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Mini Cooper Commercial Features an Asian Flight Attendant

January 23 • by Jennifer Yamada

?What happens when you put the words stewardess, salt flats, paratroopers, sushi and falcon together and use them in a promotion ad? You get a very random commercial. Mini Cooper asked their customers to describe “The Best Test Drive Ever. Period.” in six words and the winning entry was made into an ad to promote the…


Executive Producer Gets Defensive About Asian Stereotypes

• by Jennifer Yamada

CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls,” has been called one of the hits this season, but recently, the show has come under fire for its stereotypes—especially the portrayal of Korean immigrant Han Lee (Matthew Moy), who speaks in broken English and owns a diner. Apparently, even before the pilot aired there were signs that Han was…


President Obama Wishes You a Happy Lunar New Year!

January 22 • by Mochi Magazine

From all of us at Mochi Magazine, we wish you and your family a Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! This year is the year of the Dragon, a symbol of ethnic identity and authority. While the year of the Rabbit was sweet and kind to us, we hope that the Dragon will bring us good…


Why Is Asian American Enrollment Declining in UC Colleges?

January 17 • by Jasmine Ako

The University of California (UC) school system is known for enrolling a large proportion of Asian Americans. However, in the wake of state budget cuts to education, the number of Asian Americans attending UC schools is actually on the decline. Increasing numbers of out-of-state and international students are replacing Asian Americans on California campuses due…


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…