Audrey’s Spring 2014 covergirl is none other than singer-songwriter Yuna!
“[At first] I didn’t have the courage to think about going to America. But in the end, because I had all this English music that never made it in Malaysia, I knew that I couldn’t discover my own true strength until I gave it a try.”
Guests gathered at the Greystone Manor in West Hollywood last Wednesday night, Feb. 26, for the launch party of a new reality show featuring successful Asian American women called “Alpha Girls.”
Produced by Mnet America, “Alpha Girls” is a weekly web series following the lives of four Asian American women, each of whom have risen to the tops of their careers. Cast members include fashion model Soo Joo Park, graphic artist Mina Kwon, fashion designer Lanie Alabanza-Barcena and DJ and producer Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA.
Guests sipped on cocktails and munched on h’orderves while watching the premiere of the reality show, which runs 23 minutes long and focuses on both the exciting opportunities and personal drama in the Alpha Girls’ everyday lives. In the first episode, Alabanza-Barcena struggles to balance getting her line ready and planning a friend’s bachelorette party, TOKiMONSTA flies to Korea to perform for the first time, Kwon flies to America in search of inspiration and Soo Joo tries to overcome an ankle injury in time for New York Fashion Week. The premiere season also includes cameos from celebrities like Skrillex, Pharrell and Swizz Beats.
“At first I was kind of scared of strangers interfering in my life,” Alabanza-Barcena, the founder and creative director of urban streetwear brand Hellz Bellz, said on her experience of being filmed for the reality series. “But I think this is important. Girls can watch our show and learn to speak their minds, and be motivated to be their own boss.”
Mnet America producers Daniel DPD Park and Danny Park created “Alpha Girls” to promote Asian American visibility in the media, as well as to show American audiences that Asian Americans are capable of succeeding in careers that have nothing to do with being a doctor or scientist. “Alpha Girls” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on youtube.com/MnetAmerica.
Kim Kelley-Wagner never married, but she always knew she wanted children. So when she saw a story in Time Magazine about Chinese adoptees, she suddenly found herself looking into adoption.
After taking some time to be sure of her decision, she made the leap. In 2001, Kelley-Wagner adopted 10-month-old Liliana. Later, in 2008, she adopted 2-year-old Meika.
Adopting two daughters didn’t make Kelley-Wagner feel any less of a mother than the women who gave birth to their children. Being adopted didn’t make Liliana or Meika feel less like daughters. Unfortunately, many others didn’t seem to share their sentiments.
“The comments began right from the start,” Kelley-Wagner says. “We would be shopping, and cashiers or store clerks would say things like, ‘How much did she cost?’ or ‘You could have bought a car for what it probably cost to adopt her.'”
Some were so insensitive that they began attacking the younger daughter Meika who had a bilateral cleft lip and palate when she was born. People openly questioned why Kelley-Wagner didn’t choose a “perfect” child.
Rather than allow these comments to anger her and her daughters, Kelly-Wagner decided to turn this into a project. Hoping to teach other people about their hurtful comments while simultaneously providing an outlet for her daughters to express themselves, she came up with a photo project where her daughters hold up the comments that were thrown at their family.
Both of her daughters agreed to the project and agreed that it could help bring awareness to how hurtful statements can be.
Rather than respond with anger, Kelley-Wagner encourages her daughter to instead make people realize what they’re saying. “My advice to them is, leave your offenders speechless,” she says. “I think people are curious and don’t know any better.”
The daughters seem to be following their mothers footsteps. Kelley-Wagner recalls a woman who said she could not truly love someone she didn’t give birth too. Liliana then responded, “Oh, did you give birth to your husband?”
Saying that we love Daniel Henney may be a bit of an understatement. After all, Henney was featured as our Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) three different times. Once when he was on the cover of Elle Korea in October, again when he was on the cover of KoreAm Journal and a third time for his swoon-worthy photoshoot video.
Although it may look like we’re obsessed with the guy, we’re simply showing our readers what they want to see. After all, our readers liked Henney so much that he made it onto our list of the Top 5 SHAGS of 2013.
Oh who are we kidding? We may be a little obsessed.
It’s hard not to be after seeing the following photo spread for Elle Korea February 2014. Henney poses alongside Kim Soo Hyun. The two acted together in the Korean drama Fugitive: Plan B.
We won’t waste your time any longer. Here are the pictures you’ve been waiting for.
Many of us grew up playing Capcom’s Street Fighter. In fact, since the game’s release in 1987, the series has generated over $1 billion in revenue and is listed as one of the best-selling video game franchises ever.
With such national popularity, it only makes sense that the game’s main protagonist, Ryu, is one of the most recognizable video game characters.
That’s exactly what Anadolu Sigorta, a Turkish auto insurance company, was thinking when they prepared their new auto insurance commercial and needed a world-famous character to feature.
During the commercial, a reporter is interviewing a man about car insurance. The man boasts that he doesn’t need insurance when, you guessed it, Ryu appears to teach him a lesson or two.
Although the commercial has only been available on YouTube for about a week, it has already gathered nearly 2 million views. Check it out below.
Oversized menswear pieces juxtaposed with billowy volume in blacks, browns and navy sums up South Korean designer Moon Young Hee’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The combination of romantic, overflowing chiffon fabrics combined with relaxed tailoring created a medium between the masculine and the feminine, softening structured silhouettes.
After a trail of black and brown ensembles, the soft, creamy, marshmallow-like pieces that came as oversized jackets and pants were a treat. As one who believes in wearing whites and creams in winter, I found them to be a breath of fresh air, deliciously interrupting the darkness of black hues that are more typically worn in the cold season, especially in Paris.
The theme throughout Hee’s fall/winter 2014 collection was large proportions– oversized jackets, wide-legged pants and thick trenches with enough volume to bundle up in. Personally, while Hee’s designs are not typically the type of silhouette I would normally choose for myself, I enjoy the thought of comfort and movability in them. The theme of comfort is also reinforced through the choice of Creeper shoes, square-shaped, flat loafers that all the models wore throughout the show.
Moon Young Hee is a South Korean designer based in Paris who released her own namesake brand in 1992. She is known for her neutral colors, monochromatic schemes and her take on deconstructed womenswear.
But while watching The Walking Dead, it’s easy to forget just how hot the characters are. We’re a bit too distracted with all the dirt, blood and guts to notice their attractiveness.
Well Los Angeles Magazine is here to remind you. In a recent Spring Fashion shoot, LA Magazine reimagines Glenn and Maggie (Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan) in a world without walkers trying to eat their brains out.
The result? They’re even more gorgeous than we imagined! The duo pulls off the classic look with ease and sophistication. This is certainly a TWD fan must-see.
Back in June of last year, Kenichi Ebina showed up on American television screens and proved that he was a force to be reckoned with. The 39-year-old dancer quickly gained an impressive fanbase while competing in the 8th season of America’s Got Talent.
His audition video has over 25 million views thus far. With an audition video going viral and a standing ovation from the judges, there was simply no denying Ebina’s talent. He plowed through the competition with performances that ranged from high-energy and fast-paced dances to slow and emotional routines.
On September 18, 2013, the humble and talented dancer was announced the winner of America’s Got Talent season 8. This was not a surprise for many viewers. After all, Ebina had been dancing since 2001 when he formed an award-winning dance group “BiTriP.”
So what has he been up to?
Apparently, Ebina has been quite active since his win. He has performed at many events and on TV shows internationally, taught dance in numerous countries, and directed and choreographed routines for theater companies.
But now, he’s ready to put on a show.
Ebina will perform two special “Kenichi Ebina Dance-ish Entertainment” performances on April 12 and 13 in the Pechanga Theater at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Pechanga recently went through a multimillion dollar make-over which included a renovation of the hotel lobby, two restaurants and the addition of two more dining outlets. Although the resort may look new and improved, it still sticks with its core values of being “an Asian friendly destination with a great Asian host team and many Asian concerts for guests of different ethnicities.”
Needless to say, this show is sure to be a success.
Expect to see a thrilling performance by this solo, self -taught dance performer. Kenichi Ebina started out dancing Freestyle Hip-Hop and expanding to Poppin’, Lockin’, Mime, House, Jazz, Contemporary and Ethnic dance. His unique style of dance combines different illusion effects of sound, light and visual. He frequently interacts with characters on a huge video screen behind him, who have all been created and played by himself. His dance tactics entertain audiences who were not even interested in performing arts.
Tickets are $30, $45, $60 and $80 and go on sale Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Pechanga Box Office between 12:00p.m. and 8:00p.m., via telephone at (877) 711-2946 or online at www.Pechanga.com/Entertainment.
French Cambodian designer Christine Phung delivered Pret a Porter perfection for her fall/winter 2014 collection that could easily be worn from the runway to the chicest ski slopes. Accessorizing with bejeweled skis and ski goggles and set on a winter palette of bright blues, navy, grey and white, the collection inspired a craving for winter wonderland, conjuring images of rock, ice, snow and sky. Mixed in with burgundy and a bit of coral, the designer also reminds us of the flames that burn to keep winter warm.
Sleeves with snowflake embellishments, kimono sleeves, flowy dresses designed with exquisite pleating and Swarovski crystal-studded skirts and jackets were some of the most notable pieces. The pairing of burgundy with navy blue, demonstrated through a patchwork pattern for skirts, jackets and sweaters, were also key pieces in the ski inspired collection. Personally, I thought all the pieces were true to the promise of “ready-to-wear” and I would absolutely (and eagerly) wear every single thing.
Phung set the tone of the afternoon with a poetic description of her collection, framed around the story of a fictional character the designer created from her imagination. In the story, the character runs through the snow under the stars, unsure whether she is falling or flying. The confusion between the feelings of “falling and flying “was reinforced to the audience by the singer who sang a mesmerizing set of live music– a perfect pairing for the looks in this collection.
Raised in France by a Cambodian father and French mother, Christine Phung credits her dual heritage for influencing her work, giving her an appreciation for printed fabric and materials. Her Asian background speaks through her designs in the form of volume, kimono sleeves, the use of vibrant color and the choice of using of silk in her materials.
Mitch Album, author of works such as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day and Tuesdays With Morrie, is on a mission to rebuild some of the Philippine libraries that were ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November.
Early this week, Albom visited Tacloban and quickly found himself emotionally invested in the Philippine citizens. Upon arriving, the author donated 40 boats to help fishermen in the region.
Most importantly, Albom says he was touched with the way literature is viewed in the Philippines.
“I have been here since early this past week and have seen 11-year-olds embracing paperback books like prized possessions,” Albom writes. “In fact, readers here cover their paperbacks in plastic to preserve them. In the U.S., we rarely bother to do that with hardbacks.”
“I’ve seen my own books pulled from the flood-damaged homes, mouldy, discoloured, yet brought to me to sign,” Albom said. “It’s incredible and heartwarming.”
Joining forces with the National Book Store Foundation, the largest book and stationery chain in the Philippines, Albom has pledged to raise $160,000, including his own contribution of $10,000 for the libraries. (Click here to read the heartwarming story of Mitch Albom meeting Socorro Ramos — the woman who started the National Book Store in 1942 despite Japanese soldiers censoring and banning publications in the Philippines during World War II.)
Earlier today, Albom posted the following picture and caption on his Facebook page:
I’m back in the U.S., but miss the Philippines already. What an amazing, loving, resilient country. My deepest thanks to my new Filipino friends – and thousands of readers. Rarely have I been as moved as by seeing the ravages of Typhoon Yolanda. It inspired me to launch “D.R.Y. Libraries” (Donated Reading for Youth) a campaign to raise $160K to rebuild and restock school libraries in the typhoon-affected areas. National Book Store is matching each dollar. Asked authors—like Jeff Kinney, JK Rowling, John Grisham, Stephen King and so many more—to donate their books and they have. If you’d like to support and see which of your fav authors have contributed, go to www.mitchalbomcharities.org/dry
In addition to his generous donation and inspiring efforts, Albom has also pledged hundreds of copies of his own books to start filling the library bookshelves. He has asked other writers to join him and the following authors have already contributed their books directly to restock the libraries.
Roy Blount Jr.
Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket)
National Book Store Foundation will match funds raised by Albom until the goal is met. Albom and the National Book Store Foundation said their goal is to begin construction on the first three libraries by late spring.
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