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[VIDEO] This is What Happens When You Bring Asian Food to School for Lunch


Chow mein. Pork buns. Dumplings. Fried rice. Eggrolls. Adobo. Hungry yet?

This is just a small sample of all the Asian food that I grew up with and deeply love. However, as a child, despite how often I ate Asian food (everyday) and how much I enjoyed Asian food (I wanted it everyday), you’d be hard-pressed to ever find rice and tocino in my lunch pail. Instead, my Hello Kitty lunch pail was home to PB&J sandwiches, go-gurts and of course, lunchables.

Early on, I learned to associate my beloved Asian food with home and (as 11-year-old Eddie Huang says in Fresh off the Boat after making the mistake of bringing noodles for lunch) I associated “white people food” with school.

This is probably why I laughed out loud to the Domics short animation “Asian Food.” The animator of Domics very humorously (and accurately) describes the struggle of bringing Asian food to school for lunch around non-Asian classmates.

With our grade school lunch days long behind us, it’s easy to laugh this situation off as children being children. But who am I kidding? We’ve seen adults overreact to Asian food too. Admittedly, many of our delicious dishes (like blood sausages and century eggs) look absolutely horrifying to people who are unfamiliar. But like the other kids in this animation, they just don’t know what they’re missing.

Now excuse me while I go get my hands on some sweet corn.


Originally published on Audrey Magazine

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[VIDEO] Extroverts vs. Introverts According to a Korean YouTuber

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Korean YouTuber Goteng recently posted a video that explores the differences between introverts and extroverts. The comparisons are made through lighthearted and slightly exaggerated scenarios, such as ordering at a restaurant, making a romantic confession and tripping in public. Currently, the video has over 350,000 views.

As an introvert myself, I can attest to how painfully awkward and difficult it is whenever I have to flag down a waiter and ask for extra banchan, or side dish. The struggle is real.

Watch the video below:


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Korean ‘Fire Noodle Challenge’ Spreads Online

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Koreans love ramen, and they love spice. But can they handle the taste of fire?

There’s been a recent surge of people trying to eat Samyang’s Bool Dak Bokkeum Myun (translation: Flaming Chicken Fried Noodles), one of South Korea’s spiciest ramens, as quickly as possible on YouTube. Why are so many people doing this sadistic challenge? I have no idea, but watching strangers cry and writhe in food pain is surprisingly entertaining.

Here are some brave souls who accepted the “Fire Noodle Challenge.” Some dominated while others lost their tongues to the fires of ramen hell.

Americans take on the Fire Noodle Challenge

London’s Fire Noodle Challenge

Korean teens devour Fire Noodles in under 15 seconds

The spit-take near the end of the challenge is the highlight of the video.

Two Americans do the Fire Noodle Race

Korean YouTubers attempt to eat 12 Fire Noodles in 10 minutes

Mokbang star eats five packets of Fire Noodles

Fire Noodles get spicier with chili peppers and chili powder

Fire is catching, and it doesn’t look like the trend will die down anytime soon.

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Korean Girls React to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

We have seen kids, teens and YouTubers react to K-pop music videos, thanks to the good work of the Fine Brothers, but we haven’t really seen Koreans reacting to American pop music—that is until now.

YouTuber sw yoon recently launched a new series called “Korean Girls React,” and the first episode features several Korean girls reacting to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” music video. Although the English translation in this episode is a bit vulgar and exaggerated, the girls give a pretty interesting commentary about the differences between American and Korean pop cultures.

The episode begins with interviewer asking each of the girls what they think the video is about solely based on the title “Anaconda.” Oblivious to the raunchy content awaiting them, most of the girls assumed the video was some kind of documentary on reptiles.

Needless to say, the girls were very surprised when they saw Minaj twerking on a jungle set. Their reactions varied from shock to confusion to amusement throughout the song.

The girls later expressed their surprise that the so many shots focused on Minaj’s butt instead of her bosom–a physical attribute that Korean men find the most attractive, according to the girls.

Surprisingly, many of them believed that K-pop girl groups were more provocative than Minaj.

“This video has way more skin exposure, but I think that makes it less sexy,” one girl explained. “Korea is more about hinting at things and leaving it to the audience’s imagination.”

When asked how they felt about provocative music videos being released in South Korea, some expressed nonchalance or gave positive comments.

“I don’t think it’s bad. Since Korea is still very conservative, if you wear something too revealing in the summer, people judge you,” one girl said. “I think these videos can help change people’s perspectives.”

However, others said they were afraid that such sexy music videos would objectify women and make viewers see them only as sex symbols.

Swyoon recently made another video showing Korean girls eating American snacks, the direct opposite of the viral BuzzFeed video “Americans Try Korean Snacks for the First Time.” You can watch the episode below:

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David Choi to Launch New Web Series

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

“What’s it like being a famous YouTube musician?”

Korean American singer-songwriter David Choi will be tackling this question in his upcoming dramedy web series, DAVID.

Considered a pioneer in the YouTube music scene, Choi has helped pave a way for independent artists to be seen, heard and compensated through the digital platform. As of January 2015, he has nearly a million subscribers and over 96 million views total on his YouTube videos.

Produced by Eric Wang and written by Shane Yoon, DAVID will reveal glimpses into Choi’s life as a YouTuber and musician. The web series will premiere tomorrow, Jan. 8 on Choi’s YouTube channel with a new episode airing every week. Fellow YouTube creators, such as Wong Fu Productions, will also make guest appearances in the series.

Following the premiere of his web series, Choi will also release his new album Stories of Yous and Me on Feb. 17 and will participate in a 70-city world tour.

You can watch the trailer for DAVID below. You’ll notice a few candid backstage shots of Choi at last month’s Unforgettable Gala in the first couple seconds of the video.

To learn more about David Choi, read KoreAm’s cover story on the musician here.


‘The Interview’ Streams on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Sony Pictures’ The Interview is now available for rent and purchase online, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The controversial comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco became available to rent in HD at 10 a.m. PST on several streaming platforms, including YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and Sony’s own dedicated website at the price of $5.99. The film can also be bought for $14.99.

“It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release the film,” said Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. “With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, December 17th, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are please we can now join with our partners to offer the film nationwide today.”

Lynton also noted that Sony Pictures opted to release the film digitally first in order to reach the widest possible audience on opening day.

“It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech,” he said.

Google officials also released a statement on their blog regarding the digital release.

David Drummund, the company’s senior vp and corporate development and legal chief officer, wrote, “Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sideline and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be).”

On Tuesday, Sony reversed its decision to shelve the movie and announced a limited theatrical release. The comedy is now scheduled to screen at approximately 300 independent theaters across the country, premiering on Christmas Day.

Of course, the lead actors were ecstatic about the news and shared celebratory tweets with fans.

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The FBI claims that North Korea was responsible for the cyberattack and threats against Sony Pictures, but some experts have expressed their doubt over the regime’s capability to carry out such an attack.

Photo courtesy of Ed Araquel via THR.

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LINK ATTACK: Samsung’s Dark Secret, Psy Breaks YouTube, NKorea’s Name Ban

Samsung’s Devastating Secret: The Tears of ‘Semiconductor Children’
“In a new series, The Huffington Post Korea and its media partner, The Hankyoreh, report that long-term exposure to toxic chemicals may not only have lasting effects for some former Samsung workers, but also for their children.”

Dumbfoundead and the Year of the Metal Tiger
Critically acclaimed rapper James “Nocando” McCall writes about Koreatown rapper Dumbfounded, also known as Parker, and his rise to national fame during the year of the Metal Tiger.

Eat Your Kimchi Talks about Single Mothers in Korea

Rewriting the War, Japanese Right Attacks a Newspaper
“The Asahi Shimbun’s formal retraction of articles about ‘comfort women’ in World War II has led to an assault on the newspaper and on the view that Japan forced women into sexual slavery.” – The New York Times

Samsung Galaxy S6 Specs and Rumors
Here is an overview of what is already known about Saumsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S6 phone, based on leaks and rumors.

Eric Garner Case Resonates Among Asian Americans
“After a Staten Island grand jury decided to not indict white New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, Asian American activists and academics have been issuing calls for shows of solidarity for the family and community of Garner.”

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Call for Papers: Third Annual Korea University Korean History Graduate Student Conference
The Korea University Korean History (KUKH) Graduate Student Conference invites graduate students from around the world and conducting research in Korean history to submit abstracts for its 2015 conference.

North Korea Has Room for Only One Jong-un
There can only be one Jong-un to rule them all. North Koreans are now banned from using their leader’s name, and those who share the same name will be forced to change it.

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Harvard Professor Now Honorary Citizen of Seoul
Harvard University professor and political philosopher Michael Sandel, who is incredibly popular in Korea for his books Justice & Citizens’ Rights in Seoul, was made an honorary citizen of Seoul on Friday.

Kim Kardashian May Not Have Broken the Internet, But Psy’s “Gangnam Style” Just Did
Earlier this week, Psy’s viral song “Gangnam Style” reached the maximum number of views on YouTube, forcing YouTube and Google to upgrade its view counter.

14 Major Events in the Korean Music Industry in 2014
The year of 2014 has been one of the most tumultuous years for the K-pop industry as it was hit with scandals, tragedies and law suits. Koreaboo and Korean media portal Osen have compiled 14 of the most significant events to have occurred this year.

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South Korean Unity Project Helps Kids Connect with Distant North
“Middle school students learn about differences in technology, food and lifestyles from North Korean defectors as part of reunification project.”

South Korea Tries Taxing Smoking into Oblivion
South Korea recently passed a new tax that doubles the average cost of cigarettes to 4,500 won ($4.05) in an effort to cut down on smoking.

Yoon Mi Rae, Tiger JK and Bizzy Release “Angel” Music Video

Featured photo courtesy of Yonhap.




My Korean Husband: Exploring Interracial Relationships


Complete with a YouTube channel, a comic series and blog posts, the website My Korean Husband, run by married couple Nichola and Hugh, documents the cultural differences and exploration of Korean and Australian culture. The site’s “About Us” page goes into further detail about the two:

“We are a married couple and we first met in Sydney, Australia. Nichola is an Australian woman and Hugh (Mr Gwon) is a Korean man. Nichola grew up in rural Australia, while Hugh grew up in rural South Korea. Growing up in very different cultures means there are many challenges to face, but there are also very many rewards.”


The blog originally started as a creative space for Nichola’s comics to explore a wide range of issues. In the comics, the couple is portrayed as a bickering, but affectionate couple who explore Korean culture together. The adorable comics focus on everything from lack of oven mitts to the difference between Korean and Australian food.






And in regards to communication, Nichola says, “I think all couples, even those that speak the same native language, can have this problem. We just tend to more aware of it. We are patient with each other, and don’t jump to conclusions and we ask for clarification before reacting to something. While we don’t speak the same native language, we speak the same language emotionally so we rarely have problems with communication.”


“We’re comparing and contrasting our lives as cartoonists, English teachers, fathers and husbands,” the couple told the Korea Herald in 2013. “We’re also going to bring in guest cartoonists with connections to Korea and Japan and maybe try to open a dialogue between a few Korean and Japanese cartoonists.”

Dating someone of a different culture may be difficult at times, but as this couple proves, it has a handful of rewards along the way.


Photos courtesy of mykoreanhusband.com 

Originally published on Audrey Magazine