"With grueling university entrance exams finally behind them, exhausted South Korean students are now choosing their reward — plastic surgery.
A number of plastic surgery hospitals have taken advantage of a recent trend by some parents to reward their children for years of hard study with plastic surgery, offering substantial discounts for eye and nose operations.
Popular surgeries include “Westernising” the nose to give it an upward tilt and double-eyelid surgery to make eyes look bigger, which is especially popular with young women.”
Arrived at Lincoln Square with Isabel, clutching my hairband with my dear Hedwig tied to it, still a bit scared of making a fool of myself. We scuttled across the skybridge and I shrieked “It’s so cold!” and the man in front of me turned around a smiled. :P Got our tickets, then turned and looked to see where the line was…. Walked down the stairs, I became incredulous as it went on and on. There were so many people in the familiar striped ties and grey sweater-vests, as well as the sweeping black cloaks. A tall black man stood out… dressed as the under-appreciated Kingsley Shackbolt. We reached the end of the line, which was right in the middle of the walkway from the elevators to the rest of the mall. Isabel and I sat down awkwardly, and I realized how long the wait would be. 8:15…. Just then, a man walked by with a cheesy golden velvet cloak and a huge purple hat, reminded me of the Mad Hatter hat. He then stopped in front of me, held out the hat, and smiled. I asked him what it was for, and he reached in, handed me a piece of paper… “Ravenclaw!” Yeah who’s a winner. Isabel got Hufflepuff. Mahaha. Luckily the line moved up, so we ended up in a corner of the staircase. Dandi came, and we settled down, Isabel played her freaking Cut the Rope game, I sat there and Dandi worked on debate cases. A group of Newport seniors showed up, said hi to a few of them… people watching was funfunfun. the girl next to me had a “Weasley is our king” and “S.P.E.W.” button and was taking pictures with her friends. More people walked down the stairs…. homemade HP7 tshirts, people holding pillows and blankets, and red-and-gold scarves. Tons of them. Of course, there were a few Ravenclaw scarves and ties scattered throughout… So I put my Hedwig thing on and drew a Dark Mark on Dandi’s arm, kudos to the other Asian girl with a better-looking Dark Mark on her neck for the idea. Saw familiar people coming down the stairs, confused by one NHSer’s costume… What the hell is a white toga supposed to be? A ghost? o_o At around 9:30, they start letting people in, group by group… every five minutes we heard cheers of insanity, and then we were at the entrance of the theatre…. someone brought in a giant Harry made of balloons and everyone was taking pictures of it. A few guys gave me weird looks for my Hedwig, and the girl with the buttons asked me to take pictures of her and her friend with the Harry, and then asked to take pictures of my Hedwig (: In the theatre, bffl and his friend-who-was-obviously-hitting-on-him-trololol were able to catch up with us…. We all talked about random things for two hours, I got a very large mocha to keep me going and freaked out with Luke, laughed at Rohan and Itai, and got extremely jittery from the coffee.There was a guy with white body paint and a bald cap (I avoided him jk), a Mad Eye Moody with an awesome eye, and a Trelawney, random pieces of cloth everywhere!
Cheering at 12:01 AM exactly…. the moments the lights dimmed the room exploded. And then trailers…. Tron, yes. Cowboys & Aliens, wtf. Seth Rogen & another Asian man HOLY CRAP YES.
And then… The Warner Bros logo. With the familiar grey, slow, zooming in.
Rufus Scrimgeour’s eyes, staring at us.
Throughout the movie I was shivering, a combination of excitement and crazy caffeine intake, fear and knowing if what would happen. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the time to look behind me to see the faces of everyone else in the theatre… I’m pretty sure it would have been insane though. The movie had great humorous jokes scattered throughout, yet they were in such intense moments that they seemed almost ironic. But then again, most of them did what almost all the HP movies do: show the wondrous side of Ron, and his role as the best friend that everybody loves.
I guess I’m just not going to explain the movie…. Just that when the movie ended, there wasn’t applause. None. I think we were all shocked, awed by the tragedy and bleakness of it all, it was just so much to respond to.
"Dude you need to be like, You are the weakest link, goodbye. Punchie, the tribe has spoken. Please pack up your knives and go. Your work of art didn’t work for us. Your time is up! I hafta ask you to leave the mansion. You MUST leave the chateau. Your tour ends here. You’ve.. been chopped! You’ve been evicted from the Big Brother house. Your dessert just didn’t measure up. Sashay, away. Gimme a jacket and leave Hell’s Kitchen. I’m sorry, you didn’t get a rose. You have been eliminated from the Race. You are no longer in the running to be America’s NEXT TOP MODEL. Ya fired! Auf Wiedersehen."
Yesterday, a friend linked me to a Youtube vid of Peter Chao saying “election” in an Asian accent and saying the words “fuck” and “shit” about 50 times. Of course it was with good intentions, but watching it made me realize how degrading Asians have been to themselves in the past couple of years.
I think the first time I saw a fake-asian-funny-Youtube video was in 5th grade, and I’m pretty sure it was the ANGRY ASIAN MOTHER one. We all know it. It was funny. It was a great insight to what our lives were like. Angry mother, almost undecipherable, ratting out the innocent little Asian boy. Funny, funny.
But that was back then. Now, it seems like every single attention-whore Asian boy thinks they’ll become famous by yelling swears in an accent. Sure, it does make them famous, but is it really that funny? No, it’s not. Not anymore. The jokes are so crude and stupid that if a white guy said it they would get about 1000 thumbs-down on Youtube. So it’s funny when the Asian boy says it, or when his Asian father yells it at him, unknowingly swearing? I guess what I’m trying to get at is, there are no real jokes behind this crap. It’s just funny-sounding words that used to be funny, but now it’s just degrading.
Yes, our dual was about an Asian mother with an Asian accent yelling angrily at her daughter. But we did have real jokes in there. Real comedy that maybe wasn’t that good, but at least it wasn’t “HAHA YO MUTHA’S VAGINA SO FONNY FUCK DIS YEHHHH PEACE.” You get what I’m saying?
So Asian boys of the internet, it’s been nice to have you around, but please, the next time you step in front of the camera, get some real material and maybe you’ll be known for more than the funny accent guy.