Memorial Day is around the corner and people everywhere are rejoicing. Why? We get a three-day weekend. Now that you have some time, how about spending your weekend doing the things you always put off? Admit it, you have a giant list of things that you never seem to find time for. Here's what we have in mind: 1. Work Out. Every January, gyms are filled with people motivated to begin their new years resolution. By May, this motivation has usually died.
Diary from Cannes 2013: Day 4 May 19, 2013: The sun came out on Sunday, and so did... every single Asian film that I wanted to see. What I got used to very quickly as a first time Cannes attendee (with a low-priority press badge) is that every single day, I'd look through the list of hundreds of press screenings, competition screenings, and market screenings; plan my day in at least three different formations amidst much confusion and indecision; and then when I finally decided on my schedule, at least a third of it would fall through for some reason or another (screening full, interview...
A new reality show, Roll Models, is coming your way. From the producers of K-TOWN, this show takes a deeper look into the Asian American youth culture of Southern California. In particular, Roll Models focuses on the world of import cars, modeling, and go-go dancers. The show will feature well-known import models such as Nikita Esco, Michelle Yee, Gina Darling, Beckie Joon, Danielle Lo and Melyssa Grace. We are told to expect a lot of drama from these strong-willed girls who are not afraid to get in your face. Already, the show has gathered quite the buzz and people have been more than...
The release of The Hangover Part III couldn't have come at a better time. We're due for another Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) and who better than The Hangover's Peter Jae (you may remember him from one of our favorite series K-Town Cowboys!), who worked as a stuntman for the film. Peter is also currently working on stunts for the upcoming Michael Mann film, Cyber, starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Lee Hom. If you happen to be a fan of abs, you're in for a treat! Click on for more pics:
Technology has come quite a long way. Just ten years ago, texting was not a main form of communication, we had to actually remember phone numbers, and we went to the library to get information. Now, we live in a society of smart phones, gps systems, and social media. But apparently, we're not stopping there. Trying to make its way to the top of innovative technology is the process of doll cloning. Said to be perfect for the "tech-savvy ego-fetishist" individual, Japan's Clone Factory specializes in 3-D printing of human faces. For the price of $1300, you can now place your face onto a doll's...
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.
Last Sunday, the Nokia Club was packed with fans lined up to see this year’s Verizon’s APAHM tour headliner, Jay Park. Even hours before the concert, the diverse fans–most of them non-Korean–eagerly waited for the former 2pm leader’s first tour in the states.
The crew traveled from East to West hitting up major cities like DC, NYC, San Francisco, and of course, Los Angeles. For the West Coast tour, Jay teamed up with AJ Rafael, a Filipino-American artist with a huge following on Youtube, and Blush, a five-member Pan-Asian pop group. Jay performed selections from his first full length solo album and a mix tape he produced exclusively for the tour for his adoring fans–both in English and Korean.
The tour marked Jay Park’s successful crossover from kpop to the US music scene. It seems mobile companies are increasingly targeting Asian American audiences (AT&T and Wongfu just released a web series). Who do you think should headline next year’s APAHM tour?
Check out our video interview with Jay Park below!
Although I am a SoCal native, my upcoming trip to South Korea has inspired me to do a post on makeup for humid weather. The last thing we want is to have our face melt off.. Here are some tips to keeping your makeup fresh and intact!
For the face, ditch the powder and liquid foundation. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Most of these have SPFs in them so you kill two birds with one stone! Couple products I would suggest are:
For your eyes, make sure all your products are waterproof, and prime your eyes if you’re going to wear eye shadow. I swear by Stila’s liquid eyeliner in black. Rain, wind, snow, it doesn’t budge! Urban Decay is famous for their primer; it is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way.
Lip stains are known to have long lasting effects, but also known to dry your lips out. Try Tarte’s moisturizing lip stain. They have one that is both shimmery and matte, and the unique crayon shape makes it easy to apply quickly.
With the exception of the eyeliner and primer, all of the products mentioned above are paraben-free. I found it difficult to find natural alternatives when it comes to long lasting ability, but if there is a fantastic product we are missing out on, please tell us in the comments! Yes, Asian products, especially BB cream often times fare better to the ones in the US, but it is trickier to get your hands on. I am planning to do a huge makeup haul when I get to Korea though so stay tuned!
I’m a sucker for cutesy love songs. 2ne1′s latest, “Be Mine” has on repeat since it’s release earlier today. It’s a purely feel good love song – even if they sing “So just shut up and be mine” quite bluntly (but still manage to sound really cute). The girls are looking quite gorgeous in the PV as well – no surprise there.
A month ago, Intel Korea announced the “Make Thumb Noise” project with their new endorsers, 2NE1 – where a song project between YGE and their fans took place. Through four rounds of voting (song beat, song name/concept, arrangement, and bridge), fans were able to help “produce” the collaboration song, with YGE producer making the final arrangement of the song for 2ne1 to perform.
Of course, the song been already met with quite the praise from fans around the world. Check it out below!
Vietnamese American Mai Nguyen, 21
Exchange Student at Yonsei University
about 2 months
One of her favorite places to hang out in Seoul is Hongdae, the neighborhood around (and short for) the art-oriented Hongik University. With no shortage of cafes, dance clubs, and street performances, Hongdae has become a magnet for expats, exchange students and locals alike. Here, her hotspots to hit in this Seoul hotspot.
The One-sided low pony shown at 3.1 Phillip Lim
Key Hairstylist: Odile Gilbert for PHYTO
Inspiration: “The modern female dandy-stemming from individuality, balance and delicacy,” shares designer Phillip Lim. Lim adds, “The dande-lion is colorful in spirit, subtle in her way. She has evolved to exist in modern time, she has the strength of a lion and is subtly whimsical in her approach, she is the Dande-lion.”
Step by step:
1. Spray Phytovolume Actif volumizing spray to the root and work through hair.
2. Blow Dry. (Product is heat activated.)
3. Side part hair, leaving enough to create (or give the illusion of) a side swept bang.
4. Pull hair back into a low pony, then twist hair to create an easy chignon. Pin.
5. For bang: Spray Phytolaque soie light hairspray to 3 front pieces.
6. Curl pieces with a curling iron, creating ringlets.
7. Pull 3 piece “bang” to side as if you were creating a braid, and leave one piece free to fall along face. Twist, then pin pieces above the ear.
8. Finish with Phytolaque medium hold hairspray.
9. Apply Phyto 7 crème de jour leave-in conditioner to smooth hair.
Meiko used to live in Roberta, Ga — more than 80 miles south of Atlanta, current population: 1,007. She revisited the small town last winter, then became a vegetarian immediately after. “I was eating all of this pork and fried skin, and I came back to LA and just wanted to get healthier,” she says.
At 18 Meiko had trailed behind her sister to Los Angeles and landed a waitressing gig at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe. Later, she emerged as one of the venue’s biggest success stories, alongside Rachael Yamagata and Ingrid Michaelson. Her first, self-titled effort — her moniker, by the way, a nod to her one-fourth Japanese heritage — debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart, before Meiko even signed to the now-defunct MySpace Records/DGC.
And in May, Meiko reemerged with her first album in four years — cheerier and bolder sophomore effort The Bright Side, off Concord Music Group offshoot Fantasy. As she finished a bowl of vegetarian ramen in San Francisco, we talked Meiko about other ways she’s changed since her mostly acoustic Hotel Cafe days, thanks to a new label, newfound collaborators and a new boyfriend.
International singer/songwriter Emi Meyer and band performed recently at non-profit Shoes That Fit’s first Sneaker Ball, a 20th anniversary black-tie affair commemorating 1 million pairs of shoes donated to underprivileged school children in the U.S. The ball featured red carpet arrivals, a VIP cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, and silent auction showcasing limited edition shoes and handbags by top designers including Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, and Valentino. Meyer, drummer Abraham Kim, bassist Charles Kim, and Meyer’s fellow Pomona College alumnus and musician Albert Chiang patiently waited to perform at the end of the night as the program ran behind schedule. The soulful and playful songs off of Meyer’s latest EP LOL were worth the wait – read on for video footage, pictures, and a Q&A with the Japanese-German-Irish American beauty.
Don’t miss the rest of our interview with the talented musician published in the Audrey Magazine summer issue. Don’t have a copy? Purchase one or subscribe here.
Issue: Spring 2012
Department: My Story
Story: Carina Chatlani
I always knew I would be involved in a career incorporating medicine and science. However, the winding path that led me there presented itself when I was 15. After living in the U.S. for 14 years, my father sent me to a school near London. Just when I finally had gotten used to life in the U.K., news about a hit-and-run accident involving my grandfather in Mumbai sent shockwaves of surprise and chaos. The circumstances surrounding his death, followed by my father’s sudden decision to transfer me mid-semester to a remote boarding school in the Himalayan foothills, was at once life-altering, empowering and enlightening.
From the beginning, my grandfather and I had a bond. He was a very influential man who epitomized elegance and wisdom. However, he could put anybody at ease with a few simple words. He was an Indian diplomat in Rome, Italy at the time I was born, and had my parents name me “Carina” because the Italian name had struck a chord. His responsibilities involved mixing with all kinds of officials, heads of state, and royals including Queen Elizabeth. However, he always found time to go to Los Angeles during the holiday season, and we would travel overseas to see him for several weeks at a time. When I was little, he called me his “vanishing cream,” as I made his troubles disappear. He also often told me, “You are one with a true heart,” which still inspires the work I do in healing and wellness.
Filmmaking is emerging as a dominant form of art and expression in the Philippines, and Bay Area audiences will soon have a first-hand opportunity to see for themselves just how strong and diverse it is. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents New Filipino Cinema, from June 7-10 and June 17. The comprehensive showcase will feature 29 films—narratives, documentaries, and experiential shorts—many of them as U.S. premieres.
“There’s an incredible resurgence of talent and energy in independent cinema in the Philippines right now that is not really known internationally,” said Joel Shepard, YBCA’s Film/Video Curator. Shepard co-curated the program with Philbert Ortiz Dy, the film critic for Clickthecity.com and writer-at-large for Esquire Philippines. “It’s an amazing renaissance that I really wanted to celebrate and bring to the U.S.” Shepard took four trips to the country in the past two years to meet with filmmakers, critics, and production staff and watched over a hundred films in preparation for this program before narrowing it down to the final titles.
Japanese-Irish American actress Nichole Bloom, who plays JB’s girl in the spring high school party flick Project X, and the lead role of 16-year-old Kayla Tanaka in independent film Model Minority, moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles as a 14-year-old to pursue acting. Choosing career over a typical high school life was well worth it, as the 22-year-old Bloom, who initially did mostly commercial work and graduated early from the University of Southern California theater program, continues to stay focused on her aspiration to become the Asian Julia Roberts. In Model Minority, Bloom faces her very personal struggle to balance her Japanese and American cultures and stay true to herself.
Don’t miss the rest of our interview with the talented actress published in the Audrey Magazine summer issue. Don’t have a copy? Purchase one or subscribe here.
Audrey Magazine: How did you become involved with Project X and Model Minority?
Nichole Bloom: Project X was the first movie I had ever been cast in. Filming was so much fun. Model Minority was a great experience for me as an actor. I don’t know when I’ll get to… [play] a character that has such a huge story line and goes through so much. I met the director, Lily Mariye, the second time I went in to audition. I kind of already knew then that she wanted me for the role. That was an intense filming process. We did up to five scenes a day. It was a marathon.