11.09.2014

#Selfie, Social Alienation, and a Tale of Two Nerds

Selfie and Social Alienation

I've recently learned that Selfie's cancellation has been confirmed and much to my surprise, and I'm quite disappointed.  The show has slowly grown on me, the characters were becoming more recognizable, and the episodes were getting increasingly funny.

My main reason for rooting for this show is obvious; I'm a John Cho fan.  Always have been, always will be.  I've already lost count of how many canceled shows he's been on now and I loathe just to think of adding this one to the list.  A commenter on this article even remarked, "America wasn’t dying for a rom-com about a redhead being romanced by an [sic] John Cho? Go figure."

Now, I'm obviously more partial to Blasian romances (obviously), and I'm tired of the (also tired) POC/white pairing trend but I accept that not everyone will agree, and I hate to see such good (and rare) chemistry go to waste.

To be honest, I don't get why the show was canceled once people were finally "getting" the show.  Once the theme of social alienation became fully defined within the narrative, not only did the title Selfie somewhat gain a new level of meaning, but so did the series itself.  The episode "Even Hell Has Two Bars" sealed it when Eliza and Henry are sharing an intimate conversation out in the middle of nowhere, and they withdraw once their phones pick up signal.  Suddenly, they break eye contact, physically move apart, and start skimming emails and texts, eyes glued to their separate screens.

The social alienation brought about by modern technology is a worthy topic with several sub-themes to explore, and once I realized that, I realized how and why Selfie had a potential for longevity.

11.02.2014

Colorless World returns with its 4th Edition

The October 2014 issue of Colorless World magazine is out and it is one hell of an issue.  I must say...AMBWP has really hit its stride and built its own gold mine.

As usual, it begins with a mouth-watering recipe from Rabz...


...followed by a chat with an AMBW couple from South Africa!!!

10.30.2014

Autumn Indigenous Men: Eddie Spears on #SleepyHollow

When I saw "Eddie Spears" in the credits this week's episode, I squealed like an idiot child.

Some of you already know why.

Spears plays Big Ash, the leader of a motorcycle-riding Shawnee hunting party.  As in demon-hunting party, y'all.  And while I dig that characterization to no end, I noticed that I spent a good 75% of the episode just waiting for him to show up.  And when he did, he was on screen for about two or three minutes.  Big Ash's job is to help the Witnesses with their mission this week, and ironically, he delivers exposition "at great length" off screen.

Come on, man.  You already banished Andy Brooks John Cho over to Selfie, man.  You couldn't flesh out Big Ash, give him some more screen time and a back story, then make him recurring, man?????  Is that really too much to ask?

'Cause I'll say this for the casting people on SH.  When they finally decide to pick 'em, they surely do know how to pick 'em.

Did any of you watch this ep?  What did you think?

10.20.2014

The New Faces of Korea

 A show where a group of 11 foreigners living in Korea (G11), come together to represent their countries views when discussing social issues.

Every so often as I flip through channels here in Korea I come across some amazing things. There are several documentaries showing "real" Korean life: people living in the country side, a mother who gave birth to triplets, grandparents who live out of an RV...and a Congolese family living in Korea. The children are fluent in Korean while the mother barely speaks any.

There is a hilarious show that has a caught the attention of many living here in Korea called Abnormal Summit or 비정상 회담 in Korean. Its a panel of  three Koreans guys and about eleven other guys from different countries including the USA, Turkey, Ghana, France, the UK, Italy, and Australia just to name a few. My favorite panelist is Enes from Turkey. In a poll, the fan favorite is Enes from Turkey and second is Sam from Ghana!
All of the men are fluent in Korean and it is interesting to see them intereact with each other in the language. They discuss foreigner life in Korea and how foreigners are viewed by Korean people in a hiliarious and fun way. They even discuss and share their own cultures. Many of the guys have become famous starring in commercials on Korean television. It is interesting to watch. All the episodes are subbed now on Dailymotion. I have showed my students a few episodes and they love the show. Without realizing it, they are learning about other cultures. Give it a look and tell us what you think!

10.15.2014

The Skin I'm In: Korean Beauty Products

The Blasian Narrative received a letter from Paige, a Blasian Narrative reader, who uses Korean skin care products. If you or anyone you know has ever been to Korea, you have noticed that there are an abundance of stores that sell make-up and skin care products. You'll also notice that they are always next to each other.
Some will argue, right-fully so, that Koreans -men and women alike- are obssessed with outer beauty. Whether you think this is a good or bad thing, I would like to say that their products are spreading across the globe and proving to be effective for many people struggling to have "clear, flawless" skin.

Paige has been using a host of products from Korea's most popular stores: Skinfood, Innisfree, and Nature Republic. She has used cleansers, scrubs, masks, and oils, all that she has really grown to love and now has become an avid user of. However, because she lives in the states her access to the products that she likes are not readily available so she has been ordering online or getting them from really good friends...and just like buying from the stores in Korea....she has received several samples to try. She raised an interesting question to the narrative: Do Asians (Koreans in particular) have similar skin needs as black people?

I would say when it comes to the oiliness that many black people including myself have yes our skin is very similar. Koreans, from what I see, have a lot of acne issues and the many stores and skin doctors are a result of trying to get rid of those issues. Before coming to Korea, I did not have significant acne problem, but I did have extremely oily skin. It was so bad that I rarely wore loion on my face in attempt to keep it dry. Coming to Korea and experiencing air quality changes and nutritional changes, my skin has become sensitive to everything. To try and control the oil I began using Skinfood's Egg White Pore foam. It worked well for a few weeks, making  my skin feel clean and soft, but the oiliness got worse. And I started getting these large pimples on my cheeks. So then, I switched to Skinfood's rice mask...this made my skin feel clean and smooth, but the oiliness continued to get worse.

Nothing seemed to be working until I sucked it up and went to the more expensive (still great price compared to the states) brand for skin Innisfree. I started with the Persimmon Toner for excess sebum (oil). Then a friend, who is Cauasian and has some severe acne issuse and oily skin, introduced me to Innisfree's Bija  anti-trouble facial foam. I bought the moisturizing lotion to go with it. They both contain torreya seed oil (found in Japan and Korea's Jeju island)-  applied on the skin it can heal inflammation, treat acne and boils. To remove make-up and dirt before cleansing, I use Innisfree's Green Barley No-Wash Cleansing Toner, which water based, with no alcohol.
All my products on the coffee table

And to top it off I was given some free masks, one of which was the Its real squeeze Kiwi Mask....I took a pic wearing the mask, but I look cray cray to say the least...so....but for the creative process...I did it...
Anyway, after a month and a half, all of these products together have done wonders on my skin-- reducing oil and getting rid of pimples and blemishes.

If any of you out there are using Korean beauty products let us know how they work for you!


10.14.2014

Autumn Asian Men: Jake Choi on #Gotham (@TheJakeChoi)



I'll be honest: I've basically been watching FOX's Gotham waiting to see what crazy thing Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) says or does next.  She generally doesn't disappoint.

But tonight...I was stunned to find this guy on the show.

To be fair, Jake Choi doesn't have a big role, and we only see him reveal his gorgeous face at the end when he's getting poisoned by Oswald-fucking-Cobblepot.  But dude was so pretty I just had to give him a shout-out...and gleefully do some research.

10.11.2014

Autumn Asian Men: Arjun Gupta on #HTGAWM (@arjunguptabk)


Hello, Salty Goodness.  I'm talkin' Salt.of.the.Urf goodness, feel me?

When I learned this guy would be in the 3rd episode of How to Get Away with Murder, I immediately started my customary research (not a whole lot of personal info on this guy).  Lawd Hammercy on me, Narrators.  Gupta has a brief appearance (making another man understandably jealous) with potential for recurrence which, if it happens, will give us additional eye candy on this show - a huge A+ in my book.

AMBW: Facebook Groups

Sorry for the music volume. Definitely will fix that in the future. So some stuff I've noticed out of these groups made me want to address it and receive some feedback. Agree? Disagree?

Chrispy AKA Kon
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@chrispyakakon

10.04.2014

Autumn Asian Men: Conrad Ricamora in #HTGAWM

Calm down, ladies.  This one's not interested in women.

That being said...it doesn't mean we can't dream.

Move over Viola and Aja...we have yet another reason to pine for Thursday nights.  I first saw Conrad Ricamora in the pilot for How to Get Away with Murder.  He played Oliver, an insecure IT guy for a firm where a murder suspect was also working.  One of the main characters, Connor (Jack Falahee from Twisted...which, to no one's surprise, isn't being renewed) uses him to get some evidence.

At first, I thought we would see him one time, but come on...who can taste that just one time and walk away?  This past week's episode showed Connor asking Oliver to  dinner.  It also showed Oliver wasn't the insecure pushover we were initially led to believe.  He's not above hanging up on or slamming the door in a lover's face.  And his more "intimate" scenes are hawt.

Ricamora is Filipino, with an impressive background as a dedicated, versatile thespian.  You may not recognize him from a whole lot of film and TV, but trust and believe he's burning up the stage.

My hope for Ricamora is the he continues to recur on HTGAWM because I think it has a good shot at sticking around for at least a few years and launching/reviving/maintaining some careers.  The casting on the show has been quite satisfactory in some ways, and Ricamora is definitely one of those ways.

10.02.2014

Autumn Asian Men: John Cho on #Selfie

John Cho as "Henry"

Fall TV is here and I'm more excited than I've been in a looong time.  In fact, I can't even remember ever being this excited about Fall TV.

Anyway, allow me begin this by reiterating: I am a huge John Cho fan.  I will watch him in anything.  So even though his new show has a lower survival rate than FlashForward did back in 2009, I will watch.  I will watch until right up until the final episode, whenever that may be.

I actually watched the pilot while back when it was released on Hulu, then rewatched it today, and my verdict still stands: John Cho is foine.

Forty-two years old and still looking fly, I actually like his character of Henry (no last name).  Commenters and critics haven't been particularly enthusiastic about his performance, and while I will be the first to remark that he's nowhere near as passionate as he was in FlashForward, the premise of the show is both lame and problematic, and I doubt his heart is in it.

Hell, if it were me, I'd just show up for the check, the exposure, and the chance to make some new connections, okay?