This week, Forbes Magazine published their list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2013, their annual list of the impactful women from seven categories: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and NGOs, politics and technology. The list was determined using three metrics: money, media presence and impact (please go here for a more in-depth explanation of their methodology). This year, 21 Asian women (2 are Asian American) are featured on the list, with mainly businesswomen and politicians ranking on the list, marking a very strong...
Complicated love triangles, near-death experiences, and endless tears? If this sounds familiar, your relationship may just be liken to some of our favorite Asian Dramas. Check the signs below: 1. You receive piggyback rides. This is often when you're too drunk to walk, but not too drunk to divulge some of your deepest secrets.
ABC's popular dance competition, Dancing With The Stars just concluded its 16th season. Aside from crowning American Idol's Kellie Pickler and dance partner Derek Hough as the winners, the finale featured performances by Psy, Jessica Sanchez, and Pitbull. Psy showed off some dancing skills of his own with his performance of his hit single "Gentleman". Of course the Korean performer brought along his impressive backup dancers decked out in gold pants and all. Slowing down the pace, Jessica Sanchez performed her rendition of the Pitbull and Christina Aguillera hit "Feel This Moment"....
Diary from Cannes 2013: Day 3 (May 18, 2013) After getting a quick glimpse of the beautiful beach weather that Cannes is known for on Friday, Saturday was full of storms and winds. But that didn't stop crowds from lining up outside the theaters with their umbrellas to wait for today's lineup of films. Perhaps the rain actually increased the popularity of the screenings, as festivalgoers preferred ducking in to theaters for shelter, as opposed to ducking into overpriced restaurants. The day started promisingly with the premiere of Bends, a debut film from Hong Kong's Flora Lau. The...
Researchers from the Floating Sheep Project have used Twitter to locate racist and homophobic tweets in the United States and have plotted them on an interactive map. Students at Humboldt State University looked at 150,000 tweets containing slurs from June 2012 to April 2013. The students carefully observed each tweet to determine if the word was being used in a positive or negative light and created the Geography of Hate. The goal of the project was to examine social media and determine how much it has become a platform for hate speech. Social media is often tied very closely to the offline...
Much to the excitement of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fans, director Ang Lee announced his plans to produce a sequel to the internationally-acclaimed film. Released in 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was extremely well-received in the Western world gaining critical acclaim, a handful of awards, and a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Lee has thus far revealed that the film will star Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh. He has expressed that they are working on the script adamantly and will not stop working on it until it's improved and in excellent shape. He has also revealed that they plan to produce...
Its been 10 years since DBSK debuted in 2003 and their achievements have been astounding. The group has gained a heavy fanbase in Korea, Japan, and the US. Within these 10 years, we've seen the boys progress into charming men and U-know Yunho definitely seems to embrace it. Yunho recently posed for a Highcut photoshoot and claims that if he never joined DBSK, he's probably be married by this age. Check out the photo's below:
Do you find yourself looking through a magazine and wishing to see more body types instead of the typical thin? Well you’re in luck. A new Japanese Fashion magazine, La Farfa, is Japan’s first publication to focus specifically on pocchari - which can be translated to a heavier set body. The magazine is expected to hit shelves on March 21st with comedian Naomi Watanabe as the first cover girl. We hope this is a positive step into a more accepting society!
Shanghai Calling is not merely a story about an American businessman moving to Shanghai. Presented in the form of a quirky romantic comedy, this film pulls its audience in by covering love, culture, stereotypes, personal growth and so much more. Daniel Henney plays the character Sam- a driven, uptight, condescending New York lawyer determined to become partner at his well-established firm. Although he is completely disconnected to his Chinese roots, he is sent to Shanghai (much to his discontent) for a business ordeal. What Sam expects to be a short and uneventful three months turns into a crazy, stressful, life-changing adventure.
As Sam deals with a career-ending threat, he comes across characters who most definitely teach him a thing or two. His assistant Fang Fang (played by actress Zhu Zhu) teaches him not to judge a book by its cover. Fang Fang reveals the difficult stereotypes against Chinese women as well as the societal pressures they must face. His relocation specialist Amanda (played by Eliza Coupe) proves that she has embraced Chinese culture more than he ever has despite being Caucasian. The two uncover various assumptions that are placed upon immigrants in China. Most importantly, his business associates allow him to question his integrity and his character. Just how far will he go to make sure his business thrives?
This feel-good movie is intelligent, socially aware, teaches many more lessons than one expects, and is simply a delight to watch. Be sure to check out Shanghai Calling and watch the trailer below:
Today’s NYFW recap features some of favorite classic Asian designers: Philip Lim and Vivienne Tam!
Happy Birthday to one of our favorite ladies (and former Audrey cover gal) Kelly Hu!
Catch her appearance at KoreAm Journal’s Unforgettable and a gallery featuring our favorite Kelly Hu red carpet pics!
Send her some birthday love on her Twitter: @kellyhu!
Son Jung Wan once again gave an art history lesson at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this past Saturday (February 9). Last season, she was inspired by Spanish artist Juan Miro. For her Fall/Winter 2013 collection, the Korean designer was influenced by two of Russia’s greats: painter Kandinsky for his flair in bringing together music and art and the Catherine Palace for its extravagant elegance.
Wan worked with her two contrasting inspirations as she masterfully balanced fine details and neutral hues (gray, ivory, off-white and beige) with lavish textures (wool, fur, tweed, cash-pelt and suede) and jewel tones (ox blood, burgundy, gold, deep violet and teal). Case in point: her last two looks with the ultra-glamorous fox mocha-colored fur coat accentuated with sequins and the hot gold sequined jumper that fabulously finished the show.
Wan has become known for her romantic aesthetics, always offering alluring gowns amongst the heavy coats, floor-gazing pants and structured cocktail dresses. Her latest collection was no different as she included show-stopping mesh dresses in dark violet and mocha – surely wowing her Hollywood fans like Brooke Shields and Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford.
To check out more of Son Jung Wan, visit sonjungwan.com.
Photo Courtesy: Rodin Banica
Pilipino-American actor, voice actor, poet, and dancer Dante Basco is more commonly known for his role as Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rufio in the live-action Peter Pan film- Hook. More recently, Basco has produced and starred in Hang Loose.
Directed by Ryan Kawamoto, Hang Loose includes a number of known names in the Asian Community including Kevin Wu and Justin Chon. Kinetic Film’s claims, “Our goal is to pioneer an Asian American cultural movement to change the way Asian Americans are portrayed and perceived in film. We want to start a movement that focuses on the topic of Asian American social and cultural change.”
The third day was the biggest day for Asian fashion designers: Alexander Wang (right before he heads over to Balenciaga as Creative Director), Prabal Gurung (did you score something from his Target collection?), Joseph Altuzarra, and our personal favorite – Jen Kao. Check out some of our favorite looks!
I’m a bit of an old soul: I grew up watching films from the 40s and 50s and marveled over the lady-like silhouettes of the time: full length skirts, polka dot patterns, and tight, cinched waists. When Warby Parker announced their Hayworth Collection (paying homage to the late film star, as well as the cinema of the time), each of the six new frames—three optical, three sunglasses—features vintage touches rendered in their signature custom acetate and premium Japanese titanium. The Hayworth Collection also marks the introduction of two fresh colors: Sugar Maple (richer, darker) and English Oak (lighter, icier), both inspired by woodgrain.
Find the collection online at warbyparker.com/Hayworth-Collection