Last week, BuzzFeed had three Asian American women Skype their parents to talk about the most awkward, taboo topic in family conversations: sex. Better grab a blanket because there are some questions in this video that will make you want to hide forever.
The three women—Zan Crawford, Michelle Khare and Jenny Yang—kicked off the uncomfortable conversation by asking their parents how much exposure they had to sex growing up. All of the parents said they received little or absolutely no sex education during their school years.
“At the school, we never, never had anything,” said Crawford’s mother. “They just want you to put your priorities straight. You know, you are in college. You’re supposed to study.”
Khare’s father also said his high school omitted sex ed in the curriculum, adding that he learned about sex mainly from encyclopedias. “The Encyclopædia Britannica actually has a really good section,” he said, causing his daughter to erupt in laughter.
“If the parents talk about it, it’s a bit awkward,” Yang’s mother said in Mandarin. However, after her comedienne daughter assured her that she was mature enough to talk about sex with her, Mrs. Yang opened up on the topic.
Despite their initial nervousness, the three Asian American women agreed that the conversation wasn’t as scarring as they though it would be. As Khare comments at the end of the video, “It makes you love and appreciate your parents even more because you see them as human.”
We live in a time where nuclear radiation is still being studied, and we are still seeing and living with the consequences of nuclear fallout. It’s been four years since the devastating Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in 2011. The nuclear meltdown of three out of the plant’s six nuclear reactors led to the evacuation of about 300,000 people from the area. The failure was caused by the tsunami triggered by the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake.
While no fatalities were reported to be caused by short-term radiation exposure, the substantial amounts of radioactive material released was the largest nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. It has contaminated the surrounding land and water, also spilling into the sea. While humans have the ability to leave the area and relocate their homes, many domestic animals and wildlife were left behind. Plants, obviously unable to move, have also been subject to the poisoned environment and we are starting to see the effects of their exposure to the radiation.
Recently, Twitter user @san_kaido posted a photo of mutated yellow daisies found in Nasushiobara City, around 70 miles from Fukushima. The daisies have fused yellow centers with petals growing out the side of the flower.
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These are the not the first deformed plants found after the disaster. In 2013, the Daily Mail posted photos of various vegetables, fruits and flowers that have taken on a mutated form. These abnormalities may have been caused by the high levels of radiation found in the groundwater.
A tomato appears to have green shoots sprouting out of it. – Photo courtesy of dailymail.co.uk
Sunflower-ception: A sunflower blooms in the center of another – Photo courtesy of dailymail.co.uk
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While the source and location of these pictures are a bit questionable, they are still fascinating but eerie to look at. It makes one wonder, what are we doing to our planet Earth?
Ever been on a date and found yourself confused because they asked you about your blood type? Don’t be too alarmed. It’s the trending new question that people in Asia are all asking on their first date.
In today’s quick-fix culture, we need answers and we need them now. In the world of dating, this is no different. In Korean and Japanese culture, it is believed that blood types can tell you a lot about your personality. While there is no concrete scientific evidence to support this theory, Asian culture holds the same reverence for blood types as we do for horoscopes and zodiac signs.
So what if I told you that your blood type personality can determine who would be a great potential match for you? Based on the qualities and personality that each blood type possesses, you can find your perfect compliment and your worst nightmare.
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BLOOD TYPE A
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Blood Type A personalities are generally very considerate, calm, honest, sensible, creative and somewhat cautious. People born with this blood type are perfectionists by nature and enjoy maintaining a system of order through rules and regulations. Due to the fact that they like following customs, they are often not very spontaneous when in a relationship. In terms of dating, Blood Type As can be great partners because they are very considerate lovers. However, because they are very slow to trust people, it can be hard for them to express their feelings and they rarely fall in “love at first sight.” But once they do decide to trust their partner, they stay deeply committed because at the end of the day, they too are hopeless romantics.
BEST MATCH:Blood Type O
Blood Type Os are the best match with Type As because they offer a sense of security to Type As tense nature. Type Os are very reliable and this provides stability for Type A perfectionists.
WORST MATCH:Blood Type B
Blood Type Bs are the worst match with Type As, especially type A women because Type As need to be in control in order to have that sense of stability. This need of structure and control can lead to being less spontaneous and impromptu, which can cause tension with Type B’s lively social nature.
BLOOD TYPE B
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Blood Type Bs are almost the exact opposite of a Type A. Unlike Type As, Type Bs are extremely social, cheerful doers. Their personalities hate being restricted and following social rules. While having a bright nature, they can also be irresponsible, selfish and at times, crave drama. In relationships, Type Bs are often more self-centered, but they love to be adventurous and keep things exciting for their partner. In terms of dating, Type Bs hate being restricted and are often attracted to many different people. Being very open and social leads to many dates. However, being so open and romantic can also lead to affairs or short term relationships.
BEST MATCH:Blood Type O or AB
Type Os are also a great match for Type Bs because they are very easy to get along with and are very flexible. Their friendly, agreeable nature works harmoniously with Type Bs social personality. Type ABs are also a good match for Type Bs because their rationality is a good counterbalance to Type Bs more free spirited nature.
WORST MATCH:Blood Type A
As stated earlier, these two blood types are a bad match because Blood Type As cannot handle Type Bs unpredictable lifestyle. Type As crave stability in their relationships and Type Bs detest being tied down. Their paths were always facing opposite directions.
BLOOD TYPE AB
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Type ABs are usually the rational type and can be both adaptable and indecisive. AB Types are the least greedy when it comes to matters of finance or love. This nature makes them very selfless when in a relationship. However, their rational attitude can make them see things very critically. When it comes to dating, ABs are very adaptable to their partners and are very sensitive and loving. Unfortunately, their indecisive nature makes it very difficult for ABs to commit in a relationship.
BEST MATCH:Blood Type AB
What better match for an AB than a fellow AB? Type ABs are very flexible and easy-going. Their calm attitude and strong moral consciousness allows them to be on the same page and makes for a cohesive relationship.
WORST MATCH:Blood Type O
While these two blood types can make amazing friends, as lovers, not so much. They can often have serious clashes if Type Os morals don’t align with ABs. However, if they could look past that, they could be great partners.
BLOOD TYPE O
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Type Os are very agreeable, friendly people. Not only are they sociable, but they are also extremely ambitious and generous. Being very optimistic can make them careless at times. This carelessness can make them seem inconsiderate sometimes towards their significant others even if it is unintentional. In relationships they are very expressive of their feelings and will not be shy about showing affection to their partners.
BEST MATCH:Blood Type A
While Type Os can be a good match with any blood type due to their easy-going personality, they are the best fit with Type A. This is because Type As also have a high work ethic and they appreciate when a Type O is willing to step up to lead in the relationship. Type As find comfort in the fact that they can give some of their stress to Type Os.
Type Os are as versatile as they are sociable. Being very outgoing and easy-going by nature, they can get along relatively well with every type of blood type.
Growing up, I went through a phase where I dreamed of having a twin sister. How great would it be to have someone who knows exactly what you’re thinking? Someone to confide in, and to match outfits, mannerisms and a personality with? Obviously, not all twins share these traits, but as an only child, that’s what I had dreamed about.
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For Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, having a twin was a dream they never imagined would come true. The twin sisters were separated at birth and adopted by two different families: One in France and one in America. But in their twenties, they stumbled upon each other on social media and for the very first time, discovered each others’ existence. We got the opportunity to interview them earlier this year to learn more about their incredible story.
It seems I’ve forgotten how quickly a child grows up in a year. I had grown accustomed to Yebin’s first viral video (it still pops up on my newsfeed) so I was surprised when a new video made it’s way onto YouTube with an older but still adorable Yebin.
In this video, Korea Junkies take a trip to visit Yebin, who has become quite the little fashionista. She is then presented with several types of foreign food, from marshmallows and candies, to the Japanese fermented soy beans, natto. How did she do? Probably just as you’d expect a toddler to act. It seems age has given her even more charm. Take a look at her adorable reactions below:
Wednesday evening, MTV aired White People, a highly-anticipated documentary that follows José Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and activist born in the Philippines, as he explores what it means to be white in a diverse America.
Vargas begins his exploration by inviting young adults in Bellingham, WA; Rapid City, SD; Winston Salem, NC; and Phoenix, AZ to come together to discuss their thoughts on what it means to be young and white.
After Vargas introduces himself and his story about being an undocumented immigrant, he then asks the simple question, “What are you, and where are you from?” It’s not so surprising that one young man’s response was, “I’m Caucasian, I’m white, that’s my heritage.” Interestingly enough, the conversation takes a turn as Vargas follows the man’s claim stating that “White is not a country.”
The documentary then delves deeper into white American experience by looking into the stories of Dakota, a young queer white man who attends a historically all-Black college; a small group of white teachers who teach on the Oglala Sioux Indian preservation; Katy, a community college student who struggles to find scholarships specifically for white people; John, an Italian American DJ who is witnessing a growing Asian immigrant population in his New York neighborhood; and Lucas, a community college student who holds workshops on white privilege.
If there’s one thing our readers seem to love, it’s Studio Ghibli. We certainly don’t blame you. After all, this Japanese animation film studio– which was co-founded by the beloved Hayao Miyazaki– created 8 out of the 15 highest-grossing anime films ever made in Japan. This includes Spirited Away,Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and Princess Mononoke.
But in 2013, Studio Ghibli fans were deeply saddened after the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, claiming The Wind Rises would be his last feature film. Thankfully, it seems Miyazaki has only given up feature length films because he is already working on an upcoming short for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo
According to Variety, “The new ten-minute film, starring a hairy caterpillar, will be made in the CG format, a first for the director, and take an estimated three years to complete. Miyazaki did not say whether the film will be shown outside the museum.”
Don’t feel like waiting the estimated 3 years for the new Miyazaki short to be released? Well in the meantime, you can check out these adorable Studio Ghibli promotions for for Nisshin Seifun Foods. Katsuya Kondo, the animator of these promos, is best known for his work on Kiki’s Delivery Service. And if you thought Jiji (Kiki’s talking cat) was cute, then you haven’t seen anything yet.
Gritty action, life-threatening danger, awesome gadgets and weapons, and traveling around the world while beating up the bad guys. Who doesn’t fantasize about being a slick, super spy every once in a while? Well, you can somewhat live out your fantasy by catching up on Cinemax’s popular TV series, Strike Back.
For those that are unfamiliar with the show, Strike Back is a military action drama that takes place all over the world. It stars Phillip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton as Sgt. Stonebridge and Sgt. Scott, respectively. They are part of the British Secret Service who travel around the world to tackle enemy and terrorist threats.
In the fourth and final season of Strike Back, Korean American actor Will Yun Lee joins the cast as Kwon, an elite and brutal member of the North Korean military regime who goes rogue and, surprisingly, finds love amidst all of the blood and violence that the show is known for.
We caught up with Will and he gave us everything we need to know to prepare for this action-packed final season. Are you ready for it? Check out our interview below!
Audrey Magazine: You’re in the final season of Strike Back. In your own words, how would you describe this final season?
Will Yun Lee: Balls to the wall. It was like shooting an independent guerilla film in the middle of Budapest, but when you watch it, it feels like a big studio feature. It’s an incredible storyline that takes something when you first hear about it that seems so fantastical. It’s just really grounded and fun and gritty and messy and that’s what I loved about the show. Everything was messy. And the fights were choreographed on the street five minutes before we shot a fight. It was just running guns and I think that’s what will show up on screen.
AM: How would you describe your character, Kwon?
WYL: Kwon is in the North Korean military regime. He is one of the high-ups. His biggest weakness is love. He follows this girl into something they patriotically believe is right even though it’s against the main part of the regime. At the end of the day, Kwon is hard-edged. When it comes to accomplishing a mission, he will do whatever it takes, but it’s all because of this one girl.
AM: What is the relationship between Kwon and Mei?
WYL: I think love has made her the boss, just like in real life with so many people. But it’s truly a mission of two people. It wasn’t like a separate entity. I would say love makes her the boss, just like every man and woman in a relationship. She is, in a way, the ultimate soldier in terms of the belief system that was so ingrained in her. And when things changed, it short circuits her.
AM: What attracted you to this series and to take one this role?
WYL: One, Michelle Yeoh and two, I’ve done a lot of so-called villains and things like that. This was one of the first where they go into the lives of Michelle’s character and my character. In so many movies you don’t know who the villain really is, so it’s not as big an obstacle for the hero to overcome. To me, when I read the script, it was the pilot script that really got me interested. If there was a way to break into NK, I think these guys [the writers] figured it out. It’s so plausible. It can be far from plausibility, but to me when I read it I was like, wow, it really makes sense.
The fourth season of Strike Back premieres in the U.S. on July 31.
Trying to get your hands on Asian beauty products but don’t know how? We have the solution! Just check out Cupidrop, a new online retail company based in New York City.
Quickly becoming popular among both beauty bloggers and various women alike, this new retail company carries the latest and and most effective beauty products from Korea and Japan. We were lucky enough to get a chance to talk with Cupidrop’s Chief Beauty Officer (CBO) Kate Cha, and she told us what the beauty company is all about and what we can look forward to seeing from their trending new store.
Audrey Magazine: Can you tell our readers more about Cupidrop.com, what the company does and why it started?
Kate Cha:Cupidrop is an online retailer that offers Korean and Japanese Skincare & Beauty products to the mainstream U.S. Market. Cupidrop began with the simple idea of offering good skincare products at great prices. On my frequent business trips to Korea, I always discover great beauty items no one has ever seen in the U.S. Market at awesome price points. By carrying these great products, I make sure that no one is missing out.
AM: Is there a specific reason why you guys chose to sell Korean and Japanese beauty products?
KC: Well due to my Korean heritage, I have a close familiarity with these beauty products; and that is why I am confident that they work. In my opinion, Korean & Japanese beauty products are more progressive than those that are available on the Western market. Asian beauty products are well made, beautifully packaged and reasonably priced, which puts a smile on everyone’s face.
AM: Cupidrop is a very interesting name for a company, is there a special meaning behind it?
KC: Cupid is the God of love. We want our company Cupidrop.com to bring everyone love & beauty. We genuinely care about your skin and we want to take care of all your beauty needs. All the packages delivered to you are from Cupid, filled with our love.
AM: What sets your company apart from other beauty retailers?
KC: So many of the existing online retailers carry already prominent name brands such as Laneige, Hera, Iope and Etude, Tony Moly. While we also carry familiar brands, our aim is to bring fresh, innovative products to our clients. Our products may not be as well known, but they always have amazing results. Besides, we have more fun working together with our customers to discover and share new brands.
AM: You are the only U.S. based retailer that carries certain Korean skincare lines such as A.True. How do you guys hear about the latest and most up to date skincare products?
KC: As I mentioned earlier, I often travel to Korea around 4-5 times a year. The way I come across these undiscovered new brands can be as simple as just talking to my local friends from Korea. Sometimes hearing it from a friend and trying it out for yourself is the most reliable and personal way.
Every time I visit, there are constantly new brands that are popping up – Koreans are serious about their skin – with 5 to 6 new brands launching each time there are always new products to pick from.
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AM: What do you look for when deciding which products to sell? What sort of research is done?
KC: Every single product on the website — I currently use and have tested, or have used in the past and had great experiences with. I naturally have dry, sensitive skin with occasional eczema flair ups. However, my extremely sensitive and dry skin not only tolerates but also benefits from these products. With that and many trial runs, I am comfortable to say that most skin types will take well to our products without any problems.
AM: Is Cupidrop exclusively an online beauty retail store or are you planning on expanding your company to other locations?
KC: Due to recent changes in consumer shopping, online retailers are often finding more success and bringing in higher sales than off line retailers. This is why we currently plan to stay as an online retail business. However, if our online store is successful, we hope to one day open a store with a similar layout as a Sephora Makeup Retail store. The only difference would be that we would carry various Korean & Japanese beauty products.
AM: Why did you decide to incorporate a blog section into your website?
KC: Blog sections have become an essential aspect to any upcoming beauty website. People love to read about how products worked out for them, and they want to share their input and discuss with others about the products!
We also have different beauty bloggers review our products in detail and these reviews get posted on our blog. This enables our readers to get an in depth understanding about our products before making their purchase.
AM: Skincare is clearly a primary focus for your company. Being a girl who has dealt with acne, I know that a lot of skincare lines can be rather harsh and irritating to troubled skin. Are the brands offered on the site catered towards all skin types?
KC: Most of our products are catered towards all skin types. However, we also have specific lines that are suitable for acne-prone skin, such asCosrx. Acne is no longer a problem exclusive to teenagers; many adults suffer from acne due to stress and changes in hormone levels. Adult acne is a common but often under-recognized problem. Here at Cupidrop, we make sure to address all matters of the skin.
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AM: Are there any new developments that we will see from Cupidrop in the near future?
KC: For now Cupidrop carries mostly skincare products. However, we are planning on bringing in a color makeup line which will definitely be a spicy addition to our brands! We also plan on holding exhibitions at world renowned beauty conventions such as Cosmoprof to educate consumers and spread the word about Korean & Japanese beauty products to our international audience.
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