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Padma Lakshmi’s Baby Daddy Revealed!

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Adam Dell and Padma Lakshmi in February 2009

Adam Dell is the father of Padma Lakshmi’s baby girl, who was born on February 20 in New York City. Till now, Lakshmi has refused to name the man who fathered her child.

“A friend revealed that he dotes on his daughter and wants to see more of her,” reports the Daily Mail. “Another said: ‘They are trying to work it out. They are trying to avoid anything messy.'”

The baby’s name is Krishna Thea Lakshmi.

Dell is a professor of business and technology at Columbia Business School in New York, invests in technology companies and is also a law professor in Texas, reports the Daily Mail.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1258921/Salman-Rushdies-ex-Palma-Lakshmi-shows-new-baby.html#ixzz0iatodgYp

Padma Lakshmi dotes on her new baby.

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March 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Korean Man Marries Anime Body Pillow (Photo, Video)

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Lord have mercy. Lee Jin-gyu, 28, of South Korea has married his anime body pillow, reports the U.K. Metro. The pillow bears the blond visage of anime character Fate Testarossa. For the special day, he dressed up his “bride” in a long, white gown, then gave her a passionate kiss on the lips. (More after the photo.)

Mr. Lee was featured on local Korean television taking his “wife” to an amusement park, where he purchased two admission tickets — one for himself and one for his betrothed. “Isn’t that a waste to buy two tickets?” somebody asks him. “No,” he murmurs.

He takes Fate on a roller coaster, ignoring the shocked and staring crowds. Afterwards, he asks his wife, “Were you scared, are you okay?” She does not answer.

At a restaurant he orders two entrees of spaghetti. When the waitress asks, “Are you expecting another person?” He says, gesturing to the lifesize pillow sitting across from him in the booth, “No, this is my wife.”

What’s astounding — aside from the fact that a man married a pillow — is that Mr. Lee is so public about it. Having lived in Seoul for a year as an adult, I can tell you that it’s a country of conformists. The worst thing to do is to stand out from the crowd.

I’m a little freaked out by the story, but also feel admiration for his openness. I feel like saying, “Good for you , Mr. Lee! If that’s what makes you happy, who are we to judge?”

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March 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

Asian-Americans Sleep Better Than Other Ethnic Groups, Says New Study

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Are there ethnic and cultural differences in the way we sleep? Apparently so!

The National Sleep Foundation released the results of a new study in which they examined the sleeping patterns among four ethnic groups (Whites, Blacks, Hispanics and Asians). Granted, the number of participants in the study was small (only 1,007 people were polled, aged 25 to 60), but the findings are nonetheless interesting.

Blacks are most likely to pray before bedtime — 71% of Blacks in the study reported doing so. Of the four ethnic groups, Whites reported the highest rate of diagnosis for insomnia (10%), and Blacks the highest rate of diagnosed sleep apnea (14%).

Among those who were married or partnered, Asians (28%) and Hispanics (22%) were the most likely to report that they sleep in the same room with their children, compared to only 15% of Blacks and 8% of Whites.

Everybody had trouble sleeping at some point or another, but Asians are the most likely ethnic group (84%) to say that they had a good night’s sleep at least a few nights or more a week, reports the study.

What did all four ethnic groups have in common? Among those married or living together, all ethnic groups reported being “too tired for sex frequently” (21- 26% of the time). But if sex was going to happen, it was most likely among certain groups. “Blacks and Hispanics (10% each) are ten times more likely to report having sex every night than Asians (1%) and 2.5 times more likely than Whites (4%),” says the study. Does that mean Asian people need to start having more sex?

Read more about the National Sleep Foundation’s 2010 Sleep in America poll.

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March 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

Asians at the Academy Awards — Oscars Red Carpet 2010

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Well, unlike last year’s Oscars when we saw two Asians take the stage to accept their Academy Awards, this year, the only Asians we saw at the Oscars were on the red carpet on the arms of their partners.

There was Jason Reitman (nominated for Best Director for Up in the Air) and his wife, Michele Lee:

82nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
Woody Harrelson (nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Messenger) and his wife Laura Louie:
Photo by: RE/Westcom/starmaxinc.com 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 3/7/10 Woody Harrelson and wi
George Takei (from the original Star Trek television series and his partner Brad Altman:
Photo by: RE/Westcom/starmaxinc.com 2010 3/7/10 George Takei and Brad Altman at the 82nd
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and wife, Wendy Deng:
82nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention hapa hottie, Keanu Reeves, who is partly Chinese:
82nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Shaun White’s Favorite Food? Chinese!

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Shaun White Rings The NYSE Closing Bell

Olympic gold medalist and snowboarder Shaun White was interviewed on celebrity gossip show The Insider tonight and quizzed about his favorite things.

Favorite food? “Chinese food,” he said.

We are so proud he picked an Asian cuisine. But it’s too bad the interviewer didn’t ask him to name his favorite dishes. What does he like? General Tso’s chicken? Beef broccoli? Fried rice? We want details!

His other favorites:

Favorite musician: Jimmy Page

Favorite TV show: Lost

Reality show he’d most like to be on: MTV’s Jersey Shore.

White revealed he is currently single and that he is attracted to girls who sing or play instruments.

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March 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Daniel Henney Is Damn Hot

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Model and actor Daniel Henney is so damn hot one wonders why he isn’t a bigger star — especially in America.

I only discovered him a few years ago when my mom was watching a Korean drama called My Name is Kim Sam Soon. I was keeping my mom company on the couch, mildly amused by the drama about a pudgy female pastry chef. Then Henney appeared on the screen and I sat bolt upright. “Who’s that?” I asked my mom, my eyes devouring his perfect face.

CBS Summer Press Tour
Henney’s father is Caucasian and his mother is Korean. He is 30 years old and was born in Carson City, Michigan.
Not only is Henney gorgeous, he loves dogs! He has a dog named Mango. Check out his whimsical side on his Facebook page:

Daniel Henney with bear. (Facebook)

Here is one another photo of him:
Daniel Henney
You have to watch this video of a commercial he shot with Gwyneth Paltrow and pretend that he’s looking at you in that flirty way (oops, did I say that out loud?):

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March 1, 2010 at 2:13 am

Proof Asian Guys Can Grow Facial Hair

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I seem to recall hearing some scuttlebutt about Asian guys not being able to grow facial hair. Well, here’s some proof that Asian men can grow lush, thick beards if they want. But I hope they don’t. Facial hair is gross, unattractive and is horribly itchy on contact. No one looks good with facial hair except Magnum P.I.

EXHIBIT 1: CHAN-HO PARK

Major leaguer Park signs with NY Yankees

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March 1, 2010 at 1:34 am