I would use other words to describe this: weird, creepy, and uncomfortable are just a few examples.
Hailing from Portland, John is currently seeking “2 young, gay, Asian waiters” to help with “an over-the-top gay, costume party” which is themed “The Secrets of the Orient-The Year of the Snake”.
Although he claims that this party will be “awesome”, we don’t quite see how having Asians as his party props will do so. The mere fact that he specifies that these individuals must be young gives us the jitters. And a costume party? We can already smell the troubling racial stereotypes that are headed in our direction.
There are many ways to celebrate cultures that are not your own. There are many ways to celebrates the gay community. But having young, gay, Asians act as waiters and serve you for your “over-the-top gay, costume party” is not one of them.
2) She looks beautiful even when she’s upset.
How is she doing this?
3) Don’t let the cute side fool you- Kristin can be seductive (and does a damn good job of doing so)
4) Probably our favorite reason: Despite her undeniable beauty, Kreuk was raised humble and always believed that “your currency isn’t in your looks”. Clearly, this girl has quite her share of inner beauty. Check out the story here.
5) She was absolutely stunning for Audrey Magazine’s photoshoot by Dexter Quinto.
Hearts all around the world can be heard breaking.
Well not really, but according to my facebook newsfeed, there is certainly a great deal of sadness. One Direction’s 20-year-old British Pakestinian heartthrob, Zayn Malik, proposed to his girlfriend of two years, singer Perrie Edwards.
The news was confirmed by Edward’s brother via twitter. Still in denial? Hate to break the news, but the couple hit the red carpet in London this past Tuesday for the premiere of the boy band’s documentary, “One Direction: This is Us.” Edwards can be seen clearly flaunting the gorgeous engagement ring.
There’s no denying that Malik was a fan-favorite. As much as we’re sad to see Malik leave the market, I’m sure everyone wishes the best of luck for this marriage (I hope?). So chin up everyone! The best news? We can still swoon over pictures of Zayn all we want!
Receipts for Asian customers labeled “Ching Chong”, music videos that insult and stereotype our women, people ranting on the internet about how Asians annoy them – Yup, we’ve seen a lot of disrespectful things thrown towards our community. Well unfortunately, this is another one to add to the list and get just as angry about.
In Vancouver, a 51-year-old Chinese woman is demanding a printed apology from the franchise owner and manager of a specific McDonalds for the manner in which they treated her. According to Hai Xia, a McDonalds manager refused to serve her and kicked her out because of her English skills.
Xia, who speaks English as a second language, was allegedly trying to explain to the workers that her order was incorrect, but she was dismissed by the manager because she apparently didn’t “understand English”. Additionally, the manager added that they didn’t speak Mandarin although Xia was speaking English.
Was this manager simply having a bad day? Its possible. Xia noted that when another worker came over to ask what was going on, the manager scolded him for interfering. Clearly, this manager woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But is this any excuse for discriminating against someone for their limited skills in a second language? Absolutely not. Is it okay not to serve someone just because you don’t have the patience to be decent? Nope.
McDonalds claim that they are taking the complaint very seriously and officials will meet with Xia to resolve the issue next week.
There’s no denying it- when it comes to KCON 2013, EXO easily ranks as the group we’re most excited to see. Admittedly, we had some doubts when we first laid eyes on this group. You see, 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.
Any doubts we may have had about this group were blown out the window when EXO released the music video to their song “Growl” and created an online frenzy. How good is this thing? People who had no previous interest in KPOP what-so-ever were complimenting the song, the hypnotizing dance, and the music video style.
Needless to say, we had this video on repeat for days. In less than four minutes, the boys were able to grab our attention and keep it there. Suddenly we were watching their interviews, listening to their songs, and slowly but surely learning their names and personalities. (We were also squealing, blushing, and hyperventilating over our favorites, but lets not get into that)
So we’re here to help you out. Having some trouble distinguishing the boys from one another? Check out Audrey’s Ultimate Guide to EXOand you’ll be all set for this weekend!
1) S U H O
NAME: Suho (Kim Joongmyun) HEIGHT: 5’8” BIRTHDATE: May 22, 1991 NATIONALITY: Korean POSITION: Leader, Lead Vocalist IDEAL TYPE: Suho likes a girl with an interest in literature and long, straight hair. He wants someone that is knowledgeable with an explosive personality. FUN FACT: Known for spoiling his band members by buying them lots of food.
DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: It is said that he looks similar to Super Junior’s Choi Siwon
2) B A E K H Y U N NAME: Baekhyun (Byun Baekhyun) HEIGHT: 5’7” BIRTHDATE: May 6, 1992 NATIONALITY: Korean POSITION: Main Vocalist IDEAL TYPE: Baekhyun likes a gir that is full of charm. He likes a girl that looks good wearing jeans, which means someone with a good figure. FUN FACT: Some of his international fanbase has nicknamed him “Bacon” DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Thick Eyeliner and Charming Smile
3) C H A N Y E O L NAME: Chanyeol (Park Chanyeol) HEIGHT: 6’1” BIRTHDATE: November 27, 1992 NATIONALITY: Korean POSITION: Main Rapper, Vocalist IDEAL TYPE: Chanyeol wants someone cute, someone who smiles a lot, and someone who is sincere person. Someone who will laugh when he is talking to her and has a bubbly personality. FUN FACT: He is very musically talented and plays the guitar, drums, bass, djembe, and more. DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Big Smile (sometimes jokingly a creeper smile)
4) D. O. NAME: D.O. (Do Kyungsoo) HEIGHT: 5’8” BIRTHDATE: January 12, 1993 NATIONALITY: Korean POSITION: Main Vocalist IDEAL TYPE: D.O.’s priority is that the girl is kind and appreciates good food. He wants a sexy, cute, and beautiful girl. FUN FACT: He is the cleanest and tidiest member of EXO DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Thick lips and strong brows
5) K A I NAME: Kai (Kim Jongin) HEIGHT: 6’0” BIRTHDATE: January 14, 1994 NATIONALITY: Korean POSITION: Main Dancer, Vocalist, Lead Rapper IDEAL TYPE: Kai likes girls who are gentle and passionate. His ideal type is Han Ye Seul. FUN FACT: He has amazing dance skills – He’s been doing ballet and jazz since childhood DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: ABS
6) S E H U N NAME: Sehun (Oh Sehun) HEIGHT: 5’11” BIRTHDATE: April 12, 1994 NATIONALITY: Korean POSITION: Lead Dancer, Rapper, Sub-Vocalist IDEAL TYPE: Sehun likes girls who are bright and cheerful. He also wants them neat and clean. FUN FACT: He is the youngest of the group and has a habit of sticking his tongue out DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Uninterested/stoic resting face
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7) X I U M I N NAME: Xiumin (Birthname: Kim Min Seok) HEIGHT: 5’8” BIRTHDAY: March 27, 1990 NATIONALITY: Korean BAND POSITION: Lead vocals, Lead dancer IDEAL TYPE: A comforting person who can keep him warm with hugs and will also smile at him brightly. FUN FACT: He’s often been told that he looks like the Wonder Girls’ Sohee (http://24.media.tumblr.com/ff03db8621b7dd8579a0993a88b390d2/tumblr_mprfjwCbom1st49nxo1_500.jpg_ ) and is the “high note champion” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqaWYRvk2P4) of the group. DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Sharp eyes and round cheeks (one of his nicknames is Baozi, or “Little Bun”)!
8) L U H A N NAME: Luhan (Birthname: Lu Han) HEIGHT: 5’10” BIRTHDAY: April 20, 1990 NATIONALITY: Chinese BAND POSITION: Lead vocalist, lead dancer, “Face” of the group IDEAL TYPE: A gentle, quiet girl who is graceful and elegant and someone who will cheer him on. Physically, he likes a girl with long straight hair and fair skin. FUN FACT: He’s scared of heights; in fact, when the group went to Disneyland, he stayed with their manager and didn’t go on a lot of the rides. DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Large, doe-like eyes
9) L A Y
NAME: Lay (Birthname: Zhang Yi Xing) HEIGHT: 5’9.5” BIRTHDAY: October 7, 1991 NATIONALITY: Chinese BAND POSITION: Main dancer, Vocalist IDEAL TYPE: A girl who is kind-hearted, cute and respectful with a positive personality. Physically, someone who has large eyes, long hair and shorter than him. FUN FACT: In 2010, he was in SHINee’s concert tour as Jonghyun’s dance replacement. DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: One dimple on his right cheek
10) K R I S NAME: Kris (Birthname: Wu Yi Fan) HEIGHT: 6’1.5” BIRTHDAY: November 6, 1990 NATIONALITY: Chinese-Canadian BAND POSITION: Leader, Main Rapper, Sub-Vocals IDEAL TYPE: Likes girls who can cook, are kind-hearted and willing to take care of people. FUN FACT: Though he doesn’t draw well by most people’s standards, he firmly believes in his artistic ability. DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Strong, bold eyes and eyebrows
11) T A O
NAME: Tao (Huang Zi Tao) HEIGHT: 6’0” BIRTHDAY: May 2, 1993 NATIONALITY: Chinese BAND POSITION: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae (Youngest) IDEAL TYPE: A girl who is pretty with a nice body and has a nice personality. But, he’s revealed that love isn’t something he’s necessarily looking for, saying in an interview, “I really don’t care [about love/ideal types] because I’m still young and I’m a hardworking ninja that want to focus on my career.” FUN FACT: He’s trained in wushu, a skill he often shows off on variety shows. DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: Dark circles under eyes (One of his nicknames is Kung Fu Panda!)
12) C H E N NAME: Chen (Birthname: Kim Jong Dae) HEIGHT: 5’8” BIRTHDAY: September 21, 1992 NATIONALITY: Korean BAND POSITION: Main vocalist IDEAL TYPE: Someone who is noona-like (“noona” = a woman who is older) and will take care of him and treat him well. He also likes a girl who is pretty when she smiles, has a faithful personality and an open mind. FUN FACT: His main specialty is singing high notes (and even participated in a high note battle against fellow EXO members Xiumin and Baekhyun). DISTINGUISHABLE TRAIT: A super sweet smile
Seungri’s second mini album Lets Talk About Love is now available on iTunes and it has already made quite a splash. The album, which was timed perfect with Big Bang’s seventh anniversary, has a lot to live up to. Seungri’s first mini-album, VVIP, which was released back in 2011, sold over 40,000 copies.
But from the looks of things, Seungri may already be on track to beating that number. The album has been taking over iTunes charts worldwide. As steamy as these new songs may be, we couldn’t help but release a communal “awww” at Seungri’s excitement over his ratings.
Earlier this week, actor Kal Penn put himself in the line of fire.
A federal judge had ruled that the Stop and Frisk Policy was unconstitutional and called for the New York Police Department to create a policy specifying where stops would be authorized. Many people fear that the Stop and Frisk policy would simply create an opportunity for racism, but Kal Penn seemed to disagree.
Penn shared a New York Post op/ed which argued for the benefits of the policy:
Needless to say, the public was outraged and saddened by this support. Tensions rose further when Penn responded to a particular statement concerning the Black and Latino community.
After days of enduring the public outrage, Kal Penn decided to speak up and share his side of the story:
“Twitter is great for communicating with fans, and for hearing new perspectives. Twitter sucks when you’re trying to explain your views on something complicated and nuanced that needs more than 140 characters. Or so I’ve learned.
Obviously, I am not a constitutional lawyer (and have never played one on TV). These days I tweet mostly about tacos and acting, but on Tuesday, I tweeted a link to Mayor Bloomberg’s op/ed on the “stop & frisk” decision, and in a matter of minutes I became a racist asshole who deserves to eeaaaat shiiiiiiiit. Huh?…”
SHE CAN SING, SHE CAN FIGHT, AND SHE’S REALLY SMART, TOO. THE HONG KONG-BASED TRIPLE THREAT MAY BE HOLLYWOODS’S NEXT ACTION STAR. By Ethel Navales, photo by Ken Yeung.
It only took a week for Celina Jade’s career to take an abrupt turn. A few days after sending in her audition tape for The CW’s Arrow, the action-adventure television series based on the DC comic book character Green Arrow, Jade was on a plane from Hong Kong to Vancouver. She had landed the role of Shado, a skilled martial artist and archer on a mission to rescue her father. “I had no idea how Shado’s character was going to develop. I had no idea she was going to be more than a one-episode gig,” says Jade of the iconic comic book character introduced midway through the first season of the show. “It was a total mystery, and I went into my first ever U.S. television series shooting in a tank top in freezing cold, rainy weather, lying in wet grass.”
Apparently, wet grass is the least of Jade’s worries. She de- scribes being punched in the face and dropped onto a concrete bridge, and then laughs, saying bruises are a part of the job. “I’ve been doing martial arts ever since I was a young kid,” says Jade, who was raised in Hong Kong by her Chinese mother and American kung fu star father, Roy Horan. “My father never had a son, so he taught my sister and me how to fight.”
But it wasn’t martial arts that first lured Jade into the entertainment industry. At the age of 14, she landed a record deal after winning an Asia-wide singing competition. She later moved on to songwriting, inspired to have more of a say in what she sang. But in the midst of her rising fame, she suddenly found herself at a crossroads.
At the peak of her singing career, Jade’s studio asked her to quit school in order to focus on singing. “I decided to terminate my contract to continue my education because I realized I was not really becoming somebody I admired,” she says. Staying true to her word, Jade got a degree in management at the London School of Economics before pursuing her dreams of performing. “It’s really nice for me, in my opinion, to have an education because by having an education, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do,” she says. “I can maintain a sort of integrity within the entertainment industry and, worst case scenario, I can always get a normal job.”
But upon returning to the industry, Jade discovered that things didn’t always go as smoothly as one would like. Times had changed and all those offers of fame were nowhere to be found. “I was at the low of my career,” she says. “I remember my bank account was nearing nothing because I hadn’t had a job in a while. I hadn’t met the right person to sign up with. I didn’t know if I wanted to sing or act, and I was really losing confidence because there’s a lot of luck involved in what we do.” She prayed for a sign — something to tell her that she was doing the right thing. As it turned out, she didn’t get a sign — she got three.
In the span of one week, a number of little things added up: a successful performance at a wedding solved Jade’s financial crisis; she was recognized from one of her films by a very enthusiastic fan; and, after opening up to a friend about possibly leaving the industry, her friend told her, “No, Celina, you can’t. We really hope that you succeed because it’s the dream that we never had the chance to pursue.” Taking her cue from these signs, Jade decided to give acting another chance.
And it’s a good thing she did. Today, when Jade is not in Vancouver filming (Arrow was just renewed for a second season), she’s in Hong Kong rehearsing for an upcoming rock and roll musical, Good Morning Hong Kong. Although Jade’s schedule seems overwhelming at times, she emphasizes that the key is to not overthink it. “The happiest a person can be is just to live in the moment and live it fully,” she says. “I don’t think about it — whatever comes, I’ll tackle it and ride it.”
This story was originally published in the Summer 2013 issue of Audrey Magazine. Get it here.
Yesterday morning, Zhang Ziyi made a guest appearance on Good Morning America in front of Times Square, New York. To counter the gloomy weather, Ziyi wore a stunning Vionnet Resort 2014 drop-waist ribbed dress.
But that was only the beginning of the day. Despite the rain, Zhang Ziyi was all smiles because last night was the premiere of the much-anticipated Chinese martial arts film, The Grandmaster.
The film also stars Hong Kong Film Award winner Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood for Love). Directed by Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster follows the life of legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (also known as the trainer of equally renowned Bruce Lee) during the chaotic time after the fall of China’s last dynasty.
Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer to see this film. The Grandmaster will be released in theaters in Los Angeles and New York in on August 23rd and nationwide on August 30th.
Can’t wait that long? Download Tony Leung’s Red Carpet Interview here Catch Red Carpet photo’s here And See Afterparty photo’s here
One of the original and most beloved characters of Grey’s Anatomy will take her leave in 2014. Five-time Emmy nominee and one-time Golden Globe winner, Sandra Oh, who has played the “brilliant but demanding” Cristina Yang since the ABC medical drama began in 2005, will take her leave at the end of the season.
Oh spoke to Hollywood Reporter and said, “Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go. It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. [Cristina] wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go. We have to start the process, story-wise, for the ‘Grey’s‘ writers to think of why she’s going to go.”
However, this was still a difficult decision. Oh admits to needing quite a bit of therapy to prepare herself for the life-changing decision. Although many others have left the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, including Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight, creator Shonda Rimes points out that Oh’s exits feels different and bittersweet. Rimes reassures fans that she will give Cristina Yang the exit she deserves.
“Letting go of such a huge part of my life … I want to cry right now,” Oh said. “‘Grey’s’ has been the most important role of my life. Playing Cristina and growing her and growing myself in her, I want to usher her into the next section of her life in the best way possible. It’s got to be Cristina Yang’s happily ever after.”
Truthfully, it’s hard not to be sad over the news of Yang’s departure. Despite her rather cold and sarcastic personality, she provided a view of Asian-Americans in main stream media that the world was unaccustomed to. No longer did we see the shy and bashful Asian character who innocently followed behind lead characters. Cristina Yang was ruthless, bold, driven and abrasive. She had no problem being the golden center of attention– in fact she strived for it. Not only was this an Asian character with a strong personality, this was an Asian woman that was a force to be reckoned with.
In honor of Cristina Yang’s contribution to Asian-American presence in the media (a rather badass presence if I may add) we’ve decided to put together a list of Top Ten (GIF Worthy) Reasons We’ll Miss Cristina Yang:
1) She Appreciates Brains Over Beauty
2) She’s Sarcastic
3) She’s Brutally Honest
4)She Knows What She Wants
5) She’s Confident
6) She Tells You What You Need To Hear
7) She Doesn’t Let Anyone Walk Over Her
8) She’s Independent
9) She Strives For Greatness.. And She Knows It
10) And Despite The Rock-Hard Exterior, She’s Always Loyal To “Her Person”
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