Audrey’s Spring 2014 Cover Revealed!

Audrey’s Spring 2014 covergirl is none other than singer-songwriter Yuna!

“[At first] I didn’t have the courage to think about going to America. But in the end, because I had all this English music that never made it in Malaysia, I knew that I couldn’t discover my own true strength until I gave it a try.” 

Get your copy of Audrey Magazine‘s Spring 2014 issue here. 

 

Cruel & Racist Statements Told To Asian Adoptee Children

Kim Kelley-Wagner never married, but she always knew she wanted children. So when she saw a story in Time Magazine about Chinese adoptees, she suddenly found herself looking into adoption.

After taking some time to be sure of her decision, she made the leap. In 2001, Kelley-Wagner adopted 10-month-old Liliana. Later, in 2008, she adopted 2-year-old Meika.

Adopting two daughters didn’t make Kelley-Wagner feel any less of a mother than the women who gave birth to their children. Being adopted didn’t make Liliana or Meika feel less like daughters. Unfortunately, many others didn’t seem to share their sentiments.

“The comments began right from the start,” Kelley-Wagner says. “We would be shopping, and cashiers or store clerks would say things like, ‘How much did she cost?’ or ‘You could have bought a car for what it probably cost to adopt her.’”

Some were so insensitive that they began attacking the younger daughter Meika who had a bilateral cleft lip and palate when she was born. People openly questioned why Kelley-Wagner didn’t choose a “perfect” child.

Rather than allow these comments to anger her and her daughters, Kelly-Wagner decided to turn this into a project. Hoping to teach other people about their hurtful comments while simultaneously providing an outlet for her daughters to express themselves, she came up with a photo project where her daughters hold up the comments that were thrown at their family.

Both of her daughters agreed to the project and agreed that it could help bring awareness to how hurtful  statements can be.

Rather than respond with anger, Kelley-Wagner encourages her daughter to instead make people realize what they’re saying. “My advice to them is, leave your offenders speechless,” she says. “I think people are curious and don’t know any better.”

The daughters seem to be following their mothers footsteps. Kelley-Wagner recalls a woman who said she could not truly love someone she didn’t give birth too. Liliana then responded, “Oh, did you give birth to your husband?”

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Swoon-Worthy Photos of Daniel Henney in Elle Korea February

Saying that we love Daniel Henney may be a bit of an understatement. After all, Henney was featured as our Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) three different times. Once when he was on the cover of Elle Korea in October, again when he was on the cover of KoreAm Journal and a third time for his swoon-worthy photoshoot video.

Although it may look like we’re obsessed with the guy, we’re simply showing our readers what they want to see. After all, our readers liked Henney so much that he made it onto our list of the Top 5 SHAGS of 2013.

Oh who are we kidding? We may be a little obsessed.

It’s hard not to be after seeing the following photo spread for Elle Korea February 2014. Henney poses alongside Kim Soo Hyun. The two acted together in the Korean drama Fugitive: Plan B

We won’t waste your time any longer. Here are the pictures you’ve been waiting for.

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Hilarious Auto Insurance Commercial Featuring Ryu from Street Fighter

Many of us grew up playing Capcom’s Street Fighter. In fact, since the game’s release in 1987, the series has generated over $1 billion in revenue and is listed as one of the best-selling video game franchises ever.

With such national popularity, it only makes sense that the game’s main protagonist, Ryu, is one of the most recognizable video game characters.

That’s exactly what Anadolu Sigorta, a Turkish auto insurance company, was thinking when they prepared their new auto insurance commercial and needed a world-famous character to feature.

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During the commercial, a reporter is interviewing a man about car insurance.  The man boasts that he doesn’t need insurance when, you guessed it, Ryu appears to teach him a lesson or two.

Although the commercial has only been available on YouTube for about a week, it has already gathered nearly 2 million views. Check it out below.

 

 

Glenn & Maggie Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Okay, so we’re fully aware that The Walking Dead‘s Glenn can be sexy. Afterall, we did list out 10 Reasons Glenn Would Make A Great Boyfriend and “sexy” was most certainly on that list.

But while watching The Walking Dead, it’s easy to forget just how hot the characters are. We’re a bit too distracted with all the dirt, blood and guts to notice their attractiveness.

Well Los Angeles Magazine is here to remind you. In a recent Spring Fashion shoot, LA Magazine reimagines Glenn and Maggie (Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan) in a world without walkers trying to eat their brains out.

The result? They’re even more gorgeous than we imagined! The duo pulls off the classic look with ease and sophistication. This is certainly a TWD fan must-see.

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Kenichi Ebina Performing Live At Pechanga Resort & Casino

Back in June of last year, Kenichi Ebina showed up on American television screens and proved that he was a force to be reckoned with. The 39-year-old dancer quickly gained an impressive fanbase while competing in the 8th season of America’s Got Talent.

His audition video has over 25 million views thus far. With an audition video going viral and a standing ovation from the judges, there was simply no denying Ebina’s talent. He plowed through the competition with performances that ranged from high-energy and fast-paced dances to slow and emotional routines.

On September 18, 2013, the humble and talented dancer was announced the winner of America’s Got Talent season 8. This was not a surprise for many viewers. After all, Ebina had been dancing since 2001 when he formed an award-winning dance group “BiTriP.”

So what has he been up to?

Apparently, Ebina has been quite active since his win. He has performed at many events and on TV shows internationally, taught dance in numerous countries, and directed and choreographed routines for theater companies.

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But now, he’s ready to put on a show.

Ebina will perform two special “Kenichi Ebina Dance-ish Entertainment” performances on April 12 and 13 in the Pechanga Theater at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Pechanga recently went through a multimillion dollar make-over which included a renovation of the hotel lobby, two restaurants and the addition of two more dining outlets. Although the resort may look new and improved, it still sticks with its core values of being “an Asian friendly destination with a great Asian host team and many Asian concerts for guests of different ethnicities.”

Needless to say, this show is sure to be a success.

Expect to see a thrilling performance by this solo, self -taught dance performer. Kenichi Ebina started out dancing Freestyle Hip-Hop and expanding to Poppin’, Lockin’, Mime, House, Jazz,  Contemporary and Ethnic dance. His unique style of dance combines different illusion effects of  sound, light and visual. He frequently interacts with characters on a huge video screen behind him, who have all been created and played by himself. His dance tactics entertain audiences who were not even interested in performing arts.

 

Tickets are $30, $45, $60 and $80 and go on sale Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Pechanga Box Office between 12:00p.m. and 8:00p.m., via telephone at (877) 711-2946 or online at www.Pechanga.com/Entertainment.

Check out his impressive audition video below.

 

 

Mitch Albom’s Inspiring Efforts To Rebuild Libraries in The Philippines

Mitch Album, author of works such as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day and Tuesdays With Morrie, is on a mission to rebuild some of the Philippine libraries that were ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November.

Early this week, Albom visited Tacloban and quickly found himself emotionally invested in the Philippine citizens. Upon arriving, the author donated 40 boats to help fishermen in the region.

Most importantly, Albom says he was touched with the way literature is viewed in the Philippines.

“I have been here since early this past week and have seen 11-year-olds embracing paperback books like prized possessions,” Albom writes. “In fact, readers here cover their paperbacks in plastic to preserve them. In the U.S., we rarely bother to do that with hardbacks.”

“I’ve seen my own books pulled from the flood-damaged homes, mouldy, discoloured, yet brought to me to sign,” Albom said. ”It’s incredible and heartwarming.”

Joining forces with the National Book Store Foundation, the largest book and stationery chain in the Philippines, Albom has pledged to raise $160,000, including his own contribution of $10,000 for the libraries. (Click here to read the heartwarming story of Mitch Albom meeting Socorro Ramos — the woman who started the National Book Store in 1942 despite Japanese soldiers censoring and banning publications in the Philippines during World War II.)

Earlier today, Albom posted the following picture and caption on his Facebook page:

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I’m back in the U.S., but miss the Philippines already. What an amazing, loving, resilient country. My deepest thanks to my new Filipino friends – and thousands of readers. Rarely have I been as moved as by seeing the ravages of Typhoon Yolanda. It inspired me to launch “D.R.Y. Libraries” (Donated Reading for Youth) a campaign to raise $160K to rebuild and restock school libraries in the typhoon-affected areas. National Book Store is matching each dollar. Asked authors—like Jeff Kinney, JK Rowling, John Grisham, Stephen King and so many more—to donate their books and they have. If you’d like to support and see which of your fav authors have contributed, go to www.mitchalbomcharities.org/dry

 

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In addition to his generous donation and inspiring efforts, Albom has also pledged hundreds of copies of his own books to start filling the library bookshelves. He has asked other writers to join him and the following authors have already contributed their books directly to restock the libraries.

 

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Isabel Allende
Dave Barry
Sam Barry
Roy Blount Jr.
Lisa Brown
Michael Chabon
Stephen Chbosky
Mark Childress
Harlan Coben
Billy Collins
Suzanne Collins
Sarah Dessen
Alexandra Enders
Pamela Erens
Amanda Fortini
Ted Habte-Gabr
Arthur Golden
John Green
John Grisham
Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket)
Robert Hass
Amy Hempel
Brenda Hillman
Alice Hoffman
Khaled Hosseini
Greg Iles
Walter Kirn
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Sophie Kinsella
Sheila Kohler
Yiyun Li
Meredith Maran
James McBride
RJ Palacio
Ann Patchett
James Patterson
Ridley Pearson
Matthew Quick
Dawn Raffel
Jason Roberts
JK Rowling
Lisa See
Joan Silber
Nicholas Sparks
Maggie Stiefvater
Amy Tan
Scott Turow
Ayelet Waldman

National Book Store Foundation will match funds raised by Albom until the goal is met. Albom and the National Book Store Foundation said their goal is to begin construction on the first three libraries by late spring.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION. 

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Why is This Strange Contraption Popping Up in Chinese Classrooms?

As Rocketnews24 points out, this strange, new device can only remind us of one thing: roller coasters.

In reality, the orange bars have absolutely nothing to do with theme parks. Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.

“According to the headmaster of the school, the desks were provided by a local centre advocating preventative care for eyesight deterioration amongst young people,” Rocketnews24 points out.

So how does it work?

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As you can see, the bar forces the child’s head back. The student cannot hunch over too closely to their desk. In this way, they are encouraged to stay a certain distance away from whatever they’re writing.

The goal is that the bar will “help prevent the development of shortsightedness, or myopia, which has been linked to focusing on things too near-at-hand for significant lengths of time.”

Additionally, the bar can be moved back and double as a prop for books to make sure the student is seated far back enough from the book while reading.

We’re not quite sure we like the idea of a giant bar of steel practically begging a child to bump his/her head on it, but we’re definitely interested to see the long-term effects of this device. What do you think?

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The Dedication of a Single Parent: Father Carries Disabled Son Everyday

Chinese netizens have been moved by the story of 40-year-old Yu Xukang and his 12-year-old son Qiang.

Yu is not only a single father living in the rural areas of Sichuan, he also happens to be the father of a disabled child. Qiang suffers from a severely curved spine and a bent hand and foot. Because the condition is so rare, doctors have been unable to treat the young boy.

Needless to say, the condition has made things very difficult for the father and son, but Yu is determined not to give up despite the difficult circumstances.

According to Shanghaiist, Qiang’s mother abandoned the family when her son was only 3-years-old. As a result, Yu took on the responsibility of raising the child on his own.

Of course, this is no easy task. The rural area lacks of transportation and Qiang’s school is a two-hour walk away. Qiang cannot physically handle the walk, so Yu carries his 12-year-old son all the way to and from school.

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In total Yu walks 28 kilometers a day (roughly 6 hours) just to make sure his son is educated. The walk to school is down a difficult and rugged mountain road which eats away at Yu’s rubber shoes.

Despite the difficult situation, Yu shows an undying amount of determination. ”We are never late,” he said proudly.

 

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The Real Reason Behind Japan’s Surgical Mask Trend

Even if we don’t understand it, we’ve all seen it before– the strange trend in some Asian countries to wear surgical masks.

So what’s the reason behind this phenomenon? In some cases, the justification is perfectly understandable. For instance, residents in China are often seen wearing masks because of the poor air quality. In some cases, this is even a requirement. During a runway show in Jiangsu province last year, models were forced to wear surgical masks because the smog was far too dangerous to inhale.

So what about Japan? According to Rocketnews24, there are 5 main reasons for the popular mask trend.

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1.) For health purposes.
While China residents wear the mask to protect themselves from the unfit air quality, Japanese residents wear the mask for any sort of contagious disease. However, the mask is not used to protect themselves. Instead, it is used to protect other people. Because Japanese residents often come in close contact with one another, it is common courtesy to wear a mask if you are sick.

2.) To avoid social awkwardness.
Rocketnews24 reported that the mask is sometimes used by an individual who simply does not want interaction. A Japanese psychologist added, “When we deal with others, we have to judge whether to do things like smile or show anger. By wearing a mask, you can prevent having to do that. The trend of wearing a mask to prevent directly dealing with other may have roots in the current youth culture in which many of them are more accustomed to communicating indirectly through email and social media.”

3.) For warmth. 
Tired of wrapping a scarf around your face to keep it warm? Why not try a surgical mask?

4.) For the lazy.
Have you ever wanted to go out, but you’re too lazy to put on make up? Or maybe you have a pimple and you’re just too tired to cover it up. Maybe its just one of those days when you just want to leave the house for a quick errand and dolling yourself up seems like a hassle. Apparently, Japanese women have decided that a quick way around this is the surgical mask.

5.) In the name of fashion.
We certainly expected this one. As the popularity of the mask grows, more and more people are finding ways to incorporate it into their outfit. Black masks and printed masks were created for that very purpose.

 

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