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YouTube Star of the Week: Lauren Riihimaki

January 20 • by Jessica Yang

There’s nothing more rewarding than a DIY project, and for YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki, who’s behind LaurDIY, there are no limits for DIY. She was recently featured in Seventeen and while most college students are looking for campus jobs, her creations, including iPhone case designs, have helped this crafty teen make a living. Where do you…

Entertainment
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Mochi Minis: ‘Is This Racist?’ Edition

January 17 • by Elaine Low

Monday night’s “How I Met Your Mother” kicked up a stir with its (Kill Bill-inspired?) Very Special Slapsgiving episode, which included Lily, Robin, and Ted dolled up in Oriental garb, complete with a Fu Manchu mustache on Ted. The show’s creators have apologized, calling it an “homage to Kung Fu movies,” but not before the…

Entertainment
Control

The New Twilight? What Inspired YA Novelist Lydia Kang’s Control

January 13 • by Catherine Zaw

“Somewhat small, but yet deceptively strong. Sort of like an ant,” describes author Lydia Kang about herself in her Goodreads profile. A part-time doctor, Lydia Kang can now also add young adult fiction writer to her already impressive resume. Her book, Control, debuted late last December. It is a science-fiction novel about a young woman…

Food & Health
Cotton-Ball Diet

The Latest Weird Diet Fad: Cotton-balls

December 10 • by Stephanie Lee

The Internet is filled with dietary misconceptions and here’s the latest one: The Cotton-Ball Diet. It’s not a new idea, but it’s been getting more press recently among teenagers because of increased Internet endorsement. New YouTube how-to videos have been popularizing this fad diet, which involves dipping cotton balls in juice or smoothies and then…

Beauty
Makeup Mondays

Makeup Monday: Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!

December 9 • by Nicole Chiang

With Christmas a little more than two weeks away, now is the time to make sure you’ve found the perfect gifts for all your friends and family. To help you out, we’ve compiled a roundup of five beauty gifts for the gals in your life—and at under $50 a pop, they won’t break your budget….

Entertainment
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Did Katy Perry’s AMA Performance Cross The Line?

December 4 • by Kelly Fong

Many of you have seen Katy Perry’s performance of her latest single,“Unconditional,” at the 2013 American Music Awards. As it happened, Twitter and Facebook exploded with backlash from members of the AAPI community. Here are a few reasons why: As the lights fade in, Katy Perry appears on stage with a heavily powdered face, looking…

Beauty
Makeup Mondays

Makeup Monday: Bloat Control and a New Take on the Ponytail

December 2 • by Nicole Chiang

I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving filled with delicious food and good company! Although we’re back to work this week, we’ve got cyber Monday deals to look forward to. Some of the sites I’ll be shopping? There’s 25% off Genetic Denim, 40% off Gorjana & Griffin, 25% off Stella & Bow and 20% off Butter London—and those are just a few…

Entertainment
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Meet YouTube Star of the Week: Christina Liu

November 26 • by Jessica Yang

Popular Instagram user, Christina Liu, better known as ChrisaliesCorners, has expanded onto YouTube. On Instagram, you may be familiar with Liu’s regular posts of “Outfit of the Day” (OOTD) looks, as well as the occasional beauty shots. Now, she’s taken on a new venture on YouTube. With her happy and cute outlook, it’s hard not…

Entertainment
Homecoming

Are Asian American TV Roles Perpetuating Stereotypes?

• by Tiffany Ayuda

A recent New York Times article takes a close look at how TV’s leading ladies Lucy Liu and Maggie Q are changing the landscape for Asian American actresses. Liu plays Joan Watson in the CBS drama Elementary and Q is the star of Nikita, a CW show on the rogue assassin. Although Liu and Q…

Beauty
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4 Soothing Face Masks for Every Skin Type

November 25 • by Tiffany Ayuda

Whether you’re fighting dry, flaky skin, taming oiliness and preventing breakouts, or looking to brighten dullness and remove tiredness, these rejuvenating and healing sheet face masks will help solve your skincare woes. And best of all, you don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars to give yourself the ultimate spa treatment. These sheet face…