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Jamie Chung Becomes New Face for Make Up For Ever Campaign

by ARIANNA CARAMAT, Audrey Magazine

Any Make Up For Ever fans in the house? You can count me in that roll call as well! The Sephora brand certainly lives up to its name because it stays on foreverrrr. Rain, tears and sweat stand no chance against this beloved brand. And it seems Make Up For Ever has given us one more reason to love them, and her name is Jamie Chung. My favorite cosmetic line and one of my favorite actresses teaming up? What is life!?

Jamie Chung’s down-to-earth vibes, her trendsetting sense of style and her liveliness on and off-screen make her the perfect canvas for Make Up For Ever’s vibrant colors and Pro-grade formulas. The cosmetic line’s campaign wants people to turn their confidence up a notch through the art of makeup, and unleash their inner artist. From two-tone red lips to graphic teal eyeshadow, Jaime shows us how we can rock these statement looks in the video below.

See Also: Jamie Chung Brings Attention to Sex Trafficking in ‘Eden’

Alongside Jamie, Andreja Pejic joins the campaign not only as Make Up For Ever’s first openly transgender model, but also as the first transgender model to land a cosmetic contract. Together these beauties encourages everyone to celebrate their individuality and “Be bold. Be unexpected. Be you.”

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This article was originally published on Audrey Magazine

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Korean American Stars with Their Adorable Dogs

Happy National Puppy Day! To celebrate this wonderful holiday, here are some photos of Korean American talents with their loyal, fluffy companions.

Jamie Chung with Ewok

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Jamie Chung adopted her furry companion Ewok from the Saving Spot Rescue shelter earlier this month. The pup is already famous on social media, thanks to the Chung’s bustling Instagram.

Daniel Henney with Mango

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Just when you think Daniel Henney couldn’t get any more dashing, he snuggles with a puppy.

Arden Cho with Chewy

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Teen Wolf‘s Arden Cho loves to post videos and pictures of her pup Chewy on YouTube and her social media outlets. Chewy is a Pekinese-Shiz Tzu mix.

David Choi 

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According to singer-songwriter David Choi, his dog Pepper was terrified when they were posing for this picture. Poor thing.

Tiffany Hwang of Girls’ Generation 

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Tiffany’s cute puppy is very photogenic as he often graces magazine covers with the K-pop singer.

Ki Hong Lee 

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If you take a peek at Maze Runner star Ki Hong Lee’s Instagram, you’ll find several photos of his fluff pup looking adorably unamused by Lee’s antics.

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons 

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Modern Family star Aubrey Anderson-Emmons lounges with her two dogs Bob Barker and Pismo.

Steven Yeun with Agnes

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Steven Yeun’s dog, Agnes, is a 20-pound Golden Retriever-Poodle-Bichon mix. Agnes is a longtime companion of the Walking Dead star, since she accompanied him on his move from Michigan to Los Angeles.

Eric Nam 

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Fun fact: This isn’t even Eric Nam’s dog. The caption for this photo read, “PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a dog ㅠㅠ.” It’s safe to say that the K-pop singer is a serious dog-lover.

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Featured image via Daniel Henney/Instagram

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Win a ‘Big Hero 6′ Blu-ray by Telling Us Your Unconventional Superpower

Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, and there probably isn’t a more eclectic group of crime fighters than the members of Big Hero 6. But what if you were part of the team? What would you bring to the table?

Here’s your chance to win a free copy of the Big Hero 6 Blu-ray: Collector’s Edition, which includes a DVD and Digital Copy. The disc includes the origin story of Big Hero 6, deleted scenes, Easter eggs and interviews with the animators who brought the film’s vibrant characters to life.

How to Enter the Giveaway

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine want you to experience this movie for yourself, so we will be giving away eight copies of the Blu-ray to those who give the best answers to this question:

“If you could be a member of Big Hero 6, what would be your unconventional superpower?” 

* You can give your answer in the comment section below via Disqus, in the comment section of this article’s Facebook post or tweet at @KoreAm with the hashtag #balalala.

* Then, enter your email at our contest page to complete your registration. Your email will not be stored, nor will be used for any other purpose besides this contest.

* Winners will be chosen based on the creativity of their answer and will be notified through email.

For those of you who don’t win, don’t worry—you can still get all the Baymax you want by purchasing the Big Hero 6 Blu-ray, which is now on sale everywhere. We will be accepting contest submissions until Friday, March 6.

Rules and Disclaimers: Participants must be 18 years or older and live in the United States. Residents of Hawaii and Alaska are eligible for this contest. We value your privacy. Your personal information will be kept confidential and will never be shared with third parties. It will only be used for communications related to this contest.

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‘Big Hero 6′ Wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Although the 87th Academy Awards were criticized for being the “whitest” Oscars since 1998, Asian Americans held their breath and cheered as they watched Disney’s Big Hero 6 win Best Animated Feature on Sunday night.

Set in the fictional metropolis of San Fransokyo, Big Hero 6 tells the story of a hapa Asian American teen prodigy and his marshmallow-like robot, Baymax. The animated film not only features multicultural characters but also a multiracial cast, including the voices of Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney and Jamie Chung.

While casting Asian Americans in animated films is nothing new to Disney, it’s an open secret that Hollywood has a long history of casting Caucasian actors in Asian roles. This includes live action films, such as Dragonball: Evolution, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film adaptation.

So, when the envelope was opened and Big Hero 6 was named Best Animated Feature of 2015, Asian Americans took to Twitter to celebrate the film’s win and bring attention to Hollywood’s lack of diversity.

Big Hero 6 will release on DVD/Blu-ray on Feb. 24, 2015.

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Recommended Reading:

Voices of Asian American Talent Featured in Disney’s Big Hero 6” by KoreAm Journal

Big Hero 6 Animators Discuss Their Creative Process” by KoreAm Journal

[VIDEO] Audrey Magazine Interviews Daniel Henney & Ryan Potter” by Audrey Magazine

Film Review: Big Hero 6 Charms in Predictably Disney Fashion” by KoreAm Journal

Big Hero 6‘s Ryan Potter Discusses Playing Hiro, Why He Wants to Be Nightwing” by ComicBook.com

 

Featured image via Greek Fire/Twitter

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‘Big Hero 6′ Stirs Controversy in South Korea

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Although Big Hero 6 hasn’t hit theaters in South Korea yet, the Disney animated film is already stirring online controversy for allegedly featuring images of the Japanese Rising Sun flag.

For those of you wondering why some South Koreans are upset over this specific detail, the Rising Sun is considered offensive in South Korea and is viewed as a symbol of Japanese imperialism during the early 20th century. While Japan has been using the flag for centuries and still incorporates it into their commercial products today, to many Koreans, the imagery is tantamount to the Swastika.

So, it’s not surprising that a few Korean netizens became angry after spotting alleged Rising Sun emblems in the Big Hero 6 trailer. Here are some of the screenshots that have been shared on Korean media sites:

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In response to the controversy, Disney said, “There are no Rising Sun flags on display in the movie, nor was it the intention to suggest the Rising Sun flag.”

An early concept artwork, however, suggests that Disney did at some point include a flag that resembles the Rising Sun symbol in Hiro’s bedroom. To be fair, the original Big Hero 6 comic is more explicit in its Rising Sun imagery, and it’s likely that the concept artist was just drawing elements from the source material. Still, Disney made a good call scrapping the flag in its final cut.

zjkthpek1au9rtw1kajaConcept art of Hiro’s bedroom. Photo courtesy of Hitgall.

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Apparently, Disney took extra measures to dilute its Japanese aesthetics for the South Korean audience.

Hiro and Tadashi, for example, had their names altered in the Korean version of the film, erasing all indications that they are of Japanese descent. While Hiro’s name was tweaked to “Hero,” Tadashi was renamed “Teddy.” The brothers’ Japanese surname “Hamada” was also changed to “Armada,” which is a pretty cool last name. Hero Armada definitely fits the superhero bill.

According to Kotaku, Disney also removed Japanese-language signs that were featured in the U.S. edition of the film. Below, you can see that the Japanese letters on the cat’s stomach have been switched to English for the South Korean release.

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Another change Disney made for the Korean release was the title of the movie. The film was retitled Big Hero to avoid the impression of it being a sequel.

Interestingly enough, there’s a good number of Koreans who worked on Big Hero 6, including its character design supervisor, Sang-jin Kim; lead character designer, Shiyoon Kim; animator, Hyun-min Lee; and voice actors, Jamie Chung and Daniel Henney.

Big Hero 6 will premiere in South Korea on Jan. 21.

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‘Big Hero 6′ Animators Discuss Their Creative Process

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

It came as a surprise to many when Disney in 2013 announced plans to adapt Marvel’s Big Hero 6 into a 3D computer-animated film, it being the first animation project to spawn out of the studio’s acquisition of the comics publishing giant four years prior.

The crime-fighting series about a young robotics prodigy and his robot companion set in a futuristic city called San Fransokyo was considerably more obscure compared with other Marvel comics.

Yet when Big Hero 6 hit theaters in early November, adults and children alike fell in love with the characters. (Young protagonist Hiro Hamada is voiced by the half-Japanese American actor Ryan Potter, while Korean American actors Jamie Chung and Daniel Henney also lent their voices to the film.)

The visually stunning final product audiences got to see was thanks to imaginative Disney animators behind the scenes who helped translate the comic book characters to the big screen.

“Those little subtleties—[they’re] almost like a musical beat,” says Hyun-min Lee, 33, an animator for Big Hero 6 who worked primarily on scenes for Baymax, the polite and adorably clumsy blimp-like robot. “It’s about where you can hit those [notes] and really influence how people will read [a character]. It’s like an experiment almost, playing around with that subtle timing.”

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Both Lee, 33, and the lead character designer for Big Hero 6, Shiyoon Kim, 31, have been involved in some of Disney’s most successful animated features during the studio’s “neo-renaissance” period. Lee has animation credits for The Princess and the Frog (2009), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Winnie the Pooh (2011), last year’s Frozen, and the shorts Paperman and Feast. Kim joined Disney to work on Tangled (2010) and Paperman.

The Korean Americans, both alumni of the California Institute of the Arts, are just a few among a large team of animators at Disney linked to a period of creative resurgence that has introduced dynamic characters whose expression, movements and emotions give them personality and life.

Animation itself has come a long way since Disney’s first animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was released in 1937. Despite the advent of computer animation, said Lee and Kim in a joint interview, Disney’s studio remains faithful to detail since the hand-drawn days of yore, incorporating 2D animation along with 3D.

Both designers and animators need to flex their creative muscles, says Kim. For instance, in order to design Maximus, the sassy sword-wielding horse in Tangled, Kim observed different horse breeds at the equestrian center near Disney’ s Burbank, California studios before conceiving the initial designs for the character.

Kim faced a different kind of challenge when it came to the swashbuckling hero Flynn Rider from Tangled. “There was a lot of development [and] ideas on who this character was,” Kim tells KoreAm. “At the studio, the animators put all of their favorite, good-looking actors on a board. Everyone had their own opinion on what was good-looking.

“It was really interesting, because I think it’s a very subjective thing,” Kim adds. “I think where we landed was something appealing, and it fit right in with the story.”

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For Lee, the challenge of working on Baymax was that the rotund character did not really have a face or many defining features. (The film reimagined the character as a round, white robot from a synthetic being who can transform into a fierce-looking green lizard, as he is portrayed in the comics.)

“Baymax was [both] the hardest and easiest [character to work on], because he’s so simple,” Lee says. “There’s a lot of subtlety that goes into his specific head angle, exactly when he blinks, [how] quickly he blinks, how many times he blinks. Does he cock his head to the side, or toward the front?”

By the time a character design reaches the animator’s desk, the storyboards are ready and the voice actors have recorded their lines, so it’s left to the animators to bring the film to life, a few seconds at a time.

“They sometimes let us be a little more free about coming up with the de- tails in the acting, which is kind of the fun part of it,” Lee says.

Of course, it’s not easy for animators to watch their own work; they are their own worst critics. “It’s extremely hard to watch the movie as it is, be- cause instead of the story and characters in the film, I see all the hard work that everyone put into this,” Kim says, of Big Hero 6. “I’m so very proud of them, and it’s a testament to the level of heart and passion that each individual has given to the film.”

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Big Hero 6 received an Oscar nomination for best animated feature film. The feature will become available on digital HD & 3D on Feb. 3, 2015. It will also become available to own on blu-ray, DVD, digital SD and On-Demand on Feb. 24, 2015.

This article was published in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of KoreAmSubscribe today! To purchase a single issue copy of the December/January issue, click the “Buy Now” button below. (U.S. customers only. Expect delivery in 5-7 business days).

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‘Big Hero 6′ Receives Golden Globe Nomination

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Disney’s Big Hero 6 has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Animated Feature Film.

Inspired by a Marvel comic book miniseries, Big Hero 6 follows a team of brainiacs led by 14-year-old prodigy Hiro Hamada and his huggable marshmallow-like robot, Baymax. Following a tragedy, Hiro enlists the help of his high-tech friends to hunt down a masked villain and to decipher a sinister plot that could destroy the city of San Fransokyo.

Two Korean American actors voiced supporting characters in the animated film: Daniel Henney as Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi Hamada, and Jamie Chung as the adrenaline junkie, GoGo Tomago.

Other nominees for the best animated film includes The Lego MovieHow to Train Your Dragon 2The Book of Life and The Boxtrolls.

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and will air live on NBC at 5 p.m (PST) on Sunday, Jan. 11. You can view all the nominees and categories here.

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LINK ATTACK: Jamie Chung, Hallyu Beauty Storm, Kim Jong Il’s Former Bodyguard

North Korean Defector: ‘I Was Kim Jong Il’s Bodyguard’
“When Kim Jong Il would arrive in his vehicle, 60- to 70-year old advisors would run away and throw themselves onto the grass. They had dust on their clothes but they wanted to hide from him,” said Lee Young-guk, who was a former body guard to the late Kim Jong Il for 10 years. “They are scared because even when he was happy he would be rude and could chop off their heads.”

Skin Care Products from South Korea Catch on in the United States
Although the beauty market has long been led by European countries, South Korean beauty products are starting to become a popular trend in the States.

Vietnamese Translation Errors Could Affect Prop. 46
“An error in translation for voter materials for Proposition 46, which would require drug and alcohol testing for physicians, could be affecting the way Vietnamese Americans vote on the measure.”

The Super Jamie Chung in Big Hero 6
KoreAm‘s sister publication Audrey Magazine interviews Jamie Chung, the voice actress behind the speed demon GoGo Tomago in Disney’s latest animated film, Big Hero 6. 

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The Odd Friendship Between North Korea and Its First American Surfers
Julie Nelson was one of the first people to ever surf in North Korean waters and led the reclusive country’s first-ever surf camp, which showed North Koreans what a surfboard looks like and even taught some locals on how to swim.

OC Korean American Voter Turnout Increased Twofold Since June
“The number of Orange County Korean American voters who participated in Tuesday’s general elections increased about twofold since June primary elections.”

Son of South Korea Ferry Owner Is Convicted of Stealing Millions
“The eldest son of the South Korean business mogul who controlled the company that ran the Sewol ferry, which sank in April, leaving more than 300 people dead, was convicted of embezzlement on Wednesday and sentenced to three years in prison.”

Asian American Horror Thriller The Unbidden Launches Kickstarter
The Unbidden follows the story of four women haunted by the ghost of a tortured man, who knows their dark secrets from their past and seeks vengeance. Starring an all Asian American cast with Tamilyn Tomita, Julia Nickson, Elizabeth Sung, Amy Hill, Jason Yee and Karin Anna Cheung, this psychological thriller delves into the issue of domestic violence and the morality of retribution.

7 Deadly Spicy Korean Ramens to Try
Think you can handle spicy food? Koreaboo lists seven of Korea’s spiciest instant noodle brands.

South Korean Monk Tends to Souls of Dead Enemy Soldiers
A South Korean Buddhist monk cares for the graves of 769 North Korean soldiers in a forgotten cemetery along the SFXI Highway that runs from Seoul to the barbed wire fences of the demilitarized zone.

Japanese Swimmer Denies Stealing Camera at Asian Games
Naoya Tomita, a Japanese swimmer who was accused of stealing a camera during the Asian Games in South Korea, denied the allegations earlier this week, stating that an unidentified male forcefully put it in his bag.

The Unbelievable Story of a Woman Who Taught North Korea’s Elite Undercover
Suki Kim, an American journalist born in South Korea, talks to Huffington Post about her surreal experience teaching at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Heard in Seoul: Views on Reunification
Korea Real Time hits the streets of Seoul and asks South Koreans about their thoughts, hopes and concerns for a possible reunification with North Korea.

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A Journey to the Heart of Korean Cheese
“Imsil, in North Jeolla Province, was where Korea’s first cheese was produced in 1964 by Belgian missionary Didier Serstevens, who wanted to bring the community a sustainable income…”

South Korea Tries to Re-brand DMZ as Rare Animal Sanctuary
The South Korean government pushes for the construction of a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the DMZ as part of a trust-building strategy between the two Koreas.

5 Most Innovative Korean Restaurants in NYC
Korean cuisine has been growing steadily popular among New York foodies. Here are five innovative Korean restaurants in NYC you don’t want to miss.