Steven Yeun and Sandara Park Team Up For Hilarious Mini Web Series

 

We never thought we’d see The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun and 2NE1’s Sandara Park — two of our favorites — collaborating together. So you can imagine our excitement when we discovered that the two were acting as a couple for the BeFUNNY mini web series, “What’s Eating Steven Yeun?” Was there squealing and jumping for joy involved? Possibly.

BeFUNNY studios works to bring together Asian American celebrities from Hollywood and Asian celebrities from all over Asia. In our opinion, they couldn’t have picked a better duo. After all, Yeun has openly discussed the lack of roles available for Asian Americans and how he’s bent on changing that.

“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.”

 

 

Rather than sit and sulk about the circumstances, Yeun decided to do something about it by writing and producing his own projects which 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 a North Korean concentration camp, as well as some cartoons and comedies like this mini web series.

“What’s Eating Steven Yeun?”  follows Yeun as he decides to leave his career in America to enter the next chapter in his life and become a South Korean idol. The hilarious web series shows that this transition may not be as easy as Yeun expected.

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Check out all three episodes below!

 

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A Hello Kitty Cafe is Finally Coming to California

 

Calling all Hello Kitty fans in California! We have even more good news for you. The 40th anniversary of our most beloved Sanrio character brought us the Hello Kitty exhibit in the Japanese American National Museum, the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt and even the very first Hello Kitty Convention. Well, it looks like the celebrating is far from over.

During the Hello Kitty con, a pink food truck not only brought adorable donuts and macarons, it also brought exciting news: A Hello Kitty Cafe is finally coming to California!

Aside from it’s expected opening in 2015, not much is known about the upcoming Hello Kitty cafe. Although the website it still rather mysterious, it links to an Instagram showing a number of Hello Kitty themed food and the pink food truck.

Check them out below. They’re sure to leave you at the edge of your seat in excitement!

 

Sephora Accused of Being Racist Against Asians

 

Recently, Sephora held a big 20% off sale for their “VIB” customers who spent over $350 during the year. Unfortunately, many of those top-tier customers faced technical difficulties — their accounts were shut down or their ability to place orders were restricted with absolutely no reason given. This certainly caused quite the alarm for loyal customers who wanted to partake in the sale, but this was nothing compared to the shocking theory behind these blocked customers: Sephora is being accused of blocking their Asian customers.

Allegedly, the customers banned from the sale were those who have e-mail addresses based in China, or those who have Chinese/Asian surnames. Styleite caught just a few of the thousands of Chinese Americans waiting for an explanation from Sephora.

 

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If these allegations are true, you may be wondering why Sephora would use geographic and ethnic profiling. Many have theorized that such a move was done to prevent international bulk buyers and re-sellers. However, we can all agree that it’s impossible to actually tell which customers want to re-sell their products and which ones simply enjoy Sephora products. As expected, many Sephora users are outraged.

“Long-time Sephora customer here,” one reddit user wrote. “I moved to Taiwan a few years ago, but really wanted some Sephora goodness. I sent an order to my (western last name) friend and had her re-ship the package to me, I had no issues with the order. Recently tried to make another order and send it to my brother (Chinese last name) who lives in Miami to bring back to me on his next trip home. My order was canceled and when I asked, they gave me the same TOS bullshit. When I asked which part of the TOS they were talking about, I was ignored.”

Sephora eventually released a statement admitting their concern over reselling products.

Message for Clients

Sephora is dedicated to providing an exciting and reliable shopping experience and we sincerely apologize to our loyal clients who were impacted by the website crash that occurred yesterday.

Our website is incredibly robust and designed to withstand a tremendous amount of volume. What caused the disruption yesterday was a high level of bulk buys and automated accounts for reselling purposes from North America and multiple countries outside the US. The technical difficulties that impacted the site are actively being addressed and our desktop US website is now functioning normally. We are actively working to restore our Canadian, mobile website, and international shipping where applicable. There has been no impact on the security and privacy of our clients’ data.

The reality is that in taking steps to restore website functionality, some of our loyal North American and international clients got temporarily blocked. We understand how frustrating it is and are deeply sorry for the disruption to your shopping experience.

However, in some instances we have, indeed, de-activated accounts due to reselling — a pervasive issue throughout the industry and the world. As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting our clients and our brands, we have identified certain entities who take advantage of promotional opportunities to purchase products in large volume on our website and re-sell them through other channels. After careful consideration, we have deactivated these accounts in order to optimize product availability for the majority of our clients, as well as ensure that consumers are not subject to increased prices or products that are not being handled or stored properly.

As expected, many outraged customers are pledging never to shop there again. What do you think?

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Video of the Day: Learn How to Draw Baymax and the Rest of Big Hero 6

 

There’s undeniable excitement over the release of Disney’s newest animated film, Big Hero 6. If you’ve already watched the heartwarming, action-packed movie, then we’re going to go ahead and bet that you fell in love with the huggable robot, Baymax.

Built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax is a healthcare providing robot who can detect any patient’s level of pain with a simple scan, and is sufficiently programmed to treat nearly any ailment. Best of all, Baymax gives hugs.

Can’t get enough of this personal healthcare companion? Check out this tutorial from Disney Insider featuring Jin Kim, the Character Design Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Kim skillfully demonstrates how to draw Baymax as well as all the other loveable characters from Big Hero 6.

 

 

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Need more Big Hero 6 in your system? Don’t forget to check out these:

1) Japanese American Hapa Ryan Potter on His Big Debut in “Big Hero 6″
2) The Super Jamie Chung in “Big Hero 6″
3) “Big Hero 6″’s Hapa Brothers: Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter 

Top 15 Adorable Hello Kitty Cakes

 

Sanrio seems to be going all out this year for Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday. In fact, the world’s first ever Hello Kitty Con was held this past weekend. And don’t worry if you missed it. The convention may be over, but the birthday celebrating sure isn’t.

The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will be up until April 26, 2015. You can also take part in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt until November 21st, which has participating locations offering limited edition Hello Kitty themed food and beverage items as well as a collectible Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt enamel pin.

So why all the big fuss, you ask?

Sanrio’s Yuko Shimizu  introduced this iconic, mouthless kitty in 1974. According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty, who’s actual name is Kitty White, was born in London, England. She is the same height as five apples stacked on top of one another and her weight is three apples put together.

By 1999, Hello Kitty was appearing on 12,000 products yearly. By 2008, Hello Kitty was responsible for half of Sanrio’s billion dollar revenue. There were over 50,000 different Hello Kitty branded products in more than 60 countries.Today, Hello Kitty is worth $5 billion a year and has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Even if you can’t make it out to the Hello Kitty exhibit or participate in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt, you can still celebrate the birthday of our beloved Hello Kitty with one of these adorable Hello Kitty cakes.

For today’s #tbt, check out our Top 15 Adorable Hello Kitty Cakes below.

 

 

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97-Year-Old Becomes U.S. Citizen, Celebrates By Voting

 

Although we are one of the fastest growing demographics in the U.S., studies show that Asian Americans are the least likely to be contacted by political parties. Additionally, studies have shown that some Asian Americans choose not to vote because of their limited English proficiency.

Well Chenyi Pan — who just gained her U.S. citizenship this past September — did not let any of those factors stand in the way of her civic duty to vote. In fact, Pan spent quite a bit of time preparing to vote in her very first U.S. election.

At the age of 97.

Pan, who spent most of her life in China as a physics teacher and middle school vice-principal, came to the U.S. to be reunited with her children in September 2009 after the death of her husband.

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She quickly applied for her citizenship and anxiously waited to be part of a country which has shaped very deep memories for her. Pan claims she can still remember American pilots dropping boxes of supplies from planes into her village during World War II.

“If I become a citizen of the U.S., I want to be a good citizen and to follow the democratic way,” Pan said in an interview back in October. “Because the U.S. is the best country in the world, if I become a member of this country I want to do all I can to continue to help this country.”

In an effort to make an informed decision, Pan asked her daughter Ni to educate her about possible options. Although she felt both parties were good, she agreed more with the Democratic Party.

Regardless of which party Pan ended up voting for, you can bet that she took her decisions seriously. After all, Pan understood the significance of her vote.

“American elections are not just about the U.S.,” she said. “They’re about the world.”

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Feature image courtesy of Jacob Hilsabeck, Daily News.

Malala Donates $50,000 Prize Money To Help Rebuild Damaged Schools In Gaza

 

Recently, we gave you a list of reasons that 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration. Well it looks like there’s yet another reason we should be inspired by the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

Malala Yousafzai — who gained worldwide recognition for surviving gunshots to the head at the hands of the Taliban in 2012  — is a known advocate for education. Yesterday, she announced that the $50,000 she received from World Children’s Prize would be donated to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is currently focused on rebuilding schools affected by the conflict in Gaza.

Many of these schools were hit by Israeli shells during the weeks of bombing and fighting. The Israel-Hamas conflict left more than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 Israelis dead. According to the Daily Beast, Malala’s prize money will help reconstruct 65 damaged schools.

“Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long,” Yousafzai said. “We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace.”

Malala was only a young girl when she became an activist for education rights and women’s rights. At the age of 11, she began blogging about her life under Taliban rule. This was so powerful that in 2009, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life. Her actions were seen as unacceptable by the Taliban and in 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck by a gunman in an assassination attempt. The strong, young lady survived the attack and continues to fight for what she believes in.

The Malala fund, which was formed in October 2012, has been actively supporting education and safety in Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan and Kenya.

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Photo courtesy of www.malala.org

 

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The Perfect Fall/Winter Hair: Nelson J Salon’s BRONDE

 

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. For many of you, that means sweater weather, boots and warm colors. But for those of you who are tired of dark and gloomy and are looking for a pop of color in your look, we suggest you use your hair.

Nelson Chan, the owner of Nelson J Salon, has brought together a number of looks perfect for the Fall/Winter season. Trust me when I say these are not your average cold weather hair colors. These hairstyles are sure to turn heads, while maintaining the warm feeling associated with the seasons. My favorite? Bronde.

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Bronde is a darker take on a blonde look first made popular by Victoria Secret supermodel, Giselle Bundchen.

“With a medium to dark base, boomerang-shaped blonde slices are scattered strategically around the eyes, cheekbones and neckline to add a bit of drama to what might otherwise be a basic brown. Placement is key, and the effect is more abstract than one which merely mimics nature. For instance, Chan does not place blonde highlights on the top of the head or parting, where in real life sunlight would fall and lighten locks. “Bronde” is an elegant, witty reimagining of how a worldly brunette might experience a last flicker of lingering summer as the seasons shift to darker days ahead.”

Clearly, Bronde strives to show the dark, warm colors of fall and winter with a lasting reminder of summer. The effect is a gorgeous Fall/Winter hairstyle that stands out brilliantly in comparison to the dark shades that are sure to pop up this season.

Upon first glance, I fell in love with this look. Would it truly look as good in person? I went to go find out for myself.

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A VISIT TO NELSON J SALON

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You may think you know good customer service, but you truly haven’t experienced anything unless you’ve stepped inside Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills.

I was a little apprehensive about the idea of walking out of a salon with giant chunks of blond in my hair, but a after few minutes of looking around, all apprehension disappeared. Everyone clearly knew what they were doing and more importantly, they were determined to do a good job.

I was greeted at the door by a friendly receptionist who gave me a tour of the salon which not only only offers hair service, they also do nails and makeup. After a greeting from all of the staff members and offers of refreshment, I finally met the famed Nelson Chan.

“Back in Hong Kong, I was just a shampoo boy having fun,” Chan reflected as he began working on my hair. He laughed and added, “My first hair cut took my three hours. I didn’t even finish.”

Well he has certainly come a long way since his days in Hong Kong. His salon has become one of the leading salons in Los Angeles. His work is so sought after that he is often summoned to celebrity homes and movie sets. His client list includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Paula Abdul, Devon Aoki, Christina Applegate, Sarah Michelle Geller and Maggie Q.

“We mainly have celebrities, professionals and house wives.” Chan added before he showed me, step by step, what he was going to do with my hair.

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In fact, there wasn’t a single moment during the entire visit where I wasn’t informed exactly what was going on. I was constantly asked if I was comfortable enough and it was obvious that the staff paid very close attention to every customer no matter how many there were. Chan confirmed that his staff members are thoroughly trained and are even taught new and updated techniques throughout their time working for him.

As the dye was washed off my hair by a staff member (who had the hands of an angel!), I noticed a customer in the middle of a deep conversation with her manicurist. It’s easy to see how this could happen– the staff made the environment extremely comfortable and welcoming to all the customers.

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By the time Chan was blow drying and curling my hair, any bit of apprehension was completely replaced with excitement. I had just witnessed 3 other girls walk out of the salon with giant smiles and I was confident that I would soon join them.

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Before and After.

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Just as I had expected, my hair came out beautiful and has been eye catching enough to be a fashion accessory all on its own. The prices in Nelson J Salon can run a bit high, but it’s clear that you’re paying for an experience and for people who genuinely care . Best of all, you’re surrounded by people who sincerely seem to enjoy their work.

Ready to try out this perfect Fall/Winter hair for yourself? Check out the official website and schedule your appointment today.

 

 

Feature image courtesy of Nelson J Salon. 

 

What Would You Change About Your Body? Adults and Children Respond Drastically Different

 

If you were asked to change one thing about your body, what would you say? Would you want to lose those stretch marks you picked up from pregnancy? Or maybe you’d like to lose the 15 pounds you picked up from freshman year? What about your shoulders, hair, feet, smile, eye shape, butt and muscles? By the time you’ve thought about every little physical trait you’d like to improve, you may be wondering if it’s even possible for you to choose just one thing to change.

Unfortunately, this desire to change our body is quite common for many of us. After all, we’re constantly surrounded by media telling us the “ideal” way to look and the hundred ways we aren’t the ideal.

So that begs the question: When did we begin living in a world of counting flaws? We couldn’t have been born this way, right?

JubileeProject went ahead and conducted an experiment to find out. They gathered 50 people– both children and adults– and asked them what they would like to change about their body. The results? Children and adults have drastically different responses.

The description to the video states, “We hope that this video will inspire you to be more comfortable and confident in yourself. Beauty is not about what you don’t have, but about being comfortable in your own skin.”

 

 

The official website describes Jubilee Project as “a 501c3 that exists to tell stories that inspire change. We make short films, PSAs and documentaries in collaboration with non-profits to increase awareness and inspire action. Our vision is to produce entertaining content that will empower, enable, and inspire others to do good as well.” Learn more about them here.

 

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Jason, Eddie and Eric, the creators of The Jubilee Project. Photo courtesy of jubileeproject.org

 

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Announcing The Performers For Unforgettable 2014

 

Audrey Magazine KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable, is quickly approaching! This celebrity-studded event, dedicated to honoring Asian American achievements within the past year, will take place Friday, December 5th at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel.

This event is sure to be one of the premiere entertainment events of the year for the Asian American community. After all, this night not only consists of an awards ceremony, a gourmet three-course dinner and a hosted after-party for it’s 500 honored guests, it will also include highly-anticipated performances sure to leave any guest on the edge of their seat.

Check out this impressive line-up:

 


 

Yoon Mi Rae
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Yoon Mi Rae, also known as the ‘Queen of Korean Hip-Hop,’ is an American born hip-hop and R&B artist under the new label, Feel Ghood Music. She was named one of ‘The 12 Best New Female Emcees Dominating Mics Everywhere’ by MTV Iggy and has been considered one of the most influential rappers in Korea. Since her debut at an early age of 16 as a singer/rapper, Yoon Mi Rae has released chart-topping albums and singles receiving several awards including Mnet’s ‘Best Original Soundtrack’. Last year, her OST single ‘Touch Love’ swept all of Korea’s music charts including Billboard Korea’s Hot 100 list. This year, Yoon Mi Rae returned to warm the hearts of many with her voice in ‘I Love You’ for the OST of Korea’s recent #1 TV drama, ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’.

 


 

Tessanne Chin
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Jamaican recording artist Tessanne Chin, who is of Chinese descent, is most known for her successful win on Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Born to musical parents, Tessanne Chin began performing at the ripe, young age of 6.  Now, she has opened for a number of famous acts, toured for three years with Jimmy Cliff and her debut album Count on My Love was released on July 1, 2014 under Republic Records.

 


 

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Arden Cho is an actress, singer-songwriter and model most known for her role as Kira on MTV’s Teen Wolf. In early 2013, Arden pursued her music career with the release of her self-produced EP, My True Happy, currently available on iTunes.  With an active and growing following on her YouTube channel, ardenBCho, Arden continues to showcase her creative and music endeavors.

David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer. On YouTube, he has close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views. David has toured all over the world performing his original songs and covers in front of thousands of people. He wrote and self produced all three of his albums including “Forever and Ever.”

 

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G.NA is a Canadian singer and songwriter who reached stardom in South Korea. Her first digital duet song with Rain was released in 2010. This was also the year that her debut mini album Draw G’s First Breath was released. She recently released the music video to “G.NA’s Secret” on her official YouTube channel which has over 160,000 followers.

 


 

Mike Song and KRNFX
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Mike Song is a dancer and choreographer most known for being part of America’s Best Dance Crew’s Kaba Modern, Step Up Revolution, BLAZE: World Tour, and KINJAZ. He has become an international performer, judge and teacher. With over 30 million views on his Youtube channel, he has established a presence as one of the most recognizable personas in the dance scene.

Terry Im, more commonly known as KRNFX, is a Korean Canadian beatboxer and singer. He is most know for competing in the first season of Canada’s Got Talent in 2012, for winning the first Canadian Beatbox Championships in 2010 and for his YouTube videos. KRFX has collaborated Mike Song to make an appearance on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

 


 

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The Kinjaz are a Los Angeles-based performance group originally created by Mike Song and Anthony Lee. The group aims to combine theatrics, intricate choreography and comedy to create a new form of story-telling. The Kinjaz include members from America’s Best Dance Crew‘s Kaba Modern, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers “LXD”, and Jabbawockeezs.