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.
ABC's popular dance competition, Dancing With The Stars just concluded its 16th season. Aside from crowning American Idol's Kellie Pickler and dance partner Derek Hough as the winners, the finale featured performances by Psy, Jessica Sanchez, and Pitbull. Psy showed off some dancing skills of his own with his performance of his hit single "Gentleman". Of course the Korean performer brought along his impressive backup dancers decked out in gold pants and all. Slowing down the pace, Jessica Sanchez performed her rendition of the Pitbull and Christina Aguillera hit "Feel This Moment"....
Diary from Cannes 2013: Day 3 (May 18, 2013) After getting a quick glimpse of the beautiful beach weather that Cannes is known for on Friday, Saturday was full of storms and winds. But that didn't stop crowds from lining up outside the theaters with their umbrellas to wait for today's lineup of films. Perhaps the rain actually increased the popularity of the screenings, as festivalgoers preferred ducking in to theaters for shelter, as opposed to ducking into overpriced restaurants. The day started promisingly with the premiere of Bends, a debut film from Hong Kong's Flora Lau. The...
Researchers from the Floating Sheep Project have used Twitter to locate racist and homophobic tweets in the United States and have plotted them on an interactive map. Students at Humboldt State University looked at 150,000 tweets containing slurs from June 2012 to April 2013. The students carefully observed each tweet to determine if the word was being used in a positive or negative light and created the Geography of Hate. The goal of the project was to examine social media and determine how much it has become a platform for hate speech. Social media is often tied very closely to the offline...
Judging from their latest music video, the New York-based indie rock band, PaperDoll, is having a hard time concentrating; but not the least bit of trouble entertaining. This comes as no surprise, as PaperDoll is known for their uninhibited, high-energy live shows.
Back from their six-city, seventeen-show tour of China, PaperDoll released their latest music video for single “Can’t Concentrate” on October 20th, 2011.
Led by the band’s vocalist, Teresa Lee, who is of Chinese, Thai, and Taiwanese decent, the video features the best of New York’s hula hooping talent and was filmed in Navatman dance studio in Midtown Manhattan.
“Can’t Concentrate” is the band’s fourth official music video, and was produced by Meteor Award Winner Michael Moloney. “Can’t Concentrate” is available on iTunes, amazon, and all major online retailers. The group is also currently being featured in a NIKE campaign airing in Greater China.
After seeing the amazing line-up for Kollaboration 11 you know you just had to go! Well you might be able to for FREE! Audrey Magazine is hosting a ticket giveaway for this Saturday’s Kollaboration 11 at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live.
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“Back then, kids laughed at me for wearing Indian clothes and eating smelly foods. Now I have everyone from 50 Cent to Lady Gaga embracing it.” — Anjula Acharia-Bath
ISSUE: Summer 2011
STORY: Anna M. Park
Anjula Acharia-Bath is bringing the hip fusion music scene to an iPod near you.
Growing up in the UK in the late ’70s, Anjula Acharia-Bath didn’t want to stand out. The neo-Nazi movement was on the rise and her family was one of the few of color in their suburban neighborhood.
“We would have swastikas painted on our garage,” she remembers, and the derogatory depictions of South Asians on television made “me shun my culture and heritage. … This portrayal of ‘my people’ was always something I wanted to change.”
Today, Acharia-Bath, 39, is doing just that. She’s the founder and CEO of Desi Hits!, an online entertainment hub and fusion media company, hybridizing Bollywood-Hollywood pop culture. She started the company with her husband Ranj Bath, also a second generation British South Asian, after moving to the U.S. six years ago. She realized that Americans didn’t know about the fusion music scene in the UK, a mélange of musical genres ranging from hip-hop to reggae, bhangra to house “that really reflects the bicultural and eclectic lifestyles that most cool, young Desis (the South Asian diaspora) are living across the globe.”
Touted as “the BET for brown people globally,” Desi Hits! recently collaborated with Lady Gaga and top Bollywood producers to release a Bollywood-inspired remix of her hit single “Born This Way.” They also worked with Britney Spears on the remix of “Till the World Ends,” incorporating manipulated dholki, dhol and subtle tumbi beats, as well as a Punjabi breakdown. “I think the collaboration [between A.R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls on the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire song “Jai Ho” remix] helped drive fusion Bollywood music to the middle of America,” says Acharia-Bath, who was instrumental in promoting the hit single.
Their next major project is a collaboration with Universal Music Group to launch Desi Hits! Universal, a music label promoting artists “that can resonate throughout the world, much like MIA and Jay Sean.” With some high profile backing (Interscope Geffen A&M Records chief Jimmy Iovine among them), and given that Desis are a fifth of the world’s population, it’s a smart move. And Acharia-Bath, for one, is glad she’s on board. “Back then, kids laughed at me for wearing Indian clothes and eating smelly foods,” she says. “Now I have everyone from 50 Cent to Lady Gaga embracing it.”
Find out more about Desi Hits! at desihits.com.
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Wanna see the most typical face in the entire world? Here it is:
Look familiar? That’s right — the East Asian face is the most typical face in the world.
But not for long. Find out what the most typical face will likely be by 2030:
You’d never know by just looking at her that interior designer Sarah Ahn was a neuroscientist in a former life. After spending six months in the hospital nursing her brother back to health after a motorcycle accident, she changed course, went to work for renowned interior designer Kelly Wearstler, and opened her own design firm, Nami Design. Now with a book and home décor line in the works, Ahn provides some easy tips (no Ph.D. required!) for do-it-yourself home decorating.
ISSUE: Summer 2011
STORY: Anna M. Park
For more on Sarah, go to NamiDesignLA.com.
“[Being married] is really challenging me to go even deeper.” — Priscilla Ahn
ISSUE: Summer 2011
STORY: Jimmy Lee
Priscilla Ahn finds her happy place — and new songwriting fodder — in her latest album When You Grow Up.
Laurel Canyon is where the likes of Jim Morrison, Carole King and Joni Mitchell once lived, giving birth to songs that would fuel the 1960s and ’70s counterculture, and creating music that would help define the singer-songwriter. This seminal Los Angeles neighborhood is now the place Priscilla Ahn calls home, and being surrounded by that illustrious musical history is a source of inspiration for this chanteuse with the beguilingly breathy delivery. But there’s something amidst Laurel’s leafy confines that’s mucking up this American idyll for Ahn: her husband.
With the “happy place” she’s discovered with actor Michael Weston comes a different, albeit not unpleasant, set of problems. “Before, I always felt a little lost … not knowing my place,” says Ahn, who grew up in rural Pennsylvania with her Korean mother. “When I established that with my husband a couple of years ago, it actually became harder to write songs.”
Now she has a larger pool of experiences to draw upon when penning her compositions, more than just the “sad emotions” and the times “when I was feeling alone” she often turned to in the past. Ahn, who wed last year, says, “[Being married] is really challenging me to go even deeper.”
She’s struck a reserve of riches with her new album, When You Grow Up, as she explores multiple facets of folk music over its 12 tunes. Throughout her sophomore effort (released again on the iconic Blue Note label), Ahn’s bliss is pervasive. There’s even hope after a crushing break-up on “I Don’t Have Time To Be In Love.” (Alas, for the guys who so easily fall under the charm of Ahn’s disarming on-stage persona, the breakup that song is based on is not hers — it’s that of co-writer Charlie Wadhams.)
Ahn describes herself as a “homebody,” perfectly content to spend a Saturday night in Laurel Canyon, cooking, watching a movie, or following her blogs. “Mostly [the blogs] are about flowers, fashion, cooking and crafts. Those are the four things I’m really into; they inspire me so much,” says Ahn.
Then there’s her husband, who she’ll hang out with at a local Korean spa. And for the man who prepared Korean seaweed soup on the occasion of her birthday, she’s inspired to write lyrics like these: “You were my one and only/The only one I ever learned to love.”
— Jimmy Lee
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Before Youtube and other online mediums accessible for comedians to publicly showcase their talents, there was the self-starting way of spending years developing material in clubs and building appearances in coffee shops and on school campuses. Korean American comedian Margaret Cho is one of those self-starters.
Described as the pioneer woman of Asian American comedian, Cho launched her own successful career as one of the first Asians in standup comedy.
Her latest stand-up concert film, Cho Dependent, recorded during her 2010 tour, made its debut on October 15 on the Showtime Channel. Cho Dependent shows Margaret in her usual top form, riffing on smart topics that actually matter. The DVD is set to be released on November 21, 2011 via Rocket Science, and will also feature Behind The Scenes backstage bonus footage from the tour.
As the Agent Provocateur of stand up, Cho is undoubtedly a woman of many laughs, however, she is also a woman of many hats. In addition to her comedy, Cho is a fashion designer, actress, author, and recording artist. Cho Dependent showcases songs from her Grammy nominated album interwoven into the thought provoking stories she tells.
“I’m really in love with this show as it’s the first time I got to bring my comedy and my music together. It was the hardest I have ever worked on anything, and I had such an amazing time on this tour,” said Cho. “I wanted to film in Atlanta because the city has become an adopted hometown for me and I think that could be felt in this performance. It was amazing to come back to the south and bring something I was so proud of to share with all my friends!”
Clara C always brings an enjoyable show no matter where she performs, be it a packed stadium or a small coffee shop.
So I’m excited to find that she will be a special guest performer at Kollaboration Los Angeles this year!
Also featuring Korean pop sensation G.NA., this year’s Kollaboration has got an exciting line up. I always get the chills when I see super-talented artists living out their dreams on stage.
Don’t miss out on this great show!
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Have you not yet caught Wayne Wang‘s beautiful adaption of Lisa See‘s best-selling novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan?
Starring Chinese film queen Li Bing Bing (Audrey’s Summer covergal!) and My Sassy Girl‘s Gianna Jun, the film is a timeless portrait of female friendship.
There’s a whole lot of star power behind the cameras as well. In addition to Joy Luck Club’s Wang direction and See’s writing, media mogul maidens Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan producing.
Here’s a synopsis of the film:
So have you seen it yet? Because if you haven’t (and even if you have), Audrey Magazine is giving away Snow Flower and the Secret Fan DVDs to THREE (3) lucky winners for this week’s TGIFree Friday!
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