Heartwarming Video Of Chinese Soldiers Dancing With Young Yunnan Earthquake Victims

 

How does one pick up the pieces and resume his or her life after experiencing a traumatic earthquake with a 6.5 magnitude?

On August 3, this became the question for the thousands of Chinese netizens from Ludian County in Southwest China’s Yunnan province who had survived the powerful earthquake that killed more than 600 people, injured 2,400 others and destroyed thousands of buildings, as well as 80,000 homes.

 

 

In light of the major damage the earthquake caused, more than 10,000 soldiers and volunteers rushed to the scene to help. Some of the soldiers, however, upon meeting dozens of heartbroken children who had lost their homes and family members in the quake, took it upon themselves to try and lift the spirits of the children.

Together, they taught the children China’s famous “Xiao Ping Guo” dance, from a song that has gone viral since it was featured in the movie Old Boys: The Way of The Dragon.

 

 

This video, now circulating all over social media in China, has melted the hearts of netizens everywhere. One user commented, “Finding strength does not necessarily mean crying — optimism is the best weapon you can hold on to when facing difficulties. Thank you soldiers, for this little act of kindness and your warm and generous love!”

Feature photo courtesy of xw.qq.com

 

Justin Chon, Harry Shum Jr. & Kev Jumba in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’ (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

 

It’s finally here!

We heard news of Revenge of the Green Dragons early in 2013 and now, finally, we get a glimpse into the highly-anticipated gangster action thriller set in New York in the 1980′s. 

You can’t blame us for being excited. For starters the film is produced by Academy Award winning Martin Scorsese. If this is anything like his other crime drama, The Departed, then we have quite a lot to look forward to. And let’s not forget that this film, which brings Chinese American life to mainstream media, stars some of our most favorite fellows. 

Inspired by a New Yorker article on the “Chinese American underworld,” the film focuses on  two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu, otherwise known as Kev Jumba) in pursuit of The (infamous) American Dream. The two find themselves joining the Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons.” Of course this leads to violence, crime, run-ins with the police and complicated love triangles. If that’s not enough to grab your attention, the film also stars Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr. who swaps his trademark letterman jacket for a gun and a suit.

Watch the first official trailer below:

 

Official Movie Poster

Official Movie Poster

The film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in October.

 

Photo courtesy of Angryasianman.com  

 

 

‘Yokohama Ratchet Pop’: Crystal Kay Debuts New Sound

 

“Yokohama Ratchet Pop”? Sign me up.

That’s what Crystal Kay calls her new sound debuted in her latest single, “Dum Ditty Dumb,” and it’s the perfect jam to end your summer playlist.

Born to an African American father and a Korean mother in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, Kay is a multicultural artist who’s been performing since she was 13 years old. And with such a colorful background, it’s no wonder that her music features an energetic and nuanced sound, totally unique to itself.

 

 

“The reason why it’s called ‘Dum Ditty Dumb’ is because this girl is going crazy over this guy, and she wants him so badly that she feels the need to rap it in Japanese, too,” explains Kay, laughing, in the behind-the-scenes clip for the music video.

Sexy bass lines and rhythmic beats are juxtaposed with the traditional sounds of Japanese koto, and Kay’s sultry voice floats effortlessly between English and Japanese. Basically, the track is Beyoncé meets J-pop meets your favorite EDM staple. And the music video is equally riveting, combining 2D animation with live action for refreshing visual eye candy.

Aaaaand, replay.

 

[Photo via angryasianman]

 

First Chinese Woman To Successfully Climb K2, One of the World’s Deadliest Mountains

 

For those of you unfamiliar with Mount Godwin-Austen, also called K2, it is the second highest mountain in the world following Mount Everest. With a peak elevation of 8,611 meters above sea level (28,251 ft) and subject to frequent, severe storms, it is also one of the deadliest and most difficult mountains to climb in the world. In fact, it is estimated that one in every four people die from trying.

Luo Jing, 39, however, recently became the first Chinese woman to successfully climb K2, which also makes her the fourth Chinese person ever to reach the summit. But this was no new challenge by any means for the single mom. Prior to the 41-day expedition, Luo already had seven other 8,000 meter level summits conquered under her belt. She even quit her job in the IT industry in 2008 to continue her lifelong dream of conquering 14 summits, the goal she set for herself.

 

 

As you can imagine, climbing mountains is no easy task regardless of gender and it is also the reason that Luo has developed a passion for this hobby.

Different from other sports, mountain-climbing has no female or male distinctions,” she tells China Daily. “Everyone has to face the same conditions and depend on themselves as soon as they start climbing, and no one can give you particular care because you are female.” She also admitted, however, that it has been increasingly difficult to persuade fellow females to embark on this dangerous journey with her. 

 

Feature photo courtesy of Women of China 

 

The Lipstick That Sold Out Worldwide Thanks To K-Drama ‘My Love’ Is FINALLY Back

 

Hallyu stops for no one. Also known as the “Korean Wave,” Hallyu — that sweeping flood of catchy K-pop bands and heart-wrenching Korean dramas — has left a crazed world in its wake, leaving a multitude of screaming fans incoherently babbling through tears as their favorite star graces the stage.

Needless to say, Hallyu is a bit overwhelming, and its influence, mind-boggling. You might be familiar with a recent example of the mania — the worldwide shortage of one lipstick color that went viral. Now you may be wondering how a lipstick could possibly get so popular. Apparently, all it took was a rumor that the lipstick was worn by the main character of the popular K-drama My Love From The Star. Yup, K-drama influence can get that crazy.

After the rumor spread, YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture No. 52, which boasts a coral-pink shade, universally sold out online and in-stores. It was virtually impossible to get the lipstick unless you wanted to dish out $100 on eBay for a tiny tube of color.

But we have some great news for you — the lipstick is back in stock (and you should probably act fast).

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While No. 52 is still selling for up to $70 on eBay, a quick click of the refresh button on the YSL store page shows that the color is up for sale at the original (and more reasonable) price of $35. You no longer have to mix four different shades of lipstick to achieve the perfect coral-pink hue.

 

Behind all this marketing madness is My Love From The Star, a romantic Korean soap opera with a sci-fi twist. An alien disguised as a human landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty and eventually falls in love with a haughty actress in modern South Korea. Twenty-one episodes of hilarity, romance, and an unhealthy amount of chicken and beer ensue. The show was widely and positively received. In particular, viewers in China are die-hard fanatics of the show; one fan reportedly ended her relationship with her boyfriend because he was not as romantic as the show’s leading man.

Predictably, the show’s success has brought much fame to the the stars, actress Jun Ji-hyun and actor Kim Soo-hyun. And while one completely obsessed fan underwent the knife to resemble Kim Soo-hyun (I mean, understandably. Just look at the guy), millions of fans emptied out YSL’s stock of Rouge Pur Couture No. 52  when it was rumored to be the popular lipstick color worn by Jun in the show.

 

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However, the major plot twist of the drama still remains: the lipstick that Jun wore was not made by YSL.

“The color of her lips [during the show] cannot be produced by a single product. The make-up artist mixed a number of different [products], and YSL was not one of them,” said an industry source, according to the Korea Herald.

In fact, it was Korea’s largest beauty company, AmorePacific, who officially sponsored My Love From The Star and had many of their products promoted in the drama. The sales of their skincare products and lipsticks used by Jun skyrocketed 75 percent and 400 percent, respectively, according to Chinese media.

Other companies who sponsored the show have also gained profit. Jun and Kim’s characters used Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones and all visible consumer electronics, including computers, cameras, TVs and refrigerators were Samsung products in the show.

YSL, however, was not a sponsor.

“AmorePacific had considered filing a lawsuit against YSL, which is choosing to remain silent on whether June is using their products,” said a source, reported the Korea Herald.

With all of the craze surrounding this lipstick, you’d think that it had fallen from the stars.

Photo courtesy of Korea Herald and Drama Fever.

 

Cruel, Inappropriate Comments Cause Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda To Quit Social Media

 

Just yesterday, we came across a touching message that Zelda Williams wrote for her late father, Robin Williams. Unfortunately, later that day, the biracial Filipina actress was so distraught from inappropriate comments and pictures concerning her father’s death that she decided to give up both her Twitter and Instagram.

Countless fans and celebrities (such as Dante Basco) used social media to express their grief over the death of the talented Robin Williams, who was found dead on Monday, August 11 after an alleged suicide. Unfortunately, aside from sympathy, humans are also capable of cruelty.

A pair of insensitive Twitter users tweeted rude pictures to her page that showed Photoshopped images of her father’s deceased body. Angered by this (as anyone would be), she tweeted for her followers to report the users.

“Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please,” she wrote.

 

 

Finally she decided to get rid of her account all together. She informed her followers that she would delete her account for a long time and maybe even forever. She expressed herself further on her Instagram where she shed light on people taunting her and judging her for the amount of photos she had of her father. We certainly agree with her when she called these comments “cruel and unnecessary.” Her post read:

 

I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo

 

According to Fox News, Zelda is currently not allowing the cruel comments to bother her further.

“To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh,” she said in a statement. “As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too.”

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Summer Surfing: The New Alexander Wang Cage Installation

 

When you step into Alexander Wang’s New York Flagship store, you meet “The Cage.” Alone it may seem cold and uninviting, but Wang designed the enclosure to give customers a more stimulating way to view his designs by periodically switching up the artwork collaborations. He found a means to providing a fresh and original store image without having to deal with a complete redesign. In the past, the exhibitions included LED light graphics in fabric patterns, a ’90s pop culture throwback of old televisions and acclaimed florist creations.

This month, the newest installation combines the Haydenshapes Surfboard brand with sculpted sand. It’s a powerful display of creativity and hand-crafted precision developed by both Wang and Haydenshapes founder, Hayden Cox. Come live out the last days of summer with black marbled artwork, a looming wave and, of course, Wang’s must-have handbags and shoes.

 

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Wang’s black leather Bucket Bag and calfskin Lovisa Pumps ride the sculpted wave.

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A side angle of Wang’s artwork that was digitally printed on the boards.

 

 

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A more thorough angle of the cage installation.

For more inspiration from the recent Cage Exhibition, check out the short video filmed for it on Alexander Wang’s Youtube channel:


— STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

Robin Williams’ Biracial Filipina Daughter Zelda Williams Tweets Moving Tribute

 

“O captain my captain.”

Yesterday, the world lost a great actor, comedian, friend and father. You probably know him as Robin Williams, the actor who made you topple over with laughter as Genie in the classic Disney hit-film Aladdin, and who challenged you to find your own voice as John Keating in Dead Poets Society. Williams will be dearly missed by all.

What you probably didn’t know was that William’s second marriage was to Filipino American Marsha Garces. The two initially met when Garces became the nanny to William’s son Zachary, from his first marriage. Garces later became a producer and worked with William in four of his movies, including Mrs. Doubtfire as well as Jakob the Liar. During their marriage of 19 years, Garces and Williams had two children, Zelda and Cody, before divorcing in 2010.

Zelda Rae Williams, now a successful actress herself, posted an emotional and heartbreaking message in her father’s honor on Twitter yesterday:

 

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Photo courtesy of GMA News

 

 

Clearly, the duo had an extremely close relationship. In fact, Williams’ last Instagram post from just two weeks ago was a throwback picture with young Zelda. His heartwarming caption reminded all of us that Zelda would always be his baby girl.

Even more moving is this video from 2011 where Williams and Zelda explain the origin of her name. It is clear that this loving father will be missed.

 

 

*Editor’s note: “Half Filipina” was corrected to read “biracial.” 

 

Dante Basco’s Touching Farewell to “Hook” Co-Star Robin Williams

 

You may know Dante Basco, who was featured in our Spring 2014 issue, as the voice of Prince Zuko on Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender or as the lead character in the independent film The Debut. But if you’re like me, your earliest memory of Basco was from Spielberg’s live-action Peter Pan film Hook (1991) where Basco played the red-haired Rufio, leader of The Lost Boys.

Among the notable actors in Hook, such as Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Smith, Basco seemed most fond of the talented Robin Williams. It goes without saying that the recent death of Williams shocked many, including Basco who admits that working with Williams truly changed his life.

Yesterday, Basco put his YouTube Vlogathon on hold and uploaded a video in dedication to Williams and the tragic news.

“Rest in Peace Robin,” Basco sadly whispers. “See you in Neverland.”

 

 

Today, on his official blog, Basco wrote an even more heartfelt farewell to his friend. Basco writes “I, like millions of others, became a fan and was always delightfully surprised by the performances he managed to produce, but with his passing, I can’t help to feel, along with my generation… I can’t help feeling like it’s the death of my childhood. I guess we can’t stay in Neverland forever, we must all grow up.”

 

Watch This Video of Indian Men Apologizing to Women For Rape

 

Just recently, a rape-themed photo shoot directed by Indian photographer Raj Shetye was brought to our attention. Like many of us here at Audrey, social media users all over the world burst into fits of rage and tweeted their disgust of Shetye and his severe lack of judgment.

Shetye claimed that he meant to send a message to women that rape can happen everywhere through his photo shoot. While we appreciate bringing the issue of rape to light, we definitely believe that is not the way to do it.

 

 

A couple of Indian men from the East India Comedy Group, however, got their message right. They issued a heartfelt apology through a video entitled “I’m Not A Woman” to Indian women, acknowledging that women are being wrongfully abused, raped and belittled in their country. We realize this is not going to fix anything overnight, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

“Why should you ever need apologize to anyone for being yourself? I am sorry,” they say in the video. We couldn’t agree more.

Watch the video below: