Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, from Seoul, South Korea crashed upon landing at the San Francisco International Airport today. Upon hearing the terrible news, many people checked the world wide web to find any info they could about the tragedy.
South Korea is the world’s busiest country for plastic surgergy, especially for women. By some accounts, 20% of South Korean women have had some form of cosmetic work done on their face, with eyelid surgery to add a fold being the most popular cut.
But the amount of surgery goes way beyond just making an epicanthic fold in the eyelid. This is human sculpting of the face… and it’s leading to a generation of clone-like young people.
Very cool news, to see S.H.I.E.L.D get a chance as a TV franchise but to see Ming-Na Wen continue her TV work. She was last seen as a senator in the sci-fi dramedy “Eureka” but before that, in “SGU Stargate Universe” and a few cameos in “Two and a Half Men” but probably best known for a stint almost a decade ago in “ER”. Film fans would probably remember her best for her role in “The Joy Luck Club.”
She’ll be playing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Melinda May in the TV series. Not sure who’s going to play Nick Fury — probably not Samuel Jackson, though it’d be pretty cool if he reprised the role on the small screen. One other nice touch for this series: Clark Gregg will be playing the Phil Coulson character from recent Marvel movies, who was killed off in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
Don’t let “romance” novel fool you — Pugh writes with a skill and concise style that would fit a Dashiell Hammett detective narrative. She’s a mixed-race author whose first book features a mixed-race African American/white woman and a Japanese American man. She’s breaking stereotypes in her book and in real life.
I’ll write a blog post about this, but the US charts have had a string of foreign hits over the decades (most notably, for Asian artists, “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto in the early ’60s). It’s cool but you have to wonder if foreign language artists really can have viable careers, or if they’re just a momentary exotic blip. So, kudos to Korean artist PSY for getting a US deal, but I hope he has lasting power.
V3 Asian American Digital Media Conference is coming Sat. Aug. 26 at the Japanese American National Museum in LA’s Little Tokyo with an opening reception and award ceremony Fri. Aug 24 at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasdena. The panelists are being booked, and the agenda’s being firmed up. It’s gonna be super cool. It’s the next iteration of the Banana Asian American bloggers’ conference. Be there or be square.
From my blog: I couldn’t help commenting on Marion Barry’s amazing run as a popular politican despite a drug arrest, other legal issues and a spate of dumb statements. His anti-Asian remarks really bug me, in spite of his apology today. Abd of curse, he insulted Polish people while he’s trying to make peace with Asians. Doh!
The buzz in Asian American circles had been that “Iron Man 3” would feature the Mandarin as Tony Stark’s foe, and he would be played by Chinese actor/singer Andy Lau. But Lau’s now cast as Iron Man’s friend (along with a bunch of other A-list Chinese actors), and Ben Kingsley is apparently the Mandarin, with little emphasis placed on his ethnicity.
That’s because the Chinese government is a partner in this Hollywood production, and has some say about negative depictions and stereotypes.
The Amache Preservation Society is a group of students at Granada High School in southeast Colorado, close to the Kansas border. John Hopper, a teacher at the school (and a true hero), helped form the Society from a class he taught, where students volunteered to restore the site of the WWII concentration camp where Japanese Americans were interned. They’ve done incredible great work, and now they have a very well-done website about Amache and the museum they’ve built.
Asian women can be paid up to $20K for donating eggs while other women earn around $6K — if their eggs are in demand at all. This creeps me out, but the eggs are used by infertile Asian couples. It’s just that Asian babies are more in demand than other ethnicities.
Check out Lim’s music if you’re familiar with her: introspective, moody, powerful, melodic. She’ll add a classy creative element to V3con’s opening reception on Friday Aug 24, and she’s agreed to be a panelist during the conference of Asian American Digital Media the next day, Sat Aug 25.