Linsanity: Coming to a Theatre Near You

Although many of us may have gone linsane back in 2012 when third-string guard, end of the bench player, Jeremy Lin became a new sensation, many fans and even sports professionals did not know much about him. Director Evan Jackson Leong and his crew began documenting Lin’s journey in basketball way before all the hype of Linsanity pushed him to stardom. This film follows his high school days where he led his team to a state championship, but was not recruited by any college scouts, to his time at Harvard, and finally to his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, and now the Houston Rockets.

jlin copyThe movie allows the audience to get to know Lin on a more personal level. From the interviews to home-video footage of his childhood, we get to see Lin’s core values of faith and family and how they have shaped his personality and career. The film was released late January to various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW. Hong Kong International, Asian American International, and CAAMFest. Ketchup Entertainment has acquired the rights to the documentary and it is now scheduled to premiere in over a dozen major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and San Francisco on October 4.

LINSANITY LARGE SCREENER POSTERThis isn’t just a sports documentary, it’s a story of how one hard working humble man not only battled it out on the court, but also battled inherent and overt racism as an Asian-American player. Leong’s work and Lin’s story definitely makes for a captivating film for both sports and non-sports fans.

Yes! Taking Pictures of Your Food Does Make It Taste Better

Wannabe food photographers of the world, rejoice!  All of your efforts of searching for the perfect filter for your Instagram’s “#foodporn” pictures may have more of a purpose than just making your friends jealous of that burger or late-night dessert you’re eating.

A study by Kathleen D. Vohs, Yajin Wang, Francesca Gino, Michael I. Norton at the University of Minnesota suggests that performing any sort ritual before eating can make your food taste that much better.  In the study, a series of four experiments were conducted, all of which support the idea that by simply being more conscious of your food, whether through eating that Hershey’s chocolate bar by halves, doing a toast, and yes, even taking pictures of your food, helps to make your dining experience more delectable.

Take a stroll around the internet, and you’ll find that people have found joy in making fun of food porn aficionados — there’s even Tumblrs devoted to posting pictures of people taking pictures of food, even one specifically for Asians.  But, it seems to us that those people are having the last (and more delicious) laugh.

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Lost in Translation: 14 Amazing Asian Words with No English Equivalent

With over 170,000 words in current use, the English language is pretty expansive. But to believe that it (or any other language for that matter) can express every emotion, situation and feeling that we experience is a bit absurd; we’ve probably found ourselves searching for the right word, always seeming to come up short. For your vocabulary-expanding benefit, here’s a list of some words from some Asian languages that have managed to find that right word where English could not.

1 Boketto (Japanese): the action of just staring out blankly without any thoughts

2 热闹 (Pin Yin: Rènào): implies crowdedness and lots of noise and activity, but in the positive sense

3 Pambahay (Tagalog): your “house clothes (aka sweatpants, t-shirt, etc.)”
or clothes you’d wear in private spaces

4 Sayang (Tagalog): interjection that connotes frustration over a near-miss

5 Betsubara (Japanese): translates loosely to “extra stomach”; is meant to describe a woman that always has room for dessert

6 撒 娇 / 撒嬌 (sa-jiao), sai-nai in Taiwanese Hokkien: Sulky, whiny, cutesy, coaxing, coy, spoiled, clingy, and coquettish are all used to describe it, but no single English word encompasses it. (From my interpretation, it’s like aegyo in Korean.)

7 Yuanfen (Chinese): a fated relationship or a relationship that has been destined

8 Gigil (Tagalog): the urge to squeeze or pinch something because it’s so cute

9 Nunchi (Korean): the understated or subtle ability to be able to read another’s feelings or mood by listening to them, like emotional intelligence

10 Greng-jai (Thai): That sense you get when you don’t want someone to do something for you because it would be a burden for them

11 잘한척 (Korean): Romanized roughly as “jalhancheok”. It roughly means when one shows off or is cocky for something that he/she doesn’t deserve to gloat over

12 Mencolek (Indonesian): describes the prank people play on each other when you tap someone on the shoulder from behind to trick them

13 Kilig (Tagalog): the inexplicable feeling of being intoxicated by when something romantic happens; feeling as if you’re on “cloud nine” because of love, or at least the idea of it

14 Koi No Yokan (Japanese): when you meet someone for the first time, feeling that you two are going to fall in love

Know of any other words? Let us know in the comment section!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Problematic Weight-Loss App: Men Insult You Until You Lose Weight

Last week, we were stunned to discover a residential facility where the cost of rent was dependent on how much the tenant weighed. The facility would deduct a certain amount from the tenants’ rent for weight loss or increase the rent for weight gain.

Intense? Yeah, we thought so too. That was, of course, before we discovered a Japanese weight loss app that blows the residential facility out of the park. Nenshou! For Girls is an app which will have “attractive” anime men encourage you to lose weight. And by encourage I mean these anime men will say verbally abusive things about you like, “Fat girl, do some more exercise, okay fattie?”

As much as we wish we were joking, we’re not.  RocketNews24 writes, “In “Nenshou! For Girls” three gorgeous guys will give you the old carrot-and-stick treatment to encourage you on your weight loss journey. While you exercise, you can also enjoy a burgeoning relationship with one of the cast of ikemen (hot guys) who has been so romantically insulting you.”

We’re not entirely sure why anyone would want to be verbally insulted by a fictional anime character that could potentially “start a relationship” with you if you lose weight, but apparently there is so much faith in this app that veteran voice actors Daisuke Namikawa (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), Ryouhei Kimura (Eden of the East), and Katsuyuki Konishi (Bleach, Hetalia) were asked to voice the “romantically insulting” men.

And if you think this is bad, it gets even worse. The app is based on Nenshou! which is a similar app, but aimed towards men. “Attractive” anime women encourage men to lose weight, but heres the catch: they actually use words of encouragement and compliment the app user.

Because that makes sense, right? The way to get men to lose weight is through encouragement and affirmation and the way to get women to lose weight is through insults. Because as women, we don’t already have enough pressure to be thin, right?

With more and more problematic approaches to weight loss, we can only hope that more people don’t fall into the already terrifying amount of women who will go through drastic measures to lose weight.

Tell us what you think about this phone app below.


The Daily SHAG | Super Junior’s Lee Donghae

For those of you familiar with the K-Pop scene, you may be familiar with today’s SHAG, Lee Donghae, known simply as Donghae by his teems of fans. A member of the SM Entertainment mega-group Super Junior, Donghae originally wanted to be an athlete, but was convinced by his father to pursue singing.After winning an SM-sponsored contest in 2001, alongside future band member Sungmin, Donghae was casted into SM Entertainment and made his official debut with the group in 2005.

hae-ceci-ipad-part-6-4Despite being in a 12-person group, Donghae has made his own mark on the K-Pop scene, for not only his musical talents as a singer-songwriter-dancer, but also for his eye-catching looks. With a perfect smile and chiseled body, Donghae has mastered the elusive boy-next-door look, if your next door neighbor happened to be a gorgeous, multi-hyphenated K-Pop star. And with SuJu showing no signs of slowing down, we’re more than happy to see much more of Donghae in the future.


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Arden Cho Joins MTV’s “Teen Wolf” Cast

Although the drama in Teen Wolf’s Season 3A is still unfolding, we’ve got news on the latest member to join the cast for Season 3B, Arden Cho! Just two weeks ago, during Teen Wolf’s panel at Comic-Con, executive producer Jeff Davis announced that the next season would have “a heavy Asian influence,” which would include mythology like the kitsune. The Kitsune is able to shapeshift between a fox and a human, which could potentially be a huge threat to the main characters of the show. Cho will be playing Kira, a new student at Beacon Hills High who is of Korean and Japanese descent that will bring a new and unique history to the show. Although we may not know to much about her and if she’ll be a new villain or ally, she definitely may be the kitsune to watch out for.

Cho has made appearances in Pretty Little LiarsCSI: NY, and the YouTube feature Agents of Secret Stuff presented by Wong Fu Productions and Nigahiga. Not only is she an actor, but also a singer who showcases her talent on YouTube. Personally, I’m dreading the day the first half of season 3 comes to an end, but am excited to hear that the second half will return on January 6, 2014. Catch Teen Wolf every Monday at 10PM on MTV. twTeen Wolf Cast: Charlie Carver, Holland Roden, Daniel Sharman, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Max Carver, Tyler Posey, and Tyler Hoechlin.

Hugo Boss & Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum Team Up for Contemporary Asian Art

Search “Asian art” on any popular search engine, and more likely than not, you’ll end up finding images of statues, prints and paintings from centuries ago and dynasties past. However, as acclaimed fashion label Hugo Boss and Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum want us to realize, the contemporary art scene in Asia is much more than that — it is thriving, developing and dynamic. The acclaimed fashion label and esteemed museum have teamed up to establish the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award in China to “specifically support this region of the art world, which is burgeoning in artistic energy and production.”

The award will be given out every two years to one of a number of select finalists, who are all up-and-coming Chinese artists “from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.” The winner of the inaugural award, who will win a stipend of ¥300,000 (over $48,000), will be announced at a special group exhibition at the Rockbund, starting this September. This year’s finalists include:

- Birdhead, Shanghai
- Hsu Chiawei, Taipei
- Hu Xiangqian, Beijing
- Kwan Sheung Chi, Hong Kong
- Lee Kit, Hong Kong, Taipei
- Li Liao, Shenzhen
- Li Wei, Beijing

CollageTop Row (L to R): Birdhead, Hsu Chiawei, Hu Xiangqian, Kwan Sheung Chi; Bottom Row (L to R): Lee Kit, Li Lao, Li Wei


This year’s internationally-based jury are esteemed figures in the art world, all of whom have made a positive impact on the development of contemporary art both in Asia and around the globe.

In addition to the award, the fashion power house and art haven have joined forces and resources to develop an educational and research program devoted to exploring the strengths and challenges facing contemporary Asian art, including panels and interviews with jury members and finalists.

The Hugo Boss Asia Art award is an exciting and much-needed distinction that is much more than a simple recognition of artistic ability. With both the award and accompanying program, the efforts of both Hugo Boss and the Rockbund are an important, and multi-faceted, affirmation of the ever-strengthening and ever-growing presence of Asia in the international art scene and opens the doors for both present and future artists to pursue their craft.

Featured photo: (Top Row, L to R) Li Wei, “I’m Calm”; Lee Kit, “How to set up an apartment for Johnny”; Hu Xiangqian; “Xiangqian Art Museum (Beijing)”; (Bottom Row, L to R) Hsu Chiawei, “The Temple on the Island”; Hsu Chiawei, “Hual-Mo Village”; Birdhead, “Ballad on Climbing Youzhou Tower”

For more information and to see works from all of this year’s finalists, check out Hugo Boss.

First Look: Animated Prequel to Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer”

Audiences worldwide eagerly await Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut, “Snowpiercer.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the film contemplates the nature of humanity and whether or not it is worth saving. The film’s cast includes Korean actor Song Kang-ho, as well as Hollywood mainstays like Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill, and Ed Harris.

After a failed experiment to stop global warming eliminates most of life on Earth, what remains of humanity survives aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the world powered by a perpetual-motion engine. Over time a class system develops, leading to a revolt by the poor who live at the back of the train.

The film has received critical praise so far, though a release date has yet to be announced. In the meantime, CJ Entertainment has released an animated short that sets up the film’s post-apocalyptic world. It is a chilling prequel to what looks to be a promising work of cinematic science fiction.

Burka Avenger: Teacher by Day, Superhero by Night

Burka Avenger, Pakistan’s first animated female superhero, is on a mission for girls’ education. Donning a burka and using pencils and books as weapons, she fights villains intent on shutting down her school, including corrupt politicians and an evil magician. The show promotes the value of women’s education in a region where the Taliban continues to attack female students and schools in an attempt to suppress their education. Just earlier this month, Malala Yousafzai spoke before the UN, urging world leaders to fight for education.

The show’s creator, Pakistani pop star Haroon, funded the Urdu-language cartoon with the help of an anonymous donor. Orphaned children outside of Islamabad were shown a sneak peek of the show and responded positively to its mix of slapstick humor and resounding messages.

Responding to questions about the choice of burka as superhero costume, Haroon said, “It’s not a sign of oppression. She is using the burka to hide her identity like other superheroes. Since she is a woman, we could have dressed her up like Catwoman or Wonder Woman, but that probably wouldn’t have worked in Pakistan.”

Here’s the English-language trailer for “Burka Avenger.” The show airs in August on Geo TV.

Problematic Idea of The Day: The Price of Your Rent Depends On Your Weight

From the time that we are born, we are taught that slim is in. We are given the belief as women that thin is beautiful and we must strive to get to or maintain that image. In the United States alone, nearly $35 billion a year is spent on weight loss products. Our obsession to be thin has become so extreme that companies have been thriving in the weight loss industry. There have been pills, workout machines, smoothies, and just about everything you can think of that focuses on weight loss.

In Japan, they’ve taken the idea of weight loss to an entirely new level. In what Huffington Post refers to as “one of the most unique weight-loss schemes of all”, the Lady Share House B&B in Osaka offers discounted rent price dependent on the tenants weight loss. The residential facility will deduct 1,000 yen (roughly $10) for every 2.2 pounds lost and inversely, the rent will increase for increased weight.

The goal of the residential facility, apparently, is to create an environment which supports and facilitates healthy living. In their defense, no one can say that Lady Share House B&B isn’t trying. In fact, their efforts are clearly done with good intentions. The building offers an exercise studio and even lecture on weight management. None the less, the building has still stirred quite the debate. The B&B was questioned for its unlimited snacks and sugary drinks offered to the tenants. Are these snacks really offered to encourage health living or was it a scheme to increase the tenants’ weight? They defended this act by claiming that the availability of the snacks was an effort to help their tenants learn to resist temptation. Questionable? Certainly.

While we are in full support of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are a number of problems that may arise from this rent tactic. In an effort to decrease rent, especially if one is in the position of financial hardship, one may go to extreme measures  to decrease their rent price. This added pressure may simply add on to the unhealthy obsession to be thin.

Additionally, with further research into the facility, it was discovered that the B&B was attracting many women who were not overweight at all. Will this B&B simply encourage women to be even thinner? Will this aid in the already problematic obsession of weight loss? Tell us what you think below.

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