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...
Much to the excitement of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fans, director Ang Lee announced his plans to produce a sequel to the internationally-acclaimed film. Released in 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was extremely well-received in the Western world gaining critical acclaim, a handful of awards, and a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Lee has thus far revealed that the film will star Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh. He has expressed that they are working on the script adamantly and will not stop working on it until it's improved and in excellent shape. He has also revealed that they plan to produce...
Its been 10 years since DBSK debuted in 2003 and their achievements have been astounding. The group has gained a heavy fanbase in Korea, Japan, and the US. Within these 10 years, we've seen the boys progress into charming men and U-know Yunho definitely seems to embrace it. Yunho recently posed for a Highcut photoshoot and claims that if he never joined DBSK, he's probably be married by this age. Check out the photo's below:
Keanu Reeves, who is most often recognized as Neo from The Matrix Franchise (1999-2003), began his acting career in 1991. Now 22 years later, Reeves has decided to step behind the camera for his directional debut film Man of Tai Chi. The martial arts movie was filmed in China, has Chinese dialogue, and also stars stuntman Tiger Chen (Reeves' martial arts trainer) as the protagonist while Reeves will play the antagonist. Reeves has received help from legendary fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping who choreographed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Much excitement has been surrounding the film...
A glint of gold. That’s all you need when the sun is out, a cool, salty breeze rustling palm fronds overhead, steel drums playing in the background. A bikini, a sheer cover-up, and a glint of gold on the wrist.
Well, maybe more than just a glint. Marcia Moran’s hammered gold-plated cuff with sliced cut-outs is more full-blown gilded glam. The hammered texture catches extra light and lends a certain luminosity to tanned skin.
And of course, as with all Marcia Moran jewelry, it’s nickel- and lead-free, and always hypo-allergenic. So you just get a glint of gold without a hint of guilt.
Happy Friday! For today’s giveaway, we’re gonna do you up with some of the most daring colors of the summer.
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Sure, that’s all good, but how does it look? Well, their color range is pretty spectacular, and they say they test each new product and color for application and wear before it launches.
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When I went to Hawaii a month or so ago, I lived in my hat.
Here’s what I envisioned: A holiday chic look, lounging by an infinity pool or scouring a local handicraft market, with oversized Alexander Wang sunglasses adding an air of mystery and Chanel Le Vernis in Jade on the toenails.
After looking at the photos, here’s what actually was: Pale, pasty, practically all vision obscured by my blah-colored hat. You couldn’t tell from the photos whether I was 36 or 63.
Lesson learned. Next time, I’m going with a colorful paper braid hat with adjustable brim. The happy tropical hues alone are enough to liven up any holiday chic look.
That, and some serious self-tanner.
In his dressing room at the Orange County Pavilion in Santa Ana, Calif., Steve Byrne is eating an orange and stacking the peels neatly on the table. Dressed in a crisp white shirt, black tie, and black dress pants — part of the suit he’ll wear later for the taping of his new special — he looks more CEO than stand-up comedian.
But you already know he’s funny. And when you watch The Byrne Identity, his newest show premiering on Comedy Central on July 25 (but you can get it now on DVD at Amazon), you’ll see him riff about puppies, Taco Bell and what your musical tastes say about you. Here are a few things you might not have known about Steve Byrne.
1. He owes his start in comedy to his parents.
No, really: When club owners said Byrne could perform on stage only if he brought a couple of people, guess who came to buy the minimum two drinks? For three or four months!
Even when he was scheduled for 11 and instead took the stage at 1 am, his parents would wait. “They’d sit there and watch horrible comedy. I mean, horrible,” he says. “Including mine.”
2. He did five or six shows a night, 365 days a year. For eight years.
Regarding his time in New York, Byrne says, “I never took a day off. That was my life.”
To call his work ethic “Asian” seems like an understatement. Because when’s the last time you did 13 shows in one night? (And no, he didn’t kill at all of them: Check out the DVD Thirteen or Bust.)
He never knew he’d be funny or good at comedy. Instead, he says, “I always wanted to make a living at it.” His work in the last year has been especially meaningful: “There’s still some silly stuff that got me by in my first few years, but this stuff has a lot more weight to it. And I’m more proud of it.”
3. He bombed the night before taping The Byrne Identity.
In comedy, performances are measured in life-or-death extremes: you kill or you bomb.
“Last night I bombed,” Byrne laughs. “I’m working on this material. But there’s pockets where sometimes people don’t know you, they don’t know what you’re about, maybe they don’t appreciate your opinion.”
Five hours before the taping of his new special, he still keeps a level head about his struggles. “Bombing happens,” he says. “As a comedian, you’re going to bomb. It’s like figure skating. Are you gonna fall at some point? You’re gonna fall.”
4. He doesn’t enjoy working out.
Byrne has joked that, in high school, he had a body that would’ve only been attractive to “lonely German businessmen.” But the trim 6-footer grew up playing hockey in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Now, he says, “I’m not a big workout guy. I’m a big ribs, In-N-Out Burger guy.” He may catch a pre-show nap, but Byrne is all energy when he hits the stage — busting a few dance moves, too, in his mockup of a boy band.
As for the running shoes in his dressing room, he explains, “Those are cool-looking shoes, is how I see them. Nobody runs in those.”
And lifting weights? He asks how much I can bench press. “Fifty pounds?” I guess.
“Fifty-one pounds, then, for me,” he declares.
5. You’ve seen his Bruce Lee. He also does a Jackie Chan …
… whom he admires. “There’s like five people I wish I could meet, and he’s definitely one of them. He’s so funny, he’s acrobatic, and he does that thing like all Asians do if you hit your shin, ‘Ooooooh.’” Byrne scrunches up his face and rubs his shin vigorously: “And you start rubbing it, and you shut your eyes. ‘Ooooooh!’”
Only Asians do that? “I think only Asians do that,” he says. “‘Cause Jackie Chan does that every time in one of his movies — ‘Ooooooh!’ And all my relatives always did and it’s always made me laugh.”
The Byrne Identity premieres July 25 on Comedy Central. To keep up with Steve Byrne, visit stevebyrnelive.com.
Story by Naomi Fujimoto.
Naomi Fujimoto is the author of Cool Jewels: Beading Projects for Teens. She also likes to write about relationships — the good, the bad and the unexpected. Her work has appeared in Tennis View, Alimentum, and East West. Check out her blog at cooljewelsnaomi.blogspot.com.
Leave it to Nicole Lee. The handbag company always has its finger on fashion’s pulse, knowing exactly what details and silhouettes are de rigeur. With this particular bag, you get chains and studs, popular now for the past couple seasons. But you also get the slashed effect that is everywhere now (there’s a whole style page on slashes and cut-outs in our Summer issue).
And at this price, you have no excuse not to get it. Treat yourself!
Why hellooo …
I was casually flipping through the latest H&M magazine when I noticed an Asian guy in one of the main fashion spreads. It’s rare to see Asian models at all, much less Asian male models, and even rarer, one Asian male model with a bunch of white female models. I had to find out who this guy was.
Turns out, it’s Allen Tsai with Next Model Management. The 6’2″ model’s quite the star, at least by Asian male model standards. Gap, Esprit, cKone … that’s a pretty impressive resume.
Check out some more of his work here. And stop drooling.
As some of you may know, Audrey Magazine was named after our publisher’s daughter. James Ryu started the publication in 2002, inspired by his young American-born daughter, and wanting to provide a magazine that reflected not just faces like hers, but the unique bicultural world in which she lives and will grow up.
It doesn’t hurt that the name “Audrey” also references one of the most stylish and elegant women in American history. I first became obsessed with Audrey Hepburn in the ’90s when I discovered Roman Holiday. I devoured all her films, biographies and especially the clothes. I even dressed up as Holly Golightly one Halloween … back when I still dressed up for Halloween.
Now that strong eyebrows and winged eyeliner and pixie cuts are making a huge comeback, Audrey is more relevant than ever. And beyond her beauty and sophistication, towards the latter half of her life, Audrey Hepburn dedicated herself to the children of the world as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. That’s something all of us, including Audrey, can aspire to.
Get Transparent System’s ode to the iconic Audrey Hepburn!
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Our Summer 2010 issue is out! Here’s a sneak preview of all the good stuff inside!
From Subculture to Popular Culture: The New Rhythm Nation
Story by Teena Apeles
Millions of people are embracing Asian American dancers in a way like never before, as numerous groups and individuals are making their mark in the industry as bona fide stars, renowned choreographer and leading innovators.
The hit television shows America’s Best Dance Crew and Dancing with the Stars have helped propel such crews as the Jabbawockeez, Kaba Modern, Quest Crew and Poreotix into the spotlight, and rewarded the undeniable grace of Olympians Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Ohno off the ice. Asian American dancers and performers have also been seen in prominent roles on the big screen in Take the Lead and Step Up 2, as well as the upcoming sci-fi dance film Boogie Town.
Arnel Calvario, founder of Kaba Modern, couldn’t be more pleased by the visibility Asian American dancers have today. During the ’80s and early ’90s you could pretty much count on one hand the number of Asian American dancers appearing in mainstream media. He mentions Nia Peeples from Fame and then-unknown Carrie Ann Inaba as one of the Fly Girls on In Living Color.
It’s not that Asian Americans weren’t actively involved in the dance scene then. “Asian Americans had such a strong presence in underground street dance,” adds Calvario, “with so many poppin’ and breakin’ crews comprised of many Filipinos and other Asian ethnicities since back in the ’70s and ’80s.” But as far as the average American was concerned, there was no such thing as an Asian American urban dance culture, and in a sense that was true.
Before Calvario started Kaba Modern at the University of California, Irvine in 1992, formalized Asian American college crews didn’t exist. “Other Southern California college dance companies such as PacModern, Team Millennia and CADC popped up years later,” he says. “Culture Shock as a national dance organization was growing, and there were several other notable crews such as Jedi and Chain Reaction up in Northern California.”
This movement continued to thrive as more crews started to form, develop their choreography and showcase their dancing prowess at competitions throughout the country.
To catch the entire article, featuring interviews with Ben “B-Tek” Chung of the Jabbawockeez, Mike Song and Arnel Calvario of ABDC runner up Kaba Modern, and hip hop dancer Asako Hara, get our Summer Issue here!
Remember the owl trend a while back? Owls on pendant necklaces, owl prints … it was all about the owl.
Think about this as an update on the owl. Tiffany Lee’s “Golden Hero Beardo” mirrored Lucite necklace is actually in the shape of a mustache and Brad Pitt-worthy beard. It’s ambiguous — and bold — enough to serve as a great conversation starter. And if nothing else, it’s the perfect way to discreetly check if you’ve got anything in your teeth after dinner.