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Though it might seem a bit strange, I LOVE that 19-year-old Rhiannon Brooksbank–Jones, a UK student, got her slightly-shorter-than-average tongue lengthened–in a parent-approved, 15-minute elective lingual frenectomy.
All so that she could speak Korean without sounding “foreign.”
From the Telegraph UK:
“I’d been learning Korean for about two years, and my speaking level was high, but I was really struggling with particular sounds,” she said.
It became apparent after a little while that I was having trouble with the Korean letter ‘L’, which is very frequent and comes from a slightly higher place in the mouth than the English ‘L’, and that my tongue was too short.
Koreaphiles come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of commitment, but Brooksbank-Jones clearly knows that, err, bullshit walks and surgery talks. (Wait, what?) Or that getting freaky with Korean girls all through college does not a Korean expert make. Or that Korean culture is not *just* about imbibing copious amounts of Hite beer, KBBQ, TV dramas and sexy/angry/pretty men (Or is it?).
What I mean is, though she’s studied the language for two years, plans to major in Korean at University, and dreams of living in her beloved Asian country as an adult, she knows that real Koreans won’t pay her any mind unless she speaks like a native. And she did what it takes to speak like a native (in this case, that meant a small incision in the flap connecting her tongue and mouth floor). This chick is so not fucking around!
But just a quick aside: I had no idea that lingual frenectomies were so easy-peasy. To think that a simple snip could help someone speak an entirely different language? It has me wondering if a quick tongue-lengthening might help one speak all kinds of other languages… perhaps even the language of love? And by “language of love,” I mean YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
Happy 41st birthday (yesterday) to my friend and bespectacled Wonder Twin Matt Sharp, frontman of the most spectacular band ever to rock a Moog. Many folks don’t know that the Virginian Rentals founder and former Weezer bassist was actually born in Thailand, which is perhaps where he picked up his jungle Asian ‘tude and Hardass Asian anal retentiveness.
After many years of hibernasian, Sharp and Co. recently released Songs About Time!!, an epic audio/visual compendium that includes 42 fresh tracks and 52 black-and-white short films (directed by the brilliant David Leamy) that were documented and released weekly in real-time over the course of one recording year. Well, it’s about time.
Happy birthday to His Awesomeness, Slash, an esteemed honorasian who turns 45 tomorrow. Like many mythical creatures, Slash is practically ageless, timeless, and as mysteriously cool as when he first started rocking faces off at Madame Wong’s in ’84.
He will always be an inspirasian to us! We hope those hot fingers get a rest from axe-rocking, just for one day, so that Slash can celebrate the big 4-5 properly–with both fists wrapped around vodka bottles.
Filed under: Agelessness, Awesomeness, Birthdays, Guitar Gods, Guns N' Roses, Honorasians, Inspirasian, Madame Wong's, Middle Age, Mythical Creatures, People Whose Faces Can't Be Seen And Therefore Reveal Nothing, Saul Hudson, Slash, Velvet Revolver
A few things we love about Arianna:
* She smells so good. She has the aroma of cleanliness and cashmere and a womanly, floral perfume not muddled by overbearing yucky stuff, like musk.
* She publishes DISGRASIAN on HuffPo!
* We love lady writers. And bloggers.
* She has turned self-reinvention into an art form.
* She works hard for the money.
* She publishes DISGRASIAN on HuffPo!
* She throws a great dinner party.
* OH, and that yummy accent. We love it, we love it!
* She publishes DISGRASIAN on HuffPo!
Filed under: Arianna Huffington, Awesomeness, Better With Age, Birthdays, Bloggers, Boss Bosses, Cashmere, Hair that Smells Like Scalp, Honorasians, Hot Bloggers, HuffPo, Influentials, Powerful Women, Reinvention, The Huffington Post
If you’re like us and fall hard for pretty people with big-ass brains, then honorasian Danica McKellar in collegiate gear and lingerie is YOUR WET, WET DREAM.
Filed under: Big Brains, Bras, College, Danica McKellar, Danica McKellar Lingerie, Danica McKellar Photo Spread In Maxim Magazine, Fantasy People, Honorasians, Lingerie, Math Nerds, Maxim, Nerds, Panties, Really Smart People, Smart Women, Smarties, The Wonder Years, Wet Dreams, Winnie Cooper
Happy birthday to honorasian Elton John, who turned 63 today!
Why Hardass Asian ladies love Elton:
* He, like all grownup Asian ladies, loves bedazzled evening outfits.
* File Under: Easy Listening
* 5 Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. (Who cares if you don’t watch the Tonys? It’s an award!)
* A distinct love for tiny dancers.
* Five important words: Was friends with Princess Diana.
* He turned those piano lessons into somethin‘!
* Guaranteed to rally for karaoke.
* He gives songs as gifts. And by jove, H.A.L.s love presents!!!
Filed under: Bedazzler, Best Kinds Of Friends, Best of the Best, Careers In Piano, Elton John, Honorasians, Karaoke, Musicians, Piano, Piano Lessons Are Required, Piano Players, Presents, Princess Diana, Singers, Tiny Dancers
Because of the dearth of Asian characters on TV when I was growing up, I always imagined that Winnie Cooper of The Wonder Years was one of us. She had those bangs, and that shy nerd quality, and she kinda looked Filipino, you know?
When Winnie grew up and became a math geek IRL, that sealed the deal for me. Now I hear Winnie, aka Danica McKellar, is pregnant with her first child. This is what she told People magazine about taking her home pregnancy test:
…she originally put off confirming her suspicions [about being pregnant]. “I was in the middle of a really intense deadline for my book,” explains McKellar, whose third tome, “Hot X: Algebra Exposed,” comes out in August.
“I wanted to put off the [pregnancy] test because I didn’t want any distractions. That only lasted a day — I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I caved! You can’t try to put that off.”
Putting off your pregnancy test because you want to focus on finishing your third book…about how math is fun and shit?
God, that is so fucking Asian, I love it.
That’s not actually asking much. Last night, during the NFC Championship shootout/battle royale/best game of the season, it was hard to look at anything else. When Fujita wasn’t putting pressure on Brett Favre, he and Anthony Hargrove were tackling him hard.
Filed under: Amazians, Brett Favre, College Sweethearts, Defense, Defensive Linemen, Focus On America, Football, Gay Rights, Go Saints, Honorasians, Hotties, Linebackers, National Equality March, New Orleans, New Orleans Saints, NFL, NOLA, Professional Athletes, Rad Japanese Dudes, Reprzentasian, Saints, Same-Sex Marriage, Scott Fujita, Sports, Super Bowl Ads, Super Bowl Miami, Super Bowl XLIV, Who Dat?
Cuz here’s the thing. Ms. White has got a voice like butter, million-dollar smile, freaking gorgeous face, swimsuit model body, longstanding devotion to video games (photo above is an homage–can you place it?), deeeeeep affinity for Korean dramas and K-pop… and seems like an all-around, super fun, super nice chick. Are all of these sweet-ass qualities together in one pretty package a common find? Hell no. Is Pumashock, then basically DISGRASIAN’s wet dream? Oh, yes.
Witness, for instance, this near-perfect interpretation of the Wonder Girls “Nobody” (Like, WOW):
And if you think that accent is just a fluke, check out her synthed up interpretasian of Lee Hyori’s “U Go Girl” (Also, like, WOW):
There’s something about her silky, smooth delivery, cheeky winks, and sweet, inviting smile that is ever-so seductive and, well, surprisingly perfect. Sometimes, it’s damn nice to be shocked.
After the Sonia Sotomayor nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was announced yesterday, a few of you wondered if Sotomayor, who is of Puerto Rican descent, wasn’t a little bit Asian. And who could blame you, really? Her eyes are kinda Asian. Her bio–immigrant parents, high school valedictorian, Princeton summa cum laude, Yale Law, bootstraps–is certainly Asian. She has the word “honorable” in her title (and, for that matter, she has a title). But it wasn’t until our pal Jeff Chang sent us this photo of Sotomayor and her twin nephews Conner and Corey (who were apparently born in Korea), that we knew for sure:
Happy 57th birthday.
Diana and Jen
Happy birthday to the lanky, wacky, and wonderful Perry Farrell, who (Wow!) turned 50 this week! Besides being a legendary rock star, Farrell is also an honorasian by way of marriage, and one of the nicest people we’ve ever met.
Here’s hoping his *cutest kids ever* (see below) made Daddy a nice card for the big day!
Filed under: Birthdays, Cute Kids, Etty Lau Farrell, Honorasians, Jane's Addiction, Looking Good, Nifty 50, Perry Farrell, Porno For Pyros, Race Mixing is Cool, Satellite Party, Users of Anti-Asian Cream?