Youtube Stars React to Live-Stream Korean Eating Shows

Early last year, we asked you if you would be willing to pay just to watch someone eat food online. Not surprisingly, most of you thought the idea was crazy.

What was surprising was just how popular these live-stream eating shows have become in South Korea. Seo Yeon Park, a popular online eater (is that even the correct term?) quit her job to become a full-time online eater. After all, she makes up to $9000 a month by eating in front of the camera for three hours a day. How? Her loyal fans, of course. Can’t let your favorite online eater starve, right?

After discovering this South Korean phenomenon, The Fine Bros decided this would make for a great reaction video. And who better to watch people eat online than those who are used to being in front of the camera themselves? Check out your favorite YouTubers reacting to live-stream Korean eating shows:

The YouTubers reacted with confusion, disgust, confusion, envy and of course, confusion. Many simply didn’t understand the appeal to watching other people eat.

“People enjoy the vicarious pleasure of my online show when they can’t eat that much, don’t want to eat food at night, or are on a diet,” Seo Yeon explained to Reuters. “One of the best comments I ever received from a viewer who said that she had gotten over her anorexia by watching me eat. That really meant a lot to me.”

And that’s not the only reason people tune in. Apparently, these shows are sometimes viewed simply for company. “For Koreans, eating is an extremely social, communal activity, which is why even the Korean word ‘family’ means ‘those who eat together,’” says Professor Sung-hee Park of Ewha University’s Division of Media Studies.

So what’s the final verdict? While it doesn’t seem like live-stream eating will be a fad in the US anytime soon, no one’s arguing that the job description is something to be envious about.

As one YouTuber remarked, “$9000!? Sign me the hell up!”




Documentary Explores the Effects of YouTube on the Asian American Community


When it comes to those lazy days off, I find myself falling into that YouTube spiral. I end up spending countless hours watching anything from Christine Gambito‘s latest vlog to the newest Mike Song choreography. What I find most compelling about the creators of these YouTube videos is that they are people who I can simply relate to. They are people who eat, breathe and sleep just like everyone else. They possess passion for their endeavors and most importantly, they understand what it means to be Asian American.

The feature length documentary Uploaded: The Asian American Movement not only explores the life of familiar Asian American YouTubers, it also addresses the social influence their videos have on viewers.

When YouTube first started in 2005, no one could’ve anticipated the massive growth it acquired. Also, what no one could foresee was the underlying Asian American movement that came with the influx of Asian American content creators. No longer were we represented as one-dimensional characters like “Long Duk Dong” or foreign martial arts masters. Without a doubt, the creators who take command of their own content and put themselves out there for the public consumption are fearless. In return, the experience and personal expression of Asian American YouTubers have inspired younger generations to be even more outspoken. Those 5+ minute videos have helped shape and form a collective identity amongst Asian Americans.

From MTV picking up Better Luck Tomorrow to the creation of Kollaboration, we see that the internet has played a huge factor in the progression of Asian Americans in the media. Now, Asian Americans all over can connect with each other and expand their communities beyond limits. Essentially, we are carving out a space (and cyber space) to call our own.

You can learn more about Perry Shen, Mike Song, Paul “PK” Kim, KevJumba, Happy Slip and other YouTube artists’ personal experiences and growth by watching the feature length documentary Uploaded: The Asian American Movement here.

Want to see Mike Song live? Check him out at Audrey Fashion Show 2015 this weekend!


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[VIDEO] 100 Years of Korean Beauty in One Minute



In the latest episode of its 100 Years of Beauty web series, YouTube channel Cut highlights the evolving beauty trends of North and South Korea.

The video begins with Korea’s beauty standard of the 1910s, when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule. According to the video, Korean women of that era preferred to have ornamented hairstyles and natural makeup, with pale skin, natural brows and no contouring.

Once the video hits the 1950s, beauty standards become divided not only by decade but also by region. After the Korean War, North and South Korea had extremely polarized standards of beauty because the two countries adopted different economic systems.

Robin Park, the researcher for the video, said that the North’s standards of beauty were based on a woman’s ability to work and contribute to society. As a result, North Korean women used minimal products, and makeup trends in North Korea remained almost unchanged from 1959 to the early 90s. Meanwhile, South Korea mirrored Western or Japanese beauty trends and experimented with various makeup products.

As of 2015, South Korean beauty standards emphasize bright, clear skin and accentuating natural features. The final South Korean look in Cut’s video, however, seems to embody the sexier style of K-pop stars, such as CL and Hyuna, instead of an average present-day South Korean woman.

You can learn more about the research behind the looks below:


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#DearMe: Michelle Phan & Other YouTubers Give Advice to Their Younger Selves

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a holiday that celebrates the various achievements of women and calls for greater equality. In order to celebrate International Women’s Day, YouTube has created the #DearMe initiative. To kick off the initiative, YouTube has released a #DearMe campaign video which features prominent YouTubers such as Michelle Phan, Lilly Singh, Scherry Shroff, Magali Vaz, Bilingirl, Gigi Chao, Sasaki Asahi and Shruti Anand who all give advice to their teenage selves.

The purpose of the #DearMe intiative is to inspire and empower young girls everywhere. Since our teenage years are often our most insecure and vulnerable times, it’s wonderful that these YouTube stars — with their huge teenage followings — can help reach out to their fans and help make a difference. Now let’s to turn the YouTubers themselves and see what they have to say.

The main message to their teenage selves? Embrace what makes you different and be who you want to be. The women in this campaign recall the qualities that made them different from their peers at the time. For the Asian YouTubers, it was often their appearance such as Bilingirl’s “coarse black hair” and Shruti Anand’s “color of skin.” While it’s common as a teenager to just want to fit in, the message from all these successful women who’ve lived through these tough teenage years is to forget about the haters and keep forging ahead. And as Michelle Phan says, “The most important thing thing is to just have fun.”

Watch the initial #DearMe campaign video below, as well as the 7 other individual #DearMe videos:

1. Scherry Shroff

2. Bilingirl

3. Shruti Anand

4. Gigi Chao



5. Lilly Singh

6. Magali Vaz

7. Sasaki Asahi

Lastly, YouTube invites everyone to create their own #DearMe gif at this link here. We tried it out and here is the result:


What’s your #DearMe message?


[Video] What Do Sheep Think of the Lunar New Year?

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! This year is none other than the Year of the Sheep. Or maybe it’s the goat or the ram– that seems to be up for debate. Nevertheless, Asian American YouTube channel ISATV decided to go to a sheep farm and ask the sheep what they felt about Lunar New Year. After all, it is their year, right?

However, the sheep proved to be less than cooperative for investigate reporter/rapper DANakaDAN. Mostly, the sheep preferred running out in herds together and baah-ing. Halfway through, DANakaDAN brought on Leenda Dong to conduct the sheep interviews in Vietnamese. This was also not successful.

Watch the video below for some more human/sheep cross-cultural confusion. And have a Happy Lunar New Year from all of us at Audrey!



These 6 Videos Will Turn You Into A Morning Person


My bed and I have a very loving relationship, but my alarm clock seems determined to rip us apart. Are you a morning person? I’m certainly not. Luckily, there’s people who can help.

If your New Year’s resolution was to wake up earlier, or if you just want to beat some winter blues, have no fear! Here are six tried-and-true morning routines from some of YouTube’s favorite beauty and fashion gurus. Watch while grumpily pouring your cereal into your bowl, and find yourself slowly feeling more excited about this morning…and all of the mornings after it!




1. Getting ready for a chill day in? Check out Jenn Im‘s morning routine with everything from a healthy smoothie, a neutral makeup look and even a tutorial on how to rock a side braid.



2. Follow Michelle Phan‘s busy morning. Phan’s day always includes a 10-minute workout, a walk to the subway and lots and lots of make up fun.



3. MamaMiaMakeup certainly isn’t a morning person either, but in this video, she successfully gets out of bed, puts on her makeup and even makes a batch of pancakes.



4. Vagabond Youth’s Amy Lee shows us that all you need for a good morning is an omelette,  a leather jacket, a good lipstick color and some happy music.



5. In this “Asian Morning Routine,”  you’ll find awesome skincare techniques, a super filling breakfast and (most importantly) fluffy Hello Kitty slippers. 



6. From Head to Toe’s Jen Chae shows us that a dog is the perfect alarm clock. Apparently, good mornings also include onesies and dancing your way to the shower. 



Feature photo courtesy of Asian Beauty Secrets 

Who Says Frying Pans Aren’t Musical? Andrew Huang Uses Household Objects to Play Top Songs of 2014


Plenty of YouTube artists have made covers of the top songs of 2014, but we’re going to go ahead and bet that you’ve never seen a mash up quite like this one.

Andrew Huang is back with even more incredible ways to use random objects and create unbelievable music. When we wrote about Huang back in September, his official YouTube channel had about 160,000 subscribers. In just a few short months, Huang has raised this number to over 200,000 and we can see why.

So far, we’ve watched Huang use everything from water to balloons and even the famous rock-paper-scissors trio to create incredible music. This time, he’s put together one of the best 2014 mashups we’ve heard, covering everything from Taylor Swift to Pharrell Williams.

So what items does he use this time?

Anything he could get his hands on. Seriously. Huang points out in the video description that he used any household item he could find while staying at a friend’s house. This left him with items like a beer bottle, a frying pan, a rubber band, a spray bottle, a salt shaker, and even the zipper to his pants.

Don’t believe he could make an awesome cover using these things? Check out the video below. The video was uploaded less than two weeks ago, but it has already gathered well over 800,000 views.



Want to see more of Andrew Huang’s creative music? Check out the videos below.






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Must Watch: New Jeremy Lin Video Starring Harry Shum Jr., AJ Rafael and More


What could possibly be better than YouTube artist AJ Rafael, Wong Fu Production’s Phillip Wang, Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. and basketball player Jeremy Lin all in one video? The only thing that could beat that would be all four of those guys together acting, dancing, singing and playing instruments. Never gonna happen though, right? Wrong.

In a short titled “Jeremy Lin Goes to Hollywood,” AJ, Phil and Harry are given the task of cheering Jeremy Lin up. They assume his cloudy emotions are because of a mean tweet about him. So how does one cheer up a 6’3” basketball player? Apparently, the boys decide a musical extravaganza would do the trick.


Check Out This (Awesome) Angry Rant About Yellow Fever


You probably remember YouTube personality, Anna Akana, from her makeup tutorial that didn’t teach us anything about makeup, but was one of our favorites nonetheless. Obviously, only someone as awesome as Akana could pull off something like that.

Well, she’s back and this time, she’s angry. We can’t help but laugh along because the target of her anger happens to be something many of us have had to deal with: yellow fever.

Now before you get defensive and point out that people are allowed to have a “type,” you should know that Akana recognizes that, too. She’s not angry with men who happen to like Asian women; she’s angry at men who like women only because they’re Asian.



“These men, the problem with them is that they don’t give a f— about who you really are. The idea of you is enough,” Akana rants. “I don’t understand why you would romanticize an entire race as being submissive or weak or docile or delicate or fragile or whatever the f— is the allure of Asian women.”

“Now look, there’s nothing wrong with having a type,” she adds for clarification. “But yellow fever is when the only prerequisite for me to become your potential partner is the color of my skin. That’s cheap.”

Anna Akana, we couldn’t agree with you more.



Like what you saw? Be sure to check out How (NOT) to pick up an Asian girl.



YouTube Star Surprises Parents By Paying Off Their Mortgage

If you don’t already keep updated with YouTube personality Tim Chantarangsu, better known as Traphik and Timothy DeLaGhetto, then maybe this video will convince you to do so. The 28-year-old Thai American rapper and comedian added even more to his 2 million subscribers with his recent, heartwarming act of generosity.

Chantarangsu begins his video by saying, “My family and my parents are a big part of who I am as a person and why I do what I do.” He goes on to explain that all of his efforts are to help his parents, who have constantly worked hard for him at the Thai restaurant they own in California. Despite the fact that he is not a doctor or lawyer (he dropped out of college five years ago to pursue a career in entertainment), Chantarangsu was bent on being successful so that he could give his parents the biggest thank you he could think off: paying off the mortgage to their house.

He pulls his adorable parents in front of the camera and, much to the delight of his mother, tells them he has a surprise. He then presents them with a check and is met with tears and hugs. According to USA Today, the check was worth $210,000.

Many Asian Americans can relate to the desire of wanting to give back to their parents who often sacrificed everything just to give their children a better life.

“He just paid off the mortgage for us, man,” Chantarangsu’s father says in disbelief. “But with or without [the check] you’re still the best son to me.” He pauses and adds with a laugh, “The check just made it better.”