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‘Asian Susan Boyle’ is a Taiwanese Man-Boy Nicknamed ‘Little Fatty’

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A bow tie-wearing, chubby-cheeked 24-year-old male from Taiwan is being called the “Asian Susan Boyle.” His name is Lin Yu Chun, and he is the latest singing sensation to garner millions of views on YouTube (nearly 4 million at last count).

Never mind the shape of his haircut, Lin will bowl you over with his singing. Jaws dropped when he appeared on a talent show on Taiwanese television and sang Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” (A monster hit of a song written by Dolly Parton in 1973, and later recorded by Houstin in 1992.)

He “floored the judges this week with his pitch-perfect rendition,” declared ABC News.

(Watch the Youtube video of his performance, below.)

Growing up a chubby kid with a plain face, Lin reveals that he was ridiculed for his appearance. “Being fat draws a lot of mockery in our society,” he told the Daily Mail in an exclusive interview. (Yes, he speaks English!)

He found solace in music, reports the Daily Mail, locking himself in his room for hours as he sang along to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, especially her songs from the soundtrack, “The Bodyguard,” in which “I Will Always Love You,” is included.

“I played it again and again even though my parents couldn’t stand it any more and asked me to stop,” he said.

Lin, who loves to sing and dreamt of a career in music, finds encouragement in his newfound stardom. “I now have more confidence in pursuing a singing career,” he told the Daily Mail. “You don’t have to be a good-looking man or woman to succeed. Just be yourself and try your best.”

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April 11, 2010 at 9:29 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

Yankees Sign Chan Ho Park

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WBC: Korea v Japan

South Korean-born pitcher Chan-Ho Park has been hanging out with A-Rod and Jeter and the gang in Tampa, Fla.

The New York Yankees announced on February 28 that it had signed Park to a 1-year contract worth $1.2 million with an additional $300,000 in incentives.  The hulking, right-handed Park spent Sunday working out with the Yankees at spring training camp.

According to a New York Yankees press release:

“[Park] became the first-ever Korean-born player to appear in a Major League game on April 8, 1994 vs. Atlanta (w/ Los Angeles-NL) and is the first native of South Korea signed by the Yankees. His 120 career victories are second-most all-time among Asian-born pitchers behind only Japan’s Hideo Nomo (123 wins).”

Park has played for the Dodgers, Padres, Mets and, most recently, the Phillies. He was offered a one -year $3.25 million contract from the Phillies, but turned it down.

“I was deliberating on the Chicago Cubs and the Yankees, but their history and championship contention resulted in me picking the Yankees,” ESPN reports Park as saying.

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March 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

Gatorade Drops Tiger Woods For Good

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Tiger Woods apologizes for irresponsible and selfish behavior in Florida

Hah! Despite his lengthy, televised apology last week, Tiger Woods has lost yet another sponsor.

“Add Gatorade to the list of endorsement deals that Tiger Woods has lost,” the Associated Press reported on February 26.

It’s not that one is glad Tiger is losing sponsors, but if Tiger thought his emotionless and defiant apology on February 19 would be sufficient to begin repairing his public image, he needs to have some new people advising him.

Last November 25 — two days before the fateful car accident outside Tiger’s home — it was reported that Gatorade would be discontinuing the Tiger Focus drink. It had nothing to do with revelations of Tiger’s numerous extramarital affairs as the decision had been made months beforehand.

But Gatorade confirmed to the Associated Press on February 26 that it has ended its relationship with Tiger, except for continuing some work with his foundation.

“We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship,” a Gatorade spokeswoman told the Associated Press. “We wish him all the best.”

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February 27, 2010 at 2:55 am

South Korean Figure Skater, Yu-Na Kim, Wins Gold!

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AP/Amy Sancetta

She did it! South Korean figure skater Yu-Na Kim had the weight of an entire nation on her shoulders tonight as she skated in the final of the Winter Olympics.

When it came her turn to take the ice, she performed like a diamond under pressure and won the first ever figure skating medal for South Korea. And she did it with a record-breaking score of  150.06 for the free style (long) program, giving her a total score of 228.56. (This was after scoring a record-breaking 78.50 points in the short program on Tuesday night.)

Wearing a bright, royal blue halter dress trimmed with sparkling rhinestones and a glittering crystal collar, Yu-Na seemed composed as she readied herself; the only sign of nerves showing when she quickly crossed herself before skating onto the ice to begin her performance. “My heart just beat a little faster,” confessed NBC commentator, Scott Hamilton. “This has been so anticipated.”

As piano music began tinkling over the speakers, Yu-Na began to skate — twirling, jumping and gliding to Concerto in F by George Gershwin. “Oh my goodness, this is glorious,” the female NBC commentator exclaimed as Yu-Na neared the end of her routine. “It’s one of the greatest Olympic performances I have ever seen!”

Seconds after striking her final pose, Yu-Na’s face briefly crumpled as she became overwhelmed with emotion, her eyes filling with tears. She had given a flawless performance; a gold medal worthy performance. But would her main rival, the Japanese skater, Mao Asada — skating next — overtake her for the gold?

No. Though Mao landed both her Triple Axels — the first woman to land three during Olympic competition — it would not be enough to best Yu-Na. Mao made several small, but costly, errors during her routine. As Mao continued to skate — knowing that she had probably lost the gold medal — the music she had chosen, a dark, dramatic piece of classical music filled with thundering, deep notes, seemed only to dramatize the Japanese skater’s downfall.

Final results: Yu-Na won gold, and she did it by blistering the competition. Mao won silver, more than 20 points behind Yu-Na. Canadian skater, Joannie Rochette, whose mother suddenly died of a massive heart attack two days before the figure skating competition, won bronze.

On the podium, it was the South Korean flag that was raised the highest. And as the Korean national anthem played, Yu-Na mouthed the words to the song, keeping her composure. But it became too much for the 19-year-old Korean skater. Her eyes welled up and tears streamed down her face. She wept. She wept for a job well done, for making her country proud, and because it was finally all over and she had won. Gold.

AP/Mark Baker

AP/Mark Baker

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February 26, 2010 at 1:19 am

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Who is Padma Lakshmi’s baby daddy?

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Following Indian tradition, Padma Lakshmi gave her newborn baby girl an Indian name: Krishna. But who is Krishna’s daddy?

Padma has never identified the father, telling the New York Post via her publicist that, “She has no interest in sharing with the public the identity of the father. She asks that people respect her privacy.”

Fat chance of that happening! We understand Padma’s need for privacy, but we can’t help it. We want to know! Who fathered your child, Padma?

Adam Dell

Was it Adam Dell, the 40-year-old younger brother of Dell Computer whiz, Michael Dell, whom you dated in and around May 2008? (The pair were spotted at La Esquina restaurant in NYC; he was rubbing her back.)

Or was it Ted Forstmann, the Wall Street tycoon who dated Elizabeth Hurley when she broke up with Hugh Grant in 2000?

The white-haired Forstmann and Padma were spotted attending a Knicks game in Madison Square Garden in NYC in January 2009.

Ted Forstmann

Or was it someone else? A sperm donor perhaps? The mind starts to run wild with the possibilities.

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February 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Padma Lakshmi Gives Birth to Baby Girl ‘Krishna’

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It’s a girl for Padma Lakshmi! According to US Magazine, Padma gave birth on Saturday, February 20 in New York City to a baby girl. Padma, who has refused to identify the father of her baby, has named her little girl, Krishna. The birth is considered a “medical miracle” because 39-year-old Padma suffered from endometriosis, reports US.

Congratulations to Padma! We’re sure her daughter will be as beautiful as she is. Now, if only we could satisfy our curiosity and find out who the father is…

Padma Lakshmi at the Glamour Magazine Honors The 2009 Women of the Year Awards in New York

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February 23, 2010 at 12:35 am

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Tiger Woods Press Conference – I’m a bad Buddhist and that’s why I had rampant, adulterous sex

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Tiger Woods on February 19, 2010. (AP)

Well, for once it’s refreshing and new to hear a disgraced celebrity cite — not God or Christianity  — as the path to redemption, but Buddhism! That’s what happens when your mother is originally from Thailand and raises you Buddhist.

Tiger Woods, looking bloated, puffy and chipmunk-cheeked, gave a press conference today to address the numerous, scandalous affairs that brought him tumbling down from his pedestal last November and threatened to destroy his career and marriage. Standing before a carefully assembled group of friends, business associates, his mother and hand-picked reporters, Woods admitted, “I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated.”

Why he had affairs with all those women: “I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled.”

He was selfish and thought only of himself, admits Woods. His mother, Kultida Punsawad Woods, who is originally from Thailand, was at the conference and hugged her son afterwards. The person glaringly absent from the press conference was Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren. (I could have you told you she wasn’t going to be there.)

The press conference was carefully controlled. Woods’ team only invited a hand-picked small group of reporters from the Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg News. No questions were allowed. Tiger simply read from a statement that was 14 minutes long. (Watch the video and read his entire statement here.)

Woods said that he has had intense therapy (though he wouldn’t specify whether it was for sexual addiction) and is trying to rebuild his marriage and his career. Will he and his wife stay married? That is between them as husband and wife, Woods said.

I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.

One wonders. Who helped Tiger write that speech?

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February 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Chinese woman to get massive plastic surgery to look like Jessica Alba to win back boyfriend

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Reuters/Nir Elias

A 21-year-old Chinese woman in Shanghai (pictured, left) will soon be getting massive plastic surgery in order to look like Jessica Alba (pictured, below).

Why, you ask? To win back her boyfriend (presumably Chinese), who she dated for a year and a half, but broke up with because of his obsession with Alba.

The woman’s “28-year-old boyfriend had been obsessed with Alba, adorning their apartment with her photographs and talking about her constantly,” reports Reuters. “He always hinted that he wanted [his girlfriend] to resemble his favorite star and even bought her a blonde wig to wear.” Creeepy!

The young woman, who would only identify herself as Xiaoqing, told Reuters that she broke up with her boyfriend a month ago because his Alba obsession became “too much” for her. But she’s been unable to get over the break-up and wants the guy back in her life. What’s even worse is the advice she’s been getting from her apparently dim-witted friends.

“My friends… kept consoling me but it did not work, so they suggested I do plastic surgery to look like her (Jessica Alba),” the woman told Reuters. “I have never been able to let [my boyfriend] go. If in the end he still does not accept me after I undergo the plastic surgeries, I will give up. I will then choose to let go, start afresh and live life by myself,” the 21-year-old said.

Jessica Alba at the African First Ladies' Health Summit

Astoundingly, the Shanghai Time Plastic Surgery center has offered to do the operations for free to “showcase their surgery skills,” reports Reuters, noting that the young woman will need multiple surgeries to her eyes and nose to get her to look like Alba — if that is even possible, which doesn’t seem likely. The Chinese woman and Alba are, after all, entirely different ethnicities.

There is one last hope that someone will knock some sense into the psychologically fragile young woman. Xiaoqing will be visiting her mother in the countryside for Chinese New Year (on February 14 this year) and says she will talk with her mother before making a final decision about the plastic surgery.

And we thought Heidi Montag’s plastic surgery was tragic!

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February 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Bernie Madoff Sentenced to 150 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin

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Bernie Madoff, the infamous Wall Street money manager who bilked $65 billion from individual investors was sentenced today in federal district court after earlier pleading guilty to fraud. Madoff’s defense lawyers requested a 13-year sentencing, arguing that 71 year-old Madoff would be dead in 12. But the sentencing judge, U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin, called Madoff’s actions “extraordinarily evil” and sided with prosecutors. Judge Chin sentenced Madoff to the maximum of 150 years in prison.

“Objectively speaking, the fraud here was staggering,” Judge Chin said.

Last week, Judge Chin signed an order directing Madoff to forfeit $171 billion in personal property and investements, including  $80 million that his wife Ruth Madoff claimed belonged to her. The order left Mrs. Madoff to make do with $2.5 million in cash.

According to the Federal Judicial Service, Judge Chin was nominated to the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Bill Clinton on March 24, 1994. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 9, 1994, and received his commission on August 10, 1994.

Judge Chin is “the first Asian-American to be appointed to a federal district court judgeship outside the 9th Circuit, and is one of only six Asian-American federal judges.

Born in Kowloon, Hong Kong in 1954, Judge Chin came to the United States in 1956. He attended Stuyvesant High School, then went onto Princeton University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1975. He went straight to law school at Fordham University School of Law and graduated in 1978.

Good job, Judge Chin. You decided correctly in the Madoff sentencing.

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June 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm

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