Let’s face it; since WongFu came out with “Yellow Fever,” it appears to be a known assumption that Asian males just don’t get the girl, whether it be the cutely exotic Asian or the hot White chick.
Especially on prime time television, we rarely see an interracial relationship of an Asian male and Caucasian female.
However, on the November 6 episode of Walking Dead, Steven Yeun gave Prime Time a pill to prevent Yellow Fever from spreading any further. Yeun’s stereotype breaking character, Glenn, hooked up with Maggie, the attractive white female that Glenn has been lusting after. According to an interview on AMC, this wasn’t his first on-scene love-scene, but won’t mind if viewers count it as his first one. Check below for video:
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We’ve all used spray devices as ways to get rid of things we do not want: from bugs and bites to unwelcome odors. Now, in China, sprays are being used to get rid of something that we all experience: hunger.
So, who doesn’t want hunger? On October30th in Beijing, China, International Fashion Week kicked off with the “Tang-Jing” Fashion Show in the Golden Hall of Beijing Hotel.
There was a lot of spraying going on backstage, from hair to perfume, but there was one spray that was not allowed. On the backstage curtain read a sign in both English and Chinese, “Models must eat before going on runway. Spraying your hunger away is not enough!”
The spray they are referring to is SENSASLIM, which is being described as a dieter’s dream, and an easy way to lose weight without ever feeling hungry. With its slogan, “nothing tastes as good as slim feels”, it is no surprise that the sign was posted this year by organizers concerned about the spray. Their concerns stem from a repeat incident last year where a model collapsed on the catwalk from lack of energy brought about by food deprivation.
Norwegian model, Erjana Ala, discovered the Sensaslim spray in her native Norway where it has recently been released.
“The other girls saw me spray it, and now everyone is wanting it,” Ala said. “It isn’t in China yet, so the girls are buying it on the internet and getting it sent by courier. It’s crazy how everyone is asking me where they can get it.”
Sensaslim Research Director Dr. Sommerville said Sensaslim is administered three times a day, by two sprays onto the tongue, ten minutes before meals, and should not be used instead of food entirely.
“Sensaslim was not designed for the underweight or normal weighted people but for those who are overweight or obese and need to lose large amount of weight,” he said. “We would not encourage models to use it more than once a day as it is may work too well.”
This Week’s Happenings 11.5-11.13
Seriously Mr. Calendar, how is it already November? You’re forgiven; though I may be a bit biased over November, because it is: my birthday month, the start of cozy holidays, and the beginning of Holiday Happenings.
11th Annual KOLLABORATION Show
When : Nov. 5, 2011
Where: Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 5, 2011
How: For ticket and event information, visit: http://www.kollaboration.org/
Kollaboration, the largest showcase for Asian Pacific Islander (API) talent in North America, announced 24-year-old South Korean singer G.NA as its headliner for its 11th annual show at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Saturday, November 5.
“We’re excited to have G.NA at our largest Kollaboration show yet because she has been making headlines in South Korea since her debut in 2010,” said Roy Choi, executive producer and CEO of Kollaboration. “Like many of our competing performers, she started out young and is bold in sharing her talent with the world.”
Kollaboration will wrap up the 2011 series of nationwide shows with its 11th annual show in Los Angeles. Other special guest performers taking the stage include symphonic quintet Ensemble Memo, singer-songwriter Clara C, and comedian and founder of Kollaboration, Paul “P.K.” Kim. The eight finalist performers will be competing for the chance to win the grand prize of $2,000, and the audience choice prize of $1,000. Continue Reading »
Judging from their latest music video, the New York-based indie rock band, PaperDoll, is having a hard time concentrating; but not the least bit of trouble entertaining. This comes as no surprise, as PaperDoll is known for their uninhibited, high-energy live shows.
Back from their six-city, seventeen-show tour of China, PaperDoll released their latest music video for single “Can’t Concentrate” on October 20th, 2011.
Led by the band’s vocalist, Teresa Lee, who is of Chinese, Thai, and Taiwanese decent, the video features the best of New York’s hula hooping talent and was filmed in Navatman dance studio in Midtown Manhattan.
“Can’t Concentrate” is the band’s fourth official music video, and was produced by Meteor Award Winner Michael Moloney. “Can’t Concentrate” is available on iTunes, amazon, and all major online retailers. The group is also currently being featured in a NIKE campaign airing in Greater China.
Before Youtube and other online mediums accessible for comedians to publicly showcase their talents, there was the self-starting way of spending years developing material in clubs and building appearances in coffee shops and on school campuses. Korean American comedian Margaret Cho is one of those self-starters.
Described as the pioneer woman of Asian American comedian, Cho launched her own successful career as one of the first Asians in standup comedy.
Her latest stand-up concert film, Cho Dependent, recorded during her 2010 tour, made its debut on October 15 on the Showtime Channel. Cho Dependent shows Margaret in her usual top form, riffing on smart topics that actually matter. The DVD is set to be released on November 21, 2011 via Rocket Science, and will also feature Behind The Scenes backstage bonus footage from the tour.
As the Agent Provocateur of stand up, Cho is undoubtedly a woman of many laughs, however, she is also a woman of many hats. In addition to her comedy, Cho is a fashion designer, actress, author, and recording artist. Cho Dependent showcases songs from her Grammy nominated album interwoven into the thought provoking stories she tells.
“I’m really in love with this show as it’s the first time I got to bring my comedy and my music together. It was the hardest I have ever worked on anything, and I had such an amazing time on this tour,” said Cho. “I wanted to film in Atlanta because the city has become an adopted hometown for me and I think that could be felt in this performance. It was amazing to come back to the south and bring something I was so proud of to share with all my friends!”
It is rare to see literary festivals catering specifically to Asian American writers. Luckily, Brooklyn’s Asian American’s Writers Workshop is putting on their third annual PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Literary Festival.
The event comes in time to celebrate the organization’s 20th birthday. The festival will feature an all-day line-up of award-winning writers, including Junot Diaz, Amitav Ghosh, Kimiko Hahn, Hari Kunzru, Teju Cole, Jayne Anne Phillips, and many others. The evening will conclude with a stage reading directed by Ralph Pena to honor the recipient of this year’s Asian American Lifetime Achievement Award, the legendary Jessica Hagedorn.
In addition to the writer’s showcase, the event will also include an appearances from TV chef Eddie Huang, Korean taco trucks, policy wonks, and stand-up comedians.
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011, 11AM-7PM
WHERE: POWERHOUSE ARENA, 37 MAIN STREET, BROOKLYN
HOW: Tickets $5 PER EVENT / $20 ALL-DAY PASS / $30 ALL-DAY PASS (W/ AFTERWORD PARTY)
To purchase tickets and to view the full schedule of the event line up, visit: http://www.pageturnerfest.org.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Father of The Bride, specifically Martin Short’s character as an over-the-top wedding planner. Little did I know that Franck Eggelhoffer was based on the real-life inspiration of Korean American celebrity florist Kevin Lee.
Set to debut tomorrow night, October 28, Lee has teamed up with TLC and Renée Strauss, the no-nonsense owner of the Beverly Hills salon, Renée Strauss for the Bride, for the premier of The Brides of Beverly Hills.
The Brides of Beverly Hills is yet another matrimonial-themed show that TLC has decided to take down its programming aisle. The unscripted series is set in Strauss’ Beverly Hills salon that serves all sorts of high-end clients from the Los Angeles area. Lee is also no stranger to celebrity clientele, as he has previously done floral arrangements for Jennifer Aniston, Kendra Wilkinson, and Michael Jackson.
“TLC is the destination for wedding programming, and The Brides of Beverly Hills builds on the popularity of Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings, and our other successful series,” said Amy Winter, TLC General Manager, in a statement. “These brides and Renee’s business can only be found in one of the most talked-about towns in the country, and we know our audience will love this insider’s look at this premier wedding boutique.”
From music and movies to charity events and Halloween festivities, the last week of October is packed with happenings that will soothe your ears, warm your soul, and unleash your Halloween persona.
RACHAEL YAMAGATA, 2011 CHESAPEAKE TOUR
Beautiful Japanese-Italian-German American singer-songwriter, Rachael Yamagata, just began her 2011 Tour on October 24 in Portland, Main’s Port City Music Hall. The tour is in celebration of the release of Yamagata’s third album, Chesapeake.
Chesapeake features an eclectic collection of songs projecting Yamagata’s optimism and hopefulness, showcasing her sultry and smoky voice, rich, layered harmonies, striking ballads and soulful grooves. The tour will hit major U.S. cities and will finish off on December 22nd at New York City’s City Winery.
When : October 24, 2011- Dec 27, 2011
Where: In select U.S. cities Nationwide
How: To stream Chesapeake online, visit http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2011/10/album-stream-rachael-yamagata-chesapeake.html
There’s something that draws me into films where the lead actress is not your typical cookie-cutter blonde, or blue-eyed bombshell — not that I have anything against the Cameron Diaz types. However, multi-ethnic actress display an on-screen mystery and feminine charm that is hard for me to ignore.
One actress hard for me to ignore: Frieda Pinto. Following her successful break in Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, she has been blooming ever since, easily becoming the biggest Indian actress in Hollywood today. This November, Pinto will play lead female role in Immortals, set to be released in theatres everywhere on 11-11-11.
Pinto plays the role of the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra, who aids the fearless hero Theseus (Henry Cavill) in stopping the brutal King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) in his quest to conquer both mortals and Gods.
Directed by Indian director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall), Immortals aims to transport audiences in this epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny through a stylish and visually spectacular 3D action adventure.
For the two year Anniversary of the re-authorization of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by President Obama, White House Initiative co-Chair Christopher Lu held a conference call with White House AAPI Initiative director Kiran Ahuja on Tuesday October 11.
The call served for Lu and Ahuja to highlight the Initiative’s historic accomplishments, outline a vision for its future, and to preview major anniversary events planned for this month.
Just last week, President Obama designated Lu to join Education Secretary Arne Duncan as co-chair of the White House Initiative. President Obama also appointed Olympic skating champion Apolo Ohno, Professor May Chen, and Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The White House Initiative was signed in October 2009 by President Barack Obama. The Initiative’s goal remains to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved.
For more information about the White House AAPI Initiative, please visit http://whitehouse.gov/aapi.