Guess That Asian: A Learning Game Inspired by Steven Yeun

Last week, Steven Yeun appeared on Conan and talked about other Asians who claim they get mistaken for him all the time. I have to admit, I can relate. No, I have not been mistaken for Steven Yeun (at least not yet), but I have been mistaken for other girls simply because we’re both Asian. Sometimes it’s a girl who’s completely different in height, age and ethnicity. Heck, sometimes it’s Lucy Liu.

The point is, Steven Yeun is right. Not all Asians look alike. While he decided to prove his point with interracial lookalikes, I have developed a fail-proof game to help practice telling all Asians apart (because clearly, some people need assistance with this).

Answers will be provided below, but remember, we are here to foster an environment of learning and enlightenment. So let’s begin!

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1. Steven Yeun vs. Daniel Dae Kim

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I know it must be really hard for some of you to see that these are two different people, but they are! One is Steven Yeun, an actor from The Walking Dead (hint: he’s the guy in the first picture you saw). The other is surprisingly not Steven Yeun! He’s an actor named Daniel Dae Kim, best known for Lost and Hawaii Five-O.

 


 

2. Rinko Kikuchi vs. Doona Bae

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Oh, the challenges of being critically acclaimed. One is Japanese actress and Audrey Cover Girl Rinko Kikuchi, known for Babel, Pacific Rim and the upcoming Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter. The other is not even Japanese at all. Yup, there are different kinds of Asian! Doona Bae is a Korean actress and the Wachowski’s newest favorite who stars in Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending and the upcoming Netflix series Sens8.

 


 

3. Dev Patel vs. Suraj Sharma

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Sometimes, all you need to do is turn in a great performance in an Oscar-nominated film and….not get nominated for your acting. One is Dev Patel, the kid from Slumdog Millionare, who is also in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel franchise, The Newsroom and the upcoming Chappie. The other is Suraj Sharma, the kid from Life of Pi, who will be in the upcoming Sundance winner Umrika. Can’t tell the difference? Just ask Claire Danes!

 


 

4. Randall Park vs. Kim Jong Un

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This is where it starts to get tough. One is a ruthless North Koren dictator. The other is an actor who plays the North Korean dictator in The Interview and now plays the dad in Fresh off the Boat. Confusing, right?

 


 

5. Mindy Kaling vs. Malala Yousafzai

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After a drunk, old man mistakened Mindy Kaling for Malala Yousafzai, Kaling responded, “Did he really think I’m Malala? And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room?” But we can’t blame the man! After all, Audrey Cover Girl Mindy Kaling is a 34-year-old actress/showrunner and Malala is a Nobel Peace Prize winner at the age of 17.

 


 

6. Lee Byung Hyun vs Dr. Ken Jeong

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According to Lee Byung Hyun, this mistake is something that actually happens so let’s help clear it up for people! Lee Byung Hun is an action star who will be the newest Terminator, while Dr. Ken Jeong is a comedian who bares all in The Hangover series. It’s okay, we can see how people mistake them by the their body types. So similar!!!

 


 

7. Priyanka Chopra vs.  A White Girl in Brownface

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Aren’t white girls great at playing Indians? Judging by the people who put white girl Amy Jackson in brownface for Ek Deewana Tha, Bollywood sure seems to think so. The actual Indian is Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood superstar and Audrey Cover Girl. That being said, we totally see how you can’t tell these two apart… I mean it’s uncanny!

 


 

8. Psy vs. G-Dragon

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Kpop, kpop, kpop! All Kpop stars look the same right? That’s why it’s so hard to tell the “Gangnam Style” singer and BIG BANG member apart. I mean, aside from a few very devoted fans, who can tell the difference?

 


 

9. Makoto Kusanagi vs. Scarlett Johansson

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Ooops, my bad! I forgot Scarlett Johansson was white. Didn’t she just blend in so well with the Japanese people in Lost in Translation? No worries, she’s going to be a great Makoto Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell movie.

 


 

10. Harold vs. Kumar

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This one hardly needs explanation. John Cho and Kal Penn just look so alike. I mean, even I can’t tell them apart. But here’s a tip– Harold (played by John Cho) is Korean while Kumar (played by Kal Penn) is Indian.

 


 

All jokes aside, we hope you see how ridiculous it is to believe that all Asians look alike. After all, if people can take the time to learn the difference between Marvel’s Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, surely they can learn the difference between Asians, right?

 

Answers: 1. Steven Yeun (A), Daniel Dae Kim (a); 2. Rinko Kikuchi (A), Doona Bae (a); 3. Dev Patel (a), Suraj Sharma (A); 4. Randall Park (A), Kim Jong Un (a); 5. Mindy Kaling (A), Malala; 6. Lee Byung Hun (a), Ken Jeong (A); 7. Priyanka Chopra (a), Brownface (A); 8. Psy (A), G-Dragon (a); 9. Makoto Kusunagi (a), Scarlett Johansson (A); 10. Harold (a), Kumar (A)

 

Audrey Readers Have Adorable Asian Babies

When we began the Adorable Asian Baby series, our readers couldn’t get enough of it. We brought you Adorable Asian Babies with Puppies, Adorable Asian babies in Halloween Costumes and even Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You.

As it turns out, many of our readers are parents of their very own Adorable Asian baby and we needed to get a glimpse of all these cuties. A few months ago, we asked you all to submit a picture of your own Adorable Asian baby and you certainly didn’t disappoint us. Check out some of our favorite submissions by Audrey readers like you!


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Aaron Lee, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Rice and seaweed soup (miyuk gook)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Don’t dress boys up in clothes that look like girls clothes. No matter how cute baby boy is!
My favorite way to wake my parents up: With a kiss on the cheek
What I want to be when I grow up:  A Los Angeles dodger!

 


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Ryan Lee, 6 months old
Favorite Asian food: Korean sweet potato (goguma)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Fuzzy hats makes any cute baby cuter!
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Pooping in the middle of the night
What I want to be when I grow up:  A professional golfer.

 


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Natalie Kim, 19 months (picture taken at 14 months)
Favorite Asian actress/actor:
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My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear something cute and comfortable so you can run around everywhere and still look cute
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Sticking my finger up their nose
What I want to be when I grow up: Anything I want to be!


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Addison Pham, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Pho
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Lee Min Ho (I’m a korean drama addict like my mommy)
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Glasses are cool
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Screaming “miilllllkkkkk” in their ear
What I want to be when I grow up: A singer like Anna and Elsa on Frozen


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Audrey Madison Valmoria, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Everything (as long as I can dip it in ketchup)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Hello Kitty is my girl!
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear anything and everything! You’ll still be cute.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Falling out of my bed…
What I want to be when I grow up: To be able to stay up past my bedtime.

 


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Ian Inho Park, 3 years old
Favorite Asian food: Kimchi
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear what mom wants you to wear.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Run around the house and be loud, real loud.
What I want to be when I grow up: A doctor! (And that was his answer. He likes to play doctor and probe my ears and mouth)

 


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Skylar Inji Park, 4 yearrs old 
Favorite Asian food:  Rice and gim (roasted seaweed)
My fashion advice for Asian babies:  Wear anything blue, you can’t go wrong with it.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: : Say “shee” (means pee in Korean) in a really panicky voice.
What I want to be when I grow up:  A super model (She walk around the house balancing things on her head while she cat walks)

 


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Favorite Asian food: Rice and ramen… separated into bite-sized portions so that i can easily use my chopsticks to nom nom it all up
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Me! No… really… me. I love acting silly or pretending to be a zombie or a kitty. Someday you will see my name in lights after the word “Starring”. Oops there I go being super Asian and overachieving… I just answered a later question, didn’t I?
My fashion advice for Asian babies: For you little girls, princess all the way. Every skirt or dress magically transforms the wearer into a princess. For you little boys, I prefer the preppy banana republic, or if you can afford it, burberry look. Slightly nerdy or studious looking is the way to my heart.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: I tend to wake up… grab the ipad… unlock it… open the Netflix app… select my profile… and pick out a cartoon to watch. My mom will usually wake up to watch it with me because she’s just as geeky as I am.  Marvel comics or Powerpuff girls are popular wake up alarms.
What I want to be when I grow up: I want to be everything… which is why I am going to go into acting. That way every time I take on a new role, I will have a new job to learn and perform. If that falls through… I am going to join S.H.I.E.L.D as an agent. Stopping the bad guys and saving the world looks like something I can stand for.

ADORABLE ASIAN FOOD: Panda-Shaped Everything

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 it 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.

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Video of The Week: The Cutest Reaction To Rain EVER

Admittedly, I am one of those individuals who gets gloomy at the sight of rain. For many people, rain is a time to complain about getting wet, being cold and an unexplained sense of sadness. Well you may start reconsidering that once you see Kayden.

In this video, Kayden appears to be experiencing rain for one of the first times. Trust us when we say this is the cutest reaction to rain EVER.

If you need a reminder to appreciate the little things in life, this would be it. I may not be delighted with rain, but I certainly don’t mind Kayden playing in it.

Want to see more adorable Asian babies? We’ve got just the thing.
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Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You

Our faithful Audrey readers have made one thing clear to us: they love adorable Asian babies. Of course, we don’t blame them. Who can resist squealing over those round eyes and chubby cheeks?

To appease our readers, we brought you the Adorable Asian Baby Overload, Asian Babies With Puppies and even A Halloween Costume Edition. Looks like we’re all out of cute babies, right?


Don’t you worry. We noticed one thing in particular with these children who reach social media fame. Many of them have a killer fashion sense. That, or they have parents who understand how much we eat these pictures up. Some people complain that these fashion-heavy photos are simply parents vicariously living through their children by dressing them up to reach viral fame. Others claim that these parents simply enjoy the idea of a well-dressed toddler. Whatever the reason may be, they certainly caught our attention.

Here are kids who make the playground their runway and lower our self-esteem by dressing way better than we ever did during our toddler years.

 

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MUST SEE: Filipino Pantene Commercial Calls Attention to Gender Labels in The Workplace

Now its time to applaud Pantene Philippines for its amazing commercial tackling gender discrimination.

We’re no stranger to gender labels. There have been many cases where women were perceived in a negative light while men were praised for doing the exact same thing. Many claim that such judgements are subconscious. Obviously, it would do us all well to question the disparity between these labels and why they exist.

Each scene portrays a man and a woman in the workplace environment. The commercial then highlights the double standards among men and women through labels. A man is simply being the “boss” while a woman in the same position is “bossy.” A man is “persuasive” while a woman is “pushy.” A man well-dressed for work is “neat” but a woman is “vain.” The man is “smooth” while the woman is a “show-off.”

The commercial successfully pulls our attention towards the unfair gender discrimination that often occurs in the workplace. It ends by stating, “Don’t let labels hold you back. Be strong and shine.”

Although this commercial doesn’t feature Pantene in the most obvious way, it certainly features glossy hair. Besides, we’re definitely a fan of the bigger issue that the commercial addresses.

The commercial was only uploaded onto youtube yesterday, but it has already gathered over 3 million views. Check it out for yourself.

Image of The Day: The Cutest Firefighter EVER

A few months ago, we brought you The Adorable Asian Baby Overload which featured, you guessed it, some of the cutest Asian babies trending social media.

Clearly, we didn’t catch every cutie out there. This little girl definitely earns a spot on our list of adorable Asian babies.

Spirit Magazine recently hosted a contest asking their readers to submit photos. We’re not quite sure what the criteria for this contest was, but since this photo was printed in the current issue we’re gonna go ahead and guess that it was chosen for its cuteness.

Here are some other cuties that should have made it onto our Adorable Asian Baby Overload List:

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Julie Chen Admits to Having Plastic Surgery to Look Less Asian

Julie Chen, American television personality, news anchor, producer for CBS, and co-host of the daytime show The Talk, recently turned the spotlight on herself.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the veteran journalist revealed a deep, dark secret: Nearly 20 years ago, Chen had undergone plastic surgery in order to look less Asian.

Now, it may be easy to jump to conclusions and bash Chen for disrespecting her Chinese heritage, but it’s important to hear her side of the story. According to US Weekly, Chen said:

“My secret dates back to — my heart is racing — it dates back to when I was 25 years old and I was working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio,” the 43-year-old Chinese American television personality began. “I asked my news director over the holidays, ‘If anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in?’ And he said, ‘You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.”

 

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“He said, ‘Let’s face it, Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton?'” she recalled. “‘On top of that, because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, sometimes I’ve noticed when you’re on camera and you’re interviewing someone, you look disinterested, you look bored.'”

 

Not long after, Chen started looking for another job. But she ran into the same problem when she tried to find an agent to represent her. “This one big-time agent basically told me the same thing,” she revealed. “He said, ‘I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.'”

Chen explains that with her career on the line, she couldn’t see another solution. The decision became so weighty that she opened up to her parents about whether or not this surgery would be a denial of their culture. This led to a family divide where some members believed that Chen should be disowned.

Coming to the conclusion that she did not want to lose her career, Chen followed through with the surgery and her career progressed as a result.

Although the secret has haunted her and caused her to question a lot of things, she ultimately has no regrets. “No one’s more proud of being Chinese than I am,” she told her co-hosts at The Talk. “And I have to live with the decisions I’ve made. Every decision I’ve made … it got [me] to where we are today, and I’m not going to look back.”

National Pride on a Plate: Flags of Asia … Made with Food?

When it comes to the many countries in our world, food has definitely become a defining characteristic for each. With Sydney’s largest food festival right around the corner, promoters have re-created 17 different national flags using foods most common to each place.

China’s flag made from pittaya/dragon fruit and star fruit.

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India’s flag made from curries, rice, and pappadum wafer.

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Indonesia’s flag made from spicy curries and rice (Sambal).

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Japan’s flag made from tuna and rice.

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Lebanon’s flag made from lavash, fattoush and herb sprig.

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South Korea’s flag made from kimbap and sauces.

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Thailand’s flag made from sweet chilli sauce, shredded coconut and blue swimmer crab.

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Vietnam’s flag made from rambutan, lychee and starfruit.

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Check out more flags made with food here.

 

 

California Likes their Porn Young and Asian; Kentucky Loves Hentai

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Yes, you read that headline right.

There was a recent statistical analysis of the search terms that appeared on porn streaming site Pornhub – and the most popular search terms for the sunny state of California were “Asian” with “teen” and “massage” following not too far behind. In Kentucky, interestingly enough, “hentai” was the most popular search term.

You’ll also find that Mississippi spends the most time on the site (averaging in at 12 minutes), while Rhode Island came in last, spending under ten minutes.

While the analysis is quite interesting, I’m really curious about the fascination behind “creampie” in a good number of these states, as well as Nevada’s fascination with one particular porn star, Anita Queen.

What do you think, readers?

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