Tasty Summer Nights: 626 Night Market

We couldn’t pass this chance up to post up this photo of our very own Ada Tseng (Contributing Editor at Audrey) winning the shaved ice eating competition at a recent 626 Night Market event (she’s in the above photo on the far right). We have to say, before Ada, we don’t think we’ve ever met anyone with such a strong love for shaved ice before.

alt=”shavedicecontest” width=”720″ height=”480″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-18356″ />If you haven’t already been to one of SoCal’s most popular events this summer, then make sure you have the next 626 Night Market event on your calendar: the weekend of August 3rd and 4th.

More info about the event here.

Defining Asian Eyebrows with Christina Choi

On any given day if I’m in a rush and have absolutely no time to put on makeup – I make sure I do at least one thing to look fresh for the day: fill in my brows. As some of you may know, having the perfect shaped/filled eyebrows help frame your face. However, I do have peers in my circle who are hesitant about filling in their eyebrows in fear of making them look too bold on their face.

We talked to Christina Choi, founder of Christina Choi Cosmetics about some simple techniques with filling in Asian eyebrows. Here are some tips of hers:

1. Avoid using the color black to define your brows. This is a misconception.
2. Apply Christina Choi Cosmetics Namu Eyeshadow, Chai Eyeshadow, and the Perfect Liner Brush for defining Asian eyebrows naturally. I created these shades to work for Asian brows.

Check out Christina’s YouTube video “Easy Eyebrows”. She addresses this issue and show how to use lighter colors to define Asian brows.

Cheers to the Weekend…with some “Cups”

We hope you’re enjoying this (hopefully) long 4th of July weekend. We’ve found some delightful covers of the Anna Kendrick’s popular cover of “You’re Gonna Miss Me” for Pitch Perfect. One comes by way of Kina Grannis, Sam Tsui, and Joseph Vincent. We’ve included one of our favorites by YouTube user Kristina G. Enjoy! (Good job with the cups, folks!)

Asians in Fashion | Lee Yeon Hee for Harper’s Bazaar Korea, July 2013

Fresh off the hugely popular Korean drama Gu Family Book (also starring Lee Seung Gi and Suzy of girlgroup Miss A), Lee Yeon Hee turns on her seductive charm with this fashion editorial for Harper’s Bazaar Korea. I’m quite accustomed to her girl-next-door image (she was also a potential trainee for Girls’ Generation), but I feel this editorial finally gave her some more edge, especially with the pixie blonde hairdo.

Check out more shots from her editorial below!






Summer ’13 Cover Story: Rinko Kikuchi of Pacific Rim



story Kanara Ty
photos Diana King
stylist Conor Graham
hair Koshi Okutsu (Shizen)
makeup Yoko Okutsu (Shizen)
photo assistants Conan Thai, Justin Leveritt
Shot on location in the newly renovated Duplex Penthouse Suite at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

WHEN RINKO KIKUCHI arrives at the penthouse suite of the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District of New York City, she’s dressed in an oversized sweater, leggings, a pair of Louis Vuitton sunnies, and Prada “Double Geta-Style” platform sandals in blue and black. On the other side of the room, among the racks of designer clothes and accessories meticulously laid out by the stylist, is a near-identical pair of the Prada sandals, but in red and black.


Coincidence? We take it as fate. Seven years after Kikuchi first graced our cover, right after her Oscar nomination for Babel, she’s back in the pages of Audrey, and this time, for our milestone 10th anniversary cover.

In 2006, Kikuchi was the newest ingénue in Hollywood. A relatively unknown actress in Japan at the time, Kikuchi became the first Japanese woman in 50 years to be nominated for an Academy Award, for her role as the troubled deaf-mute Japan- ese teen Chieko Wataya. (In fact, she was only the fifth actress in the award’s history to be nominated for playing a character without saying a word).

Since then, she’s made a number of movies, both Japanese and foreign, including 2008’s The Brothers Bloom, her last english-language film where her character knew only three words of english, and the film festival favorite, Norwegian Wood, directed by Tran Anh Hung. She recently finished shooting universal’s martial arts epic, 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, due out in December. And Kikuchi is about to make headlines again, starring as the female lead in acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming science fiction monster film, Pacific Rim.


When Kikuchi first heard of the role of Mako Mori, a Japanese pilot-in-training, she immediately sent an email to her Babel director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, who she knew was close to del Toro. “[Guillermo del Toro] is a big director. I’m a big fan of his films,” she says. “I first met him when I was nomi- nated [for Babel] and met him through Alejandro in New York. I told him, ‘I really want to work with you.’ [So] getting this role has been a dream come true.”


For Kikuchi, playing the very physical character of Mako Mori was refreshing. “I’ve done a lot of serious dramas and roles. [With Chieko], she had a lot of serious problems in her life, so I did a lot of roles like that [afterwards],” she says. “With [Mako Mori], she’s really tough. She’s kind of like a superhero. It’s different from my roles in the past.”

Indeed, Pacific Rim has been likened to a live action version of the widely popular Japanese anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both stories involve massive, mind-operated fighting mechas, or robots, that were created to battle against gigantic monsters threatening humanity. Kikuchi’s character operates one of the main mechas. “I wore an armor suit where I was in a cockpit while driving the robot. It was similar to [riding] a rollercoaster; I was so scared,” says the 32-year-old. “It was the most physically demanding shoot, but we [along with co-star Charlie Hunnam, who plays former pilot Raleigh Becket] really felt like pilots during that particular scene.”


Like most actors cast in action roles, Kikuchi underwent a rigorous training schedule. For many months, she endured a boot camp of running, swimming, weightlifting and stick-fighting martial arts, the latter of which she enjoyed since she had practiced martial arts growing up in Japan.
Training for the action sequences wasn’t the only challenge Kikuchi faced; this was also the first film where she didn’t have a translator on set. She did have a dialogue coach and an english teacher (in fact, our interview with Kikuchi was sans translator), which helped when del Toro would come up with last-minute changes. “He gave me lines on set that weren’t in the script,” she remembers. “I needed time to [learn] the lines because Mako speaks english fluently.”

Such stressful moments notwithstanding, Kikuchi says del Toro was a jokester on set and, as a huge fan of Japanese ani- mation, would sing songs from the anime film My Neighbor To- toro to bond with her. And despite the challenges, Rinko feels fortunate to have been cast in Pacific Rim, acknowledging the lack of roles for Asians in Hollywood. “Since Babel, I’ve had few roles in international films since there are so few roles for Japanese, [but] I want to continue working in the united States.”


That may explain why Kikuchi has delved into other projects in the last six years other than acting. early in her career, she had met Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Cannes Film Festival and became a muse of sorts. Lagerfeld dressed her all through awards season in 2007, and she even modeled for the luxury line in print advertisements. Most recently, she collaborated with Japanese brand ZuCCa on a collection of clothing (she says she was wearing some pieces during the interview), and directed a short film, Memory of an Artist, about a man who searches for memories of a former lover who has passed away.


It seems natural that Kikuchi has become such a style icon and fashion darling. Thanks to her stylish mother, she grew up with fashion, wearing designers like Yohji Yamamoto. “My mom always looked really cool,” she says. “She loved the colors black and white. I’ve never seen her wear sneakers; she wore nice high heels. She had really short hair back then, too. Now I have short hair, which I like to think was inspired by her.” Kikuchi even got her first Chanel bag at the age of 20. “I still have vintage clothes from back then. [My mother] gave me great stuff that was timeless.” With that background, it’s no wonder fashion magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire and Nylon have embraced Kikuchi, a natural in front of the camera. “When I shoot for magazines, I really enjoy working with the fashion [on set],” she says.

Good thing Kikuchi is now based in New York, one of the fashion capitals of the world. With Pacific Rim set for release July 12, style watchers everywhere will be keeping a close eye to see what — and who — she wears on the red carpet. If our shoot is any indication, she’s still got a serious penchant for Chanel. We can’t wait to see.


Roll Models: Interview with Jowe Lee

NAME Jowe Lee
NICKNAMES? Prince of K-Town
ETHNICITY 100% Born & raised Korean
GIVE US ONE REASON WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TUNE INTO ‘ROLL MODELS’ Hottest import/gogo models, badass cars with drifting action, & most importantly DRAMA! What more could you possibly ask more for?

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Roll Models: Meet Beckie Joon


If you’re a fan of the K-Town reality show – then you should also take a look at the producers’ next new show: Roll Models. Set in Southern California, Roll Models follows the lives of various Asian American import car models and gogo dancers. While there’s a plenty of negative talk and controversy around the show – we appreciate that this show adds on to the Asian American experience – namely, Asian American youth subculture. Hate it or love it – it’s a show featuring a predominately Asian American female cast. I’m definitely tuning in to watch.

The show premieres TODAY on the LOUD Channel – and we’re going to continue on with the cast interviews: next up, Beckie Joon!

(Also check out our previous interview with Gina Darling here and Danielle Lo here!)

NAME: Beckie Joon
NICKNAMES? Bee, Joonbug, Becks
ETHNICITY: Vietnamese/Chinese
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? Santa Ana & Garden Grove
There seriously has to be more than The Fast & the Furious? We’re the real thing!

1. Your go-to karaoke song

I love these two songs most and cannot choose, “Careless Whispers” by Wham, or “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. I love karaoke!

2. Last time you cried

When my mother and I had an argument.

3. What always makes you laugh?

Playful witty jokes always makes me laugh and funny people’s interactions and reactions.

4. Your go-to comfort food

Mmm…anything spicy and hot? Like Chinese or Japanese hot pot?

5. Last thing you ate

My school was giving away free ice cream…and I was hungry.

6. Currently on “repeat” on your ipod

James Blake – Retrograde TRAP Mix

7. A guilty pleasure you don’t feel guilty about?

This is seriously a hard one for me, because I feel like I know my rights and wrongs. And all my guilty pleasures, still make me feel guilty! I guess…I choose drinking and going out crazy on a Monday night? I can do that pretty often.

8. Current favorite place

My CURRENT favorite place would be Cancun, Mexico.

9. Favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise

Watermelon juice as my drink, coffee once a day, & Dark Liquor like Hennessy please.

10. Current obsessions?

Traveling, learning, expensive things, natural sights like the beach & MAKING my own money.

11. Pet peeve

Ignorant people who speak their damn mind, or in other words, incapable of learning and assume of little knowledge they have.

12. Habit I need to break

Being distracted!

13. Talent you’d like to have

Every talent that I already have but enhanced.

14. Word or phrase you most overuse

“And” and “Um yeaaa.”

15. Most treasured possession?

Do not touch my family.

16. Greatest fear?

I fear for no change for the better & accomplishing my dreams.

17. Favorite childhood pastime or memory.

I have too many! I treasured the moments where my whole family got along and traveled. Also, all my memories from my travels and spending quality time with the people I met from them. Germany was the most romantic, Cancun was the most exciting and comedic. Our last night in Cancun, my crazy girlfriends and I turned our dead retired hotel, Ritz Carlton, into a party of disaster with people from all around the world… Haha, it was amazing.

18. Motto?
“The World is a Show, & you define your stage.”- Shakespeare

19. What’s cool about being Asian

The food? haha… Also, I love that slow aging reputation.

20. If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what occupation would you be doing?

I’d be an attorney or some sort of designer of fashion or architects.

Roll Models Countdown: Meet Danielle Lo

If you’re a fan of the K-Town reality show – then you should also take a look at the producers’ next new show: <em>Roll Models</em>. Set in Southern California, <em>Roll Models</em> follows the lives of various Asian American import car models and gogo dancers. While there’s a plenty of negative talk and controversy around the show – we appreciate that this show adds on to the Asian American experience – namely, Asian American youth subculture. Hate it or love it – it’s a show featuring a predominately Asian American female cast. I’m definitely tuning in to watch.



Now, while we wait for the show to premiere on the 27th on the LOUD Channel, we did a fun 20 questions interview with some of the cast members – next up, Danielle Lo!

(Also check out our previous interview with Gina Darling <a href=”http://t.co/Dm3tgR4bLe”>here</a>!)

NAME: Danielle Lo
AGE: Perceived as a 12 yr old…actual age: 24.
ETHNICITY: 1/2 Chinese, 1/8: English, Irish, German and Austrian. Although I’m commonly mistaken as Hispanic or Filipino.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Born and raised in Northern California
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? (see above)
GIVE US ONE REASON WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TUNE INTO ‘ROLL MODELS': <em>Roll Models</em> is exactly that…models on a roll, doing their thing. It gives our fans, friends and viewers and inside perspective on the import scene, and the modeling aspect of the industry. Ever wonder what girls talk about when they’re together with their friends? When you watch <em>Roll Models</em>, you get to see exactly that! Girls, being girls. It also exposes Asian American culture in Orange County. I used to think I was more in touch with my Asian side of the family, but some of my friends here like to refer to my family as the “Asian” version of the Brady Bunch.

1. Your go-to karaoke song: A$AP ROCKY’s <em>F*CKIN’ PROBLEMS</em>!

2. Last time you cried: While being filmed on <em>Roll Models</em> O.O


3. What always makes you laugh: When people sacrifice their own humiliation for the sake of entertaining others. More often that not, I am normally the one making fun of myself in order to cheer people up.


4. Your go-to comfort food: This is very difficult, I love all types of food…so I will leave this answer blank. Although I will note that unlike most girls, I do not turn to chocolate or sweets for comfort. Maybe some Mexican food! YUM! Haha.


5. Last thing you ate: BBQ at my friend’s house.

6. Currently on “repeat” on your ipod: My current morning cycle of songs are: <em>Like Whaaat</em> by Problem, <em>High School</em> by Nicki Minaj and <em>Beautiful Goodbye</em> by Maroon 5…very different songs, but I general find songs that I like and play them on repeating cycles for a few weeks until I get tired of them and move on to the next set of songs I find.

7. A guilty pleasure you don’t feel guilty about: Eating…a lot, whatever I want, whenever I want. I grew up with a family that loves to cook, eat out and have people over for gourmet potluck dinners! Thank goodness for fast metabolism and good genetics! When the day comes, where it starts to slow down I will get my butt in gear and hit the gym…food is the one thing I will never be able to deprive myself of.

8. Current favorite place: My bed! Haha.


9. Favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise: MILK! Yes I am weird – and sadly I am allergic to milk, but I don’t care! Haha, I’ve even been crazy enough to order a large cup of milk from Starbucks. Maybe that’s my REAL guilty pleasure – because even though I’m not supposed to have it…I drink it anyways.

10. Current obsessions? Can’t think of any….WORK? LOL

11. Pet peeve: People cracking their joints. Just the sound makes me want to gag!


12. Habit I need to break: Late night snacks! I just can’t help it!!! Staying up late, my body is using fuel and requires more food at later hours. I know it’s not good for you, so I’m trying to cut back.

13. Talent you’d like to have: I wish I could be a b-boy dancer! Break dancing is so awesome!!!!


14. Word or phrase you most overuse: I think everyone who was a part of the Roll Model show can answer this question! “Yeah…Uh-huh” *nods head*

15. Most treasured possession? My puppy, Mollie!

16. Greatest fear? That the standards of love and principles of marriage have changed and that the bonds and relationships that existed during my grandparents’ time no longer exists.

17. Favorite childhood pastime or memory: All of my memories of myself as a child were great! I miss being young, wild and free-spirited…I love reminiscing of my mom, dad and sister and our strong relationships growing up.

18. Motto? Life is what you make it.

19. What’s cool about being Asian: Asians are diverse! We can be geeky, goofy, dorky, sexy, nerdy, witty, creative, artistic OR all of the above! Plus our food! Haha, I love all types of Asian cuisine! Living near Westminster and Garden Grove has its perks!

20. If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what occupation would you be doing? Hmmm, that is hard to say. I am at a point in my life where I am taking things as they come. I haven’t committed to a set occupation because I’m not sure of what exactly I want to do, and I don’t want to limit myself. Thankfully, through my networking within the import scene a lot of different doors have opened. It’s nice to try new things!

More info about the show: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/RollModelsShow”>https://www.facebook.com/RollModelsShow</a>

The Annoying College Roommate Guide

I remember it all too clearly. I squished myself and a cart full of luggage into an already-packed elevator, walked down the hall to my dormroom, placed my hand on the doorknob, took a deep breath in, and silently prayed that I didn’t have a horrible roommate.

Let’s face it- your college roommate is usually a hit or miss. Can this person potentially be your best friend and future bridesmaid?  Yup, I’ve seen it happen. Can this person irritate you so much that you spend most of your year complaining about how horrible it is to live with her? Yup, I’ve seen it happen.

If you’re one of those unfortunate souls who fits in the latter category, then have no fear. We have a few ways to try and counter this seemingly horrible situation. The following are a number of roommate horror stories that we’ve encountered and ways that we would handle it. Read on for The Annoying College Roommate Guide:


5 Ways to Address the Annoying Roommate


“My roommate during my first year of college was the worst! I once came home to strangers making out on my bed and a bunch people sitting on my stuff. My roommate decided to throw a party in our dorm without even telling me.”

Here’s the crazy thing- despite how obviously rude some of your roommate’s actions are, there are actually instances when your roommate may have no idea that they’re actually doing anything wrong. It’s important to be vocal and let them know when they’ve made you feel uncomfortable. More often than not, they will be taken by surprise that they were being rude and they will mend the situation. And if they were aware that they’re being rude, but did it anyway? This lets them know that you won’t passively let it slide.



“I had my schedule planned out perfectly. All classes were in the afternoon so I could stay out late without having to wake up early. My roommate, on the other hand, decided to take 8am classes and was sooo loud getting ready in the morning. So much for more sleep.”

SOLUTION: Know their schedule
It’s inevitable that people will have different schedules. If you have a plan to sign up for late classes, let your roommate know. There’s no guarantee that they’re going to change their schedule, but at least they’ll know to keep quiet.



“My roomie had absolutely no shame. He would bring a different girl every week and lets just say its not easy to get studying done when you’re sex-isled as much as I was.”

Don’t hesitate to sit your roommate down and make rules with each other. You’re not being uptight- you’re just making sure they know what’s not okay. Of course, this shouldn’t be one person dictating what’s allowed and not allowed in the dorm/apartment. You both live there so you both have to agree on these rules and abide to it.


Businessman Using Laptop Working Late Into the Night

“My roommate had a bad habit of studying late into the night AND she could only study at her desk. She would keep the light on all night long.”

SOLUTION: Compromise
For any relationship to work, there has to be a give and take. Maybe your roommate could use a smaller lamp or try studying in a lounge. Maybe you could start wearing an eye-mask. Find a give and take system that works for the both of you.



“I kept noticing that whenever I left my wallet, I would end up missing money. At first I thought I was just being neglectful with my spending habits, but once I almost caught my roommate in the act of stealing my cash. Never ended up feeling safe in that room again.”

SOLUTION: Talk to your RA
When matters get serious, you need to handle them accordingly. You know when things have gone too far and you need let other people in on the situation. Advocating for yourself is not “tattling”. Besides, if your roommate is going to act like a child who doesn’t know better, then they may as well be treated like one.




Of course, all this may not even apply to you. You may have the perfect roommates who cleans after themselves and shows all signs of proper courtesy. Its important now to stop and take a good look at the situation. Are you being as nice to your roommate as she is to you? You may not even realize it, but the annoying roommate could even be you.


5 Signs that YOU Are the Annoying Roommate

caught with her hands in the fridge

-Taking food
You didn’t get to go grocery shopping so you decide to take a cereal bar from your roommate’s stash. No biggie right? Your roommate tells you that he/she doesn’t even mind so you feel like you’re in the clear. Soon enough, you’ve continued this for a week and before you know it, all the cereal bars are gone. Don’t be this person. No matter how kind your roommate may be, they will still feel some sort of resentment if you eat all their food. Keep it to a minimum and make sure you pay them back some how at a later time.




I am horribly guilty of this. For your sake, I hope you don’t fit into the category of deep sleepers. Known for our instinctive habit of hitting the snooze button or worse, our bear-like ability to sleep through all of our alarms. If you have this habit, you are warned- your roommate will hate you in the morning. If it takes sleeping with an alarm next to your face to ensure you wake up to it, do it.




-Adding your own roommate
So you have a new significant other and you two can’t get enough of each other. In fact, you two are now connected at the hip. While your roommate have no problem with your relationship itself, this is still another person taking up the already cramped up space. This is another roommate (except one that doesn’t pay) and non-stop third wheeling for your roommate. Stop. Even if its your friends that you constantly bring over- its hard enough trying to get alone time, don’t ruin it further.



Student in a library surrounded by piles of books

-Not understanding study time
You need to be mindful that you’re living with someone that does not have the same schedule nor the same study habits as you. If you’re on the phone, you may be interrupting.  If you stumble in late at night drunk from that party, you may be interrupting. If they have their headphones turned up to the highest volume possible just to avoid hearing you, you may be interrupting. Be polite and respect their space.

messy bedroom

-Not cleaning up after yourself
When your clothes start piling over to your roommates side of the room, you have a problem. If you’re wondering why your roommate never has people over, it may be because they don’t want their friends to see the jungle that you two call a room. Clean up your own mess!