25 Asian Youtubers To Subscribe To


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!


2) Karen O (iamkareno)

“Hello! I’m Karen and I make fashion, lifestyle, and lookbook videos. Born and raised in Hong Kong and the Bay Area. My style is influenced by the toughness of the city and the lax suburban lifestyle.”



3) Michelle Phan 

“Just another old soul dreamer with childlike faith. Teaching and inspiring everyone to become their own best makeup artist :) So sit back, enjoy and let’s play with makeup!”





4) Jenn Im (clothesencounters)

“I’m Jenn Im. Korean American. Born and raised in L.A. Clothes Encounters is a vlog of style musings, tutorials, and lifestyle advice.”




5) LaurDIY

“Hey! I’m Lauren, a 21 year old, Toronto based DIY and fashion YouTuber. Glitter, DIY, ripped denim & shiba inus pretty much sum up my existence.”


6) Wengie

“Here is a place where I’ll share all the things that I love! I’m so grateful for all you subscribers and appreciate all the time you spend watching my videos :)!! You guys are the reason why I’m the most subscribed Asian Beauty Channel in Australia! So much love for you guys!!

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.”




 7) Chriselle Lim

“Stylist and Digital Influencer, Chriselle Lim has been creating quite a stir in the fashion industry.”  Originally known as “The Chriselle Factor” from her blog, Chriselle began her youtube channel to empower women all over in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips.  “Chriselle’s goal is to encourage, educate, and inspire all women across the globe through her personal style, runway trends, beauty secrets, and fashion tips and tricks. She is now one of the most influential tastemakers on the web, and if her addicting daily musings are any indication, the best is yet to come. “





8) Vagabound Youth

“Amy Lee is a 21 year old Los Angeles native and full time UCLA student with a penchant for DIYs, fashion, and beauty.”




9) Amy Pham (The Platform)

The Platform is a community of passionate content creators who share a love of beauty, fashion, and self expression. We celebrate real faces, real voices, real points of view, and believe that being unique never goes out of style.”



10) Just Kidding Films 

“Teaching Good Things In A Bad Way.”




11) Wong Fu Productions 

“Short films, music videos, and vlogs from Wes, Ted, and Phil. We like to tell stories, whether they’re funny, sad, or thoughtful. As emerging artists and filmmakers, we hope to continue to improve our craft, grow as a company, and reach people with our work.”






12) itsJudysLife

“Benji and I are daily vloggers from Seattle. We’ve been vlogging every day since October of 2012 before we started our family! We have 3 beautiful daughters Julianna, Miya, and Keira. Watch us on the daily!”



13) Tina Yong

“My name is Tina Yong and I’m a hair & makeup artist based in Sydney, Australia. Here I’ll be sharing with you my beauty tips and tricks, makeup tutorials, hair tutorials and travel vlogs.”





14) William Singe

Formerly part of the Australian boy-band that competed on X-Factor Australia Season Three,  The Collective, Singe recreates covers of top hits such as Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.



15) SoothingSista

Vancouver born and Bay area raised, Soothing Sista, aka Stephanie Villa, creates content based on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle.  Her ultimate desire is to embody the young, self-motivating, and modern young woman.




16) PONY Makeup




17) Sarocha B

Originally started as ‘JustMyLifeAsMe’, this thai beauty is known for her fashion, lifestyle, and beauty videos.  Sarocha B’s videos consists of lookbooks, makeup tutorials, DIY’s, and blogs.




18) Vivian Vo Farmer

“Hi, I’m Vivian (:

Just posting fashion, beauty, or any other videos I can to hopefully help all you guys (: Feel free to comment, like, and subscribe for more videos. I always read the comments to give me ideas for videos so tell me what you all want and like!”






19) Sophia Chang (fashionista804)

Makeup Artist, Beauty Guru, Fashion blogger




20) Cassey Ho (blogilates)

Full length POP Pilates and fun Bootcamp Sculpting workouts with certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho.



21) International Secret Agents (ISAtv)

“Founded + Operated by Wong Fu Productions + Far East Movement

ISAtv: Asian Pacific America Culture + Entertainment, Elevated. Our mission is to be a hub for Asian American Culture, Entertainment, and Lifestyle. We seek to elevate talent and creators in our community! Please reach out to us with YOUR ideas, music, videos, and more! shows@ISAtv.com”


22) LeSassafras




23) The Kinjaz

“The Kinjaz are a Los Angeles-based performance group, formed initially by Mike Song and Anthony Lee, that uniquely combines music and urban-dancing to create an original and entertaining form of story-telling. Through their fusion of theatrics, intricate choreography, and comedy, the kin·jaz (“brother ninjas”) create a mystical ninja world where camaraderie, the will-power to never give up, and the war between Good and Evil are always present. “




24) Jason Chen (MusicNeverSleeps) 

“Welcome to a land where music is colorblind and languageblind!”




25) The Fung Bros

“We’re brothers who believe in advancing the education and discussion of Asian and Asian-American topics for people around the world. Oh ya, we also like sneakers, food, fashion and music.”



Let us know anymore we should add to our list!





The Back Story Behind Cambodian-Owned Donut Shops


You’re probably already aware that a large amount of independently-run donut shops in California are Cambodian-owned. What you may not know is that the donut shop industry is an integral part of the Cambodian immigration story.

In honor of National Donut day, we decided to look into the history of hardworking, Cambodian donut shop owners:





1) Finding a donut in Cambodia is harder than you think

There may be donuts if you look hard enough, but if you thought you’d find streets lined with donut shops in Cambodia, you’re in for a let-down. While donuts are a large part of the Cambodian-American culture, many can tell you that this is purely an American tradition. Allegedly, there is only one donut shop in all of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


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2) It all began with a man named Ted Ngoy

Ted Ngoy, also known as the “Doughnut King”,  was the beginning of the stereotypical association between the Cambodian-America culture and donut shops.  He arrived in the U.S. in 1975 in poverty with his family.  He became the first Indo-Chinese immigrant to become accepted in the Winchell’s Donuts manager’s training program with no background in business or donut making.  A year after his immigration to California, Ngoy had already bought his first donut shop, ‘Christy’s’.  He owned 20 Christy’s Donut Shops by 1980.

Throughout the 1980’s, Ngoy began sponsoring visas for many Cambodians who had fled the chaos in Cambodia.  With this, some even got jobs at his donut shops and moved on to open their own locations.  From then on, his legacy continues.


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3) “The American Dream”

“Ngoy is the one who found a way for Cambodian immigrants to become part of the American dream of owning their own business,” said Dennis Wong of the Asian Business Association. “Taking a loan from an Asian loaning society, Ngoy was able to buy two stores, operate them for awhile, and then sell to someone in the community or a family member who wanted to buy them. That’s how they got into it.”


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4) Running a donut shop is hard work.

You’ll often hear about these donut shops having only a few workers in order to save money. Many of the workers are actually family members who must find time within their day to help the family business. As a result, many owners work long and tiring hours to make sure their shop is functional. Additionally, many donut shop owners have voiced that the long hours have made it difficult to assimilate into society.


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5) They have thrived

An estimated 80% of donut shops in the Los Angeles area are owned by Cambodian Americans. In Houston, Texas, the percentage is an even larger 90%.


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6) A day in the life:





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Don’t Stress: De-stress

Story by Anna M. Park. 

Nagging headache? Can’t sleep? Not very productive at work? It could be stress. Left unchecked, chronic stress may play a part in up to 80 percent of diseases and illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — everything from insomnia and hypertension to premature aging and even death.

And boy, are we feeling it. According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey for 2013, 43 percent of women say their stress levels have increased in the last five years. In fact, the APA report showed that Millennials and Gen Xers experience the most stress and the least relief — they have higher stress levels than older generations and are not managing it well. This is supported by a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, which found that not only were women more stressed than men but 20-year-olds were more stressed than 30-somethings.

If that doesn’t scare you into de-stressing, how about these unsavory tidbits: Chronic stress leads to obesity, acne, and infertility.  A recent study also found that men found women with high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, less attractive.

Stressing about de-stressing yet? Relaaaaaax. We’ve done the research for you and found a variety of experts to provide easy tips on how to take it down a notch in your everyday life.



According to Marilyn Tam, the author of the best-selling book The Happiness Choice, meditation is natural. If you’ve ever “been in the zone,” where “there is no other thought; you are fully present and immersed in whatever it is you are doing” — that, she says, is a key aspect of meditation.” Here, Tam’s step-by-step guide to meditating.

1. Find a quiet space where you will be undisturbed. Turn off all electronic devices.

2. Give yourself a window of open time; to start with, it can be as short as 15 or 20 minutes. You may want to set a timer so that you don’t have to keep checking on the time.

3. Relax your body, stretch, move your arms and legs, and gently roll your head from side to side and from front to back. Sigh. Move your face muscles. Loosen the tightness in your body and mind so that you are able to be fully present.

4. Sit comfortably with your back straight in a chair or on a cushion. Let your hands lay comfortably on your knees or rest your hands on your lap, right hand on top of the left, with your thumbs touching each other — this is the Samadhi mudra, the hand gesture that promotes calmness. Close your eyes or keep them half open, focusing on an object like a lit candle. Breathe in deeply and exhale slowly and gently. Repeat without using force in your inhale and exhale. Observe your breath as you breathe in and out. When thoughts come, mentally push them aside without judging them. Return to your breathing. Continue this cycle of breathing, clearing away thoughts, and again, breathing.

5. At the end of the meditation time, slowly bring your consciousness back to your surroundings; make note of any insights you may have glimpsed during your quiet time.

A former corporate executive, Marilyn Tam, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, consultant and certified coach. Her radio show, The Happiness Choice, on FMG Network is broadcast globally to more than 30 million listeners. Find out more at marilyntam.com. 



With rampant stress, “our bodies have lost the balance between our sympathetic (fight or flight response) and parasympathetic (repair and restore response) nervous systems ,” says Marc Zollicoffer, director of Aveda Spa Education. “We are in a constant state of flight or fight and not spending enough time resting and regenerating.” Based on studies that show that aroma has an effect on the brain’s hypothalamus, which controls the stress cycle in the body, clinical aromaologist Pierre Franchomme and Aveda created the Stress Fix aroma. Clinical testing showed that the aroma, a combination of certified organic French lavender, clary sage, and lavindin (a hybrid of true and spike lavender) essences, relieves feelings of stress and significantly increases positive moods and feelings of relaxation.
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Perhaps nothing is as stress relieving as a massage. At OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa, the Hot Stone massage uses volcanic basalt river rocks for their heat retention properties, combining thermotherapy with massage techniques. The treatment revs up the parasympathetic system, but it also has a metaphysical “earth energy component” for energy balancing — the masseuse literally bathes the stones in full moonlight every other month. You lay on a sheet with your spinal column nestled between two rows of river rocks, while the masseuse kneads your arms, feet and legs and places warm stones on your chakras (along your torso, under the knees, even between the toes). According to the masseuse, the heat from the stones relaxes muscle groups and increases circulation and lymphatic drainage, allowing for deeper massage work due to increased blood flow. It’s like being kneaded with rounded, solidified silk, and afterwards, having the kink in our shoulder practically disappear as we drive home stress-free. Details Olehenriksen.com.

Can’t get to a spa? Treat yourself to a mini-facial massage at home to knead out tension, especially in the jaw and forehead. A luxurious massage milk with micro-collagens to plump skin. Massage on and go straight to bed — no rinsing necessary. Koh Gen Do Royal Massage Milk.

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According to the APA’s 2013 Stress in America survey, stress keeps 46 percent of women (and more than 52 percent of Millennials and 48 percent of Gen Xers) awake at night. And yet, it’s sleep that we need to lower cortisol levels. Take steps to ensure you get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Cut back on caffeine, stop screen time (TV, iPad, smartphone) at least one hour before bedtime, and go to sleep at the same time each night to set your circadian rhythm. Spray your sheets with calming lavender and get a cooling orthotic pillow (like Proper Pillow, proper- pillow.com) specially made to properly align your neck and spine for a truly restorative sleep.




Yoga instructor Sunina Young shows us how these poses can help de-stress, even if you’ve never done a downward dog in your life.

Yoga helps you retrain your stress response by encouraging you to fully focus on your breath through poses. You can use this practical breathing technique in any life situation as well. As you go through each pose below, breathe and simply let it go. If a stressful thought sneaks into your mind, mentally say a calming affirmation like,“I now release all feelings of stress.”

Breathing Technique for Poses:
Inhale through your nose for seven counts, exhale through your nose for eight counts. Let whatever you are feeling pass naturally. Repeat this breathing pattern throughout each pose.

Calming Pose 1 (Moderate)
Hero pose (shown below, left) is great for improved digestion, better posture, and knee, calf, ankle relief (calling all ladies in heels!). Start by standing on your knees so they are aligned with your hips. Press the tops of your feet down and into the ground. Open your calves out to the sides and sit your hips down to the ground, with your behind between your heels. (If your butt doesn’t touch the ground, sit on a yoga block or a rolled up yoga mat.) Sit up tall, twist to the right, right hand placed behind you, left hand resting on top of the right thigh. Stay in this position for seven to 10 breaths. Repeat on the other side. Affirmation: “All the tension in my muscles release freely.”

Calming Pose 2 (Dynamic)
Camel pose is a back-bending pose that creates space in your chest and lungs for better breathing. Be sure your body is warmed up before you get into this pose. Start with your knees hip width apart and hands rested near your lower back, spine lengthened and tall, crown of the head neutral, and shoulders rolled back. With a deep breath in, lean back slowly with your chin tucked in. Thighs are spiraled inwards to maintain a strong foundation as you lean back further. Lift your chest as you lean further back. Only lean back where your body threshold permits. Reach your hands back to your heels and extend your head back slowly. Stay for seven to 10 breaths. Affirmation: “I am cool, calm and collected.”

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Sunina Young is a yoga instructor and blogger in New York City. Check out her blog at sunina.com.

If all else fails, just laugh. “The very act of moving your facial muscles to form a smile is already prompting your body to release endorphins,” says Tam. “Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and to increase feelings of euphoria, so we feel fewer negative effects of stress.” At the very least, we’ll look more attractive to the opposite sex.


This story was originally published in our Spring 2014 issue, but has been edited to be re-published on Audrey Magazine Web November 3, 2015. Get your copy here.




These Amazing Food Miniatures Are The Ultimate Tease

It’s a sad day when you see such appetizing food and there is no way for you to eat it. First of all, most of the food you see here is made out of polymer clay. While it looks lovely, we highly doubt that the clay would satisfy your taste buds. Secondly, these things are all about 1-2 inches each. What a tease, right?


The e-commerce site, Etsy, which focuses on handmade and vintage items, has been exploding with tiny polymer clay figurines. Simple enough to use, the modeling clay is shaped then simply placed in the oven to harden. Within a few minutes, your art piece is complete.

The clay is a relatively new medium for arts and crafts. Although it does not contain any actual clay minerals, the plastic can be shaped and re-shaped. Previously, polymer clay was a favorite among jewelry makers and even used for christmas ornaments.

But now polymer clay fanatics have taken this art onto a much more serious (and cute) level. A simple scroll through Etsy will lead you to a number of minuscule figurines, featuring everything from fandom characters to cute Asian food.

The amount of detail on these food pieces clearly require skilled hands and keen eyes. The attention to detail is nothing short of impressive. Sushi, steamed buns, and dim sum are only a few of the Asian food items that have been skillfully created.



Check them out for yourself:

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Check Out This Choco Pie Recipe

When I was young, I spent most of my Saturdays at my grandmother’s house, secretly picking flowers off her houseplants, overfeeding her goldfish, and eating up all her snacks that she would get from Chinatown. I say “all her snacks,” but my grandma really only had two snack foods in her cupboard — one was the family pack lemon puff biscuits, which always tasted dry and slightly artificial, and the other was the Garden coconut wafers, which I knew had been laying around for a while. See, to save money, my grandma would buy the wafers in these big metal tins, which would take forever to finish. And for that reason, all the Garden wafers I’ve ever eaten at my grandmother’s house always tasted a bit stale. Still, I opted for the wafers over the biscuits.

I had a very specific method of eating the wafers. Because I was only allowed to have a few per visit, I would split the wafers into individual layers, so that it would seem like I had a whole lot more to eat than there actually was. As a kid, I would do this to all of my snacks, just to prolong my time with them. Sounds kind of silly, right?

But it’s funny how when I share these stories with my Asian friends, nearly all of them reciprocate with their own stories. My friend Timmy from Taiwan would freeze his lychee before eating them like little frozen popsicle balls. And my college classmate Grace, who grew up in Brooklyn, would take Haitai French Pie cookies, eat everything except the middle, and save the center apple pie filling for her last bites. “Always the last two bites because that was how the center fit perfectly into my mouth,” she says.


Of course, my love of Asian snacks didn’t end as a child. As a college student, the Japanese fruit gummy candies — you know, the ones that come in apple, kiwi, strawberry and lychee — were my ultimate companions for late night studying. A small confession is that I would bring them into the library as well. (An even bigger confession is I’ve prob- ably brought a snack into every library I’ve ever been in — and the culprit snack was usually Asian. I know, I know, but it’s hard to walk away once you’re in the studying groove.) Anyway, any “library snacker” can tell you that the hard part is not sneaking the snacks into the library, but eating them in silence. That takes skill, especially when you’re eating those crunchy rice crackers.

Now as an adult, I still find myself watching TV and curled up next to a bag of prawn crackers or snacking on the latest red bean, green tea and sesame Pocky. To this day, Asian snacks remain a comfort food for me. So here’s my own attempt at recreating that magic with a homemade Choco Pie recipe.


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– 1 1/4 cup cake flour
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/3 cup milk
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– splash of vanilla extract

– 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff or marshmallow creme

Chocolate Ganache Coating:
– 8 oz chocolate chips
– 1 cup heavy cream



1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Make batter by mixing dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
3. Fill whoopie pie pan or muffin tin with 1/4 inch of batter.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cakes turn golden brown on the underside. Let cool. (Tops may still look pale.)
5. Meanwhile, prepare ganache by bringing a cup of heavy cream to a boil.
6. Immediately remove from heat and pour on top of chocolate.
7. Whisk till smooth. Set aside.



1. Cut tops off cake so that the surface is flat.
2. Spread about a teaspoon of marshmallow filling on the cake. Top it off with another cake, making sure the golden brown sides are exposed.
3. Place the assembled cakes on a wire rack with a sheet pan underneath to catch the ganache. Pour a small amount of ganache on top of each of the assembled cakes until the tops and sides are covered. A spatula may be needed.
4. Let it set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.


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– Story and photos by Christina Ng
This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here



5 Reasons Why You Should Watch a James Wan Movie This Halloween

By Ethel Navales

Don’t know who James Wan is? Well you certainly ought to change that.

Responsible for films such as Insidious, The Conjuring, and the Saw franchise, James Wan has been shaping our nightmares for years now. The 36-year-old Chinese Australian filmmaker is far more overlooked than he should be. Many people know his films and yet don’t know the man behind them.

At the young age of 11, Wan was already well-aware that he wanted to be a filmmaker. After he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, he instantly went on to make films with a fellow aspiring filmmaker, Leigh Whannell. The two have collaborated with one another for a handful of films, which just so happen to be perfect for Halloween.

We encourage you to sit down with some popcorn, a protective blanket, and a James Wan film of your choice. Here’s five reasons why James Wan should be part of you Halloween this year:

1. He understands that given the right setting, a doll can be our worst nightmare.

No seriously, these things are creepy.

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2. He understands the power of Audio.

Watch a James Wan film at the theaters and you surely won’t be disappointed with the audio. Many scenes use it very tactfully, like this one from Insidious:

..And lets not forget the way he manages to make a simple title score terrifying while it’s blasted at you in full volume:



3. Why yes, creatures that pop up at us are frightening. 

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4. He understands that sometimes “less is more.”

Don’t get me wrong. Wan is brilliant at scary images that stay in your head in the worst possible ways, but he understands that there needs to be variety.

He can take a little girl pointing at a wall and horrify you. He can allude to a scary flashback without ever showing you what happened, but still give you the creeps. Wan understands that sometimes our own imagination can be much worse than anything he shows.

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5. He makes you care about his characters and his storyline.

You may have turned away from the stomach-churning gore in Saw, but you have to admit, the movie got you thinking. He made sure you paid attention and ended up questioning whether or not you would be able to do the same thing. Would you make the same mistakes?


Often times, a horror film flaw is that we simply don’t care about the characters. We’re afraid to death for them, but don’t actually know too much about the people who are about to die or worse, take on stereotypical “scary movie” personas. Wan very tastefully avoids this mistake with a simple method: He makes you actually like his characters. You end up hoping for a happy ending and it makes you more invested in the film itself.



So take it from us and make sure Wan is part of your holiday. Happy Halloween everyone!

This story was originally published in 2013 as “Top 5 Ways James Wan Has Mastered Scary Films.” It has been republished just in time for Halloween.  




History of Asian Bond Girls

French Cambodian-Chinese actress/model Bérénice Lim Marlohe as Sévérine in the movie, Skyfall.


To celebrate the upcoming 24th film of the James Bond series, Spectre, we’re going to take a step back into history and give you an overview of every single Asian actress who has shared screentime with Ian Fleming’s iconic secret agent (and arguably the world’s most famous). Some of these names may be recognizable to you – while others may be of surprise. 




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1. Maryse Guy Mitsouko as Madame La Parte (Thunderball, 1965)

While her uncredited role was very short (she was in the film for two minutes, with a couple of lines), Mitsouko’s Madame La Parte earned herself a spot on our list as the first Asian (Mitsouko is Eurasian) Bond girl. Besides starring in Agent 077: Mission Bloody Mary, her role in Thunderball is her most famous role to date. She also had a career as a striptease artist.




Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki in You Only Live Twice.

2. Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki (You Only Live Twice, 1967)

Originally casted as Kissy Suzuki, Wakabayashi moved up to the bigger role of Aki after You Only Live Twice co-star Mie Hama had difficulties learning English. The Bond movie was Wakabayashi’s last film to date (the Japanese actress starred in Ishirō Honda’s Dogora and Woody Allen’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?) – she chose to retire after sustaining injuries while filming a movie.





Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki.

3. Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki (You Only Live Twice, 1967)

Before being casted in You Only Live Twice, Mie Hama was a highly popular actress in Japan.  She starred in numerous Toho Studio films, such as King Kong Escapes. Besides being known for her role as Kissy Suzuki (which was originally the main character in the literary version), Hama also became the first Asian woman to pose in Playboy magazine. Hama has also starred in 78 films to date.





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Tsai Chin as Madam Wu in Casino Royale (2006).

4. Tsai Chin as Ling (You Only Live Twice, 1967), Madam Wu (Casino Royale, 2006)

Not to be confused with the Taiwanese singer of the same name, Tsai Chin (also known as Irene Chow) is the only Asian actress to have starred in two Bond films, although she was technically not a Bond Girl in Casino Royale. Chin was also known for playing Lin Tang (daughter to Fu Manchu) in the Fu Manchu movies, Helen Rubenstein (mother to Christina Yang) in Grey’s Anatomy, and other supporting roles in The Joy Luck Club and Memoirs of a Geisha. Her famous family members include her father Zhou Xinfang (Peking Opera actor), Michael Chow (owner of the Mr. Chow restaurant chain), and actress China Chow.




Francoise Therry as Chew Mee in The Man with the Golden Gun.

5. Francoise Therry as Chew Mee (The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974)

Not much is known about Francoise Therry, besides that she played the mistress of Hai Fat in the film The Man with the Golden Gun.





6. Papillon Soo Soo as Pan Ho (A View to a Kill, 1985)

You might remember British actress/model Papillon Soo Soo (Lam) for the most famous line in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket: “Hey baby, you got girlfriend Vietnam? Me so horny. Me love you long time.” Prior to her role as the hooker from Da Nang, Soo Soo also portrayed Pan Ho, one of the henchwomen backing up Grace Jones’ character, May Day. Soo Soo hasn’t starred in any other prominent roles since, but did continue on with a modeling career.




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7. Diana Lee-Hsu as Loti (License to Kill, 1989)

Another former Playboy playmate to grace this list, Lee-Hsu played Loti, a narcotic agent in Hong Kong who worked with Kwang (Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa) to help take down the main antagonist, drug lord Franz Sanchez. The former Bond girl also played other minor roles such as “Mrs. Wong” in Family Matters and was also a former model.





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8. Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin (Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997)

Michelle Yeoh is undeniably the most famous Asian Bond Girl on this list, as she was also the only Asian actress to have taken on a leading Bond Girl role. The beauty queen-turned-actress is well-known for performing her own stunts in action movies. Following Tomorrow Never Dies, Yeoh also starred in the worldwide hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and in The Lady (2011) as the biopic on Burmese human rights leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.






rachelgrantRachel Grant as Peaceful Fountains of Desire in Die Another Day.

9. Rachel Grant as Peaceful Fountains of Desire (Die Another Day, 2002)

Also known as Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, the British Filipina actress and model got her first film role as a Chinese intelligence agent moonlighting as a masseuse (sent by another secret agent Mr. Chang, played by Ho Yi) in order to obtain more information on Bond and reveal his intentions. Grant also specializes in Kali, a type of Filipino martial arts, and is a martial arts instructor. Grant comes from a famous family, as her grandfather was the late 11th Baron Raymond De Longueuil, whom was the second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.





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10. Bérénice Lim Marlohe as Séverine (Skyfall, 2012)

Marlohe was a struggling actress in France before landing her breakthrough role in Skyfall, also her first English-language film. In an interview with Esquire, the French-Cambodian-Chinese actress had landed an audition for the role of Séverine by chance – she had contacted Sam Mendes’ agent (through Facebook!), as well as Skyfall’s casting director (through email) she met during a trip to Los Angeles and auditioned twice before sending tapes off to director Sam Mendes. Of course, the rest is history. Marlohe recently premiered in film 5 to 7 (2014) with Terence Malick, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale.

This story was originally published in 2013 as “Audrey’s Did You Know? | History of Asian Bond Girls.” It has been republished just in time for upcoming film “Spectre”.  




Top 5 Scariest Asian Myths and Monsters


By Winnie Galbadores

Halloween is here! A time for carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, trick or treating, and remembering the dead. Needless to say, there are plenty of ways to take part in this holiday.Though you might opt for a cute costume tonight, Halloween certainly isn’t known to be cute and sweet. No, we tend to celebrate it with all things spook-tacular.

When it comes to tales of ghosts, ghouls, and everything regarding your deepest, darkest fears, the Asian culture definitely provides us with some of the most chilling tales. We’re here to share some with you.

Here are the top 5 scariest Asian Myths and Monsters you never want to encounter during your lifetime..


1) TEKE-TEKE (Japan)


Legend has it that one day in Japan, a young girl fell onto a rail way line and was cut in half by an oncoming train. Due to her unpredicted fate, her spirit now roams around seeking revenge. She carries a scythe or a saw while traveling on her elbows or hands and if anyone meets her path, she will cut them in half. As she travels, the dragging of her upper torso scratches on the floor making a ‘teke teke’ sound.



Long ago, there was a wife of a samurai who was so incredibly beautiful. As years went by, she became extremely self absorbed and quite vain. The samurai suspected her of cheating one day and in response, he attacked her by cutting her mouth from ear to ear. The woman passed away and came back as an angry spirit known as Kuchisake Onna. She wears a brown trench coat with a surgeon’s mask to cover her mouth and as children are walking home from school, she would approach them with her mask and ask “Do you think I’m beautiful?” If the response was “No” she will take out a knife and kill you. If the response was “Yes,” then she will then take off her mask and ask you “How about now?” If the next response is a “No” you will get cut in half, and if it is a “Yes” then she will cut your mouth from ear to ear to make it look like hers.



3) WHITE LADY (Philippines)


In the rural areas of the Philippines, there have been many stories of the White Lady. The White Lady has been said to appear in other places such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, and Norway. Although there are several renditions of this legend, she is usually associated with a tragedy. She will appear and not do very much, but any sight of her is surely not a good one. She is most commonly reported seen along Balete Drive in Quezon City. She was a young lady who was raped and killed by two Japanese soldiers during WWII. While there haven’t been stories of the White Lady being purposefully malicious, she has been the reported as the cause of more than a few car accidents by drivers who look in their rearview mirror and see a young lady in the backseat wearing a white dress. Sure, some strange, unknown lady sitting in your backseat is bad enough but the White Lady is also said to have no face or a face covered in blood.


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Jayuro is a strip of highway just north of Seoul, Korea. Because the highway is often covered in fog, it is known for being prone to car accidents. However, many residents have a different explanations for it. Many people claim they see a distressed girl on the side of the road wearing sunglasses. As they got closer to the girl, to their horror, they realized that she wasn’t wearing sunglasses after all. The dark circles were there because her eyes were visibly gouged out and hollow.



5) AP/KRASUE (Cambodia/Thailand)


The Ap/Krasue is described as a floating female head with its entrails, spine and various bloody organs hanging from its neck. The myth behind this creature says that women who abuse black magic may be forced to turn into this creature as a punishment. The witch feeds on blood, feces, fetuses, and pregnant women. Apparently one way to stop the creature from entering your house is by surrounding it with thorny vines so that the creatures entrails will get stuck on them. This is important since an Ap/Krasue can turn you into the same creature if she gets you to consume her saliva.



 Have more scary Asian monsters in mind? Tell us your list!



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Top 10 “Scary” Asian Dishes

By Ethel Navales

I can’t even begin to count all the things Asians are known for. A lot of these things are stereotypes or false over-generalizations, but every now and then, we’re told something that really makes us stop and think.

Thats exactly what happened to me when someone told me they found Asian food scary. Of course, my instinctive reaction was to laugh. I grew up on Asian cuisine. How could it possibly be scary?

But then I really took my time to think about all the more extreme dishes and I suddenly had to agree. On the outside, some of these dishes look downright horrifying. Luckily for us, we know they taste amazing.

Check out our picks for the top 10 “scary” Asian food we love.


century eggs
A Chinese delicacy where duck, chicken or quail eggs are preserved until the yolk of the eggs take on a creamy texture and the whites turn into a dark-colored jelly.




A southeast Asian fruit known for its large size, strong (and often disliked) odor, and horn-covered exterior.



stinky tofu3) STINKY TOFU
A form of fermented tofu that actually does have a strong enough odor to gain its name.



blood sausage4) BLOOD SAUSAGE
Links of pork and other meats mixed with blood to give them their distinct, dark color.



balut5) BALUT
A developing duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in its shell.


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6) Bird’s Nest Soup
Made with the nest of Swiftlets who use their own saliva to create their nests.



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7) Natto
Fermented soybeans known for their pungent smell.



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8) Drunken Shrimp
Live shrimp swimming around in alcohol.



9) Live Octopus Tentacles
The octopus may be dead, but the nerves of the tentacles allow them to move on their own.



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10) Wasp Crackers
Just as the name suggests– dead wasps within rice crackers.






Asian Women Don’t Get Breast Cancer?

Photo by Richard Cavosora, courtesy of Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum’s “A Book of Hope: Stories of Healing to Honor Asian American & Pacific Islander Cancer Survivors.”

We may be nearing the end of October, but that doesn’t mean breast cancer awareness stops here. The most commonly diagnosed cancer among Asian American women is something we have to be vigilant about year-round. Here’s a personal story about one woman fighting for awareness in the Asian American community:

“Asian women don’t get breast cancer.”

What if you heard these words from a medical professional? Susan Shinagawa did in 1991 after finding a lump in her breast during her monthly self-exam. Today, it’s those words that drive the work she does now. Shinagawa wants to make sure that no other woman of Asian descent will hear these words and that all women regularly get screened for breast cancer.

A decade ago, Shinagawa was working as a program administrator at an academic cancer center in San Diego, California. She says that, at the time, she knew very little about cancer even though she worked at the center. A friend of hers was giving breast self-examination (BSE) workshops and asked Shinagawa to attend. So she went to support her friend.

At the workshop, Shinagawa’s friend mentioned several risk factors for breast cancer that caught her attention. She had a couple of those risk factors and decided that she should start doing BSE. She began doing monthly BSE and recorded what she felt each month on a breast map.

“After several months of doing monthly self-exams, I felt something completely different in May 1991 than I’d ever felt,” Shinagawa says during our phone interview. “It was really obvious and just underneath my skin. I could even look straight down and see this lump sticking out.”


Shinagawa was preparing to take a leave of absence from work to join her naval pilot husband in Florida for a year. Before she left, she decided to get the lump checked out.

Her mammogram came out negative. However, says Shinagawa, at that time, 40 percent of all pre-menopausal women had false negative mammograms. The diagnostic radiologist decided to do a sonogram, which showed Shinagawa’s lump to be a solid mass, and not cystic. So Shinagawa went to see a surgical oncologist, who told her that she had fibrocystic breast disease, a.k.a. lumpy breasts. He told her that she had nothing to worry about, that she was too young to have breast cancer, she had no family history of it and besides, “Asian women don’t get breast cancer.”

“At that time, I really didn’t know anything about breast cancer or cancer statistics. So his comments really didn’t hit me,” says Shinagawa. “All I was thinking was, ‘I’m young and this is what I want to hear.’” But a little voice inside Shinagawa’s head kept telling her that something was going on.

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