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ROCK OF ASIAN: Groove Nation’s Viral K-Pop Homage

February 2nd, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

A Vancouver (Not Whistler Mountain Vancouver, but the Vancouver, WA near PDX airport) dance company from Groove Nation studio entered a competition last month–with a routine that choreographer Julio Fuentes set to 8 minutes of K-Pop music.

Not a common choice for an American high schoolers’ dance troupe! Fuentes even posted a video of the performance on YouTube. And as you can see, it’s sassy and adorable.:





What Fuentes didn’t expect is that the little video of his teens dancing their hearts out in a gym would suddenly take off globally. It quickly went viral in South Korea, and currently has 515,143 views.

What’s more, YouTube’s trendwatchers report that Groove Nation’s second performance, posted two days ago, was among the Most Shared Videos in South Korea, as well as one of the most watched videos among South Korean girls ages 13-17. It already has nearly 22,000 views.

Ya gotta hand it to South Koreans–they know how to give ‘net love. Which has me thinking… JEN, GRAB YOUR LEOTARD. WE’RE MAKING A K-POP DANCE VIDEO!

[YouTube Trends: K-Pop Across The Pacific]
[Oregonian: K-Pop Tribute By Vancouver's Groove Nation Dance Academy hits YouTube, goes viral]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Freddie Wong

June 28th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Diana


Name: Freddie Wong

Age: 24

Hails from: LA (via Seattle)

Occupation: YouTube star, budding filmmaker, video enthusiast, Guitar Hero pro

Known for: Well, he actually says it best

“Most people know me from my brief stint as a professional Guitar Hero/Rock Band player.

When I am not rocking faces with plastic, I am a filmmaker and musician in Los Angeles.”

Like 7,166,489 other people, we first encountered Wong when he released a sick video of himself rocking Rush’s “YYZ” on Guitar Hero’s expert level, and watched with nodding approval as he rose quick as crème fraîche to the top of the pro GH ranks.

But Wong’s real gifts, as highlighted by NewTeeVee’s Liz Shannon Miller this week, lie in Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Freddie Wong

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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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ROCK OF ASIAN: Legaci aka LGC aka Justin Bieber’s Backup Biebs

April 7th, 2010 | 9 comments | Posted by Diana

Until recently, I knew very little about tween pop phenom Justin Bieber except that he once performed a sold-out free show at the garish outlet mall (you can see it from an airplane!) fifteen minutes from my house, has monopolized Twitter’s trending topics for nearly two months, and apparently has the same weave as Tiger’s quack porn flame, Joslyn James.


But hey, I kinda like the kid. He’s got a sweet little Cinderella story (a young, cute, Canadian YouTube sensation gets discovered by a fancy manager who turns a few mall appearances into international superstardom and a Billboard #1 album). He seems sweet. He’s got a young Joey McIntyre’s pipes. And he kinda reminds me of Hayley Mills.


So I can see why Bay Area R&B outfit Legaci (aka LGC) decided to cover Bieber’s sugary, chart-topping hit, “Baby”–it’s addictive in a modern doo-wop sort of way. Just a month ago, Legaci posted a magical living room performance of the song for YouTube with sultry-voiced Cathy Nguyen and smooth talker Traphik, which has clocked nearly Continue reading ROCK OF ASIAN: Legaci aka LGC aka Justin Bieber’s Backup Biebs

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B Here For Ur Peeps

October 24th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Did you know that 1 in 10 Asian Americans suffer from hepatitis B? Probably not, which is why B Here is here.


B Here, as you’ve hopefully heard, is a new campaign designed to raise awareness of hepatitis B, a life-threatening liver disease that affects up to 2 million people in the U.S. – many of whom are Asian Americans. Eek factor: 10% of infected people can develop chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis or hardening of the liver, or liver cancer. Not cool.

We would like to kick diseases that affect our peeps in the shins.

Join us in the effort! B Here is currently hosting a university tour that makes one more stop next week, with two performances at UC Davis on Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28. If you’re in the area, pack them seats! It’s practically a parade of our favorite musicmakers, rumpshakers and funnypeople–from KevJumba (♥) to Kaba Modern to David Choi (The lineup’s so good you almost forget you’re learning about something!).

Can’t go? Well, there are lots of different ways for you to spread the word. Help the peeps out.

[B Here: WillYouBeHere.com]
[B Here at UC Davis: Event page]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Pumashock

October 7th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Our friend Joyce recently introduced us to the vocal stylings of her girl, Pumashock (aka Natalie White), and we’re becoming a bit obsessed.

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.

[YouTube: Pumashock's Channel]
[Pumashock on Twitter]
[Pixel Gamemusic - Official Site of Pumashock]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Gabe Bondoc

September 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Say what you will about singer/songwriters –they’ve got to be dreamy. If it’s not in their face, it’s gotta be in the words, the vocal chords, their very essence.

It’s kind of shameful to admit but, for many ladies, the allure of a singer/songwriter is the musical promise that someone out there can and will speak to our very soul, peer into our heart and love us like we’ve seen in films and read about in weepy novels. Someone can hold us gently with just the lyrics on their lips, and they won’t muck it up with a gassy burp, prolonged glance at a Tecate girl, or grouchy man moment.

But let’s face it. Some singer/songwriter douchbags neg on the promise, and you realize that when they were talking about your body being a wonderland, they weren’t really talking about you; they meant every groupie and her mom, plus every tabloid-friendly celebrity they could get their grubby little hands on. Ew.

Gabe Bondoc doesn’t seem like an empty promise guy, though. He actually appears to be a real sweetheart, and whispers those soft secrets with a most ticklish, velvety voice, all the while working those animated cheek dimples and angel-perfect mug. Beloved on YouTube for both silly cover songs (like “Part of Your World” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid or N*Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me”) and original compositions, Gabe is a lighthearted dreamboat.

And a gentleman:

…so much so that we wish we were in a movie right now, so we could melt in his dreamy arms.

[MySpace: Gabe Bondoc]
[Gabe Bondoc - Official Site]
[YouTube - Gabe Bondoc's Channel]

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U Got Perved

August 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Okay, okay. As you know, I normally wouldn’t encourage dudes to pretend-jerk off under their bed sheets on camera. Or make lewd tongue gestures as if they’re lasciviously lapping up a beef curtain hoagie. Or fondle themselves while declaring “Tittays!”

This is a perfect example of how sometimes life is not made up of absolutes.

For some reason, because YouTuber Jr. DaPhamily is just a teeny young pup, with cheeks like the great plains, he can do whatever the sam hell he pleases on camera and it’s a-okay by me.

I mean, check out this kid, who got as worked up as I did to see Vanessa Hudgens in the buff…again.

Perhaps it’s because we’re all a just a human bag of hormones at that tender age, shuffling off into corners to masturbate while imagining, hopefully, what real kissing is like. And after all, let’s assume he doesn’t necessarily know what he’s doing with his tongue (lewd gestures and “Tittays” both included) from experience–rather from a big brother or a couple of snakey pals. Big whoop.

All I know is that for some reason, this little perv rocks my socks off (*If you’re reading this, kid: I said “my socks,” not “my panties”), and I simply cannot stop laughing throughout each one of his short, emphatic videos.

Important caveat to this, however. Seriously, in a year or so–or the minute those cheeks flatten out by even a millimeter–when DaPhamily is old enough to know better and interfacing with real human girls–this form of behavior will actually be REALLY UNACCEPTABLE. (Ya hear that, kid? Better learn to respeck!)

Sigh. Pretty confusing, I know.

[YouTube: DaPhamily's channel]

Thanks, Jen!

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Redefining the Term "Car Wreck"

June 10th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Have you ever wanted to dismantle a car with your bare hands? Yeah?

Well, here’s a handy-dandy how-to:

Love the random Samsung camera product placement, cuz the dude definitely deserves a corporate sponsor.

[via urlesque]

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Wonder Boys

May 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Do you have something against happiness?

No? Good. Then watch this dance video set to the Wonder Girls‘ infectious hit “Nobody,” the English version of which is scheduled to drop any day now:

(Yes, the three dancing dudes are one and the same.)

Thanks, ScottyP!

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN!

April 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Happy birthday to Marié Digby, who turns 26 today! Marié has had a busy, busy year–last April, she released her debut album Unfold, this March, she put out a Japanese covers record, Second Home, and in June, she’ll unveil her sophomore effort, Breathing Underwater, (despite it being unveiled, i.e. leaked, for her last week on the internet).

Not too shabby, especially for a girl who made her name on YouTube covering Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Here’s hoping Marié’s 26th year is just as fruitful and productive. (Did we just write “fruitful and productive”? Good lord, we’re turning into our Hardass Asian Mothers.)

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Electro-Stimulasian

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

Do not try this at home.

For more electro-stimulasian, click here.

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