Image of the Day: Billboard in Korea Encourages You to “Step In” And Stop Child Abuse

 

It’s easy for many of us to say we’re against child abuse, but how willing are we to interfere, step in, and do what we can to stop child abuse? That’s exactly what this billboard in South Korea asks anyone who passes by.

It’s quite difficult to ignore this powerful, interactive ad which shows the silhouette of two people: An angry adult holding a glass bottle over his head and the scared child he is threatening to hurt.

 

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At the top of this upsetting image are the words “Child abuse, you can prevent it” along with an arrow pointing to the blank space in between the abusive adult and the child. This is where passersby are asked to “step in.”

The powerfully symbolic ad truly shows its brilliance when an onlooker steps in between the silhouettes. Suddenly, a superhero logo will pop up on the onlooker’s shadow with an emergency number and the words, “Report to become a hero for children.”

The message is instantly clear. Anyone can become a hero and help prevent child abuse. In fact, simply reporting child abuse can save lives.

 

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All photos courtesy of demilked.com.

 

Sneak Peek: Introducing Our Beautiful Winter Issue Cover Girl MICHELLE PHAN

 

We’re more than excited to introduce our Audrey Magazine Winter 2014-2015 cover girl Michelle Phan! Be on the look out for our exclusive cover story coming soon. Can’t wait to get your hands on the issue? Click here to purchase it or to subscribe to Audrey Magazine.

For now, check out what Audrey’s editor-in-chief Anna M. Park has to say about YouTube’s beauty bestie:

 

The last time we tried to get Michelle Phan on our cover was 2010. We had the clothes, the makeup, the venue, everything ready. And then she came down with the chicken pox. The day before the shoot. It was clearly not meant to be.

In 2010, Michelle was big. She had over a million YouTube subscribers then. Her Lady Gaga makeup tutorials had gone viral. And she had just become Lancôme’s official video makeup artist. She was hot. And we were so disappointed we couldn’t get her on the cover.

Well, we finally got her on the cover. And today, Michelle Phan is even hotter than four years ago. A million subscribers? Try over 7 million now. Lancôme? She’s still there. But she has her own makeup line as well, backed by beauty giant L’Oréal. YouTube? Sure, but with her own multichannel network, FAWN, where she curates and develops new talent and content as executive producer. Add to that a beauty sampling company, a new book, even her own music label. Michelle isn’t just big anymore. She’s empire big.

Here’s the funny thing about her story. Michelle dropped out of college to pursue her dreams, to work with Lancôme back in 2010. And this year, that same school, the Ringling College of Art + Design, bestowed on Michelle an honorary doctorate of arts in the business of art and design. She definitely proves that life isn’t necessarily a straight line or an even path. It is — as she says — a circle. Read more about her amazing journey in writer Michelle Woo’s story coming soon!

 

 

Story: Michelle Woo
Photos: Jack Blizzard
Stylist: Reichelle Palo
Makeup: Jayme Kavanaugh
Hair: Octavio Molina

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You’re Invited to Unforgettable 2014 AFTER PARTY

 

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal 13th annual Unforgettable gala is just days away! Can’t make it to the gala? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to celebrate the special evening with our celebrity guests at the official Unforgettable After Party.

The Unforgettable 2014 After Party will be held at the Feria Night Club following the gala. For this private, guest-list only event, all gala attendees will be guaranteed entry. We encourage all other guests to RSVP above for free to ensure their entry, as capacity will be limited.

Admission: Free (Guest list)
Doors open at 10 p.m.
Parking: Valet available

Spots are extremely limited so click here to RSVP today.

 

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Unforgettable is a high profile, celebrity-studded event dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year and is an opportunity for talent to perform for distinguished and influential members of the community.

Sponsored by Royal Salute and presented by Duracoat, this year’s gala will honor and award four Asian Americans individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. The award recipients include: John Cho (ABC’s Selfie, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) – Royal Salute’s Mark of Respect Award and The Actor of the Year Award; Ming-Na Wen (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – The Actress of the Year Award; Ki Hong Lee (20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner) – The Male Breakout Star of the Year; Arden Cho (MTV’s Teen Wolf) – The Female Breakout Star of the Year.

Yoon Mi Rae, Korean American hip-hop and R&B royalty, returns this year to perform her No. 1 hit song in Korea. Other featured artists include K-Pop artist G.NA, winner of The VoiceTessanne Chin, beatbox champion KRNFX, along with collaboration performances from singer/songwriters Arden Cho and David Choi, and exciting dance performances by Mike Song and KINJAZ.

 

Find out more information on the Unforgettable 2014 website

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Viral Coca-Cola Ad Shows the Importance of Saying “Thank You”

 

With Thanksgiving just a few hours away, it’s a good time to remember all the people we are thankful for. You’ve probably expressed thanks for family and close friends, but what about the people who often go unnoticed and unappreciated? Do you give thanks for the hardworking UPS guy? What about the waitress at your favorite restaurant that always makes sure you get the best table? Or what about the barista who knows exactly the way you take your coffee every morning?

These people may serve us on a day to day basis and certainly make our lives easier, but how often do we actually recognize their work? In fact, do we even know their name?

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A new Coca-Cola ad, which was released in the Philippines, has already gained nearly 3 million views because it asks that very question. As it turns out, acknowledging someone by their name can mean so much– especially in a job where they are often unnoticed. Most importantly, the ad reminds us that a simple “thank you” can go a long way.

“Challenge yourself to take time every single day to thank those who serve you – just be sure to get their name,” Liftable reminds us. “Not only will you make their day, you will encourage them to continue their work with the knowledge they are positively impacting the lives of those around them.”

 

 

 

Kiss of Love: Mass Protest in India Opposes Conservative Views on Kissing

 

When I see couples give each other a quick kiss in public, I really don’t think twice about it. After all, growing up in American means movies, television shows and even cartoons which have characters show their love for one another with a quick peck. This act is not only normalized in our society, it’s actually seen as endearing and sweet.

This is certainly not the case in India. In fact, a public kiss is viewed as so disgraceful, you can receive jail time for that small, quick act of affection. The Indian Penal Code states that anyone who “does any obscene act in any public place” may be subject to arrest. And yes, public kissing falls into that list of obscene acts.

Although Westerners may be baffled by the conservative view, right-wing Hindu fundamentalists certainly take it very seriously. On October 23rd, a local news channel showed footage of a couple kissing inside of a cafe in Calicut. The reaction to this was swift and overwhelming. Within an hour of the broadcast, people smashed the windows of the cafe and caused chaos inside. They claimed it was punishment for endorsing “un-Indian” behavior. According to one Facebook commenter, public kissing is only for “filthy western people, where shame exists only in the dictionary.”

 

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From Cartoonist Unnikrishnan Mathrubhumi. Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/kissoflovekochi

 

But while there are those bent on aggressively enforcing this conservative view, there are also many, especially the youth, who seek to oppose this perception on kissing. Less than a day after the violent acts against the cafe, a nation-wide movement called the “Kiss of Love” campaign was created and sparked protests throughout India.

“We wanted to show how humans express their love. A kiss is a short and sweet expression,” explained Rahul Pasupalar, co-creator of the movement’s Facebook page which now has over 140,000 likes.

 

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A number of these protestors are receiving daily death and rape threats, but the movement continues strong. In fact, many claim that this is about much more than just kissing. Because arranged marriages are still a common practice in India, the act of public kissing is seen as women making decisions on their own terms. The rise of kissing reflects the growing power of young women in deciding who to marry.

“The terms and timing of intimacy used to be initiated and decided entirely by the man,” said Dr. Avdesh Sharma, a psychiatrist practicing in New Delhi. “That is no longer true.”

 

Feature image courtesy of http://www.bbc.com/

 

The Unforgettable 2014 Website is Finally Here

 

The official Unforgettable 2014 website is finally here! For updates on performers, award recipients, celebs and all the information you need, click here.


We are pleased to present
Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable. This high profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year and is an opportunity for talent to perform for distinguished and influential members of the community.

 

Sponsored by Royal Salute and presented by Duracoat, this year’s gala will honor and award four Asian Americans individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. The award recipients include: John Cho (ABC’s Selfie, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) – Royal Salute’s Mark of Respect Award and The Actor of the Year Award; Ming-Na Wen (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – The Actress of the Year Award; Ki Hong Lee (20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner) – The Male Breakout Star of the Year; Arden Cho (MTV’s Teen Wolf) – The Female Breakout Star of the Year.

 

Yoon Mi Rae, Korean American hip-hop and R&B royalty, returns this year to perform her No. 1 hit song in Korea. Other featured artists include K-Pop artist G.NA, winner of The Voice Tessanne Chin, beatbox champion KRNFX, along with collaboration performances from singer/songwriters Arden Cho and David Choi, and exciting dance performances by Mike Song and KINJAZ.

 

In addition to the award recipients and performers, global stars Lisa Ling (CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling host), Han Ji-min (TV Drama Rooftop Prince) and Koo Soo (Film Way Back Home) are among the confirmed list of high-profile celebrities attending the gala this year.

 

The event will take place at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Friday, December 5, 2014. An after party will immediately follow the black-tie event providing another chance to celebrate the year with celebrities and VIP guests at Feria.

 

 

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10 Times You Saw KI HONG LEE Before “The Maze Runner”

 

There has been a lot of buzz about Ki Hong Lee lately. Lee not only plays a lead character in the 2014 sci-fi film The Maze Runner, he was also recently named the fourth sexiest man of 2014 by People magazine and he will receive the “Male Breakout Star of the Year” award at KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine‘s 13th annual Unforgettable gala.

And while Lee is picking up new fans daily, we must remember that he’s actually been around for years now. Didn’t catch him? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up 10 times you saw Ki Hong Lee before The Maze Runner.

 


 

Modern Family (2010)
Well before the days of being an online heartthrob and playing the dashing Minho in The Maze Runner, Ki Hong Lee had a tiny appearance on ABC’s Modern Family as a busboy.

 


 

New Girl (2011)
You may have missed Lee’s short appearance on Fox’s New Girl, but now you won’t be able to stop watching him drum away on those bells.

 


 

Wong Fu Productions
Many fans first recall Lee’s work with Wong Fu Productions. He quickly won the hearts of many with the romantic shorts.

 

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This McDonald’s Commercial (2013)
Thought you would never see Ki Hong Lee in a Filipino McDonalds commercial? Think again.

 


 

Jubilee Project
Lee also took part in a couple of Jubliee Project short films. Get the tissues ready before you watch these– they’re a couple of tear-jerkers.

 


 

Blue Bloods (2013)
Of course, Lee can do much more than humor and romance. Check out his serious side on this episode of the CBS drama, Blue Bloods.

 


 

His YouTube Channel
Of course, you may have simply recognized Lee from the YouTube channel described as “Your source for all things Ki Hong Lee.”

 

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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2. Sandra Oh

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3. Brenda Song 

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5. Bruno Mars 

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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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10. Jenna Ushkowitz

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