Just a couple of days ago, 1600 pandas invaded the Hong Kong airport. Before you go into panic mode, don’t hide your kids, hide your wife just yet. These pandas are made out of recycled paper, constructed by French artist Paulo Grangeon. Now, animal invasions (well, man-made that is) in Asia are not exactly uncommon, as over the years we have seen a giant yellow rubber duck floating around, traveling from country to country. So what’s with this latest invasion and why so many of them?
Pandas, as you all probably know by now, are one of the top endangered species on our planet. According to the World Wild Life website, the greatest threat to panda endangerment are humans. Everyday human activities such as constructing roadways and railroads are causing fragmentation, as well as forest destruction are putting our precious pandas lives at risk!
That is why French artist Paulo Grangeon decided to step it up by creating the most adorable exhibition – a display of 1600 pandas made out of recycled paper (1600 for each of the pandas that still exist today) to raise awareness. Grangeon’s exhibition that began in France in 2008 was of course, highly popular. Thus, he took the campaign a step further by traveling with yes, all 1600 pandas to over 20 countries including the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
For more information on panda endangerment and how you can help, click here.
Scroll through to see more squeal-worthy pictures of the Grangeon’s panda army!
Themed cafés have been around forever. You’ve probably heard of the famous Rainforest Café that can be found all over the United States or the Hello Kitty-themed café’s in Asia. Now, cat-themed cafés that started in Taiwan a dozen years ago are becoming a trend and are slowly hitting Europe, with North America and Australia soon to follow later this year. It’s pawsitively quite frightening how quickly this trend is growing. Japan alone is home to a reported number of 150 cat cafes where locals and tourists alike enjoy sipping their hot beverages while being able to admire and play with different breeds of cuddly kittens and cats.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Mixing food and feline does not sound sanitary nor appetizing, but the cat cafés are already thinking one step ahead. Before approaching their furry friends, customers are politely asked to disinfect their hands with a hand sanitizer, provided by the café. Some cafés even have a “look but don’t grab policy.” Even with restrictions however, these cat cafes are highly popular, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation or else the whole situation could become a cat-astrophe!
To avoid stereotyping, I’m not going to say that all Asians like pandas, but we definitely have a soft spot for these adorable bears. Native to south central China, pandas are known for their distinct black and white color and for (despite their large size) having a diet that consists almost entirely of bamboo.
Well many people have decided to incorporate pandas into their own diet. No, I’m not talking about eating our beloved bears. A number of people have found creative ways to incorporate the panda’s distinct black and white patches into every day food. The result? Adorable panda-shaped and panda-themed food!
And who wouldn’t want food in the shape of these docile, cuddly creatures? Pandas are now considered an endangered species, but people have definitely made up for that number by incorporating pandas into just about anything you can think of.
Now riceballs, cookies, pastries, bread, mochi, ice cream, cookies and even coffee can come in an adorable panda shape.
Whether it’s memes on Reddit, gifs on Tumblr or videos on YouTube, Asian babies and toddlers have definitely had their share of viral fame. After all, who doesn’t enjoy looking at cute and hilarious Asian kids? This trend seems no where near its end and we have absolutely no problem with that. In fact, we’ve put together a list of our Top 10 Asian Babies Who Became Online Sensations.
1) Business Baby Meme
2) Evil Asian Baby Meme
3) Squishy Face Baby Gif
4) “Mom Tries to Teach Adorable Girl Life Lesson” Video
Apparently, this video of an Asian baby slurping up a watermelon is slowly making it’s way to viral fame. While it seems like such an ordinary activity, we have to admit he looks awfully cute doing it.
The video was uploaded only a few days ago, but it has already gathered nearly 65,000 views. The crazy part? It’s only ten seconds long. We know what you’re thinking. How can a ten second video get that much attention?
Well it seems like the popularity of short, but entertaining videos have increased with the rise in Vine and Instagram videos. And let’s not underestimate the appeal of an adorable Asian baby. Just check out our Adorable Asian Baby series to see what we mean:
Do you remember this adorable little face? We’ll give you a hint. She isn’t afraid of strangers.
Yes, this is little Ye-bin. This cutie became a viral sensation when her video “Mom Tries to Teach Adorable Girl Life Lesson” hit YouTube and gathered nearly 9 million views. During the video, Ye-bin’s mother tries to teach her about strangers and being safe, but we get the feeling Ye-bin is so friendly that she would accept all sorts of sweets from strangers.
This time around, Ye-bin’s mother is trying to teach her how to say the phrase “I am scared.” Simple enough right? As it turns out, even the most simple of tasks becomes adorable with this little girl.
Throughout the video, Ye-bin struggles with the pronunciation of the phrase, but she isn’t bothered. In fact, she’s giggling the entire time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a child say “I’m scared” with such a cuteness.
The video was only uploaded yesterday, but it has already gathered over 30,000 views. Check it out below.
Anyone who is skilled in the art of judo knows that it should not be taken lightly. Although the name judo means the “gentle or yielding way,” an intense Judo match is far from gentle.
The objective of this martial art, which is derived from jujutsu, is to throw or takedown an opponent to the ground. You may immobilize or subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.
The idea behind judo is to use your opponent’s strength against them and adapt to changing circumstances. Because it does not solely focus on one’s strength, judo can be mastered by anyone regardless of their body type.
Although judo welcomes all, we certainly didn’t expect to see these tiny girls on the mat for a judo match.
Our initial fear of the young girls getting hurt is quickly erased. We can’t help but squeal at how cute these girls are in their mini judo outfits. They bow to one another enthusiastically and take turns pinning one another to the ground.
By the end of the match, the girls simply run towards each other and hug before falling to the ground giggling. Watch the video below.
Even if you have the worst case of the Mondays, 3-year-old Zhang Junhao will certainly make your day.
A Chinese reality show, which appears to be similar to America’s Got Talent, recently had the brave young boy on their stage to impress the judges and bring the audience to their feet.
The boy doesn’t appear to have an ounce of bashfulness as he hugs his luggage, calls it his baby and says he will dance with his baby. The second Zhang Junhao walks on stage, he puts a smile on the faces of the judges including celebrity judge Jet Li.
After running up to the judges to give them all a kiss on the cheek, he begins showing off his adorable dance skills. He does everything from the robot to karate punches to skipping. Zhang Junhao may be young and his dancing may be completely random, but he certainly seems natural at putting a smile on someone’s face.
He bravely tells the judges that he was not afraid to perform and he dances for his entire family everyday. He then tells the judges that he loves dancing because it makes his mother laugh and laughter is happiness.
Trust us when we say young Zhang Junhao will put a smile on your face.
When Yuna Kim fell short of defending her figure skating crown at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, an entire nation was outraged by the results. In fact, an online petition titled “Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women’s Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgment at the Sochi Olympics” was created to bring justice to her name.
In the midst of all the anger, some people pointed out that Yuna Kim is far from a loser. After all, winning a silver medal in the Olympics is an amazing achievement. In fact, Kim even shared her sentiments on the ordeal.
“I did everything I could, so I’m satisfied,” Kim told Korean TV network SBS. “I didn’t make any mistakes, but I wasn’t as perfect as I was during practice. So I finished second, but as I said, the gold medal was never important. I did all I could, so I’m happy.”
Many South Korean netizens point out that she is still a winner in their eyes. Now, we’ve found yet another reason she’s a winner in our book.
The adorable Yerin Park is seen here doing the cutest impersonation of Yuna Kim. She may not get all the moves right, but her heart is in the right place. Kim has clearly become an inspiration to many young girls.
Do you remember when you were taught important life lessons? Leave it to Ye-bin, an adorable little Korean girl, to make a completely hilarious and aww-inducing mess of things when it comes to learning about strangers.
Ye-bin’s mother asks three different times what she should do if a stranger came up and offered cookies, ice cream and even take her swimming. Ye-bin replies, “I like that!” to every single situation, even adding in a shoulder shimmy to show her enthusiasm.
The second time around, after being corrected by her mother, Ye-bin seems to be on point. Cookies? A firm “No!” Ice Cream? “No!” Swimming—can she go three for three? Swing and a miss.
Ye-bin does have some excuse for her poor showing. She doesn’t seem to be fully engaged in the conversation, as there seems to be a television running off the screen that has most of her attention. She probably only heard snippets and “cookies,” “ice cream” and “swimming,” to which any proper child would say yes to—not from strangers, of course.
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