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...
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...
Complicated love triangles, near-death experiences, and endless tears? If this sounds familiar, your relationship may just be liken to some of our favorite Asian Dramas. Check the signs below: 1. You receive piggyback rides. This is often when you're too drunk to walk, but not too drunk to divulge some of your deepest secrets.
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"....
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...
Researchers from the Floating Sheep Project have used Twitter to locate racist and homophobic tweets in the United States and have plotted them on an interactive map. 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...
Ok, not really.
But we know someone who is!
As I’ve mentioned before, Wong Fu’s impromptu short at the ISA concert last weekend had me in pieces. And judging from the nonstop laughter in the house from the beginning of the short to the very end, it was obvious the video was a grand favorite of the evening. Well, today, the video is finally unleashed on Youtube!
After watching it for two four more times, we noticed a guest appearance by a very special friend of ours… KoreAm Journal!
We won’t spoil the clip for you by telling you where it is but can you spot KoreAm‘s guest spot?
Ted’s Best (Man) Friend just shows that Wong Fu Productions is getting better and better with age. Sharp, witty dialogue, a spot-on Office-mockumentary style, and chemistry so good, they can give the Friends cast a run for their money, it’s no wonder they draw fans of all ages (as this writer has learned first-hand).
Wong Fu also happens to be on the cover and inside the pages of KoreAm Journal this month! You can purchase your own copy here:
One lucky reader will score this magazine issue by commenting below where exactly you can spot KoreAm’s appearance in the clip and tweeting about this blog post.
Drawing ends Friday, Sept. 17.
Now if only Audrey can make an appearance in the next Wong Fu clip…
You got a taste of Glee‘s Harry Shum, Jr., in our Fall 2010 issue. The Costa Rica-born Chinese American is a mega-talent, dancing in the summer’s Step Up 3D, dancing and choreographing the Legion of Extraordinary Dancer (catch his Elliot Hoo episode here), and now back as Mike Chang in the season premiere of Glee, Tuesday, September 21. If you wanna see him in the flesh, you just might catch him (and a bunch of other stars) at Audrey’s Night Out 2010, our fashion event extravaganza on September 23, 2010. Buy tickets now, because we always sell out early.
Here, writer Han Cho gives us more from her interview with Harry Shum, Jr.
Q: Do you think your multicultural background has helped you relate to the multicultural cast of Glee?
Harry Shum, Jr.: Yes, I am very fortunate. I am very thankful for my parents for making me be open to things. My best analogy, I like to look at it like food. I love all different kinds of food, I love eating. I’m open to try anything. Sometimes I won’t like it, and sometimes I’ll find something good. And that’s what I do when I meet people in general. I am open to meeting anybody, everybody and learning about what they’re about. And sometimes it might be their culture or their different personalities. And yeah, with the Glee cast, everyone has a different background for the most part, and I think that’s what makes the show so great. What makes the show so popular is that someone can relate to it in some way, whether it be a character or an issue.
Q: How is Glee different from High School Musical?
HSJ: I think my friend said it the best: “Glee is as if High School Musical got punched in the stomach and got their lunch money taken away.” I think the only similarity is that there is singing and dancing. But beyond that, it’s in the scope of the choir room. That’s the setting. That’s what we do every day after you finish your class, it’s our extracurricular activity. That’s our second life outside of school.
I think definitely it’s a show that tackles all sorts of issues, especially like what it means to be gay in high school or race issues, and I think [creator and writer] Ryan Murphy hinted that he wants to dive into what it means to have faith and the questions surrounding it. I think it’s really tackling the issues that people go through everyday, and I think not many shows do that anymore. The writers are so brilliant that they like to take that extra leap and question things. They might get themselves in trouble, but at least they spark some conversation.
Q: On Glee, you play the role of the football player who deviates from the norm and joins the choir. You don’t see many Asian men in that role where they are playing the tough guy or jock. Could you share your thoughts on that?
HSJ: I have to commend the writers for doing that. You have the stereotype of Asians that they’re nerds and all that, and I think it’s really cool that they made Mike Chang a football player. From there, it goes from you’re on the football team and you’re popula, and then you go into into the glee club, and you’re non-existent after that. You’re on the bottom of the levels of popularity. As far as Mike Chang goes, he’s a guy who has this ability, and one of his lines is, “I was afraid outside my room.” He found this thing, this art that he is able to express publicly. And I think it says a lot for this character and a lot of people. A lot of people are scared to showcase what they have.
Q: Do you draw upon your personal experiences when you play this role?
HSJ: Definitely. As myself too, I was very quiet, and I didn’t talk much. I was afraid to talk to people. I didn’t know what they would think of me. And with this character, it’s still developing. I still don’t know much about the character because the character wasn’t as developed as it will hopefully be in the second season. I’m open to see what, who Mike Chang really, really is, but I know he’s going to open a lot more. He’s taken Artie’s girlfriend. He’s got some balls.
Q: So we can expect to see you with more of a speaking role next season?
HSJ: Yeah. We’re going to be shooting soon for that.
Q: Will you be dancing more too?
HSJ: Oh yeah.
Q: I know you’re heavily involved with LXD [Legion of Extraordinary Dancers], and LXD is pretty frickin’ awesome. What is your role as part of LXD?
HSJ: I’m an actor in it, a dancer, and a choreographer for it. I recently got bumped up to producer. It’s really cool to be in all aspects of it. In a sense, it’s like a dream project because you get to be a part of every single thing. With LXD, what I’m so proud of, besides being a part of it, is that it’s the first of its kind. There’s been webseries, but we like to call these “dance adventures.” When you watch them, they’re like Origin stories with different characters. These episodes aren’t 30 minutes or an hour. They range from 7 to 15 minutes. What’s cool is that you watch it, and you’re gonna see some awesome dancing and see a story unfold. It’s like little pieces to a puzzle. And people are really getting into it and trying to figure out what LXD really is.
It’s a passion project. I mean, we shoot an episode in a day. And when you watch the episode, we have some awesome, awesome crew and awesome talent in front of it. What comes out of it, we don’t expect sometimes. We’re like, “OK, we have a vision for it.” Then we come together and choreograph. We get a lot of input from the dancers as well because they’re so unique in their style. But when it comes together, it’s a whole different feeling.
Q: How do you juggle the acting, the dancing and the choreographing?
HSJ: Live shows are different. One thing that doesn’t change is that you have some of the best talent in the world. You have these guys who are amazing at what they do, so we showcase them in that way, but also we tweak the music in the sense that we can make it beautiful. Usually when you look at street dance, it’s hard, and everything hits. While still keeping that integrity, we want to place something on top of it that allows you to see something different. A great example is my mom and dad. They’ve seen this style for a while, but on tour when we did it and then coupled it with classical musical, they were like, “Oh my god, the music is so beautiful, and the dancing is so beautiful.” And I was, “Mom you’ve seen this before!”
One day, I get to dance with Beyonce. The next day, I’m doing a scene with Jane Lynch or dancing on an iPod. It’s so surreal. I look, and I’m so lucky to be doing these things.
Q: Is there a particular kind of dance you specialize in?
HSJ: I definitely can’t do everything. That’s funny. People have been asking me that a lot. I’m not a popper. I’m not a breakdancer. I’m not a locker. I’m not specific to that. I feel like I’m just fusion. I dance because I love to dance. For me, it came from freestyling. I love taking things from different styles. You might see a hint of jazz. You might see a hint of popping. I’m just unclassified, I guess. What I like to see is a dancer who likes to dance. Whatever I see and I like, I like to try it. For one of the episodes, I’m tap dancing on Glee. I’ve never tapped in my life, and I learned it three days before. And I fell in love with it. I was like, “Oh man, this is so hard, but I love this.” There are certain things I can’t do. Like ballroom, I tried that, and I was like, “Wow this is difficult.”
Q: You don’t have any professional training in dance. How did you get to where you are now?
HSJ: I think it’s really the art of mimicking. I turn my brain off and just say, “I’m just going to mirror this person.” And this is where the technique stuff falls into place.
Q: How are your parents dealing with your decision to take this unorthodox and very creative career path now?
HSJ: They’re super Asian. They were like, “Go to school, be a doctor, be a lawyer, I don’t care just make sure it has something to do with school and something to do with being adoctor.” It took a while. I had to slowly tell them. So I told them, “I’ll try school.” And I did. I went to college for a little bit, but it didn’t work out. I didn’t really like it. I had this whole opportunity to go down to L.A. And I did. I got lucky in the sense that I started getting jobs, and some tours here and there. And then came a time, where I said, “OK, I’m going to take this seriously and not get distracted from my art.” Parents are only worried that you can have a good life and make money. So I just came up with a plan, “This is what I’m going to do. I’m going to dive into the business side of entertainment as far as understand it and get myself through, and utilize it too.”
And I think it was after I started making a living out of it. But really, I think it was after they started seeing me on TV. Then they were like, “Oh!” and started telling all their friends, “He’s on TV!” That definitely helped. And especially for my dad, he still lives in Costa Rica. So he doesn’t really get it. So his friends in Costa Rica, American TV isn’t that big there, but they show Glee there. And people are going up to his work and saying, “We saw your son on the show!” And he’s really proud. And that’s also cool. His English is okay. It’s not the greatest. And ever since he found Google Translate. I can’t even translate “choreography” in Chinese, and now he can read the articles on me.
Q: Any yummy foods you’ve tried since our last interview?
HSJ: Oh man. I’ve finally tried uni [sea urchin sushi]. I think I tasted a bad one before. Now I’m just like, if I try these things, it has to be high quality because I don’t want them to ruin it for me. Because it ruined it one time. And I love it now. And I went to the Philippines, and I tried jumping shrimp where it’s like a live shrimp and you pour a lime over it, and it’s like jumping, it’s still moving, and you squeeze the head and the tail and you eat the body of it. That was really good. And you could still taste the ocean on it.
Q: Do you have any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with Asian Americans who are pursuing an artistic, more unorthodox career like yourself?
HSJ: There’s no right way to do it. I think that there are many ways. Learning the business side of it. You know making sure you are practicing your art as much as you are understanding that business. Once you get into it, you’ll have lawyers and stuff to take care of it, but you still have to understand what you’re signing. And don’t be limited by what the media tells you of stereotypes. Because you can go against the grain. They’ll be like, “You’re not nerdy enough,” and I’ll be like, “WTF does that mean?” “You’re not Asian enough” — I’m like, “what?” I’ve been in rooms where they’re like, “No, you’re not Asian enough. You don’t fit that type. And I’ll be like, “Um, OK.” Don’t be limited by that. If you really believe where you’re going, I believe you’ll find some success. And hopefully you’ll get going and going.
Q: Any final words?
HSJ: I can’t just thank people who love what I do enough. It means a lot. You do something, and you just hope that people respond to it in some way or another. I’m just so thankful that people are supporting me in that way. And I wouldn’t be here without them.
I used to be such a tomboy when I was growing up. Skirts and dresses were out of the question; I just wanted to roll in the mud. But as I got older, I started to get girlier and girlier and you will hardly ever see me in anything other than a skirt or dress. This 2fer dress by Lucca Couture would be a great addition to my girly wardrobe. It’s a heather grey sleeveless tank on top and a printed purple skirt as the bottom half and is a great layering piece where you can add some leggings, boots, and even a jacket for cold weather or simply grab your favorite sweater for an everyday outing. Now, rolling in the mud is out of the question- why would I ever want to get such a cute outfit dirty?
We love it when brands recognize the power of the Asian consumer. And Swiss watchmaker Longines is the newest brand to add Asian faces to their spokesperson lineup. Bollywood icon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chinese model and actress Chi Ling Lin, and British actress Kate Winslet revealed the new additions to the Longines DolceVita collection in Rome, Italy, this past week.
As Longines’ Ambassadors of Elegance, the stunning trio modeled the DolceVita steel and gold watches at a gala at the Villa Miani high above the Eternal City, where a film featuring the three famous faces was shown for the first time.
Check out the photos from the event.
I’m all for versatility and this Studded Tote (in Pewter) by Chocolate Handbags is functional for both day and night. It’s sizable so I can fit more than just a lipstick and a credit card in but the metal studs detail gives it a darker edge to match the evening sky. Oh, and the cross body strap frees up my hand so I can shop the day away and dance the night away!
You know something’s up when a Korean tells you your kimchi is better than what her mom used to make at home. And when your fried chicken gives Kyochon a run for their money.
Friday, September 3 marked the final night of LudoBites 5.0. The must- have dinner spot for the summer ended its run with a fire-engine red food truck parked outside downtown LA’s Gram & Papa’s, where a line snaked all the way to the side of the block and a packed house filled the insides of the eatery. LudoBites 5.0 is a guerilla restaurant run by chef Ludovic Lefebvre, where he takes over the casual breakfast and lunch spot during dinnertime and transform it into a fine dining affair that is in no way stuffy.
Lefebvre whips up about 16 appetizers, entrees and desserts that range from $4-$34. The cuisine has blends of Asian, French and Californian and has the ability to completely blow your taste buds away. There’s raw waygu beef but it’s combined with cold watermelon. Heirloom tomato salad is topped with mozzarella ice cream. The dishes are paired with wine that you bring yourself (and kept in paper bags because of LA’s drinking laws).
I’m a total foodie but not a food blogger so I left this feat to more capable hands-namely my dinner companions. The only reason why I even scored a spot at this elusive dinner party was because the lovely folks at Fooddigger extended an invitation to Audrey. Fooddigger works like Yelp but has an added bonus of personalizing reviews that fit more in line with your taste buds. Their observances of the food, plus a couple other ones from bloggers Epicuryan and KevinEats will provide you with more insights on my night.
The last night at Ludobites 5.0 was filled with food bloggers and friends and I couldn’t help but notice the abundance all the love that was in the room. Amidst the candle-filled room, people would bounce from table to table, sharing wine, sharing hugs. The essential joy of eating is found here, the ability to enjoy an experience together. These people truly love food. Good food. From the sight to the aroma to the texture. And Ludo definitely gives them good food to enjoy.
“I don’t want to eat this last piece. I just want to put it in my pocket and save it.”
That’s Will, one of the founders of Fooddigger. Will continues to make comments like this throughout the night because Will truly loves food and wine. “I’m going to have a stroke,” another guest comments due to the richness of the dishes we were enjoying. “Yes, but you’re going to die happy.” Will says. Our four hour dinner whizzes by as each dish gets devoured.
Looking around at all the smiling faces around me, I can’t help but agree with him.
Photos thanks to Helen Wong.
Additional pictures from the evening below:
The tricky thing about living in California is you have to account for the fickle weather. One minute it’s sunny, the next minute it’s windy. Nighttimes and early mornings will leave you tingling and noontime brings out the sweat. So what do you do? Well, if you’re constantly on the move like me, you can pack along a lightweight scarf like this IZESX Gauze in Fleur De Lis print. I can stay warm while not bulking up on heavy layers and look cute. It’s compact so it’ll fit in my purse and I can bust it out whenever I feel a little chilly. California weather, I am going to conquer you!
Far East Movement’s (FM) Kevin Nishimura, also known as Kev Nish, said it best last Sunday, September 6, at the JCPenney presents International Secret Agents Concert in Cerritos, Calif.: “This [concert] is about following your dreams and following your dreams to represent a community, our community.”
Already in its third year, the International Secret Agents (ISA) concert has become a gateway to building and making dreams come true for many hopeful Asian American artists. The show was a successful collaboration created by two visionary artist groups — Wong Fu Productions and Far East Movement — that truly illustrated the potential of many rising Asian American musicians, singers, filmmakers, comedians and dancers. This year’s ISA hosted not one, but two concerts — in New York and L.A.
This was my first time attending one of the ISA concerts and let me tell you, the night was full of such great energy! It was truly a night dedicated to putting Asian American faces and personalities on stage.
Luckily, although I was running a bit late (as usual … horrible!), I got a chance to catch up with both the creators of ISA.
“ISA will bring the fans what they want, and allow these artists to extend their reach beyond their regular fan bases. This year is going to be historic,” said FM member James “Prohgress” Roh.
Wesley Chan, Ted Fu and Philip Wang of filmmaking group Wong Fu Productions also shared the same sentiment. Started in 2003 by Chan, Fu and Wang at UC San Diego, Wong Fu Productions has become an Internet sensation with 30 million viewers on their YouTube channel.
“The internet is how we were able to reach our fans on a global scale,” said Wang. “With ISA concerts, our fans get to meet us and the artists that we work with on a more personal local level. And to have ISA in both L.A. and New York is going to be amazing. The last three sold-out shows were all in California and fans were asking us to bring ISA to the East Coast. That’s why we decided to bring it to New York City — because the fans demanded it.”
This year’s glamorous event was nothing but a success, with famous YouTube stars Ryan Higa and Kevin Wu hosting the event along with dance starlet Lydia Paek of Quest Dance Crew … all sporting fall fashions from JCPenney!
Kevin Wu, more popularly known as KevJumba on YouTube, said the cast had just gotten back from New York. He explained that although they were tired, they were ready to start ISA LA with lots of energy and high-spirits. Wu had said that ISA LA had given the artists a chance to reunite again and see their friends one more time. “It’s like a reunion and it’s been nothing but great,” said Wu.
To his viewers’ delight, Wu has even more exciting news as he and his father have been announced as the new contestants on CBS’s The Amazing Race. He said he is nervous but excited for the show.
The line-up included the darling AJ Raphael (singer/songwriter with 200,000 YouTube subscribers), bohemian princess Alyssa Bernal (Interscope recording artist with 300,000 YouTube subscribers), and America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 champs Poreotics. Surprise guests included my fellow anteater and YouTube queen Jennifer Chung who was spotted in the audience, the ever-funny man Danny Cho, dreamy YouTube singer David Choi, Andrew Garcia, America’s Best Dance Crew Season 3 champions Quest Crew, and even Nick Cannon! (Since when did he become Asian?)
But perhaps the two most anticipated performers of the night was none other than FM and South Korea’s former 2PM music band member Jay Park (Park Jay Beom).
This was Park’s first live performance since leaving the Korean stage. He will be debuting his new album on September 24. His performance was different from his pop 2PM days as his single, “Demon,” is a powerful song full of poised beat and rhythm. FM’s “Girls on the Dance Floor” just debuted as the #12 most purchased on iTunes Chart. As they hip-hopped their way to the stage wearing their signature sunglasses of funk, “Fly Like a G6” bumped up in the speakers, and all the young girls had rushed to the stage in an instant.
Perhaps, one of the luckiest girls of the night was Ted Fu’s girlfriend … or should we say fiancé. At the ISA New York concert, Fu had announced his engagement to girlfriend Katie of two and a half years and Wong Fu definitely played up Ted’s proposal throughout the L.A. concert, even showing off a hilarious last-minute new short vying to be Ted’s best man.
Overall, I was amazed by the power and passion of these artists and moreover, their message. It was inspiring to see such a show dedicated to the appreciation and cultivation of our Asian heritage and cultural roots. FM’s Kev Nish said that it was “important to stay in touch with your community and it was important to have fun while doing it.” They were proud to have worked with Wong Fu Productions and are extremely humbled by the growth of ISA over the last three years. Hopefully with the growth of ISA, Americans can continue to support the evolution of Asian Americans in media and film. As Nish said, “No longer are Asian American artists going to be labeled as Asian American artists, but as simply artists who produce good quality music.”
And the event proved just that, straight from the hearts of artists pursuing their dreams.
Photos thanks to Jenny Lee.
Editor’s note: Assistant Editor Janice Jann also attended the ISA concert and wrote her own thoughts on the concert here.
Are you ready for Audrey’s Night Out happening THIS WEEK?
We’ve added so many more celebrity guests, models and designers. Super cute ready-to-wear designer Disaya (an Audrey favorite — you’re going to love her stuff!) and lingerie line Fleur’T. Hobnob with celebrity guests Ashley Jones (The Bold and the Beautiful, True Blood), Amy Rider (Secret Life of an American Teenager), Nikki Soohoo (The Lovely Bones), Joseph Vincent (Youtube star), James Kyson Lee (Heroes), Bobby Lee (MadTV), Justin Chon (Twilight), Michelle Phan (Youtube star) and many, many more! (Seriously, so many more) Free flowing Ketel One Vodka and Stella Artois beer all night long. Tunes spun by Amy Phamous, Dofunk (93.5 Kday DJ) and A-List let you get your groove on.
And we just need one very important guest to make this event complete: YOU!
Buy tickets here:
When the blackboard started looking more grey than clear white chalk on black when I was in junior high, I knew it was time for glasses. But I refused. Glasses equaled uncool. And in junior high, nothing was worse than uncool.
That sentiment remained with me through college, when I would climb Bruin Walk daily, my eyes to the ground in case I passed someone I knew but didn’t say hi because, well, I couldn’t see them.
Fast forward to today. Today, glasses are my best friend. Though ironically, I don’t wear them today because I need to. (I wear contacts.) Check out model Hyoni Kang in hers for Harper’s Bazaar Korea.
Bib necklaces? Sigh. Chandelier earrings? So 2003. Statement bag? You and everyone’s mother.
There’s just something I like about being able to hide behind a pair of chunky, nerdy tortoiseshell glasses. It’s another way to accessorize and it adds just enough geek appeal to any outfit. (I won’t even talk about the beauty-slash-self-esteem benefits. Suffice it to say, glasses are to skin issues what a fedora used to be to a bad hair day — they forgive a multitude of epidermal sins.)
Another thing about glasses? You could be wearing the sexiest outfit, but you don a pair of glasses and instantly you’ve got geek cred.
Wanna try out your own pair of faux glasses? We’ve got four pairs to give away from Zilzie Wear — they’ve got the cutest glasses around and so wallet-friendly too — so tell me why you wanna try out your own pair of faux glasses. An anti-aging secret? For some hipster cred? Or just wanna look smarter? Talk to me!
You’ve got till September 15, 11:59 pm. You must have a U.S. address to win. Good luck!