I grew up eating everything from cow tongue and 1,000-year-old egg (don’t cringe) to some good ol’ American-style pork chow mein. Though how the foods are prepared are on opposite ends of the spectrum — from how your ancestors made it to more Americanized techniques — they all have one thing in common: the foods are rooted in tradition.
That’s what “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Chefs Re-Invention Asian Cuisine” is all about. Chefs will share their ideas of combining traditional cooking techniques with more modern flavors, while still keeping to the cultural inspiration. Because of this fusion, there have been restaurants sprouting up that are changing the idea of what people used to think came out of Asian restaurants.
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For Lucy Liu (Kill Bill: Volume 1, Ally McBeal) the days of fighting the bad guys as one-third of Charlie’s Angels will finally come in handy again. The popular TNT cop drama Southland is bringing on the Chinese-American actress for its fourth season in January 2012. Liu will have a recurring role as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. It’s not known how many episodes she’ll be in, but let’s hope we get to see her throughout the season. I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed her dominating the small screen. Granted, she’s done quite well for herself starring in blockbuster hits.
But now that she’ll be gracing the screens of TVs again, she’ll be a part of the show that brings viewers into the world of solving murders and fighting crime — all shot on location in L.A., which gives a closer look at the real danger that lingers in the city. Maybe this is the rebirth of Liu’s career in TV?
It’s time to channel your creative energy and exercise those writing skills of yours. East West Players, the largest organization in the nation that produces Asian American artistic work, is doling out thousands of dollars to the next aspiring playwriter in its Face of the Future competition. This year’s theme is focused on the melting pot of America, from the perspective of Asian Americans, including multiracial identity and clashes between cultures.
The first place winner gets a whopping $5,000, and second and third place winners receive $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. The winners might also get the chance to see their play come to life on the stage at East West Players! Submissions are accepted until August 31, with winners being notified in February 2012.
Make sure you’re near a computer or your Blackberry on Friday, August 12. The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) needs your help in winning a new Toyota Sienna minivan! L.A.-based CPAF helps survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and is competing with other nonprofits in Toyota’s “100 Cars for Good” contest on Facebook. Over the course of 100 days, the Japanese motor company is giving away 100 new cars.
The new car will help CPAF transport those trying to escape from their violent homes to CPAF’s shelters, take survivors to necessary medical and legal appointments, and also help families start a fresh life in a new home and away from their abusers. Continue Reading »
A recently published article details a school in China where women take classes to learn how to snag a rich man. The school, named the Beijing Moral Education Center for Women, has a class syllabi which includes makeup tips on making one look more attractive and how to tell if a man is lying (about their income?)
As outlandish as it may sound to start a school whose sole purpose is to encourage women to find sugar daddies, I don’t necessarily feel like the entire idea is without its merits.
Summer’s Eve‘s new commercial is one of those epic ones that get people talking by the water cooler the next day.
Just check it out here…
In the ’80s (yes, I was in junior high then), Steve Perry and Journey were on MTV practically every half hour. I know because I would keep vigil of the then-new all-music video channel, hoping one of Duran Duran‘s videos would air. (For those of you too young to know, think Duran Duran = NKOTB = Justin Bieber.) Back then, my adolescent taste in music had one criterion: how cute was the lead singer? Not amazing talent, not heart-wrenching lyrics, not a soaring, plaintive wail of a vocal. Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan of Journey.
That is, until Glee made that iconic Journey song, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” hip again. Now, I can’t stop inserting Journey songs into our noraebang (karaoke song room) queue. In fact, it only took 30 years for me to be able to look back on my junior high years with any semblance of fondness. So I was excited when I found out Journey was performing on the Today Show plaza yesterday. (Yeah, I know. I’m now that old fogey.) But instead of Steve Perry wailing “Street lights people living just to find emotion,” it was Filipino American Arnel Pineda. I mean, he’s no Steve Perry, but he’s pretty damn good.
And just think: if an Asian American had headed one of the hottest bands when I was in junior high. What a different world I would have grown up in.
Check out the Today Show performance below.
Ken Jeong has always been up for a good laugh and these GQ shots of him in the August issue photo-bombing a sexy photo shoot are priceless.
Audrey Magazine had a similar idea for a feature on Ken but alas, GQ beat us to the punch. Nonetheless, they are hilarious, entertaining and Ken is a completely worthwhile subject to feature.
Being a full-time student and working a 40-hour week — not to mention being a wife — can be a stressful situation for anyone. For Amber Blythe, the hectic lifestyle she lives is the last thing she thinks about when she’s working on her jewelry line, Imprinted Possessions.
Amber Blythe’s line, Imprinted Possessions, includes necklaces, keychains and earrings.
“It’s the highlight of my evening,” says the 26-year-old Dallas-based designer. “With such a busy schedule, it’s nice to have a hobby that brings me joy each and every day.”
Every piece in Blythe’s line is handmade, including the chain and hand-stamped personalization. The only pre-made items are the charms and metal discs, all available in sterling silver, copper or brass. You can even mix the metals in your piece if you want a funkier look, or add a unique stone. Custom orders are possible if you have something particular in mind.
There’s no better way to spend your Sunday morning than sipping on champagne, getting an autographed copy of first-time author Kimberly Lin‘s book Recession Proof, checking out the latest in skincare at January Labs Skin Essentials, enjoying an art show by Vans, and scoping out the latest apparel at PURRE. Fashion blogger Rachel Nguyen from ThatsChic.net will be there to co-host the event with the Newport Fun Book Club for Ladies. And make sure you find Shirley from Audrey Magazine and tell her hi! Take a photo with her and you may see yourself in Audrey!
When: Sunday, July 31, 11:30 am
Where: Purre, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626