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BABEWATCH: YouTube Makeup Guru Michelle Phan

May 25th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Michelle Phan

Age: 23

Occupation: Makeup artist, YouTube sensation, and Lancôme spokesperson

Why She’s a Babe: Because as YouTube’s #1 beauty vlogger–her videos have been viewed over 150 million times–Michelle Phan is helping other chicks look like babes, and that’s a beautiful thing. Also, it takes courage to face millions of viewers without a lick of makeup–you may not know it, but we wear a shit-ton when we vlog–and au naturel is how she begins each video. (It helps, of course, that Michelle’s skin is flawless and seems to be utterly lacking in pores. Bitch!) While some of the Vietnamese American makeup artist’s tutorials are cute gimmicks–like the Barbie doll one, a look she demo’ed without using a mirror–and some verge on the clichésian, like the Geisha Halloween or Anime Eyes videos, many of her videos are just plain useful, which explains why Lancôme recently signed her as their official video makeup artist in an unprecedented contract for someone who got their start on the interwebz. Peep our favorites below. Even if you’re not into makeup, you may find yourself mesmerized by Michelle’s eerily calm demeanor and soothing voice.

Makeup For Glasses (aka Makeup For Diana):

5 Minutes Makeup (aka Makeup For Really Fucking Impatient People, aka Makeup For Jen):

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Buh-Bye, Rep. Joseph Cao

March 22nd, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

After being the only Republican to support the healthcare reform bill in November, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) voted against it Sunday, because he felt its executive order prohibiting the federal funding of abortions–a restriction brokered by an anti-abortion Dem, Rep. Bart Stupak–was not strict enough. The bill eventually passed 219-212.

Hi? Or Bye?

Now, if activity in the Twitterverse following the bill’s passage gives us any kind of accurate temperature read on the future of freshman Congressman Cao, who hails from a highly Democratic district in NOLA…

I’d say DUDE. IS. COOKED.

[The Hill: Lone GOP 'yes' vote last time is voting 'no' this time around]

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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! “GO BACK TO Saigon, South Vietnam” Joseph Cao

November 10th, 2009 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

This Tweet, from @RightBloggerPat, speaks for itself (and by self we mean its pedestrian, unoriginal, 3rd grade, racist core):

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The old “go back to where you came from” stinger!

Yawn.

[DISGRASIAN: AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Anh "Joseph" Cao]

[Newsweek: Rep. Joseph Cao, the Sole Republican to Support Pelosi Health Bill]

Thanks, @ohmgee!

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! The Murder of Annie Le

September 18th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

There are things I can’t stop thinking about in the murder of Yale graduate student Annie Le.


Like the fact that she was 4’11″ and 90 lbs, which seems oh-so-small.

And that she was killed in the middle of the day.

The fact everyone now knows and finds particularly cruel: that she was found murdered, stuffed in a wall, on the day she was to be married.

That Annie’s fiance’s name is Widawsky, calling to mind widows and widowers, people left behind by death.

That there’s a theory floating around she may have been killed over mice.

This phenomenon called “workplace violence.” Or that it’s the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the U.S.

The single bead of the necklace she was wearing that was found in the lab area where she was last seen alive. A bead that must have broken off her necklace when she was strangled. Was it precious? Was it cheap? Was it from a necklace you could buy at a jewelry store, at a street fair, on a beach?

A video taken of her sitting at a desk in front of a computer, her glasses on, a bottle of water open, where she waves a little stuffed penguin to the camera, all of it so mundane and normal.

This week, Slate‘s media critic Jack Shafer wrote in a piece called “Murder Draped in Ivy” that people have taken a particular, “prurient” interest in Annie Le’s murder because it occurred at Yale:

If you plan to be murdered and expect decent press coverage, please have the good sense to be a Harvard or Yale student or professor….

Members of the elite press identify with Harvard and Yale—even if they didn’t go there. They may work for someone who went, or wish they’d gone, or hope their children go.

I’m not a member of the elite press, but I can say I identify with Annie Le. And it’s not because I went to Yale, and my freshman year, a fellow student was murdered–shot and killed–about a stone throw’s from my Common Room window. It’s because Annie Le seemed like someone I know, someone I’m friends with, someone I might have competed against in high school, someone like me, a girl–and not a body, a height measurement, an anecdote about cruel timing, a bead from a necklace, a statistic–who was simply living her life before someone stamped it out of her for no good reason.

[Slate: Murder Draped in Ivy]

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Thanks, Raymond

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Annie Le Murder Update: Police Focus On Lab Technician

September 15th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

With autopsy results in the murder of 24 year-old Yale grad student Annie Le still pending, it’s now being reported that police have descended in “large numbers” on the apartment building of lab technician who worked in the same building where Le’s body was found.


The lab technician has not been officially named a suspect, although a police source close to the investigation told CBS News Monday that the lab technician has already failed a polygraph test.

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An AMAZIAN and His BABEWATCH: David Tran and Huy Fong Sriracha Sauce

May 26th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


We were off the clock for Memorial Day yesterday, but simply couldn’t stop thinking about one rockin’ Amazian: David Tran, 64-year-old founder of Huy Fong and creator of its “rooster” sauce. Tran was profiled in last week’s NY Times in an article that described the sauce’s ubiquity (from four-star NYC kitchens to college apartment hovels to steamy bowls of Phở), as well as Tran’s incredulity regarding its success. Without him, we would not eat so well–and trust us, we know it.

But moving on, let us not ignore this hot-hot-hot Babe…


Name: Huy Fong Tướng Ớt Sriracha (aka Sriracha Chili Sauce)

Occupation: Hot-Ass Chili Sauce, suitable for everything

Why It’s A Babe: Because Huy Fong’s is the O.G. of Sriracha sauces, and makes everything from rice to soup to buffalo wings to panini to popcorn better. We love the bodacious, feminine bottle shape, the easy-twist green tip–and when we look at the saucy, bold, red coloring, we can only think of one word: yummy.

Most importantly, we find that Huy Fong Srircha makes everyone feel and act spicier; and if constant inspirasian towards spicy action doesn’t qualify one as a Babe, we really don’t know what does.

[NY Times: Hot Stuff In a Squeeze Bottle]

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Thanks, Zoe and Jodi!

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Rep. Joseph Cao Admits He’s a Closet Case

March 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Meowww, Mrs. Cao!

On Tuesday, in front of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress, admitted to being a closet case. A “closet Democrat” that is. His exact words were:

“Don’t tell the Republicans, but I might be a closet Democrat,” said Cao to a round of laughter.

Now, this sounds like a prime example of Rep. Cao, who comes from a heavily Democratic district, panda-ring–what you’d call pandering to our people–but methinks there is another explanation.

TRANSLASIAN: “THE GOP SHIP IS A’SINKING. WE’VE GOT THE HEAD OF THE RNC KOWTOWING TO THAT CRACKHEAD RUSH LIMBAUGH AND MY RE-ELECTION IN 2010 IS A HAIR’S BREADTH AWAY. ABORT, ABORT.”

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You Take the Good, You Take the Bad, You Take the Cao…

December 9th, 2008 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

…and there you have: A Viet in the House. A Viet in the House!

Everyone is all kinds of excited about the fact that there’s now a Vietnamese-American dude rocking the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana (It’s no wonder–consider it a super-unlikely opportunity for Reprzentasian in that District if you aren’t experienced, Black or a Democrat).

Anh “Joseph” Cao is my peeps’ first Reprzentative, and that isn’t nothing! In fact, for my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, I’m sure that achievement alone would be enough for us all to claim bragging rights and call it a year. Incidentally, I think it’s a bit of a mixed bag–a little bit of good news, and a little bit of bad.

Wow, Joseph Cao victorious in Louisiana… Good and Bad?

Let’s think:

Cao is the first Vietnamese-American elected to the House! Woot! We all love to be the first! …that’s GOOD!

As a nominee, Cao received endorsements from Christian right PACs, Bobby Jindal, and Pat Boone. Umm… X…that’s BAD!

Because of Cao, lots of people have been forced to read/speak/say/smell/spell the word “Vietnamese” in national headlines. Are we here? YES! To stay? FUCK YES! …that’s GOOD!

Like my Aunt “Tracy,” Cao has adopted an “American” name in “Quotations” so that people can refer to him more easily. What’s wrong with the name Anh? My sister’s name is Anh. It’s a hot name! Hotter than Tracy, at least. X…that’s BAD!

Cao is a Republican, although that’s not inherently bad (I guess)–in fact he considers himself a political centrist, running last year in 2007 as an Independent, and shape-shifting just before this election as a strategic move to crush his veteran incumbent Dem opponent. The fact that he’s a Republican? Kind of a bummer. Late-game party-changing? Not great. But the fact that he admittedly capitalized off of low voter turnout–the result of voter fatigue in an election postponed a month by Hurricane Gustav… that ol’ politics kinda gives us the creepy tingles. X…that’s BAD!

Cao was accused of resorting to negative advertising, and at the very least benefited from PAC-produced negative ads, all seemingly deployed to discourage and disenfranchise African-American voters. X…that’s BAD!

Cao has dedicated himself to multiple efforts aiding Vietnamese refugees, and aims to further Vietnam as a peaceful, Democratic state. …that’s GOOD!

Cao is a dedicated church-goer, which gives his life structure and meaning. …that’s GOOD!

He’s a devout Catholic, who cites religious reasons for his party choice, and–more importantly–adamantly opposes abortion. X…that’s BAD!

The man is cute as a button (see photo above) and reminds us of a little, very friendly muppet, or Los Angeles sushi Chef Saito (also cute as a button). …that’s GOOD!

Cao’s Vietnamese heritage combined with his Houston, Texas upbringing basically make him a life meld of Jen and Diana… …that’s GOOD!

But doesn’t that fact automatically make him DISGRASIAN? X…that’s BAD!

I suppose only time will tell.

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Thanks, Maris, Ken, and Betty!

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Kenny Hoang

November 17th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Ken Hoang

Occupation: Professional gamer and Survivor: Gabon contestant

Known for: Surviving and then some. Nine weeks into the season, Kenny has–despite being a 98 lb. weakling and an indoor cat who plays video games for a living–not only survived the game but become the most powerful person in it. Using clever mindfuckery, the Vietnamese-American 23 year-old has picked off his Alpha Male competitors one after the other, men who were physically stronger and conventionally better-looking, proving that not all playas have to have washboard abs like Yul Kwon. Jeff Probst, who’s seen kingpins come and go on the show in his 17 seasons hosting, even recently compared Kenny’s coming of age to “watching great Shakespeare” (um, Jeff Probst watches Shakespeare?). Let’s just hope that Kenny’s reign out in the bush is more Henry VIII than Richard III.

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