Kpop Community Reacts to TMZ’s Racist Remarks

 

This past weekend, Kpop girl group EXID landed in Los Angeles where they were scheduled to perform at the Korea Times Music Festival. As with any Kpop group, swarms of their adoring fans came bearing gifts and had cameras in-hand for possible selfies as they patiently waited for the idols at the airport terminal entrance. Amongst the mass of loving fans, there’s always expected to be some paparazzi, but we certainly didn’t expect to see American media outlet TMZ.

For those who are unfamiliar, TMZ is basically a televised paparazzi round table, where “reporters” dish out the latest news, but this time around, their celebrity gossip segment had EXID fans across the globe raising their eyebrows in shock.

Sure, EXID member Junghwa’s attempt to speak English wasn’t perfect, but did it really call for that poor imitation? Many have agreed that the TMZ staff’s lack of judgement was offensive, and it hit close to home for fellow K-pop idols like Amber of f(x), Taec Yeon Ok of 2PM and Park Joon of G.O.D.

 

Translation: “When they make fun of a person’s accent do they not realize that said person is able to fluently speak another language? ㅋㅋㅋ The mentality behind making fun of someone who greeted fans in their own language is just wow…”

 

아~ 뒤늣깨 이소식을 지금 드럿내요… @tmz_tv 가 Exid 한태 한 행동은 말두안돼구 완전 부끄러울행동을햇내… 어느사람이 따른 나라와서 방갑다구 그나라말루 노력해서 한말을 놀리는거는 자기자신과 자기나라얼굴애 침뱉는짓인것이나 마찬가진대 그걸모르내… 입장을 한번 바꿔보구생각하지두안쿠… 이건 인종차별떠나서 그냥 못배워먹은 바보짓이엿내… tmz 공개사과를 해야됄뜻… #지오디 #fangod #tmzUneducated #Exid #tmzExid #TMZ #ignorance Wow… I just heard of this news about TMZ and their unacceptable uneducated behaviour towards Exids members! When someone goes to another country and that person tries their very best to say that they are happy to be there in a foreign language… they should be welcomed…NOT mocked… This unacceptable behaviour by tmz not only degrades themselves and shows how shallow and ignorant one can be but also is like spitting on their own faces and the country that they represent… one should always think before speaking and at least reverse roles and think how they would feel if that role was reversed… I think a public apologiy is needed…BBBAAAMMM~!!!

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EXID’s label has responded after watching TMZ’s segment:
“We saw what happened. We’re very angry that they would make fun of Koreans’ way of talking and their tone. This is not something to laugh about. It is a clear case of racism. We are going to go through Korean media in America to contact TMZ and demand a response.”

Uh-oh, TMZ. It looks like you picked the wrong celebrities to laugh at.



Headed to Vegas? Don’t Forget to Stop by Lao Sze Chuan

 

The latest venture by award-winning chef Tony Hu, a graduate of China’s first culinary institution, reinvents his famed Chicago-based restaurant, Lao Sze Chuan, specifically for the increasingly discerning Las Vegas clientele. One of 16 restaurants opened by Hu since 1998, Lao Sze Chuan at the Palms Casino Resort offers authentic Sichuan cuisine, known for it bold, pungent and spicy flavors.

Featuring more than 100 menu items — ranging from the adventurous like Beef Maw & Pork Blood Cake Soup (a rich blend of dark broth, bricks of blood cake and twirls of intestine and stomach lining) to more Western-friendly dishes like Dry Chili Chicken and Crispy Shrimp in Lemon Sauce — Lao Sze Chuan is a refreshing addition to the Las Vegas food scene. Feel like grubbing? Cantonese BBQ just might be the thing. Watching your weight? Steamed fish and leafy green options abound. Still recovering from last night? The Beef Noodle Soup Szechuan Style is a nice, soothing bowl of comfort.

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Lamb with Pure Cumin. Image courtesy of the restaurant.

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Sze Chuan Smoked Tea Duck. Image courtesy of the restaurant.

Surprisingly, menu items are quite affordable, especially considering the establishment’s refined, almost hushed, atmosphere and elegant décor. Most must-share sized entrees range around $12-15 a plate (with market price exceptions for dishes like abalone, geoduck clam and live red cod), and noodle soups and dim sum go for less than $10.

And of course, you couldn’t operate in Vegas if you didn’t have a sophisticated selection of cocktails. In addition to drinks like the Lucky Dragon with coconut pandan vodka and the Sze Chuan Sling made with gin and poppyseed liqueur, Lao Sze Chuan also offers imported Chinese beer like TsingTao, Tiger and Lucky Buddha, all refreshing complements to spicy Sichuan cuisine.

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INSIDER TIP: After all that spice at Lao Sze Chuan, head over to Drift Spa and Hammam, also located at the Palms. Sweat it out at the only Turkish bath in the city, then get a Bindi Body Rejuvenation Massage, where warm herbal-infused oil specific to your Ayurvedic constitutional analysis is used to detox, calm and realign.

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Feature image (Beijing Beef Noodle Soup Szechuan Style) courtesy of the restaurant.
This story was originally published in our Spring 2015 issue. Get your copy here. 

Cristiano Ronaldo Defends Japanese Boy From Laughing Audience

 

Portuguese professional football (soccer) player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is rather known for his aggressiveness. I suppose you have to be tough to play for Real Madrid and to be captain of the Portugal national team.

However, this aggressiveness seems to fade away when it comes to children. A father himself, it is said Ronaldo has a soft spot for children. So when a crowd began laughing at a young Japanese boy, Ronaldo was quick to shut it down.

Last year, Ronaldo was in Japan endorsing a Japanese fitness device. During a press event, a young Japanese boy came onto the stage with a sheet of paper and began asking Ronaldo questions in the soccer player’s native tongue, Portuguese.



It’s easy to see that Portuguese is not the boy’s first language and as he slowly gets the words out, the crowd erupts into laughter. Unable to ignore the audience any longer, Ronaldo turns away from the boy to speak to his translator.

“Why they smile? Why?” Ronaldo asked while pointing to the crowd. “He speaks good Portuguese. Very good. They should be happy because he tried very hard.”

Of course, the laughter immediately stops and is replaced with an applause for Rondaldo’s words. After all, who wouldn’t feel embarrassed to speak an unfamiliar language in front of a crowd of people only to get laughed at? If only I had a Cristiano Ronaldo by my side to defend me during French class.

 

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Powerful Social Experiment: Why No One Is Buying This Shirt

 

How much would you say you spend on clothes in a month? Truth be told, we’re all trying to find cute clothes for less. So when a trendy vending machine in a European square sold shirts for just 2 euros ($2.27), how could anyone refuse?

Well, you might think twice about that bargain if you took a moment to reflect on what another human being had to go through just to make that piece of clothing for you. That’s certainly what stopped all the consumers in this social experiment.

To remind consumers that cheap clothing often translates to cheap labor, advocacy group Fashion Revolution set up the vending machine in a busy square to remind people of the long hours, dangerous conditions, unbelievably low salaries and general mistreatment of textile sweatshop workers.

Check out the results in the video below:

 

 

The experiment show how much a simple reminder can resonate with consumers. This social experiment was done in honor of Fashion Revolution Day– a day which recognizes the infamous Bangladesh incident where 1133 workers were killed and over 2500 people injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed on April 24, 2013.

“At the moment of purchase, most of us are unaware of the processes and impacts involved in the creation of a garment,” Fashion Revolution points out. “We need to reconnect through a positive narrative, to understand that we aren’t just purchasing a garment or accessory, but a whole chain of value and relationships.”

And they’re not the only ones trying to shine light on this very serious situation. Earlier this year, a miniseries called Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion was released, which focused on three Norwegian fashion bloggers who were sent to Cambodia to live as sweatshop workers for a few day. There, they quickly learned the horrifying reality behind textile sweatshops.

More recently, the advocacy group Canadian Fair Trade Network and ReThink Communications created a powerful ad campaign where clothing labels wrote out the various atrocities a sweatshop worker had to face just to create that garment.

What do all of these have in common? They’re all trying to raise awareness and ask that consumers be more conscious of their purchases. Although being aware isn’t the only step towards change, it’s certainly a necessary one.



Vogue’s Pre-Met Gala Dim Sum Pajama Party

 

Over the weekend, the East Coast was getting hyped up for Monday’s Met Gala (a.k.a. the mecca of red carpet fashion) with a good old late night party. Socialites, musicians, artists and notable fashion figures took to the streets of New York’s Chinatown to pay a visit to the city’s oldest dim sum parlor–Nom Wah Tea Parlor–for Vogue’s Pre-Met Gala Pajama Party. Everyone came in their finest silk PJ’s (provided by China Sprout) decked out with familiar gold floral and dragon motifs, and diamond knot closures all along the seam. The non-traditional takes on traditional Chinese pieces made the attendees look like human Chinoiserie. To an outsider, this party might come off as offensive and look like a mockery of Chinese traditions. However, the party’s “Pearl River Fabulous” dress code is an ode to this year’s Gala theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

Now, you may be asking what in the world does “China: Through the Looking Glass” entail? Well, this year’s opening of Anna Wintour Costume Center exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be displaying evocative and whimsical costumes that showcase “the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.” It’s like walking into a Wonderland of China with all of the crazy getups we see at the parlor (and on the red carpet. Have you seen Sarah Jessica Parker?). With a theme like that, it’s only fitting to throw a pre-gala party that includes good food, sparklers, poppers and Lion Dancers. You can see all of the festivities below:

 

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Maggie Q and Elizabeth Olsen Partner With Kiehl’s For Limited Edition Beauty Products

 

If you’re familiar with the cosmetics brand Kiehl’s, then you probably know about their history of protecting and nurturing the environment. In 2009, Kiehl’s launched it’s in-store recycling program that has kept 2.5 million plastic bottles out of the landfill. And that’s not all.

Kiehl’s has recently partnered with Audrey cover girl Maggie Q (CBS’s Stalker) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron) to create a limited edition collection of their Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado, which will include label artwork provided by the actresses. Most impressive of all, 100% of net proceeds will help benefit Recycle Across America, an organization which hopes to encourage more people to recycle by instituting standardized labels.

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“I am a big ocean conservationist, and the lack of recycling in the world, and especially in America, directly affects our ocean,” Maggie Q explained when asked about her interest in recycling. “This is the precursor to the problem that I am dealing with. A lot of people don’t realize that without healthy oceans, we can’t even sustain life on this planet. We need them to be not just there, but healthy.”

“You don’t think that one person can make a difference in taking care of our planet,” Elizabeth Olsen adds. “But collectively, individuals can make a difference if everyone is reached and listens.”

Additionally, Maggie Q has taken a number of steps to stay green on a daily basis. First of all, she refrains from eating meat, which she believes is the biggest change a person can make when it comes to nurturing the environment. Secondly, she creates her own masks made from mud, oatmeal and avocados. In fact, Maggie is very selective about the beauty products she uses. The products must be chemical-free and have the least amount of preservatives possible. Some of her favorites include:

 

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Dayle Breault Awakening Serum ($90), Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream ($25), Lancer Retexturizing Treatment Cream ($75), Dayle Breault Synergy Mist, ($30), Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Spray Lotion for Body ($25) and Dayle Breault Precious Skin Elixir ($90).

As such, her partnership with Kiehl’s is certainly fitting. Not only does it provide consumers with a product she personally endorses, it also benefits an organization she thoroughly agrees with.

So far, Kiehl’s has raised $250,000 for Recycle Across America, which has helped supply recycling labels to over 3,800 schools throughout the United States. These labels make recycling easier and in turn, Recycle Across America hopes that more people will recycle and do so correctly.

“I think people think recycling is easier than it is,” Maggie remarks. “Nobody really knows that if you contaminate a recycling bin with something that doesn’t belong there, that whole bin goes to the landfill. The effort is more than people think, and the effort is worth it.”

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Feature image courtesy of IGN.

 

Find the Perfect Clutch to Celebrate The Met Gala’s “China: Through The Looking Glass” Exhibit

 

If you are a serious follower of fashion news, then you know The Metropolitan Museum’s Anna Wintour Costume Center is set to focus on Chinese fashion aesthetics that have influenced Western styles over time.  Naturally, the Met Gala celebration last night was filled with celebrities adventurously dressing to fit the exhibition theme.

While some opted for neutrality, others left press and attendees speechless such as Rihanna with her majestic Guo Pei piece and Sarah Jessica Parker’s very avant garde headdress.

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Rihanna In Guo Pei, Image Courtesy Of NYMAG.com

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Image Courtesy Of NYMAG.com

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Lady Gaga In Alexander Wang, Image Courtesy Of NYMAG.com

 

Though eye-catching, these pieces aren’t the most easily wearable options, so we found a way for fashion lovers to get into the Met Gala mood with these Chinese inspired designs. Simple and more subtle than the heavily ornate gowns of the celebrities above, these clutches are workable with your favorite street styles and great for adding a quick statement for a fun night out.

 

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The Fan Clutch, Image Courtesy Of Kent Stetson

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The Mahjong Clutch, Image Courtesy Of Kent Stetson

These flap clutches are completely handcrafted and signed by the artist.  You can find them available here for $185 and $195!

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Zodiac Pandora Clutch, Image Courtesy Of Matchesfashion.com

If you are into the Chinese zodiac symbolism, seek out Charlotte Olympia’s Pandora Clutches.  We adored the enamel horse of this design available here for $834.

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Kate Spade New York, Image Courtesy Of Renttherunway.com

Looking for something quick for a one-time event?  You can rent this Kate Spade Hello Shanghai Milan fan clutch here for only $45!

Feature Image Courtesy Of Nymag.com and Kentstetson.com

Sandra Oh Reveals Her ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Audition Scene

 

As much as I love Grey’s Anatomy, I will admit that my loyalty to the show has wavered a bit since the departure of Sandra Oh’s character, Cristina Yang. While the show hasn’t gone down in quality (it still leaves me on the edge of my seat), a fan can only take so much heartbreak. After all, when a show begins to rival Game of Thrones when it comes to suddenly saying goodbye to pivotal characters, I begin to grow wary.

Thankfully, ABC recently reminded us of what fans are calling “the good ol’ days” by re-airing the show’s pilot episode. During the airing, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted about a particular scene where Cristina Yang assumes Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) received the privilege of scrubbing into a surgery simply because she slept with the attending neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Angered by the circumstances, Yang says the infamous line, “If you wanna be a shark, be a shark.”

Moments later, Oh replied to Rhimes’ tweet and revealed to fans that the scene was much more important to her career than we ever knew. “That shark line, it was my audition scene,” Oh tweeted.

 

 

 

We’re absolutely delighted to discover that Oh got her part by showing off the Cristina Yang sass and brutal honesty that we’ve all grown to know and love. While it’s easy to miss Cristina Yang– there are even 10 GIF worthy reasons to miss her —  it’s comforting to know that Oh is quite happy about about Cristina Yang’s departure and even more happy about where her own career is headed.

“I feel like I’ve completed my job. Working with the writers, we’ve unearthed every stone,” Oh told us in our Summer 2014 issue. “I just haven’t felt that there’s been another show that has brought so much light to a different type of casting as ours did. It’s the magic of time. It was the right time in society, in the culture. It was the right grouping of people.”

Read the full Summer 2014 cover story here.

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This 5-Year-Old Does the Best Bruce Lee Reenactment We’ve Ever Seen

 

I remember first watching Bruce Lee in the 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film, Enter the Dragon, and it unleashed an untapped fury in my 4-year-old self. Suddenly, I felt like I was unstoppable and could move at lightening speed…until my grandmother yelled at me to stop punching the couch cushions (Sorry, Mama).

But I wasn’t the only kid inspired by Bruce Lee’s moves. Unlike my untamed self, 5-year-old Japan native, Ryusei, has the makings of true martial artist. He surprised viewers worldwide with the force of his roundhouse kicks and punches, and especially how well he can maneuver nunchucks while he imitates his idol, Bruce Lee. Go grab yourself a cup of Bruce Lee’s favorite beverage, “Wataah,” because watching this miniature Bruce Lee just might tire you out!

In this particular video, Ryusei has memorized the nunchuck scene of Lee’s very last movie, Game of Death.  Little Ryusei has it down to every second, from his facial expressions to the side kick that hits you with amazement!

 

Although the video was uploaded only three days ago, it has already gathered nearly 4 million views. Still can’t believe your eyes? Don’t worry– there are many more videos of Ryusei showing off his incredible skills. Check them out here.

Feature image courtesy of Imai Ryuji.

Asian Fast Food Items You Won’t Find in the U.S.

 

We first explored KFC menu items that can only be found in Asia, but what about the rest of the well-known American fast-food chains? There are so many yummy menu items only found in Asia that you’ll have to explore (and get hungry) for yourself, but below are some of the more interesting ones we found:

 


Nacho Fries– Wendy’s, Japan

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This is definitely not a classic Wendy’s menu item, but who doesn’t love nachos? Wendy’s Japan created the Nacho Fries which consists of classic fries, guacamole, chili, cheese and– for a kick– jalapeños

 


 

McRice Burger — McDonald’s, Philippines

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In the U.S., we rave over the ramen burger. In the Philippines, they sandwich a chicken or beef patty between two crispy rice patties! Could this inspire us to create the next burger trend in the U.S.?

 


 

Dry Pork and Seaweed Donut — Dunkin Donuts, China

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Courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.

If you thought adding bacon to a maple donut was a bit odd, then you might be hesitant to try this sugar glazed donut topped with dry pork and crunchy seaweed. It sounds like it would be too much of a salty overload rather than a sweet treat.

 


 

Ebi Shrimp Filet-O —  McDonald’s, Japan

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Courtesy of Mcdonald’s Japan.

If you love shrimp, this is all you. It’s a simple fried shrimp patty paired with thousand island dressing and lettuce between their signature sesame seed bun.

 


 

Veg Sammi — Subway, India

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Courtesy of Subway India.

If you’re vegetarian and think American fast food doesn’t have enough veggie items, you’re probably right. Subways in India carry a wide array of meat-less options and include ingredients you won’t find in American Subways. For instance, this Veg Sammi consists of a vegetarian kabob made of lentils, garlic and onions.

 


 

Green Tea Blizzard — Dairy Queen, Thailand

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Courtesy of smarttravel.com.

Now, I’m legitimately jealous of this. With the green tea and matcha trend running rampant, why hasn’t this made its way to the U.S. yet? I know I know, there are other similar items I can get, but who doesn’t want to have a green tea blizzard served upside down?

 

Feature image courtesy of Mcdonald’s Japan.