Dis/orient/ed Comedy Show in San Francisco on 9/07 – Win Tickets!

Haven’t heard of Dis/orient/ed Comedy? Well sit back and read up because this is a show you won’t want to miss. Dis/orient/ed Comedy is making history books by being the first-ever all female, Asian American standup comedy tour! This show will provide a showcase for local up-and-coming Asian American female comedians and feature exciting comedians from throughout the country.

“Our mission is to highlight the powerful and funny voices of Asian American female comedians – emphasizing the diversity of comedic talent as wide-ranging as a Japanese former import car model, a high-energy South Asian transgender boi, and an Egyptian-American female grouch.”

The comedy tour is headed to SAN FRANCISCO for two different shows on the same night. Because we love our readers and because we think you ought to check out this show, you can now use the discount code “AUDREY1” to purchase pre-sale tickets at http://disorientedcomedy.com for the discounted price of $12. Act now – the code will expire on Sept 3rd!

Want to win some tickets? We’re giving two tickets away to the show. Just share this post on your Twitter and FB – don’t forget to mention @disorientedcomedy and @audreymagazine! Contest will end on September 4th. 

SHOW INFORMATION:
Dis/orient/ed Comedy SAN FRANCISCO
Saturday, September 7th, 2013 (2 Different Shows) 7PM Show & 9:30PM (Doors Open 30 minutes before showtime for pre-show refreshments)
Southside Theater at Fort Mason Center (Marina District) 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

Tickets Purchase: http://disorientedcomedy.com

Asian American Couple Jailed and Accused of Murdering Adopted Daughter

An Asian-American married couple from Los Angeles are jailed in the Middle East and accused of murder with intent for allegedly starving their 8-year-old adopted daughter, Gloria.

According to freemattandgrace.com, Matthew and Grace Huang were in Qatar because Matthew, a Stanford-trained engineer, was working on an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup Improvements. With them were their three children- all of whom were adopted from Africa.

On January 15, 2013, Gloria suddenly died and the couple was arrested shortly after. The couple is charged for intentionally starving the child for the purposes of human trafficking despite the fact that there is no actual evidence that the couple ever harmed or mistreated their children.

The Qatari doctor who conducted Gloria’s autopsy concluded that her cause of death was dehydration and wasting disease though supporters in the U.S. argue that such a conclusion doesn’t add up. Gloria’s history of eating disorders and malnutrition, as well as the health risks that arose from them, are not taken into account.

It is, however, not a stretch to assume that malnutrition played a hand in the child’s death. Huffington Post reports “Their daughter, who was severely malnourished in early childhood, would periodically refuse food for several days and then binge eat or get food from bizarre sources, such as garbage cans or from strangers – a behavior her parents traced to her impoverished upbringing and were trying to address…The behavior is not uncommon in adopted children who have suffered from severe malnutrition in their past.”

The claim that she was starved, however, doesn’t seem to add up. Gloria was seen walking around the day before she died. If starvation were the cause, she certainly would not have had the strength to do so.

Despite Gloria lacking any physical evidence of abuse, the investigative report theorized that the adopted children were bought for organ harvesting and perhaps for medical experimentation. Yes, we agree- this is a rather harsh accusation to make.

Even more alarming, the report suggests that theres no legitimate reason to adopt these children who were not “good-looking” and did not share their “hereditary traits”. U.S. supporters argue that this abrasive comment is due to a culture gap. In America, adoption is accepted and perfectly normal, but it is a foreign concept in many countries in the Middle East.

The couple’s other two children are being cared for by their grandmother while the trial continues. The Huangs have been imprisoned in Qatar for over six months as they await their trail. The penalty if found guilty? Death.

Many U.S. supporters are fighting back against what is described as an unfair cultural misunderstanding. Let us know what you think.

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Asians in Fashion | Carine Roitfeld’s “Singular Beauties” for “Harper’s Bazaar” September 2013

Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and current editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, has developed quite a successful reputation. To add on to her list of stunning work is her new feature in Harper’s Bazaar September issue. “Singular Beauties” is said to be “an homage to the diversity of women” and thankfully our community has recognition within this diverse group of women.

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The first Eurasian supermodel (and Bazaar fashion editor from 1962 to 1972), still breaking barriers at age 83.”

Soo Joo Park (right)
Modeling’s blonde Asian, reinventing her look at age 27.”

 

 

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A lithe beauty at five foot nine.”

 

 

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Chiharu Okunugi
A Japanese beauty with poetic presence.”

Watch the behind-the-scenes footage below and check out the entire feature here.

 

Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! 7 Health Benefits of Coffee For Women

I picked up a lot of things from college: a more clear sense of the person I want to be, experiences I’ll never forget, a degree to help me move forward in this world-

Oh, and an addiction to coffee of course. 

Between the all-nighters, finals, and early classes, it was difficult not to grab a cup of joe to get through the day. At one point, I was surprised to find a particular emotion associated with this habit: guilt. Every time I felt I needed coffee to get through my day, I would feel as if I was doing something wrong.

Originally, I had believed that this may be because of my Asian upbringing. I grew up with the rumor that drinking coffee will stunt your growth (trust me, I definitely don’t need any more of that) and a general stigma around the drink. My parents created this idea so early on that I can still recall my first sip as a young girl. I got a thrill thinking I was doing something all the adults did (as if it were somehow as dangerous and bold as alcohol).

I then realized it wasn’t an “Asian thing” at all. Nearly everyone I met seemed to have that same sort of guilt when they had more than a single cup of coffee. How could something so good and addicting possibly be good for your health, right?

Well now we can all take a sigh of relief. Those whispered rumors that coffee may actually be good for you apparently have grounded evidence after all. Let’s all celebrate with a cup of coffee while we go through the various health benefits of coffee for women:

 

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1) ANTIOXIDANTS GALORE 
According to a study from researches at the University of Scranton, coffee is one of the highest sources of antioxidants. In fact, its the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet. A single cup of coffee offers 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants compared to 294 milligrams found in a cup of tea and 76 milligrams from a banana. What does this mean? A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine reports women who drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day are 25% less likely to die of heart disease (for women and men, this percentage is still a hearty 18%). The antioxidants even help prevent diseases associated with the liver.

2) A CUP OF HAPPY 
Many women drink a cup of coffee as a pick me up. I’m guilty of dropping by a Starbucks to get an energy boost or simply to feel more hyper. As it turns out, the long term effects are even better. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who regularly drink coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression. In fact, the more coffee regularly consumed (up to six cups), the less likely it was for the woman to gain depression.

3) HELPS YOUR SKIN 
A new study from Brigham and Women’s hospital discovered that women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma/skin cancer (Men had a 9% decrease). If course this certainly doesn’t mean we should ignore our sunscreen.

4) BOOSTS PERFORMANCE
The New York Times reports that caffeine “has been proven to increase the number of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream which enables people to run or pedal longer.” It is no surprise that athletes often consume coffee prior to a game/match/ etc. After all, coffee is a completely legal way of boosting one’s energy.

5) LOWERS RISK OF TYPE II DIABETES
According to Science Daily, the consumption of 3-4 cups of coffee a day was linked to a 25% decreased risk of developing Type II diabetes. The American Diabetes Association points out that this decreased risk is especially prominent with younger and middle-aged women. Of course, this is only when coffee is consumed in moderation.

6) LOWERS RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S AND PARKINSON’S
Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to 60% lowered risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia and a 32%-60% lowered risk of Parkinson’s. The lowered risk has been consistent in studies for years though researchers are still trying to pinpoint exactly why.

7) CUP OF SMART
Caffeine temporarily boosts cognition, especially when one lacks sleep. While we definitely don’t suggest swapping a couple of cups of coffee for a couple of hours of sleep before a test, caffeine will improve the performance of the sleep-deprived. CNN reports, “Reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning — most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence. And most Americans are sleep-deprived most of the time.”
(Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Asians in Fashion | Lee Min Ho: Winter Photoshoot

When you think about what kind of clothes would look good on SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) Lee Min-ho, you’d probably think of something like a nice pair of swim trunks. You know, just enough clothing to show off those gorgeous abs. You probably wouldn’t think of him in a big snow jacket nearly completely covered up.

But you’re wrong. Completely wrong.

Proving to us that he can look stunning in just about everything, the South Korean actor posed for an Autumn/Winter French outdoor clothing brand photoshoot. Needless to say, Lee Min-ho looks amazing as always.

Be on the look out for his upcoming drama, Heirs, alongside actress Park Shin Hye.

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Asian Kid Photobombs Australian Prime Mininster

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Remember that one time you photobombed your friend’s romantic picture by being a third wheel? Or that one time you decided to ruin the cute picture by putting in a duckface? Or that one time an awkward animal decided to stroll in, look directly into the camera, and photobomb your picture?

Well none of it beats 5-year-old Joseph Kim. Although he’s young, his photobombing skills clearly surpass his age. Who did he decide to photobomb? The Australian Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was visiting the Ryde Uniting Church to discuss his government multicultural policies by announcing that his government would make the Korean language one of the top-five priorities for teaching in Australian schools.

Prime Minister Rudd sat down with the children and began taking photos with them. Getting along with children? Great for the campaign right? Wrong.

Young Joseph Kim decided that he would not allow himself to merely be a stage prop in the pictures. In fact, Kim decided to steal the show. Showing an incredible amount of energy, Kim quickly got all eyes and attention on him.

Prime Minister Rudd certainly didn’t expect to be upstaged when he walked into the church, but I guess you never know when you’ll meet your match.

Online Giveaway : Private Screening to THE GRANDMASTER

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The highly-anticipated Chinese martial arts film The Grandmaster  is hitting theaters this month! The film stars Hong Kong Film Award winner Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood for Love) and Zhang Ziyi (Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). 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.

Heres your chance to win tickets to a private screening of The Grandmaster on August 15th!

1) Like us on Facebook/Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

2) Instagram a photo that represents your Asian heritage with the caption: #TheGrandmaster @WeinsteinFilms @audreymagazine!

OR

3) Retweet this post and comment with your Twitter handle and email address. Also include #TheGrandmaster, @weinsteinfilms, @audreymagazine in your Tweet!

The contest will continue until Wednesday, August 14th. Don’t miss out!
Comment below if you have any questions and be sure to check out the trailer:

Problematic Weight-Loss App: Men Insult You Until You Lose Weight

Last week, we were stunned to discover a residential facility where the cost of rent was dependent on how much the tenant weighed. The facility would deduct a certain amount from the tenants’ rent for weight loss or increase the rent for weight gain.

Intense? Yeah, we thought so too. That was, of course, before we discovered a Japanese weight loss app that blows the residential facility out of the park. Nenshou! For Girls is an app which will have “attractive” anime men encourage you to lose weight. And by encourage I mean these anime men will say verbally abusive things about you like, “Fat girl, do some more exercise, okay fattie?”

As much as we wish we were joking, we’re not.  RocketNews24 writes, “In “Nenshou! For Girls” three gorgeous guys will give you the old carrot-and-stick treatment to encourage you on your weight loss journey. While you exercise, you can also enjoy a burgeoning relationship with one of the cast of ikemen (hot guys) who has been so romantically insulting you.”

We’re not entirely sure why anyone would want to be verbally insulted by a fictional anime character that could potentially “start a relationship” with you if you lose weight, but apparently there is so much faith in this app that veteran voice actors Daisuke Namikawa (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), Ryouhei Kimura (Eden of the East), and Katsuyuki Konishi (Bleach, Hetalia) were asked to voice the “romantically insulting” men.

And if you think this is bad, it gets even worse. The app is based on Nenshou! which is a similar app, but aimed towards men. “Attractive” anime women encourage men to lose weight, but heres the catch: they actually use words of encouragement and compliment the app user.

Because that makes sense, right? The way to get men to lose weight is through encouragement and affirmation and the way to get women to lose weight is through insults. Because as women, we don’t already have enough pressure to be thin, right?

With more and more problematic approaches to weight loss, we can only hope that more people don’t fall into the already terrifying amount of women who will go through drastic measures to lose weight.

Tell us what you think about this phone app below.

 

Problematic Idea of The Day: The Price of Your Rent Depends On Your Weight

From the time that we are born, we are taught that slim is in. We are given the belief as women that thin is beautiful and we must strive to get to or maintain that image. In the United States alone, nearly $35 billion a year is spent on weight loss products. Our obsession to be thin has become so extreme that companies have been thriving in the weight loss industry. There have been pills, workout machines, smoothies, and just about everything you can think of that focuses on weight loss.

In Japan, they’ve taken the idea of weight loss to an entirely new level. In what Huffington Post refers to as “one of the most unique weight-loss schemes of all”, the Lady Share House B&B in Osaka offers discounted rent price dependent on the tenants weight loss. The residential facility will deduct 1,000 yen (roughly $10) for every 2.2 pounds lost and inversely, the rent will increase for increased weight.

The goal of the residential facility, apparently, is to create an environment which supports and facilitates healthy living. In their defense, no one can say that Lady Share House B&B isn’t trying. In fact, their efforts are clearly done with good intentions. The building offers an exercise studio and even lecture on weight management. None the less, the building has still stirred quite the debate. The B&B was questioned for its unlimited snacks and sugary drinks offered to the tenants. Are these snacks really offered to encourage health living or was it a scheme to increase the tenants’ weight? They defended this act by claiming that the availability of the snacks was an effort to help their tenants learn to resist temptation. Questionable? Certainly.

While we are in full support of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are a number of problems that may arise from this rent tactic. In an effort to decrease rent, especially if one is in the position of financial hardship, one may go to extreme measures  to decrease their rent price. This added pressure may simply add on to the unhealthy obsession to be thin.

Additionally, with further research into the facility, it was discovered that the B&B was attracting many women who were not overweight at all. Will this B&B simply encourage women to be even thinner? Will this aid in the already problematic obsession of weight loss? Tell us what you think below.

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The Truth About Summer Flings

Who can forget Danny and Sandy singing Summer Nights and reminiscing about their perfect summer romance. Let’s be honest here. I’m sure many of us, even if it was a mere fleeting moment, have daydreamed about the possibility of summer love. And why not? We are led to believe in the magic of summer romance. We are made to believe that these flings are all about heated passion. Its a relationship that doesn’t consist of the usual drama. It’s a time to have fun, right?

Well its these very beliefs, or misconceptions rather, that could get you into a summer mess. Entering a summer fling with these expectations are dangerous because let’s be honest here- love, romance, and relationships are not always like the movies.

 

MYTH #1:
Summer Flings will reach its inevitable end
Many people enter summer flings believing that the name says it all. It is a romance for summertime and only summertime. A number of problems may arise from this. While you may have the stern belief that your summer fling will reach its end in a few months, your partner may not be on the same page. Don’t get yourself in a sticky situation. If your goal is to have a fling confined to summertime, you owe it to your partner to be open about this.

And even with open communication, this mindset poses a threat. As much as we’d like to think that we have complete control over our emotions, sometimes we simply can’t help who we gain feelings for. You may enter this summer fling under an agreement that it will end when summer does, but then you catch feelings and instead you have a problem on your hands. Don’t limit yourself to these boundaries.

MYTH #2:
Summer Romance will continue
You may be the exact opposite of the previous myth. Maybe you’ve gone overboard on the summer romance films which always end in happily ever after. Maybe you’re under the impression that a summer fling simply means the time you begin dating “the one”. Let’s make this clear: just because this romance begins in the summer does not mean that it magically gains more of a chance to continue.

Do some summer relationships continue? Of course. But similar to every relationship, its dangerous to have fairy-tale expectations. I’m sure that person you met on vacation in a foreign country seems perfect, but its important to stay realistic about your decisions and your feelings. You owe it to yourself to find the balance between your mind and your heart, even if summer lovin’ is in the air.

MYTH #3:
Summer Flings are drama-free
For all of us who have experienced summer romance, let’s take a moment to laugh at this one. Since the sun is out, your relationship will have no complications? Wrong. Summertime does not take away complicated exes, you significant other’s trust issues, or your unwillingness to commit. None of these problems go away simply because of the season. Don’t get caught up in the idea of a glamorous version of summer.

MYTH #4:
People will judge you for having/wanting a summer fling
“You know what they say about people who have summer flings!” Don’t know what they say? Yeah, neither do we. None-the-less, some people continue to avoid summer flings simply because they fear judgement. Quite frankly, its silly to avoid relationships simply because its summer.

This negative perception is largely due to the word “fling”. Suddenly you’re perceived as someone who doesn’t want a serious relationship and you just want to have fun. First of all, theres no problem what so ever if you don’t want to be in a serious relationship and you do, in fact, want to have fun. You are perfectly entitled to feel this way. And maybe you do want a serious relationship, but you don’t want people thinking its a “fling”. This is the moment where we tell you that whats most important is that you know its serious.

MYTH #5
Summer Romance is Magic
Quite frankly, this one isn’t fair to you or to your partner. As we’ve mentioned, people are caught up in the idea of summer lovin’ magic. If your summer does end up being some over-the-top fairy tale, then good for you. But what if it doesn’t meet your expectations? You may ruin a perfectly fine summer relationship because you expected too much. Appreciate your summer for what it is. Fall in love with your summer fling, not with the idea of it.

 

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So are summer flings worth it? The truth is, we can’t answer that question for you. Contrary to popular belief, there is no quintessential version of summer romance that most people have. Summer romance is just like every other type of romance- capable of going many directions. So do yourself a favor and drop these misconceptions and expectations. Your summer romance will not (or should not) be based on what you heard a summer romance will be- its what you make of it.