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Snail Creams Are All the Rage in South Korea

January 9 • by Tiffany Ayuda

Leave it to Korean cosmetic companies to be the pulse on beauty trends in Asia. The latest phenomenon: snail cream. Although this news isn’t earth-shattering—Europeans have used snail mucus in their products for years—snail cream has become ever popular in Korea and there’s a big reason why: the secret is in the slime. Korean cosmetic…


What Can Kim Jong Il's Death Do For North Korea?

January 5 • by Tiffany Ayuda

It’s been two weeks since Kim Jong Il died and a week since his fiasco funeral, but questions about what kind of man he truly was still remains. Like any rogue state, there is no way of knowing what really goes on in North Korea. A cultish nation driven by unrelenting admiration and devotion for…


Check Out Kate Bosworth's Awesome New Jewelry Line

December 23 • by Malia Griggs

I have collected a lot of jewelry over the years—mostly from antique stores, friends and family. Some of it is pretty tacky (because who really needs a sparkly, silver flip-flop charm dangling from her neck?? Thanks, middle school), and lately, I have just wanted to donate most of it and start anew. I want a…


Clara Shih, 29, Named to Starbucks Board of Directors

December 22 • by Jasmine Ako

Whenever you take a satisfying sip of your favorite drink from Starbucks (hello, pumpkin flavors at Christmas!), ever stop to wonder who guides the overarching vision behind the mega-successful coffee company? Meet Clara Shih. At just 29, she’s the newest addition to the Starbucks board of directors, taking Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s place. As a…


Hello Kitty Makes the Cover of ELLE Taiwan

December 15 • by Tiffany Ayuda

While international models grace the cover of the fashion glossies each month, our favorite cute and cuddly cat Hello Kitty shines in a double cover of this month’s ELLE Taiwan. The magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary. But why Hello Kitty? She may not be a model, but Hello Kitty is more popular than ever,…


‘Fast Five’ Is a Top Movie of 2011

• by Jennifer Yamada

2011 was a pretty good year for movies in my opinion. For me, “Fast Five” was one of the standouts. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s part of the “Fast and Furious” sequels that have captured audiences with glamorous, exotic sports cars driven by a group of bad boys. The original cast, which includes…


Jeremy Lin Moves to Houston Rockets

• by Jasmine Ako

Asian American sports fans have been breathlessly watching as Jeremy Lin, a Harvard graduate and the first American player in the NBA of Chinese and Taiwanese descent, was recently traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Houston Rockets. Jeremy was waived by the Golden State Warriors on December 9, the first day of training camp…


Clara C: Shakin' off Silence Tour Recap

December 9 • by Stephanie S Lee

A month ago, I got the chance to attend the Boston stop of Clara C: Shakin’ off Silence tour.The event was hosted by Boston University’s Chinese Students (CSA) and Korean Students (KSA) Associations. The CSA, one of the largest cultural organizations at BU, hosted Takeout: Goodwill Benefit Concert last spring, which showcased Asian American talent from across the nation…


Asian American Teens Endure Most Bullying

December 6 • by Jasmine Ako

I was surprised to come across an article on a study conducted by the US Justice Department and Education Department which found that Asian American teens are the most bullied at American schools compared to members of other ethnic groups. Of the 6,500 students surveyed who were between the ages of 12 to 18, 54 percent…


Mochi Event Recap: College Discussion with Chinese American Student Exposure (CASE)

November 23 • by Maggie Hsu

“Boys are insensitive!” Elisabeth Y., 15, declares. I met with a group of girls from Chinese American Student Exposure (CASE) to discuss the college admissions process, but the conversation started off slowly, with only one of the girls, Lu Z., a 17-year-old senior, having a plan: To go to college close to home and become…