Chinese Man Gets Plastic Surgery to Look Like K-Drama Actor Kim Soo Hyun

 

It’s quite the understatement to say My Love From Another Star, the K-drama that aired from December 2013 to February 2014, was well-received. The drama was so popular that a YSL lipstick color was sold out worldwide after viewers believed it was the one worn by the lead actress. But if you think that’s crazy, you haven’t seen anything yet. Apparently some fans will go much further than purchasing makeup to look like their favorite K-drama character. In this case, someone actually went as far as plastic surgery.

Now we’ve seen quite a number of people who take on massive amounts of surgery just to look like like a celebrity. In 2013, we saw a Korean woman who underwent plastic surgery to look like Miranda Kerr. Earlier this summer, we saw a Brazilian man who had 10 surgical procedures done to have an “Asian appearance.” And now, we have a Chinese man who was so taken with lead actor Kim Soo Hyun’s look in My Love From Another Star that he decided to alter himself to look like Kim Soo Hyun’s character, Do Min Joon.

 

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Apparently, the man appeared on a Taiwanese reality show on AnHui TV with clothes and a hairstyle that resembled the My Love From Another Star character. He then explained that he went to Korea to get all the surgery done. He seemed quite proud of his transformation and had no problem showing his before and after photos.

While many of us may not understand the mindset behind this sort of decision (and may even be creeped out by this), we can’t deny that plastic surgery has reached record-breaking heights in Asia and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. After all, this isn’t the only show which features plastic surgery outcomes. The Korean show Let’s Beauty allows viewers to follow the entire plastic surgery process, and Back to My Face features “reverse makeovers” that allow contestants to go back to their original appearance (because apparently, the way to fix excessive surgery is by undergoing even more surgery).

 

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Disturbed by this or do you think people are entitled to do what they want with their body? Tell us what you think.

 

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Must Watch: New Jeremy Lin Video Starring Harry Shum Jr., AJ Rafael and More

 

What could possibly be better than YouTube artist AJ Rafael, Wong Fu Production’s Phillip Wang, Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. and basketball player Jeremy Lin all in one video? The only thing that could beat that would be all four of those guys together acting, dancing, singing and playing instruments. Never gonna happen though, right? Wrong.

In a short titled “Jeremy Lin Goes to Hollywood,” AJ, Phil and Harry are given the task of cheering Jeremy Lin up. They assume his cloudy emotions are because of a mean tweet about him. So how does one cheer up a 6’3” basketball player? Apparently, the boys decide a musical extravaganza would do the trick.

 


10 Asian Celebrities Who Would Make Amazing Boyfriends

 

 

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1) CHOI SIWON
Where you’ve seen him: In the popular K-pop group Super Junior. Oh, and starring in your favorite dreams of course.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Korean artist, Choi Siwon is at the very top of this list for a reason. Not only is he talented (he’s an actor, model and singer), he doesn’t let fame get to his head. If you’re looking for a gentlemanly boyfriend, Choi Siwon is your man. Known for his strong faith, his heroic deeds (take a look at him rescuing a puppy) and his undeniable kindness. And let’s not forget the killer smile and chiseled abs. Don’t lie, you like them too.

 

 


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2) STEVEN YEUN

Where you’ve seen him: Taking down walkers as Glenn on The Walking Dead. Maggie, you lucky girl, you.
Why he’s boyfriend material: We’ve already given you 10 Reasons Glenn Would Make A Great Boyfriend, but as it turns out, the Korean American actor behind Glenn makes an even better boyfriend. For starters, the guy’s smart. He has a degree in psychology, but the daring man gave up that route to follow what he loves: acting. Clearly, you don’t have to worry about passion with Yeun as a boyfriend. He is the perfect example of “adorkable” and even when he describes his awkward kissing techniques, we can’t help but fall for him more.  If you’re looking for humor in your relationship, Yeun is your man.

 

 


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3) JEREMY LIN

Where you’ve seen him: Shooting baskets for The Houston Rockets The Los Angeles Lakers and on the big screen for Linsanity.
Why he’s boyfriend material: We’ve thought highly of him for so long that we even wrote a list of reasons Why Jeremy Lin Would Make a Great Boyfriend. This covers everything from his impressive height of 6’3″ as well as his alumni status at Harvard. The story points out that “he practices what he preaches, works hard, looks like he’s genuinely enjoying himself, and never gives us the impression that he feels entitled.”

 

 

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4) DANIEL HENNEY
Where you’ve seen him: Distracting you from paying attention to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Last Stand  and Seducing Mr. Perfect.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Aside from the fact that simply looking at Daniel Henney causes a strange desire to be in his arms, he’s also driven and ambitious. After achieving a huge fan base in Asia, he returned to the U.S. to pursue a career in Hollywood. In this interview, Henney points out that he’s willing to fight to get lead roles usually granted to Caucasians. If you’re into the ambitious type who is willing to fight for you, we’ve found your guy.

 

 

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5) BRUNO MARS

Where you’ve seen him: Winning countless awards for his music and, of course, winning our hearts in the process.
Why he’s boyfriend material: It doesn’t take much to figure out that this man has a beautiful heart. We saw this when he dedicated his Grammy to his late mother, when he gave an inspirational speech for aspiring musicians and when he personally serenaded an 11-year-old who was injured by a drunk driver. Men with big hearts make incredible boyfriends and Mars clearly has one of the biggest.

 

 


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6) DARREN CRISS 

Where you’ve seen him: Making you blush when he played a hot version of Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical” and as Blaine on Glee.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Humor, talent, stage presence, a big heart, a good sense of style and good looks? You’ve pretty much hit jackpot if you land Darren Criss as a boyfriend. Don’t believe me? Check out our list of the Top 5 Reason We Love Darren Criss which includes everything from his talent, his charity work, and (obviously) his good looks.

 

 


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7) SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY

Where you’ve seen him:  Being steamy in NBC’s Heroes and CW’s Beauty & The Beast.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Maybe you’re at a point in life where you’re looking for someone stable and serious (and sexy, let’s not forget that). If that’s the case then actor Sendhil Ramamurthy is perfect. He began his adulthood with the belief that he would be going into the med field. However, during an “Intro to Acting” class, Ramamurthy fell in love with the art of acting and never looked back. Of course, acting isn’t the only commitment he’s loyal to. Ramamurthy has proven to be both a good husband and father to his two children.

 

 

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8) HARRY SHUM JR.

Where you’ve seen him: In the city of rock-hard abs — I mean, on Glee as Mike Chang.
Why he’s boyfriend material: Unlike our previous pick, maybe you’re looking for a boyfriend who’s more upbeat and fun. Well Harry Shum Jr. can certainly help out in that department. In addition to his television role, he has taken on a number of passion projects such as his interpretive dance, “Painfully Shy,” and his video series “Parallels.” A man who can manage his time, has undeniable passion and is extremely good at moving? Yes, please.

 

 


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9) KEV JUMBA 

Where you’ve seen him: Cracking you up with his comedy YouTube channel. Laughter is the way into the heart, right?
Why he’s boyfriend material: Interested in men who are funny and sincerely generous? Look no further. Kevin Wu, better known as KevJumba, fits the part. His humor has given him over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, but there’s so much more to him. In 2009, he began his YouTube charity called JumbaFund and after raising over $50,000, he opened a High School in Lenana, Kenya. Now that’s a keeper.

 

 

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10) MARIO MAURER
Where you’ve seen him: In Thai films The Love of Siam and First Love (because even if you don’t understand Thai, you know what a talented and attractive actor looks like).
Why he’s boyfriend material: Not only is this Thai German actor (who is of Chinese German descent) absolutely gorgeous, he’s also a hard worker, polite and family-oriented. Maurer is known as the lead star of Thailand’s highest grossing film of all time, Pee Mak, but he didn’t originally plan on being an actor at all. In fact, he only took up acting because he wanted to help out his family with finances (cue the collective “aww’s”). Luckily for his fans, he fell in love with acting and continued.

 


Know more Asian celebs who would make amazing boyfriends? Let us know!

PARALLELS: Harry Shum, Jr. Explores the Similarities Between Dance and Sport

 

When dancer, actor and choreographer Harry Shum, Jr. saw a TV special from 1958 called Gene Kelly: Dancing – A Man’s Game, he was quickly captivated and inspired. During the special, Gene Kelly interpreted the moves of top athletes, such as Mickey Mantle and Sugar Ray Robinson, into a choreographed dance. Being both an avid dancer and athlete, it didn’t take long for Harry to begin exploring the similarities between dance and sport, despite the ongoing idea that the two are on very different spectrums.

Harry teamed up with filmmaker Cole Walliser, as well as leading contemporary dancers and athletes to create a new video series called “Parallels.” The series analyzes and compares the movements of dancers and athletes to emphasize the similarities between the two genres and what that parallel could mean.

“They serve two completely different purposes, but what makes sport and dance the same?” Harry asks. “Timing. Grace. Rhythm. Control. This is not a direct comparison, but an exploration of the tenacity, emotion and physical prowess that it takes to reach the highest level of athleticism. Is sport an art form? Is dance a sport?”

The series consists of four videos which juxtaposes the movement, athleticism and grace of Red Bull action sport athletes to various kinds of dancers. “Parallels” premieres today, July 30. Check them out for yourself below.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

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