Seeing red every happy hour? Or should we say, does everybody else see that unseemly crimson creep up on your face with that first sip? It’s not just you. About a third of East Asians, and even some Southeast Asians, suffer from the uncomfortable flushing that accompanies drinking. But beyond aesthetics, a genetic condition called the Asian glow comes with some serious consequences. Contributing writer Teena Apeles parses out fact from fiction.
Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same. It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair. Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike? Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial are often overlooked in the Asian community. Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian. Check out our list of 20 Asian celebs you probably didn’t know were Asian.
1) Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical is part Chinese and part Filipino.
2) Tiger Woods is part Thai.
3) Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill, The Cinderella Story featuring Hillary Duff, and Freaky Friday is a quarter Japanese.
4) Dean Cain, superman of the TV series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a quarter Japanese.
5) Nicole Scherzinger of PussyCat Dolls is half Filipino.
6) Keanu Reeves of The Matrix is a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese.
7) Darren Criss of the TV series Glee is half Filipino.
I picked up a lot of things from college. I gained experiences I’ll never forget and I earned a degree that will help me move forward in this world.
Oh yeah, and there’s also my caffeine addiction towards coffee.
While trying to juggle the all-nighters, finals, and early classes, it eventually became difficult not to grab a cup of joe to get through the day. But at one point, I realized that I felt a very specific emotion whenever I drank coffee: guilt. Every time I felt I needed coffee to get through my day, I also felt as if I was doing something wrong.
Originally, I had believed that this may have a thing or two to do with my Asian upbringing. My parents, grandparents, and all my aunts and uncles warned me that drinking coffee would stunt my growth and trust me, I needed all the extra growth I could get.
Then I realized, it wasn’t an “Asian thing” at all. Nearly everyone I met seemed to have that same sort of guilt when they had more than a single cup of coffee a day. Who could blame us? Afterall, how can something so addicting possibly be good for your health, right?
Well now we can all take a sigh of relief. Those whispered rumors that coffee may actually be good for you have grounded evidence after all. Let’s all celebrate with a cup while we go through the Top 7 Health Benefits of Coffee for Women.
1) ANTIOXIDANTS GALORE
According to a study from researches at the University of Scranton, coffee is one of the highest sources of antioxidants. In fact, it’s the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet. A single cup of coffee offers 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants compared to 294 milligrams found in a cup of tea and 76 milligrams from a banana. What does this mean? A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine reports that women who drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day are 25% less likely to die of heart disease (for men, this percentage is still a hearty 18%). The antioxidants even help prevent diseases associated with the liver.
2) A CUP OF HAPPY
Many women drink a cup of coffee as a pick-me-up. I’m guilty of dropping by Starbucks to get an energy boost or simply to feel more hyper. As it turns out, the long term effects are even better. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who regularly drink coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression. In fact, the more coffee regularly consumed (up to six cups), the less likely it was for the woman to gain depression.
3) HELPS YOUR SKIN
A new study from Brigham and Women’s hospital discovered that women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma/skin cancer (Men had a 9% decrease). Of course, this certainly doesn’t mean we should ignore our sunscreen.
4) BOOSTS PERFORMANCE
TheNew York Times reports that caffeine “..has been proven to increase the number of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream, which enables people to run or pedal longer.” It is no surprise that athletes often consume coffee prior to a game/match/ etc. After all, coffee is a completely legal way of boosting one’s energy.
5) LOWERS RISK OF TYPE II DIABETES
According to Science Daily, the consumption of 3-4 cups of coffee a day was linked to a 25% decreased risk of developing Type II diabetes. The American Diabetes Association points out that this decreased risk is especially prominent with younger and middle-aged women. Of course, this is only when coffee is consumed in moderation.
6) LOWERS RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S AND PARKINSON’S
Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to 60% lowered risks of Alzheimer’s and dementia and a 32%-60% lowered risk of Parkinson’s. The lowered risks has been consistent in studies for years, though researchers are still trying to pinpoint exactly why.
7) CUP OF SMART
Caffeine temporarily boosts cognition, especially when one lacks sleep. While we definitely don’t suggest swapping a couple of cups of coffee for a couple of hours of sleep before a test, caffeine will improve the performance of the sleep-deprived. CNN reports, “Reaction time, vigilance, attention, and logical reasoning — most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence. And most Americans are sleep-deprived most of the time.”
Despite all these benefits of coffee drinking, don’t forget that moderation is key!
If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, it’s Asian hair. No one knows when this actually started, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women have the same kind of hair — straight, black, and very sleek. This myth has become so well-known that there’s actually something called “Japanese hair straightening” to try and get these hair qualities. It’s not uncommon to flip through a magazine and come across an article showcasing different types of hair an, as expected, “Asian hair” get its very own section.
Do some of us have sleek, black, and straight hair? Of course. Do all of us have this? Absolutely not.
For some reason, some people are shocked to discover that, just like everyone else, Asians are not all born with the same type of hair (What!?). So let’s break the Asian myth with some familiar faces. Continue reading for some products we suggest for ALL types of Asian hair.
Slick and Thin Hair
Now myths don’t pop up out of no where. There are actually a number of Asians who have what is referred to as “typical Asian hair.” Rocking sleek hair like Lucy Liu is something many girls wish for (mainly because of the belief that it’s so easy to manage). In reality, this isn’t always the case. Sleek and thin hair can be quite fragile and often needs a lot more maintenance than people expect. Want to strengthen that hair? Try any of these thickening products brought to you by Ojon.
Straight hair? Yes. Thin hair? Not necessarily. Although thin hair is very common in the Asian community, thick hair is just as present. 2NE1′s Sandara Park shows us that we can have quite a lot of hair. Thick hair tends to be heavy and may flatten your hairdo near the roots. Try to get your hands on the Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray to provide lift and lasting volume to your roots.
Aside from her relationship with John Lennon, Yoko Ono was also known for her iconic frizzy hair. If you’re not really feeling the Yoko Ono look, you may be looking to tame your hair. We suggest Living Proof’s No Frizz Shampoo , which is specifically designed to eliminate frizzy hair by blocking humidity without weighing down the hair.
To the disbelief of many, some Asians are capable of having natural curls. Take our Summer 2014 issue cover girl, actress Sandra Oh for instance. She rocks her curls in every episode of Grey’s Anatomy. While a head of perfect ringlets are beautiful, anyone with curly hair will tell you that curly hair doesn’t always like to behave. Keep those locks under control with Garnier Curl Shaping Gel.
Some Asians, like Korean singer and actress IU, have wavy hair or hair that teeter-totters between straight and curly. Sometimes you may even wake up to that horrifying moment when half your hair looks curly and the other half looks straight. The solution? Pick up a curling iron or straightening iron for uniform hair. If you do face this on a regular basis, make sure you use the proper precautions to lessen the heat damage done to your hair. Try giving TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray a shot.
A lot of Asians are born with either black or brown hair, but this doesn’t stop many people from getting color onto their locks. Take Suzy Bae for example who has boldly chosen a blond color. While this may not be natural hair, dyed hair still requires maintenance and there are specific products which help with the upkeep of dyed hair. We suggest Kérastase Nutritive Bain Oléo-Curl/OléoRelax Masque ,which was named InStyle’s best 2015 treatment for color-treated hair.
In the Asian food scene, Filipino food is like that last person picked for the dodge ball team: under-recognized and little appreciated. Despite Filipinos being the second largest Asian ethnicity group in the United States today, the culinary landscape has yet to reflect its ever-growing population. Even in the Bay Area, an area home to some of the highest concentrations of Filipinos outside of the Philippines, there are only pockets of Filipino food wastelands.
This is where chef Charleen Caabay of Oakland’s Kainbigan comes in. She started out cooking pinoy food for friends, and after seeing the lack of Filipino culinary offerings in the region, she opened her own restaurant. “As diverse as Oakland is,” says Caabay, “they don’t have enough Filipino food.”
With a name that means “Let’s eat, my friends” (in Tagalog, pagkain means food, kaibigan means friend) and a straightforward, stick-to-your-ribs menu, Kainbigan is not one of those places with too-fancy offerings and sky-high prices. Rather, the restaurant specializes in home-cooked, straight-from-the-heart Filipino food, which is characterized by its salty, sour and sweet flavors and Chinese and Spanish influence, remnants of the country’s trade and colonial histories. Take the adobo, arguably the national dish of the Philippines. Meat is marinated and cooked in a blend of soy sauce and vinegar alongside black pepper, bay leaves, and garlic. While the chicken adobo (the most common and recognizable version) is absolutely delicious, Caabay is most proud of her Pork Adobo. It may seem like a simple marinade, but “..the way it’s cooked and how long you braise it for — when it’s cooked for just long enough, the taste is amazing,” says Caabay. Served in a wooden bowl atop a heaping cloud of white rice, meant to soak up the expertly balanced sauce, the adobo is comfort food 101, filling you up in the most delicious way possible through a flavor profile that is as complex as it is appetizing.
Another standout item at Kainbigan is Caabay’s own unique creation, Crispy Chicken Adobo over Garlic Noodles, an interesting take on pancit, another Filipino food staple. Instead of the typical rice noodle, Caabay opts for an egg noodle, the chef’s personal favorite, which is combined with the flavorful house garlic sauce and topped with bits of crispy adobo. “I think that’s one of my best dishes because I created it here, and it has a little bit of everything,” she says with a smile. It may not be your typically dry pancit, but the flavor profile of the Garlic Noodles is purely pinoy.
Caabay’s passion for traditional Filipino culture is something she wants to share through the meals she serves. “If you were at home, this would be how mom or lola [grandma] would make it,” she says. And her challenge to potential diners? “Come with an open mind and a big appetite, and I can guarantee that you’ll leave here feeling good.”
When it comes to comfort food, chef Kimmy Tang knows a thing or two — as owner and chef of 9021Pho in Beverly Hills, Calif., her whole career revolves around her favorite comfort food, the Vietnamese noodle soup known as pho. “Pho is like your breakfast,” she says, “very nutritious and energetic. It sets your energy for the rest of the day.” In addition to traditional beef pho and chicken pho, Tang offers a spicy pho that is reminiscent of the southern style pho she loved in her native country, Saigon. “Northern Vietnamese cuisine is often less spicy and is not bold in any particular taste,” she explains. “Southern Vietnamese cuisine is often vibrant, flavorful, and sweeter than other regions.” Either way, what makes pho is the broth, and for Tang, “the broth is a labor of love. It’s cooked slow for a long period of time, about eight hours.” She also carefully selects lean, high quality meats and offers reduced fat and low-carb versions to cater to the local clientele.
Surrounded by pho day in and day out, does Tang ever get tired of pho? Apparently not. “I get my [serving of] daily vitamins from small portions of pho throughout the day,” says Tang. “The concentrated broth is full of vitamins and nutrients. It gives me a nice dose of energy, the healthy way.”
by Kanara Ty.
When people want comfort food, some may reach for a calming chicken soup or greasy fried chicken. I turn to Cambodian food. I crave things that pack a lot of flavor, and Cambodian cuisine incorporates a lot of spices (often made into a spice blend known as kroeung). And with cold weather around the corner, I know I’ll want a particular kind of Cambodian comfort food: the hearty soups.
During the winter in any Cambodian American household, hearty soups are always on rotation for any meal of the day, with plenty to go around for everyone (including our neighbors, who also make more than enough food). Noodle soups (like kuyteav) and rice porridge (babor) make for popular breakfast dishes, while sour soup dishes
like somlaw machu kroeung, which incorporates ingredients like kroeung paste, turmeric, morning glory, coriander, stewed beef ribs, and tripe, make for a great main dinner course. Another popular dish is somlaw machu youen, which incorporates fish, shrimp, pineapple, tomatoes, and the celery-like bac hà in a tamarind-flavored broth.
For me, the one soup that represents the epitome of Cambodian comfort food is the national dish somlaw koko (Cambodian ratatouille). It’s perfect for anyone who likes to savor the discovery of various ingredients in a complex dish. With your first sip, you’ll be overwhelmed by the layers of contrasting flavors and textures of lemongrass-based kroeung paste, prahok (fermented fish paste), palm sugar, ground toasted rice, assorted veggies (including kabocha and Thai eggplants), and meat (most Cambodians prefer pork spare ribs cut into bite-sized pieces). I also eat the soup with a side dish of fish sauce (chopped with Thai chilies) and serve it over rice — the perfect way to enjoy the ultimate Cambodian comfort food.
Mention soup dumplings as gourmet fare, and one immediately thinks of Din Tai Fung. The Michelin-star, Taiwanese restaurant that sparked a million lines around the world (there are more than 80 locations globally). Go for their Juicy Pork Dumplings, which burst with flavorful soup in your mouth. Just make sure to do it the proper way: make your dipping sauce 80-20 vinegar to soy sauce, cool the dumpling in the sauce, and then eat whole (do not bite and do not slurp soup out!). unless, of course, you’re having their coveted Truffle Dumplings, normally reserved for dignitaries and exclusive to The Americana branch — that you eat straight out of the bamboo steamer.
This story was originally published in our Winter 2013-14 issue. Get your copy here.
(SPOILER) After the anticipating Episode 5 of The Walking Dead‘s Season 6, we have been so anxious to learn whether Glenn did actually get torn up by that zombie. Many TWD fans are also bursting at the seams of anticipation for the next episode. We’re scared too, but to make our TWD fans a little bit more cheery and set aside what happened for now, we’ve decided to make a very important list in dedication for Glenn:
Top 5 Reasons We Love Glenn from The Walking Dead
1) He’s a proud Asian.
When we took a look at the statistics of people of color who actually win Emmy awards, theresults were shocking. Needless to say, an Asian popping up on our television screen is rather rare. This is where The Walking Dead‘s Glenn breaks the mold. Not only is Glenn a popular Asian character, he has proudly pointed out that he’s Korean American. By simply distinguishing this fact, he has stepped away from the token Asian character.
2) He’s a risk-taker.
Whether he’s risking his life to be zombie-bait..
..offering to be the distraction so others can get away safely…
..getting Plan B pills for Lorrie (because she couldn’t get them herself, right?)..
Or covering himself up in bloop and guts.
Glenn has continuously risked his life for the safety of his group.
3) He’s loyal to the group.
Although the members of the group are clearly not his blood relatives, Glenn has taken on the mentality that they are. He takes care of them, protects them, and shows undying loyalty. His anger towards the Governor for what he did to Maggie makes this clear. These are the people he loves and will do anything for.
4) He gets the girl.
No, he is not the sidekick who’s there purely for humorous reasons. He’s one of the few characters who actually provide love and romance amidst the horrifying setting.
5) In the middle of death, blood, and human’s being eaten, he brings us THIS
Be sure to keep us with us on The Walking Dead and let us know what you think!
Avid smokers and anti-smokers disagree on quite a lot when it comes to cigarettes, but they can all agree on one thing: no matter how much people enjoy it, there is no doubt that smoking cigarettes can cause great deal of damage to your body. Regardless of the fine print on each package stating “Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy,” most continue to smoke and disregard the warning or cannot yet kick the habit. Whatever the reason may be, sometimes we all just need a little reminder as to how deadly cigarettes can be.
In the video, which won the Bronze Award at the 2012 Bronze Cannes Award, various adults are followed and approached by a child with a cigarette asking for a light. Even more interesting than children asking for a light are the responses that the adults give to the children. Smoker after smoker, many with a cigarette still in hand, remind the children of how bad smoking is and tell the kids that they are too young.
A few moments later, the child responds with “If smoking is bad, why do you smoke?” They then give the adult a note which reads, “You worry about me. But why not about yourself? Reminding yourself is the most effective warning to help you quit.”
The message that this video sends is definitely one that will not be forgotten. The filmmakers use of everyday life scenarios for this campaign contributes to the effectiveness of the video. It has opened up the eyes of many, including my own.
We’re not quite sure when this trend started, but cute Asian babies rank right up there with puppies and memes when it comes to social media sites. A quick scroll through my tumblr dashboard will mean squeals upon squeals because its covered with, you guessed it, adorable babies.
Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal subsidiary of London Trust Media (LTM) are pleased to announce the 14th annual Unforgettable gala presented by Royal Salute.
Unforgettable is the premiere entertainment event of the year for the Asian American community. The celebrity studded black tie event celebrates and honors Asian American individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of arts and entertainment. Additionally, the gala will include highly anticipated performances, a gourmet three course dinner, and the attendance of over 500 Asian American professionals, celebrities, and high-profile community leaders.
Returning as our Title Sponsor DuraCoat Products, Inc. an environmentally conscious manufacturer of resin and coating products since 1986. Special thanks to our corporate sponsors PIA, CBS, Pacific Palms Resort, BBCN Bank, Grayson Luxury, Ten Advertising, Royal Buna, Pechanga, Shiseido, Fantasy Springs, Hustlers Casino, Daewoo Securities, Caly Wire, and 011 Communications.
The night of celebration is hosted by London Trust Media, Inc., (LTM) now parent company of Audrey Magazine & KoreAm Journal. London Trust Media Incorporated is a diversified business focused on the technology, media and lifestyle industries. Its core companies include Private Internet Access, Hollywood Media and La Vibe.
For more information on award recipients, performers, and event details, visit Unforgettable Gala
The pink-lovin’ YouTube personality, known for her openness and hair to-die-for, has gone beyond describing her fashion hauls and giving hair and makeup tutorials to doing a weekly YouTube show with Seventeen Magazine called Fashion Remix!
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You’ll find: Simple/Everyday Makeup Tutorials and Tips, Morning and Night Time Routines & Fun Tags, Hauls & Favourites, Hair Tutorials, Diet & fitness Tips, Look books & Fashion Videos, Skincare Tutorials and Tips, and everything Beauty and Cosmetics related because I love to try new things and help you all make the right decisions when it comes to makeup and skincare products.”
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