Check Out This (Awesome) Angry Rant About Yellow Fever

 

You probably remember YouTube personality, Anna Akana, from her makeup tutorial that didn’t teach us anything about makeup, but was one of our favorites nonetheless. Obviously, only someone as awesome as Akana could pull off something like that.

Well, she’s back and this time, she’s angry. We can’t help but laugh along because the target of her anger happens to be something many of us have had to deal with: yellow fever.

Now before you get defensive and point out that people are allowed to have a “type,” you should know that Akana recognizes that, too. She’s not angry with men who happen to like Asian women; she’s angry at men who like women only because they’re Asian.

 

 

“These men, the problem with them is that they don’t give a f— about who you really are. The idea of you is enough,” Akana rants. “I don’t understand why you would romanticize an entire race as being submissive or weak or docile or delicate or fragile or whatever the f— is the allure of Asian women.”

“Now look, there’s nothing wrong with having a type,” she adds for clarification. “But yellow fever is when the only prerequisite for me to become your potential partner is the color of my skin. That’s cheap.”

Anna Akana, we couldn’t agree with you more.

 

 

Like what you saw? Be sure to check out How (NOT) to pick up an Asian girl.

 

 

YouTube Star Surprises Parents By Paying Off Their Mortgage

If you don’t already keep updated with YouTube personality Tim Chantarangsu, better known as Traphik and Timothy DeLaGhetto, then maybe this video will convince you to do so. The 28-year-old Thai American rapper and comedian added even more to his 2 million subscribers with his recent, heartwarming act of generosity.

Chantarangsu begins his video by saying, “My family and my parents are a big part of who I am as a person and why I do what I do.” He goes on to explain that all of his efforts are to help his parents, who have constantly worked hard for him at the Thai restaurant they own in California. Despite the fact that he is not a doctor or lawyer (he dropped out of college five years ago to pursue a career in entertainment), Chantarangsu was bent on being successful so that he could give his parents the biggest thank you he could think off: paying off the mortgage to their house.

He pulls his adorable parents in front of the camera and, much to the delight of his mother, tells them he has a surprise. He then presents them with a check and is met with tears and hugs. According to USA Today, the check was worth $210,000.

Many Asian Americans can relate to the desire of wanting to give back to their parents who often sacrificed everything just to give their children a better life.

“He just paid off the mortgage for us, man,” Chantarangsu’s father says in disbelief. “But with or without [the check] you’re still the best son to me.” He pauses and adds with a laugh, “The check just made it better.”

 

 

Steven Yeun to Create More Opportunities for Asian Actors

 

In 2005, when Korean American actor Steven Yeun decided to pursue acting rather than get a job that directly correlated to his degree in psychology, you can imagine all the people who thought he was ludicrous. After all, as difficult as it is to maintain a successful career as a working actor, it’s even more difficult with the limited opportunities for Asian actors. Luckily, the odds didn’t seem to scare him away.

Fast forward to today and 30-year-old Yeun is now one of the most popular Asian actors in mainstream media. We can all rest assured that he certainly doesn’t regret his “ludicrous” decision to go into acting. “[Glenn] is a really exciting character,” Yeun told Audrey Magazine in an interview in 2010. “As an Asian American male, it’s something that isn’t very stereotypical and really kind of stretched to show a lot of dimensions.”

In addition to his role, Yeun also stretched his career in many directions. In 2011, he was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television. In 2013, Yeun was on the list of of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men.”

With all this success, it’s safe to assume that Yeun is drowning in job offers right? Apparently, that’s not necessarily the case.

 

 

“People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Yeun told TheWrap during an interview in July. “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.”

And Hollywood certainly isn’t helping. Many Asian films, such as Oldboy, have been remade and recast with white actors, instead of simply opening up to the idea of more Asian actors on screen. (Looking at you, The Last Airbender.)

So is Steven Yeun, the man who took a leap of faith into acting despite the odds against him, going to sit around and just wait for more opportunities for Asian actors to pop up? Of course not. Yeun is taking matters into his own hands by writing and producing his own projects that will offer better roles to Asian actors.

Yeun is working on an adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s memoir The Aquariums of Pyongyang, which focuses on life inside of North Korean concentration camp, as well as some comedies and cartoons.

Yeun’s drive to progress not only his career but also the opportunities available for Asian actors comes from a place many of us are familiar with: a desire to make our parents proud.

“I think my greatest fear is letting my parents down,” Yeun told Audrey Magazine. “That might be inherent in anyone, but coming from my perspective, it’s pretty inherent in the Korean culture. [My parents] sacrificed so much for me, and I said I was going to be an actor after they paid so much for everything. And yet they stood behind me and they were very supportive. I definitely want to make this a long career and definitely want them to be proud.”

I can’t speak for his parents, but I for one can say he is certainly someone the Asian American community can be proud of.

 

Growing Up With Chinese Food, Dwayne Johnson and a Shake Weight, And Other MUST READS OF THE WEEK

 

1) 23 Food Things Only Chinese American Kids Would Understand (READ HERE

 

2) Maxine Hong-Kington and Billie Tsien Honored With National Medals of Arts (READ HERE

 

3) Chinese Businessman Sips Tea From $36.3 Million Ming Dynasty Cup, Angers Netizens (READ HERE
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4) 21 Annoying Comments Filipinos Are Tired Of Hearing (READ HERE

 

5) Actor George Takei Shares Family’s Story of WWII Internment (READ HERE

 

6) Move Over McDonalds, Brand Bringing Thai Fast Food to Cities Across the U.S. (READ HERE

 

 

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7) Pools in China are so crowded, you don’t swim, you go for a stand (READ HERE)

 

8) 10-Year-Old Hapa Girl’s Guitar Cover Of “Slayer” Is Insane (READ HERE

 

9) Run For Your Lives! Zombie-infested obstacle course heading to Singapore (READ HERE)

 

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10) Jimmy Fallon And Dwayne Johnson Make Hilarious Workout Videos (READ HERE

 

 

Top Stories of the Week: An Inspiring Granddaughter and Floating Babies

1) What This 20-Something Does For Her Grandmother Who Raised Her 

 

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2) “Mistresses”‘s Catherine Haena Kim Dishes On Working with Yunjin Kim and a Surprising Famous Relative 
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3) Chinese Doctors Bow For An 11-Year-Old’s Selfless Decision 

 

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4) Viral Video Alert: Tiny Floating Asian Babies

 

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5) Lee Hyori’s Behind-The-Scenes Photos of Her DIY Wedding on New Lifestyle Blog 

 

Chinese Doctors Bow For An 11-Year-Old’s Selfless Decision

 

These bowing doctors are not the only ones in awe of 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi. This image, along with its inspiring story, has been circulating all throughout China. Everyone seems to be impressed with this selfless young man who proved that children are most certainly capable of doing what is noble and good.

Liang was a fifth grader in Shenzhen, China. Despite his young age, he already knew that he wanted to save lives as a doctor in the future.

“There are many people doing great things in the world,” he told ChinaDaily.com. “They are great, and I want to be a great kid, too.” Well it was only a matter of time before Liang fulfilled that longing.

In April, Liang was diagnosed with brain cancer and even after multiple surgeries, his body could not handle the cancer. There on his deathbed, Liang told his parents about his final decision: After he died, Liang wanted to donate his organs so that he could help others live.

 

 

Soon after, the brave 11-year-old passed away. Touched by his incredible selflessness, Chinese doctors bowed to Liang before performing the surgery.

Although he didn’t end up becoming a doctor, Liang managed to fulfill his wish of saving lives. According to China Daily, the boy’s kidney and liver were successfully transplanted to people in need.

 

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The Most Breathtaking Photos of Indonesian Village Life You Will Ever See

 

“I am an amateur,” Herman Damar humbly told us when we asked about his incredible photography skills. Despite Damar’s insistence that he is just a self-taught photographer, no one can deny his natural ability and talent. In fact, it’s obvious to anyone after just a short glance at his work.

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Damar often shows the everyday lives of rural Indonesian villages in his work. His photos capture children playing together, villagers swimming in the river and even elders at work.

“I am interested in photography because I want to capture every moment, especially the beauty and life of Indonesian society,” the Indonesian photographer explains. “I want explore the rich diversity of Indonesian culture.”

Well, if showing the beauty of Indonesian culture was his goal, he can consider his task complete. It’s rare that we come across such beautiful photos of the everyday Indonesian lifestyle.

Damar mainly uses natural light and shoots with a Canon 550D. Using Adobe Lightroom and After Effects, he makes his photos come alive. See them for yourself below and be sure to check out his official site here.

 

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Photos courtesy of Herman Damar Photography

Kara Birkenstock Dishes On ’90s Icons and Britney Songs

 

We were lucky enough to get the chance to talk to Kara Birkenstock, the beautiful host of Lifestyle Network’s Style Bites, a show that brings the very best of every girl’s BFFs: fashion and food. Still want to learn more about the Thai-Filipino American model, actress and host? We got the scoop below.

 

Who is your fashion inspiration?
Niki Taylor (first supermodel in the ’90s) and Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez is just amazing. Her body is amazing and she can rock anything and pull it off. Her main fashion accessory is her confidence.

What is your go-to karaoke song?
Oh gosh, this is embarrassing. “I Will Survive”comes to mind, but I have sung “Oops I Did it Again.”

Favorite celeb of all time?
Brad Pitt. There’s the obvious physical features, but I’ve always enjoyed following his career and he’s always giving back. He turned from a cute actor to an inspiring, powerful role model.

Favorite part of your day?
Probably the end when I’m done with a long day of work and coming back to my little retreat. Getting home to my family, making dinner and sitting down with a yummy meal.

Hidden talent?
Rhythmic gymnastics. I could probably pull that out if I had to. Ha!

Habit you need to break?
I need to be better at following up with friends. Life gets in the way and we all get really busy, so I need to be better at staying in touch with my dear friends.

 

 

Word or phrase you say too much?
Gorgeous or gorg.

Your guilty pleasure?
CARBS. Fried rice and noodles are my big guilty pleasures.

Your pet peeve?
When people don’t say thank you. In cars when you let them pass or on elevators when you hold the door open. You know, ungrateful people.

Greatest Fear?
I actually try not be scared of things. I try to live my life that way. If I’m scared or hesitant about something, I usually jump off the cliff and do it since life’s too short not to.

Your job in another life?
I hate to respond this way, but I feel like if I was in another life, I would know I was destined to do something like this — being in front of the camera or producing or creating fun content. I’ve always wanted to do this. If I died and was born again tomorrow, I think I’d still want to do this.

What’s cool about being Asian?
What’s not cool!?

 

Be sure to read our story on Kara Birkenstock’s show here. For more Kara, don’t forget to watch her latest episode of Style Bites which airs daily with new episodes premiering weekly on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here.

 

Rise of Anti-Rape Clothing in India Receives Criticism

 

India has seen an influx of “anti-rape clothing” over recent years. Although this has created quite some controversy, people across the country are desperately trying to create anything that could hinder unwanted advances.

“The harassment of the girl in Delhi was the turning point for all to realize that we need to take a step against this menace,” 21-year-old Manisha Mohan, who co-created an anti-rape bra, told Vetunotech, referring to the infamous New Delhi gang rape in 2012, where a 23-year-old student was brutally raped, tortured and killed on a public bus. Since then, there have been a number of efforts to create strict measures against rape. New anti-rape laws have been passed by the Indian government, including the death penalty for repeat offenders.

 

 

Despite these efforts, rape continues to be a horrifying reality to many Indian women. Earlier this year, a 20-year-old woman was gang raped by 13 men in her rural village as punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different community. In another incident, 10 men were arrested for gang raping a 21-year-old woman. Even more shocking, a 7-year-old girl was raped and hanged.

But relying on politicians and government officials have often been fruitless. One police official compared rape to gambling and said if you can’t prevent it, you enjoy it. Later, a female politician claimed rape occurs when women act and dress inappropriately. Needless to say, many citizens felt like they needed to take measures into their own hands.

This is why three Indian engineering students created the anti-rape bra called SHE (Society Harnessing Equipment). According to NBC News, the bra “delivers a strong electric shock to potential rapists and attackers, and also has the ability to send an alert text message to the wearer’s friends and family.” There are also college students from the city of Varanasi who have created a line of anti-rape jeans. According to Daily Mail, the jeans “contain an electronic tracker that will send a distress signal to the nearest police station when pressed.” And this doesn’t even cover the anti-rape wrist watches and jackets.

 

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Anti-rape watch. Photo courtesy of http://ibnlive.in.com/

 

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Anti-rape jeans.

 

Obviously, anti-rape clothing was created with nothing but good intentions, however, many are questioning whether or not it would actually work.

“In India, most of the rapes happen within the family,” said Indian journalist Sonia Faleiro. “It happens behind the closed door. These people aren’t going to stop what they are doing because of a piece of clothing.” Furthermore, Faleiro pointed out that girls still live in fear and anti-rape clothing is just a bandaid to the big issue.

Faleiro certainly brings up good points. This issue won’t be solved with bandaid solutions alone, and women shouldn’t have to live in fear or wear outrageous clothing. Women and victims are not responsible for rape and they should not be the only ones taking measures to prevent it.

However, I still believe it is a step in creating change and most importantly, it has people talking about an issue that needs to be discussed. On certain occasions, these devices let women feel safe and give men the message that a lack of consent is not OK.

Tell us what you think.

 

Viral Video Alert: UN Creates Bollywood Music Video Promoting LGBT Rights

 

After watching only a few seconds of this music video, we encounter dancing, singing, vibrant colors and, of course, romance. Yup, this can only mean one thing: Bollywood.

Who doesn’t love good Bollywood? In fact, this music video, produced by the United Nations’ Free & Equal Campaign, has already picked up more than 2 million views since being uploaded onto YouTube a few months ago.

“The Welcome” begins with a family preparing for a wedding. “Today, Sir is coming with his special friend,” one relative says in excitement as he puts up decorations. After much suspense, the groom-to-be finally arrives, but is met with stunned expressions from his relatives as his “special friend” turns out to be a man as well. The two join hands and wait for the verdict from a stern-faced grandmother.

Bollywood star Celina Jaitly intervenes and sings about a “new look” and a “new attitude” which accepts all forms of love.

After her initial hesitation, the grandmother decides to welcome the two men with a smile and they get their Bollywood happy ending after all — complete with dancing, music and a smile on every face.

 

 

As you may have already guessed, the video was created to promote LGBT rights. Specifically, this video is in response to India’s Supreme Court decision on December 2013, which reenacted Section 377 of India’s Penal Code, which states, “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”

The decision was opposed by many human rights activists, including the United Nations who chose to express their opinion in this delightful music video.

Popular actress, model and beauty queen Jaitly is not the only Bollywood celebrity to openly fight for LGBT rights. Just a few months ago, the beautiful Sonam Kapoor argued that India’s legal stance on homosexuality does not align with their cultural stance.

“We’ve regressed instead of progressing,” Kapoor said while discussing the possibility of homosexuality on the big screen. “I think movies can influence the way people think sometimes and if we do start making love stories, or we start making movies about people who are amazing human beings, people who have done something in life, people who are inspirational who aren’t necessarily only straight, I think people will start appreciating them more.”

Although this music video is not on the big screen, it’s certainly a step towards an accepting future.