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Eddie Huang for TIME Magazine

I have to admit that when I first heard about Fresh Off the Boat becoming a television series on ABC, I wanted to boycott the show. I had seen the commercials for it and the acting sometimes made me cringe, but it wasn’t until Kevin told me that he was entirely caught up on the series that I thought it deserved a shot. How quickly I changed my tune…

I was afraid that by others watching the show that Asian Americans would be faced with those confirmations about our stereotypes or that everyone would immediately assume that my childhood was exactly like Eddie’s which was going to be portrayed negatively. In fact, my childhood and my brother’s was a lot like Eddie’s and it wasn’t portrayed negatively. I am now a fan of the show and I think it does something great for Asian Americans. It gives us something to relate to because I can guarantee you growing up, I never felt like anyone could really relate to me in this sense.

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The Money We’ll Never Have

Oh geez, we’re only one month into the year, but already all I’ve been thinking about is money. I’m thinking about my friends who are buying places, a 401K (which FYI I hate thinking about. Logging into Fidelity is death.) my co-workers who are light years ahead of me in investing and whether or not I’m going to continue renting next year. These days, the thought of money is just running my life, but isn’t it for everyone? My friend Toby told me over the holidays that if there’s one advice she could give me it would be tosave. Save now. But unless I’m doing it automatically, it’s difficult for me to know the best way to do that.

Can saving be eating out just one a day on the weekends? Skipping my morning coffee? Spending less on my credit card every month? There’s really no right or wrong answer. I think every 20-year old I know is just trying to figure it out on their own. I stumbled upon this infographic today about what someone has to earn in every state in order to be in the top 1%. Well, it’s just the 1% so the best thing about this infographic is knowing you’re not alone!

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How Korean Couples Do PDA

New Year’s Eve is totally a couples holiday, right? I’ve never met a person who was single at the time of New Year’s Eve who has told me that they have loved the holiday. So while it’s New Year’s Eve and all, this post is the most fitting. Americans have varying levels of PDA. Some people are comfortable with it and some people just won’t even go there. Maybe there’s a few people that take it to the extremes too and for those, we like to take pictures and post them because we think it’s funny. In South Korea, you won’t see a lot of the American style PDA that we know of – the kissing and the making out, etc. Instead, you’ll see couples dressing alike to show their affection. In America, sometimes this happens by coincidence, but in South Korea, it’s on purpose. I’m sure to the outside world, it’s a little strange, but I find it to be quite endearing. I don’t think I would ever feel comfortable doing that here in the states, personally, but it’s pretty cute to see a different version of PDA around the world.

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Blog Roundup

 

– How a freshman in college looks at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the school year [New York Times]

– Sleep Hack: Keep your feet outside of the covers! [NY Mag]

– 2 ingredient sandwiches. Poor college students, I am with you. [Saveur]

– Band of Outsiders have canceled their runway show for NYFW  this coming fall, however, they will be opening their store still on September 7th which is just as exciting. [Fashionista]

– Could Full House be on its way to a reboot? Boy Meets World did it with Girl Meets World so we think it’s possible! [Collider]

– A guy lives in various Airbnb’s in Hong Kong for a year. [Yearbnb]

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Blog Roundup

– What the biggest companies are from each state [Gizmodo]

– America’s coolest rooftop bars [Travel and Leisure] whoo Seattle!

– 10 menswear blogs every guy should know [Cool Material] I’m reading them too!

– 12 menswear Instagrammers to follow [Cool Material]

– Dov Charney to sue American Apparel [Refinery29]

– All the jobs and the money you can be making in them – a chart! [Vox]

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The Blind Leading the Blind via IMBOYCRAZY

I am usually months behind on posts by IMBOYCRAZY, but her “Blind Leading the Blind” series is by far one of my favorite things to read across almost all of the blogs I follow. Yes, her website would be deemed “inappropriate” by my parents, but that’s entertaining writing for you, right? Actually this Blind Leading the Blind post was one of the less racier ones I’ve seen, but even still – I’m sure people can find themselves offended by it. Alexi Wasser actually writes all of the posts in this series, but this one time she decided to let her friend Jarrett Grode write it up and it’s a pretty enjoyable read. What I love about this series is that Alexi basically says all the things we can’t come to terms with ourselves even though we’re totally thinking it or are guilty of doing these things. Yes, I am guilty. So what. So are you.

The Blind Leading The Blind (by Jarrett Grode):

 1. Texting “here!” instead of calling when you’re outside to pick me up is just bizarre. If you want to avoid speaking to me that badly, don’t give me a ride.

 2. You sound weak when you say “my dog loves me unconditionally.”

 3. If your Facebook profile picture is anything other than a picture of you, it’s like saying you’re not interested in having sex with anyone on the site or couldn’t if you tried.

 4. Here’s a mnemonic device so you don’t embarrass yourself by confusing astronomy and astrology: ASTRONomy ASTRONaut ASTROLogy IS NOT SCIENCE.

 5. It’s okay when I call it the Jew York Times but you have to say Jewish.

 6. Play it safe: NEVER TEXT DRUG DEALS without writing “jk” at the end.

 7. An easy way to accurately determine someone’s height is ask then subtract an inch.

 8. Don’t look down at people who try to meet people online. You’re online right now.

 9. If you think Mad Men is boring DON’T ADMIT IT. (It means you’re stupid.)

 10. If you want to possess the single most attractive quality anyone can have, be passionate about working hard at something you love doing. This will allow you to afford your own place, which is the single most attractive quality anyone can have.

To read more from IMBOYCRAZY, click here. Mom and Dad don’t click that link!

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Women – It’s Time To Stop Apologizing

Pantene released a new video today that is sure to go viral and is a strong follow-up to their previous video about labels. In the new video, the brand urges women to stop apologizing for things that happen in our every day lives that don’t require an apology at all. It’s a powerful message and one that is so relatable to women in this day and age. I hate to admit this, but I am totally one of those women and it’s a bad habit that I’ve been trying to shake. I find myself apologizing when I’m about to make a suggestion or when I want to clarify on a detail when what I should be doing is just speaking – no apology needed. Someone close to me the other day recognized that I was apologizing for something kind of silly and asked me why I was apologizing to begin with and that I needed to stop apologizing. And you know how I responded? With another “sorry.”

No it’s not easy to kick the habit to the curb, but maybe we can all help each other. I’m really glad that Pantene has decided to address this issue and I hope it gets the attention that it deserves.

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#YesAllWomen

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The #YesAllWomen hashtag is by far one of the most powerful things I have ever seen spread on social media. I am loving the fact that women are stepping out and sharing their stories about what they have had to face. A woman will endure multiple cases of misogyny throughout their life and if there’s something we can learn from this incident it’s that we need to change the way people are taught to look at women.

A woman is an individual – a human being.

A woman does not owe a man anything.

Women are not to be blamed for being able to stand up to another man.

Women are not objects and do not deserve to be objectified.

It is exhausting to think that in this day and age, we haven’t come far enough in society. It’s heartbreaking that in 2014 Elliot Rodger could commit a crime as horrible as this one because of how he believed he should have been treated by women.

For some, it’s time to check your priv.

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Doutzen Kroes – “Daughter Won’t Be Told She’s Beautiful.”

I’m not a feminist by any means, but I love it when strong females in any industry are willing to stand up for women and empower others by the words they say to the media. Every time my mom and I chat, we’re always bringing up what it means to be a female who is career oriented and driven. We both look up to Sheryl Sandberg and we’re both in awe of strong female leaders! It’s weird for me to excited about something like this, but it’s a topic that I think is coming to light in a time where not everyone is on the same page about it. I mean about a year ago, I was still surrounded by males who saw women one way and wanted to keep them in their place – taking care of the children, leaving the workforce, being a trophy wife. It was an eye-opening experience.

This morning, I read an article about model Doutzen Kroes and how she was going to tell her daughter as she grew up that she was smart – not beautiful. Doutzen is one of the most beautiful women in the world and while she hears that she is beautiful all the time she wants her own daughter to strive for intelligence over beauty.

“Instead of saying, ‘You’re so beautiful,’ I’ll say, ‘You’re smart,’ so she’ll have different aspirations in life than beauty and modelling,” the 29-year-old told Page Six.

“Though I love my job, I’m not changing the world. I’d love for her to study and to have different aspirations. We need to teach girls they can become presidents, and it’s not about beauty all the time.”

YES!

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What Americans Will Look Like in 2050

National Geographic published a piece  this week showing all of us what they think Americans will look like in 2050. Using a photographer and a portrait artist, the magazine capture the beauty of multi-racial individuals.

The U.S. Census Bureau let respondents check more than one race for the first time in 2000, and 6.8 million people did so. By 2010 that figure had increased to nearly 9 million, a spike of about 32%.

For the rest of the article highlighting more photographs and statistics, click here.

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Every State’s Favorite Sandwich

 

Of course, Washington would land with the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich. This infographic is pretty tiny, so make sure you click the photo above for a more enlarged version.

Or you can click here.

 

 

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Where Do People in SF Come From?

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The best part about living in the Bay Area is that when you go out and meet people along the way, you always learn that the people that you’re speaking with are never really from San Francisco. People living in the city are from all over the place and the ways in which they were brought here are even more interesting to learn about. I’m not surprised that Seattle, WA is number two on this list of where most people are coming from because the two cities are quite similar. It’s interesting to see how the range of locations varies though. Las Vegas and Nevada seem vastly different.

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San Francisco in 23 Pieces

I came across this print by a local artist and illustrator named Lisa Congdon on The Bold Italic today and thought it was a perfect post for Yow Yow! How cute is this? According to her, these are the 23 items that make San Francisco the city that it is. Want it? It’s only selling for $20!

I wonder what 23 items would best represent Seattle…

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Conversations From 20-Somethings

What’s in a first date?

After a week of being sick, I finally made my way out of my home last night for a drive up to the city for dinner and drinks with some pretty great company. The best part about moving to another nearby major city is that people you know are ALWAYS visiting and honestly – nothing makes me happier. My brother’s friend Ryan was in town earlier this week and through this weekend from Seattle and he brought with him two friends – one also living in Seattle (Neal)  and the other in New York (Blake) – all of us working within tech. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a “Conversation From 20-Somethings” post, but these are some of my favorites.

As we’re dining over our six plates at Nopalitos, the topic of relationships naturally comes up (doesn’t it always?)

“A first date is always coffee or drinks, but NEVER a meal.” – Blake (while Ryan agrees)

“Wait, I never look at coffee as a first date. In fact, that’s kind of like the express lane to friend zoning, isn’t it? Or just indicating something…friendly and casual.”

“No, the great thing about coffee or drinks is that there’s not a whole lot of commitment there. When you get dinner, you are committing to an hour or more of your time with this person regardless of whether or not you know it’s going to go well.”

“For a girl, when a guy says dinner – that’s a date. When it’s coffee or drinks it gets lost in translation or it’s not clear.”

“If I ask a guy on a date for coffee or drinks I just say, ‘let me buy you a drink.’ That’s a date. I don’t have to actually say, ‘this is a date.’

So readers, I’m so curious, how do you determine a first date? Are you okay with coffee being a first date option? For the record, I’d like to share that the one time I went on a coffee date, I considered this pre-dating before the dating and that while I believe when someone asks you to dinner that that is a date, I used to always revert to coffee or drinks first because I just didn’t particularly like going out to dinner as a first date. College me didn’t know anything about dating. Current me still doesn’t know that much.

Edit: I’ve never been on a dinner date where I didn’t know the person pretty well. So that’s where Blake and I kind of came to terms on that. I am in agreement with him though that maybe if I didn’t know someone or recently met them, drinks and coffee are a much safer bet.

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