A Closer Look at The VIRAL ASIAN STORIES of 2013

While it is true that Asian Americans don’t receive enough time to shine on mainstream media, we are far from silent. In fact, there were quite a number of Asian stories that went viral this year.

Comedy duo, The Fung Brothers decided to highlight 25 Viral Asian stories of 2013. If you watch this video and don’t quite know what they’re talking about, have no fear! As it turns out, we’ve written about many of these viral stories. Watch the video then click the links below for a more in-depth look at the Viral Asian stories of 2013.

 

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Kenichi Ebina won America’s Got Talent.
Japanese Dancer Kenichi Ebina Wins America’s Got Talent (READ HERE)
“Months ago, Kenichi Ebina’s audition performance for America’s Got Talent went viral. Ebina stunned the judges and viewers nationwide with his “dance-ish” performance that included the robot, some gasp-worthy matrix moves, and entertaining martial arts…”

 

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K-pop got popular.
KCON 2013 | Proof That Kpop Is Not Just For Koreans (READ HERE)
“The stage was covered with Caucasians, Latinos, African Americans, and various other non-Asian folk. Not only did East Asians show their presence, but Southeast Asians and South Asians did as well. Fans who clearly stated they were not Korean were singing every single word of their favorite songs and impressively showcasing the intricate dance moves to these songs. Yes, these fans took time out of their lives to memorize lyrics to Korean songs without actually knowing Korean. Now that’s dedication…”


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Asiana Airlines Crash

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“With such a tragedy on our hands, you would think it wouldn’t be much to ask for some sensitivity with this issue, but more and more we find people using this opportunity to simply show racism and insensitivity…”


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Linsanity
 came out in theaters.
Linsanity Coming To A Theater Near You (READ HERE)
“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…”

 

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Julie Chen tells the world about her surgery.

Julie Chen Admits To Having Plastic Surgery To Look Less Asian (READ HERE)
Julie Chen Feels Hurt By Asian American Community (READ HERE)
“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…”



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Man sues wife for being ugly/ Family photo was fake.
Horrible Reaction To ‘Man Sues Wife For Ugly Children’ Hoax (READ HERE)
“According to multiple sources, a Chinese man named Jian Feng was “horrified” when his beautiful wife gave birth to an ugly child. He suspected his wife of an affair because he could not see how the two of them could create the child. After tests proved that it was in fact their child, the husband discovered that his wife had undergone surgery before they met…”


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Indian woman won Miss America.
Miss America Makes History with First Indian American Winner… But Not Without Racist Haters (READ HERE)
Top Five Reasons Nina Davuluri is Awesome (READ HERE)
“But not long after the coveted crown was placed on her head, Davuluri, who performed a Bollywood fusion dance routine for the talent portion of the competition, quickly became the focus of discriminatory and racist comments on various social media platforms. The 24-year-old aspiring doctor was referred to, among other things, as “Miss 7-11,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” and as a “terrorist.” Some expressed their disappointment that an “Arab” who had performed “Egypt dancing” won Miss America, just days after the 9/11 anniversary. Some even retorted that a Miss America winner “should have to be American.””

 

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City urges nearby Sriracha factory to shut down.
Sriracha Factory Odor Causes Burning Eyes And Headaches (READ HERE)
“Residents have filed several complaints about burning eyes and constant headaches due to the intense and painful odor emitted by the factory. One family in the area stated that they were forced to move a birthday party indoors due to the strong odor…”

 

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Alison Gold loves Chinese food.

Offensive “Chinese Food” Video Made by Producers of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Goes Viral (READ HERE)
“The guys who brought us Rebecca Black’s “Friday” are back and have unleashed a song that may very well beat their first viral phenomenon. Alison Gold is the face of this new troll video “Chinese Food” where she sings about her love for, you guessed it, Chinese food…”

 

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Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines.

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Heartbreaking Images: The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (READ HERE)
“There are still bodies littering the sides of the roads that have not been collected. People are sheltering under whatever they can find. There’s a real sense of frustration among people because they don’t have enough food, they don’t have enough water.”

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(Photo courtesy of The Fung Bros.)

Heartwarming Story of the Day: Six-Year Old Donates Piggybank Savings for Haiyan Relief

With his mother in tow, six-year old Shoichi Kondoh headed over to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo with a determined mind and an open heart.  In an act of great generosity, he was there to personally donate his savings to response efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

As stated by the Philippine Embassy, after seeing the extent of the damage on television, the Japanese pre-schooler ”did not think twice about giving away his childhood savings (of JPY 5,000 or ~$50).”  With his donation, Soichi became the youngest cash donor at the embassy.  Consul Bryan Dexter Lao was there to receive the enveloped-donation.

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Soichi signs the condolence book at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and poses with Consul Bryan Dexter Lao. (Photos courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Japan)

With damages costing an estimated $15 billion, a rising death toll and hundreds of thousands of people displaced, it is no question that relief and aid are needed.  Soichi’s act of “sincere generosity” is a reminder that every little bit counts.

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A Closer Look At The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan: Before & After Pictures

For some, the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan is something distant and far from reality. An estimated 10,000 death toll is a number too large to comprehend and the 620,000 displaced residents are surely receiving aid, right?

Unfortunately, this is not exactly the case. Residents are in dire need of assistance, but there is simply too many victims and too little aid available.

Although Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest recorded typhoons in history, it is still receiving far less aid than Sandy and Katrina.

Huffington Post reported that the insufficient aid has caused chaos among the residents who are doing what they can to survive. Allegedly, eight people died, not because of the storm, but because people were desperate for food. Local authorities claim looters raided rice stockpiles in a government warehouse, causing a wall to collapse onto victims.

Many have gone to local airports to seek food, water and aid, but are left waiting for days.

When asked how she and her four children endured three days of waiting in searing heat and torrential downpours, Marivic Badilla, 41, held up a small battered umbrella. “We have been sheltering under this,” she said, tears streaming down her face. 

In desperation, some Tacloban citzens have dug up water pipes to get water. Though there is no assurance that the water is safe for consumption, the citizens believe there is no other option if they intend to survive.

And if words are not enough to understand the full effects of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, these visuals will probably do it:

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