Memorial Day is around the corner and people everywhere are rejoicing. Why? We get a three-day weekend. Now that you have some time, how about spending your weekend doing the things you always put off? Admit it, you have a giant list of things that you never seem to find time for. Here’s what we have in mind:
Diary from Cannes 2013: Day 4
May 19, 2013: The sun came out on Sunday, and so did… every single Asian film that I wanted to see.
What I got used to very quickly as a first time Cannes attendee (with a low-priority press badge) is that every single day, I’d look through the list of hundreds of press screenings, competition screenings, and market screenings; plan my day in at least three different formations amidst much confusion and indecision; and then when I finally decided on my schedule, at least a third of it would fall through for some reason or another (screening full, interview ran late, starving and took too long to find your third £5 tomato/ham/mozzarella baguette sandwich of the day; heard someone yell “Marion Cotillard!” and found yourself zombie-walking into the paparazzi crowd instead of power walking away); and I’d end up just improvising my way through the day.
It’s what keeps the festival exciting. And normally, it’s smart to pace yourself, but Sunday’s lineup was out of control. Too many good things to see in too little time.
A new reality show, Roll Models, is coming your way. From the producers of K-TOWN, this show takes a deeper look into the Asian American youth culture of Southern California. In particular, Roll Models focuses on the world of import cars, modeling, and go-go dancers.
The show will feature well-known import models such as Nikita Esco, Michelle Yee, Gina Darling, Beckie Joon, Danielle Lo and Melyssa Grace. We are told to expect a lot of drama from these strong-willed girls who are not afraid to get in your face.
Already, the show has gathered quite the buzz and people have been more than willing to share their opinion of the new reality show. Some people are adamantly opposed to the thought of a show portraying Asians in a negative and wild light. They believe that the show will merely add on to the already problematic issue of the over-sexualization of Asian women. Others point out that this is not what show is about. They argue that there is nothing wrong with a woman embracing her sexuality and she should not feel like its wrong to do so just because she is Asian. Go-go dancing is a perfectly acceptable profession and should not receive the backlash that it gets.
Watch the newly released trailer below and let us know what you think:
The release of The Hangover Part III couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re due for another Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) and who better than The Hangover‘s Peter Jae (you may remember him from one of our favorite series K-Town Cowboys!), who worked as a stuntman for the film. Peter is also currently working on stunts for the upcoming Michael Mann film, Cyber, starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Lee Hom. If you happen to be a fan of abs, you’re in for a treat! Click on for more pics:
Technology has come quite a long way. Just ten years ago, texting was not a main form of communication, we had to actually remember phone numbers, and we went to the library to get information. Now, we live in a society of smart phones, gps systems, and social media.
But apparently, we’re not stopping there. Trying to make its way to the top of innovative technology is the process of doll cloning. Said to be perfect for the “tech-savvy ego-fetishist” individual, Japan’s Clone Factory specializes in 3-D printing of human faces. For the price of $1300, you can now place your face onto a doll’s body and keep it forever.
The process is quite simple. The subject gets his/her picture taken in sequence by digital SLR cameras. The digital map of the subjects head is then printed onto the plaster with layers of ink and voilà, the human face is cloned onto the doll.
Apparently, the doll has become quite popular among Japanese women who wish to preserve a special moment in their life such as a wedding. While the human doll cloning process seems to be gaining popularity, our verdict: creepy. Just plain creepy. Tell us what you think and check out more dolls below:
This week, Forbes Magazine published their list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2013, their annual list of the impactful women from seven categories: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and NGOs, politics and technology. The list was determined using three metrics: money, media presence and impact (please go here for a more in-depth explanation of their methodology).
This year, 21 Asian women (2 are Asian American) are featured on the list, with mainly businesswomen and politicians ranking on the list, marking a very strong showing for 2013. Please read on for the list!
ABC’s popular dance competition, Dancing With The Stars just concluded its 16th season. Aside from crowning American Idol‘s Kellie Pickler and dance partner Derek Hough as the winners, the finale featured performances by Psy, Jessica Sanchez, and Pitbull.
Psy showed off some dancing skills of his own with his performance of his hit single “Gentleman”. Of course the Korean performer brought along his impressive backup dancers decked out in gold pants and all. Slowing down the pace, Jessica Sanchez performed her rendition of the Pitbull and Christina Aguillera hit “Feel This Moment”. The Filipino-Mexican artist sang her own touching balled version of the normally upbeat song.
Check out the performances below and let us know which one is your favorite!
Diary from Cannes 2013: Day 3 (May 18, 2013)
After getting a quick glimpse of the beautiful beach weather that Cannes is known for on Friday, Saturday was full of storms and winds. But that didn’t stop crowds from lining up outside the theaters with their umbrellas to wait for today’s lineup of films. Perhaps the rain actually increased the popularity of the screenings, as festivalgoers preferred ducking in to theaters for shelter, as opposed to ducking into overpriced restaurants.
The day started promisingly with the premiere of Bends, a debut film from Hong Kong’s Flora Lau. The quiet drama starring Carina Lau as a wealthy Hong Kong socialite and Chen Kun as her mainland Chinese chauffeur with a pregnant wife was a nice surprise, but perhaps the quality of the film shouldn’t have been so surprising, because it was clearly accepted into Cannes without the boost of a known auteur at the helm.
Students at Humboldt State University looked at 150,000 tweets containing slurs from June 2012 to April 2013. The students carefully observed each tweet to determine if the word was being used in a positive or negative light and created the Geography of Hate. The goal of the project was to examine social media and determine how much it has become a platform for hate speech. Social media is often tied very closely to the offline world so this is a good indicator of actual hate speech.
“The prominence of debates around online bullying and the censorship of hate speech prompted us to examine how social media has become an important conduit for hate speech, and how particular terminology used to degrade a given minority group is expressed geographically,” says Monica Stephens, a geographer at Humboldt State. ““Ultimately, some of the slurs included in our analysis might not have particularly revealing spatial distributions. But, unfortunately, they show the significant persistence of hatred in the United States and the ways that the open platforms of social media have been adopted and appropriated to allow for these ideas to be propagated.”
The map above plots tweets which used the word “Chink” in a negative way. Click on to see more slurs plotted out: