Wait, MSG May Not Be So Bad After All?

 

If you think Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown have bad reputations, think again. They have nothing on the nearly 50-year-old bad reputation of MSG, otherwise known as monosodium glutamate. Interestingly enough, most people haven’t actually figured out why MSG has a bad rep.

Ask the average American about the substance and he or she will tell you that it’s bad for one’s health and should be avoided. But if you ask why, the conversation will probably be cut short. We’ve all heard the rumors of MSG being toxic, poisonous, cancerous, and may lead to fatigue and headaches, but where is the research behind it?

Turns out, this may have all been a myth.

 

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There are multiple studies which actually point out that MSG is no more harmful to our health than plain salt. Sure, some people have adverse reactions to MSG and if it is not consumed in moderation, it will lead to discomfort (like most anything else), but as far as consumption is concerned, there’s not too much to worry about.

Reactions, a series which “uncovers the chemistry in everyday life,” recently did some research about MSG. The flavor enhancer was first discovered in 1908 by chemist Kikunae Ikeda. Turns out, the bad rumors began 60 years later when a scientist tried to pinpoint why he was experiencing discomfort after consuming Chinese food, naming his symptoms “Chinese restaurant syndrome.” Because of this, assumptions were made about MSG. Talk about jumping to conclusions.

Find out all the facts in the video below.

Asian American Celebs Take The Red Carpet at 2014′s VMAs and Emmys

Two of the most fabulous, star-studded events happened back-to-back this year, and with them came a flurry of hot red gowns, sexy cleavage and swoon-worthy, fitted black suits. At the Emmys, ABC’s Modern Family predictably took home the golden statue for an outstanding comedy, and actor Bryan Cranston deservedly stole the show with his win as the outstanding lead actor in Breaking Bad; and the VMAs–let’s be real–should have been alternately titled “All Hail Queen Bey.”

Nominations and winners aside, what we fashionistas really look forward to are the unique looks that grace the red carpet. Here’s a rundown of the styles these Asian American celebrities wore at this year’s MTV VMAs and Emmys.


1) Actor and singer Darren Criss, whose roots are half-Filipino, kept it simple at the VMAs with black slacks and a mauve blazer, all pulled together with sleek sunglasses.

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2) Also at the VMAs, Korean American actress Arden Cho shined in this form-fitting strapless by Sherri Hill, silver-strapped Aldo shoes, a Farbod Barsum clutch and jewels from Bavna’s Spring 2015 collection.
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3) The beautiful Indian-born American and “Top Chef” host, Padma Lakshmi, dazzled in a simple, yet stunning white Ralph Rucci dress.
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4) The adorably funny Indian American comedian and actress Mindy Kaling chose a unique dress by Kenzo, a coral halter-topped gown with glimmering silver detailing.
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5) You may not have known that this funny man came from Asian roots, but actor and comedian Fred Armisen is a quarter Japanese, inherited from his father’s side. Standing next to Carrie Brownstein, his partner-in-crime on IFC’s hilarious Portlandia, Armisen looked classy in a black suit with a dark gray dress shirt.
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6) Lucy Liu can never do wrong. The Taiwanese American actress looked absolutely heavenly in this pale Zac Posen gown, Jimmy Choo clutch, and jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.
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7) This hottie came out from behind the camera and swooned all of the Internet when he graced the stage to accept the Emmy for “Outstanding Director” for HBO’s True Detective. Half Japanese and half Swedish, director Cary Joji Fukunaga looked simultaneously manly and sweet in crisp black-and-white attire with his hair in braids.
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8) Last but certainly not least (and definitely the most little), half-Korean American actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays the snarky Lily on Modern Family, donned an appropriate navy-blue laced dress with black tights and patent black flats.
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[Photo sources: E! News and Vulture]

 

 

MUST SEE: Filipino Girl Group Perform Breathtaking “Let it Go” Cover on Korean Show

 

I know, I know. You’re tired of “Let it Go” covers and I don’t blame you. In fact, when this video popped up on my newsfeed, I let out an exasperated sigh with an eye roll on the side. Again? 

But what stopped me from scrolling on was the incredible amount of attention this video was receiving. Koreaboo, a K-Pop entertainment website, posted the video on their Facebook and within 4 hours, the video gained a incredible 30,000 likes and nearly 20,000 shares.  Clearly, there was something different about this cover.

As it turns out, the video features four Pinays who were on Superstar K, a South Korean television talent show series. Trust me when I say this cover blew me away, and I’ve seen quite a handful of “Let it Go” covers.

Go ahead and check it out for yourself. I promise, it’s worth it.

 

Not tired of the Frozen mania? Check out some of our favorite Youtube Covers of “Let it Go” featuring Asian artists!


Kickass Cosplay Alert: Disney Princesses in Armor

 

Back in the 1980′s, Japan needed a name for the ongoing trend of people dressing up as their favorite cartoon, anime and comic book characters. They came up with the term “cosplay” by combining the English words “costume” and “play.”

Flash forward to present day and cosplay is now seen as a significant aspect of Japanese pop culture which often influences Japanese/Asian street fashion. Take a look at this Japanese graduation filled with cosplay and this duo who gained worldwide attention for their cosplay skills.

But that’s not all. Cosplay has also become a well-known term in America. We’ve seen our share of impressive cosplay from various comic cons and anime expos, but recently we’ve come across a cosplay worth highlighting.

A group of insanely talented women decided to cosplay as the Disney Princesses with one major twist: the girls were in armor and ready for battle. Quite a number of people have commented that the armor (or lack thereof) would be useless in a battle, but everyone has agreed that these girls are talented for making such intricate outfits.

Yes, these women show skin, but they are proud of it and clearly deliver the message: who needs a prince to save you when you can kick ass yourself?

Learn more about them here.

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20 Asian Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Asian (PART II)

 

 

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1) Hailee Steinfeld (Part Filipino)

 

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2) Shay Mitchell (Half Filipino)

 

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3) Janel Parrish (Half Chinese)

 

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4) Naomi Cambell (Chinese Ancestry)

 

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5) Sean Paul (Quarter Chinese)

 

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6) Dwayne Johnson (Half Samoan)

 

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7) KT Tunstall (Quarter Chinese)

 

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8) Booboo Stewart (Part Japanese, Chinese and Korean)

 

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9)Meg & Dia Frampton (Half Korean)

 

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10) Sam Tsui (Half Chinese)

 

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11) Dave Bautista (Half Filipino)

 

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12) Olivia Munn (Half Chinese)

 

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13) Gabrielle Union (Part Filipino)

 

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14) Marie Digby (Half Japanese)

 

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15) Kimiko Glenn (Half Japanese)

 

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16) Cassie Ventura (Half Filipino)

 

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17) Devon Aoki (Half Japanese)

 

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18) Zelda Williams (Quarter Filipino)

 

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19) Elyes Gabel (Part Indian)

 

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20) Karen O (Half Korean)

 


TO CHECK OUT PART ONE, CLICK HERE
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ASIA STREET STYLE: Menswear Inspirations

 

To the annoyance of my husband, I am one of those women who’d rather peruse the men’s section on shopping excursions; it’s not a matter of being anti-frill and fluff, but rather a curiosity to see how menswear styles change compared to the fleeting moments of its gender counterpart.

The persistent availability of tailored trousers with polished shirts and jackets are at the core of a less experimental framework that makes up the majority of men’s fashion. There is significance to the fact that the main components of suiting have been carried through from the 18th century until present-day, a continuum which doesn’t hold true for women’s styles if you ever decide to research historical fashion plates.

This unchanging calibre has made it’s way into inspiring designers for contemporary womenswear; the trend continues well into this year and will likely emerge again during the Spring and Summer 2015 shows that are about to kick off with New York Fashion Week next month.

To end my ongoing preoccupation with history and timeless quality in apparel, here are some of my favorite menswear inspired street looks from Japan and Korea.

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Arden Cho Looked Stunning At The VMAs

 

The beloved Arden Cho, who was featured in our Spring 2014 issue, turned heads on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Cho wore a sparkly Sherri Hill dress, strappy Aldo shoes, a shimmering Farbod Barsum clutch and beautiful Bavna jewels. The bracelet and earrings are from Bavna’s Spring 2015 collection.

Prior to her arrival, Cho teased us with a selfie and continued with adorable tweets throughout the night.

 

 

 

Arden was also very generous with her compliments of the performers and praised Ariana Grande multiple times. When Sam Smith performed his chart-topping song “Stay With Me,” Cho made us all giggle with her tweet. 

 

 

Currently, Cho plays Kira in MTV’s cult hit series Teen Wolf.

“Being an Asian actress, roles that are on the table often aren’t our first picks,” she says. “But when Teen Wolf came along, I really couldn’t have written a better part that I’d want to play. Sometimes it takes all these disappointments to make you appreciate something when it finally works out.”

 

Bear Hug Cookies, Yet Another Asian Racist Joke, Why Ferguson Matters to AA’s and Other MUST READS OF THE WEEK

1) Japanese cook creates bear hug cookies that are too cute to eat. (READ HERE)

 

2) Liar liar, pants on fire. Cheating in Asia at an all-time high. (READ HERE)

 

3) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologizes for racist jokes. Sigh. (READ HERE)

 

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4) Introducing Japan’s new coke bottles made entirely of ice. (READ HERE)

 

5) Chi Po-lin talks about directing Taiwan’s highest-grossing documentary film ever made. (READ HERE)

 

6) Who knew making Korean candy could sound this cool? (READ HERE)

 

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7) Americans taste test Filipino snacks and are pleasantly surprised. (WATCH HERE)

 

8) Malala Yousafzai’s Mother is inspired by daughter and learns to read and write. (READ HERE)

 

9) Yes, Ferguson matters to the Asian American community. (READ HERE)

 

aa journalists fer10) Are AA journalists ignoring Ferguson? (READ HERE)

 

Add To Your Rotation: The Music of Japan-based R&B/Pop Musician Crystal Kay

 

Already a star in her native Japan, the super cool R&B/pop singer Crystal Kay, who is of Korean and African American descent, is mounting her international attack with a brand new video for her song “Dum Ditty Dumb.” Find out more about Kay and how she’s ready to bring a different side of Japanese pop culture to the world in our Fall 2014 issue, coming soon.
Here, check out her music while she tells us about the inspirations behind some of her recently released English-language songs (including a teaser video with her collaboration with Far East Movement!).

 

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“That is a very fun and crazy song that was inspired by the dope track my producer Jon Jon made. The energy had all of us coming up with these mad ideas, like throwing in Japanese and tribal-like rhythms with Japanese shamisens in the background. The beat drop felt crazy but sexy at the same time, so I wanted to write and sing something that was aggressive but sexy in a confident way.
“[Music video director Tani Ikeda] got my concept of “Yokohama Ratchet Pop” and how I really wanted to introduce and rep my Yokohama culture. She was able to incorporate that in such a cool and playful way by mixing 2D and animation, which was something that hasn’t been done before.”

 

Check out the behind-the-scenes video, as well as the final result, below.

 

 

 

 

“Busy Doing Nothing”
“I wanted to turn it into a loser boyfriend anthem — something we can all relate to, in a fun and playful way. The melody is so catchy. People would be singing along to it after hearing it just once.”

 

 

“Rule Your World”
“I’ve never really done a very sexy and dominant song. I’m coming to that stage as an artist, exploring and experimenting with my new sound.”

 

 

Far East Movement “Where The Wild Things Are,” featuring Crystal Kay
“We are label mates in Japan in the Universal International label, and we wanted to see what would happen if we worked together. I was already a fan before I met them. After we met, we all just clicked! I love how we’re all Asian which made it feel even more like family.”

 

Check out the teaser video below.

 

 

Video of the Day: Tiny Toddler & Her Gentle Giant

 

If you’re looking for something to make you smile and warm your heart, then you’ve come to right place. We’ve just found the newest member to our list of Adorable Asian Babies, and she’s brought a friend!

The gentle giant’s name is Simba and he’s a 2-year-old Tibetan Mastiff. Because of the breed’s large size, Tibetan Mastiff’s have historically been used as guard dogs. This does not appear to be the case with Simba however, who seems to resemble a pillow or a soft playground more than anything else.

The tiny human playing with (or shall we say on top of) Simba is Weiwei. Undaunted by Simba’s large size, Weiwei seems perfectly comfortable lounging on top of and cuddling with the gentle giant.

After the initial adorable gibberish, Weiwei begins singing popular Taiwanese song 爱笑的眼睛, which roughly translates to “loving and smiling eyes.”

Despite the little one sitting on him and talking away, Simba doesn’t seem to mind the company of his best friend. Check out the video below which has already begun to go viral and has reminded many viewers of the characters in My Neighbor Totoro.

 

 

 

 

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