Picking up at nearly 3 million views, this video from Los Angeles based chiropractor Ryan Lee has gone viral over the past couple of days on the internet. While we're sure Ryan was very intentional on marketing the services of his clinic, we can't help but wonder if he bothered to show anyone else this video before allowing it to go live on the YouTube. In fact, he appears just tad bit creepy and this video might even turn away customers. But then again, he is receiving a lot of public attention (although we're sure he wasn't expecting this kind). Check out the video below!
DEPT: Pop-arrazi AUTHOR: Kanara Ty ISSUE: Spring 2013 "Marie Lu is at her best in Prodigy, the sequel to her New York Times bestseller Legend, giving us the most exciting follow-up to a debut novel the young adult genre has seen in a long time."
DEPT: Pop-arazzi AUTHOR: Kanara Ty ISSUE: Spring 2013 "The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the highly popular teen dystopian novel LEGEND and the sequel PRODIGY sits down with us to talk about who she thinks would make a great day and June in the film version, her next book in the series, due out in 2014, and the importance of (hot) asian american male leads in literature."
Hands down, my favorite editorial of the year so far. i-D once again, never disappoints. Click on for the rest of the editorial!
One of the biggest debates concerning Asian culture has been how Asian parent's raise their children. The phrase "strict Asian parent" has become a well-known stereotype and yet many of us can find some truth in this. It is said that Asians pride themselves in their academic achievements and are generally pushed towards a successful career. But what is the price for this success? How often do we hear of Asians who are allowed only a limited social life and pushed towards their books instead. How many times have we heard the story of an Asian forced to pursue a career their parents want...
Last season, Fox had very few successful outcomes. While we had high hopes for their newest multi-camera comedy Dads, the excitement may be short-lived. The comedy stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi playing childhood friends (now in their thirties) whose lives are flipped upside down when their father's decide to move in with them. The cast will also include one of our favorites, Brenda Song. Unfortunately, the pilot preview fell short of our expectations. Aside from a few laughs, the preview began sounding problematic with Brenda Song forced into a schoolgirl outfit and performing a...
It is said that people become brutally honest during times of intoxication. We allow ourselves to feel heartbreak that we try to hold back, we tell people the things we are most afraid to admit, we even make mistakes- lots of them. Watch Wong Fru's most recent short "To Those Nights" as a reminder that the heart and mind wander to interesting places when under the influence of alcohol.
Nichole Bloom makes her leading lady debut in the upcoming independent film, Model Minority.
ISSUE: Summer 2012
STORY: Courtney Hong
Street artist Phil Lumbang took a random doodle and turned it into a local phenomenon, not to mention a sweet living.
ISSUE: Summer 2012
STORY: Jimmy Lee
PHOTO: Diana King
What’s a Glamourbaby, you may ask? Well, it is much, much more than the implied wealth, clothes, jewels and superficial beauty. According to Ruby Veridiano, being Glamourbaby goes much further beyond these things.
As summer winds down, it’s time to update your wardrobe with the newest trends for fall. As strange as it may seem, your shoes are one of the first things others notice about you. Make an impression with these must-have shoes.
Loafers are officially the new flats. However, this doesn’t mean you need to rock Sperry Top-siders to your next dinner party. The new loafer is sleek, elegant, and versatile. Loafers are appropriate for the office and the bar, making them the perfect shoes for a day-to-night outfit. Go for a classic look with this loafer from Christian Louboutin or try a more adventurous variation, like these ones by Elizabeth and James and Alexander Wang.
It may have taken a while to convert, but in recent months, I have become an admitted accessories fiend. Though I used to shy away from jewelry, handbags and the like, in recent years, I’ve found myself scouring shops and the internet looking to add to my ever-growing collection. Not helping my new found addiction, the trends predicted for this upcoming fall are ones that are exciting, yet accessible and can easily help update any fall wardrobe.
Check out some of the trends to look out for this fall after the cut!
As the U.S. Supreme Court debates the constitutionality of President Obama’s historic Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have a big stake in the results. Why you should care about health care reform.
ISSUE: Summer 2012
DEPT: Beauty Kit
STORY: Regina Ip
It’s a story heard over and over again. You graduated college several years ago, but you’re one of the 50 percent of struggling college grads who is either unemployed or underemployed, according to an April 2012 Associated Press report. Unable to find a job in this tough labor market, you move back in with your parents.
On top of your mounting student loans, your stress levels are at an all time high. Soon, you start to feel sick. First, some migraines. Then, minor chest pain. You’re hesitant about seeing a doctor, which could set you back between $80 to $200. You couldn’t afford to pay that for one visit, let alone any medical treatment if it turns out you actually have a health problem.
In the past, you would have had to pay up. Health insurance companies could remove children as young as 19 from a parent’s health plan. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the largest overhaul of the health care system in U.S. history, enacted on March 23, 2010, changed that. Now, you are one of 97,000 young Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (collectively, “Asian Americans”) who are covered under your parents’ health plan until the age of 26, according to the Asian Pacific Is- lander Caucus for Public Health.
It’s just one of many health care reforms provided under the ACA, not the least of which include a provision that prohibits denial of coverage due to a pre-existing condition, as well as an individual mandate that will require every American to have health insurance. But the legality of the ACA has been challenged and soon the United States Supreme Court will render its decision on the law’s constitutionality. The Court’s decision is likely to have a major impact on Asian Americans, who face significant health disparities and suffer some of the lowest rates of coverage in the U.S. One in six Asian American adults and one in 10 children do not have health insurance, according to the Asian Pacific American Legal Cen- ter (APALC). This translates into almost 2.5 million Asian Americans who are uninsured (162,000 of which are Pacific Islanders). Compared to 13.3 percent of percent of the U.S. population) in 2010 are expected to more than double to 43 million, or 10 percent of the population, by 2050.
These statistics perhaps explain why Asian Americans are twice as likely than both non-Hispanic whites and African Americans to have not seen a doctor in the past five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s 2008 National Health Interview Survey. And yet Asian Americans face serious health disparities that include disproportionately high rates of certain types of cancer, heart disease and stroke. Three in 10 Asian Americans are living with asthma, diabetes or hypertension, according to the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national organization that filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case. Asian Americans are also disproportionately affected by certain chronic diseases, like hepatits B, the leading cause of liver cancer. “Disparities are greatest for Asian American women, in particular,” given the low screening rate for cancer, says UCLA Public Health Associate Professor Ninez Ponce. “The importance of preventive services — pap tests, HPV vaccinations, mammography — those are really critical for Asian American women.”
Ponce, who specializes in cancer prevention and control research, says that the ACA expands health care access for the community. “These prevention services, part of the essential health package, also would not require co-pays or high deductibles. The cost of getting that would be virtually zero, which would mean no financial barriers for Asian American women.”
How the ACA Affects You
According to the APALC and APIAHF, some of the benefits under the ACA include:
Many previously uninsured individuals are benefiting from the ACA, including people with pre-existing or chronic conditions, small business owners and the elderly, says Elena Ong, the communication chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, an affiliate of the American Public Health Association. In addition, Medicaid will be expanded in 2014, with as many as one in eight Asian Americans projected to gain Medicaid coverage, according to the APIAHF. In California alone, it is estimated that more than 140,000 Asian Americans would be eligible for coverage under an expanded Medi-Cal program. Ong says that already 2.6 million Asian Americans are now receiving preventive services without cost sharing — she herself did not have a co-payment for her physical examination, flu shot or mammogram last year, she adds.
In addition, there is the formation of statewide exchanges that allow consumers — who do not have employer-based health insurance — to buy affordable health insurance and receive premium subsidies for lower- income households.
Another benefit is the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges, which will allow small business owners to purchase affordable health insurance for their employees. As a result, an estimated 1.5 million Asian American businesses in the country will be eligible for this benefit. Moreover, small businesses can take advantage of tax credits of up to 30 percent for providing health insurance for their employees. Up to four million small businesses are eligible for these tax credits, but many do not know about them. These changes are particular important to the Korean American community — one in four Korean Americans do not have health insurance because many are small business owners who cannot afford health insurance for themselves or their employees.
According to Kathy Lim Ko, president and CEO of APIAHF, the ACA also provides for improvements in health care quality. With more than 50 ethnicities and more than 100 different languages, the Asian American community’s diversity sometimes makes access to health care difficult. The ACA requires that insurers translate vital documents like benefits summaries into a number of languages, provide consumers with assistance over the phone and in person, and write materials in plain language so that documents are culturally and linguistically accessible. In addition, the ACA will help increase the number of Asian American health care workers who can provide culturally competent care.
To better inform Asian Americans on the benefits of the ACA, the APALC recently launched a health care initiative called the Health Justice Network. Launched in California, the state with the largest proportion of Asian Americans, the collaborative is part of APALC’s Health Access Project, the first grassroots program in the country to address the health care needs of Asian Americans. The project is made up of an initial network of 20 nonprofit organizations throughout California, including groups that serve the Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Thai, Guam, Japanese, Cambodian, and Hmong communities.
“Many Asian Americans are deprived of access to health insurance and find that they are suffering from various illness, oftentimes without any recourse to health access,” says Stewart Kwoh, executive director of the APALC. “[The ACA] is a great opportunity to increase access to affordable, quality health care for the Asian American community, as well as other millions of Americans in the country.”
The Future of Health Care
“The ACA has provided quality, affordable medical care for millions of Americans,” said United States Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) in a statement. “Thanks to this remarkable law, we no longer have to feel threatened by pre-existing conditions, the Medicare ‘Donut Hole,’ or lifetime dollar limits on medical coverage.”
Yet Kwoh is worried about the future of the ACA. “[The ACA] has many features — many of which are very positive — that may not be utilized by the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities,” he says. “That would be a major tragedy.”
With the Supreme Court expected to render their decision on the constitutionality of the ACA by the end of June, the Asian American community will just have to wait and see if the ACA provisions will remain in effect.
Ong speculates that the Supreme Court will not vote in favor of the individual mandate portion of the ACA. “It was the least popular aspect of the Act, by both ends of the political spectrum,” she says. But whether the Court will uphold the rest of the ACA remains to be seen. “Frankly, it is premature to discuss the Court’s outcome.”
Meanwhile, “it is important to move forward with implementation,” says Ong, “as the need is still present.”
ISSUE: Summer 2012
DEPT: Beauty Kit
The bad news is there is no HPV test for men, and the virus is spread by sexual skin- to-skin contact — it does not require penetration or an exchange of bodily fluids, like some STDs. So while a condom reduces the risk significantly, it does not eliminate it. The only sure way to prevent it is not to have sexual contact or get vaccinated by your mid-20s.
Protecting your skin from the sun is no laughing matter, especially when such rampant sun worshipping leads to premature aging, unsightly sunspots and even cancer. But what’s not commonly known is that while skin cancer affects more Caucasian Americans, Asian Americans and other people of color are more likely to diefrom melanoma than their Caucasian counterparts. (Did you know that reggae musician Bob Marley died of skin cancer at the age of 36?)
Strangely enough, melanomas in Asians, including Filipinos, Indonesians and Native Hawaiians, most often occur on non-exposedskin with less pigment — in fact, up to 60-75 percent of tumors show up on the palms, soles, mucous membranes (the mouth!) and nail regions. And among non-Caucasians, melanoma is a higher risk for children than adults: 6.5 percent of pediatric melanomas occur in non-Caucasians.
So what do you do? First, get checked. Look for moles or spots that change over time, get crusty or bleed. The Skin Cancer Foundation is once again launching their Road to Healthy Skin Tour (skincancer.org/tour) this summer. Get a free full body skin cancer screening, the latest info on preventing skin cancer, and samples of the latest Aveeno products, including their genius Hydrosport Sunblock Spray (yes, you can spray on wet skin).
Secondly, always, always, always wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Confused by all the different ingredients and SPF labels? One easy way is to look for the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation (check out skincancer.org/sealfor details).
Contouring’s always gotten a bad rap, but when I read recently that the best makeup tip Kate Moss — that icon of bone structure — has ever gotten was contouring, I decided to give it a second look. “The contour powders of today are much softer, more natural than in the ’80s,” says Filipina American celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, creator and president of Mally Beauty. “Contouring doesn’t warm your skin like bronzer does; it just mimics the natural shadows of the face.” The secret is to blend well, “so you get that soft, shadowy effect.” We asked Mally to get us started.
ISSUE: Summer 2012
DEPT: Beauty Kit
What kind of contour powder should we look for?
Look for a product that is actually meant for contouring, with words like “contouring” or “shaping” in the name. They are less pigmented and super easy to blend, so they won’t be too heavy or dark. Never use a brown or taupe eye shadow, which will be too heavy and too pigmented.
Can we use concealer to contour?
Yes, absolutely! This is one of my favorite makeup artist tricks. On moisturized and primed skin, take a concealer one to two shades darker than your skin tone and apply it in the hollows of the cheeks, along the top of the forehead, on either side of the nose. The darkness is going make everything recede. Then, take a concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin tone, and apply it on the tops of the cheekbones, on both sides of the mouth, down the center of the nose, on the brow bone, and in the center of the chin — the lightness is going to bring everything forward. Gently blend any edges, then apply your foundation as you normally would.
What kind of lighting is best when I’m contouring?
If you can work in a room with lots of natural light, that is going to be your best bet. If you don’t have access to natural light, just make sure to avoid overhead lighting, which can cast unnatural shadows.
Chinese-Malaysian American Audrey Cleo, a reporter for the TV Guide Network, knows contouring. “Under harsh TV lights and especially under what’s called ‘flat lighting,’ the natural angles of my face get blown out and dis- appear. Not hot,” she says. Here, her own step-by-step guide to chiseled cheekbones:
1. After applying concealer and foundation, coat the top of a flat topped contour brush with a powder three to four shades too dark. Suck in your cheeks as if you’re making a “fish face.” With a light hand, apply the dark shade in a line from the highest part of your cheekbone into the hollows of the cheeks, right underneath the apples. It will look like you just drew two lines in the shape of a “V” on your face.
2. Continue applying the dark shade along your jawline and blend a little under the chin and into the throat area. This creates shadows along your face and neck.
3. Using a small powder brush, apply a powder three to four shades too light just under the dark “V” lines. Blend to soften lines.
4. Dip your small brush into your highlighter and apply above the apples of your cheeks towards the temples and above the “V” shading from step 1.
5. Finish with blush on the apples of your cheeks and soften any harsh lines by applying your regular face powder with a buffer brush in a light circular motion.
The only consolation about fighting acne and wrinkles simultaneously is that I’m not alone in this sad, sad battle — anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of adult women (yes, even those over 40) suffer from adult acne. Fortunately, skincare lines have responded to our need to fight these two banes of our existence with super advanced formulations made to baby our grown-up skin.
ISSUE: Summer 2012
DEPT: Beauty Kit
Get skin as clear as 30-something China Chow, host of Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.
An anti-inflammatory that unclogs pores.
Kills the P. acnes bacteria.
Tea Tree Oil
Not into chemicals? Try a more au naturel approach.
1.This creamy, cooling cleanser features encapsulated salicylic acid that works even after it’s washed off. Murad Anti-Aging Time Release Acne Cleanser. 2. A potent combo of salicylic acid, lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA) and glycolic acid clears blemishes and mattifies while providing 24-hour hydration. Vichy Normaderm Triple-Action Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion. 3. Micronized benzoyl peroxide gets deep into pores, while LHA exfoliates to minimize post-blemish scarring. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment. 4. My go-to treatment, this lotion attacks the source of hormonal acne, DHT. Clearogen Acne Lotion. 5. Liquefied benzoyl peroxide is 1/10,000 the size of other similar products, which allows it to penetrate deep into the pore rather than just sit on the surface. Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion. 6. A soothing gel that mattifies on contact and dries up pimples. Lush Grease Lightning. 7. Apply this mask at night and the next morning blemishes are smaller, calmer. Sanitas Skincare Tea Tree Mask.