Japanese sleep experts: We’ve been using our blankets all wrong when we sleep


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Whether you’re a lark or an owl, or even something else, a good night’s sleep is crucial to your health and well-being. And with the cold season upon us, it’s also important to stay relatively warm at night, lest you aggravate any existing conditions or symptoms that could impair your work or school performance.

With that in mind, sleeping experts at Nemuri Lab in Japan, as reported by RocketNews24, have come out to tell everyone that they’re using their blankets all wrong.

While most of us sleep with a lighter blanket or sheet on top of us and then a comforter layered on top, that’s not the most efficient way to keep warm, Nemuri Lab experts say.

Using the example of ducks or geese, whose only source of warmth is the body heat held in by their own their feathers, sleep experts advise using the comforter as the first layer in order to help keep in body heat, with the lighter covering going on top.

For the ultimate in warmth, however, the Nemuri Lab experts instruct would-be sleepers to first roll themselves up in their lighter blanket. As RocketNews24 puts it:

Spread the blanket out before you get into bed, and lie down on top of it to better retain the heat that would dissipate out of your back.

Top everything off with your comforter, and voila, you will be nice and toasty to start off your next big day.

Rizzoli releases the “Yamamoto & Yohji” Book

A Bathing Ape 2014 Fall/Winter Gold Face T-Shirt for Selfridges

BAPE‘s ape logo is one of the most widely recognizable graphics in streetwear. It was inspired by the original Planet of the Apes movies and has stuck with the brand since its inception in the early ’90s. The emblem has been printed as a caricature on numerous occasions, and has even spawned the miniature version, Baby Milo. Now, BAPE is bringing the classic design to the U.K. high end department store Selfridges. The exclusive tee features a metallic gold face ape across the chest.

The tee is available now at Selfridges while supplies last.

Asian American men on television: Why the cancellation of “Selfie” matters


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Selfie put together one of the most promising interracial couples on television in the past ten years so it’s easy to understand the general dismay over its quick cancellation. There was protest over the internet, petitions made and many articles about ABC’s decision to pull the new show. And there is reason for it: Selfie was just getting good.

The show had begun to grow out of the initial premise of “the internet sucks and this is why,” and instead became more about the on-screen leads’ friendship and ability to help each other develop. John Cho and Karen Gillan’s characters had occasional moments of intense on-screen chemistry and fun. Their relationship, at its core, was a friendship first.

When I was growing up, I was very much influenced by what I saw, and more importantly what I didn’t see on television.” said winner of reality TV show Survivor: Cook Islands, Yul Kwon. Whenever Kwon saw an Asian man on television, he was a kung-fu master who could kick ass but couldn’t speak English. Or a computer geek who could figure out algorithms, but who couldn’t get a date. As Kwon grew up, he began to realize that there were many more shades to an Asian American male than what was represented on television.




Seven years later, the video of this conference is still relevant. Sure, strides have definitely been made thanks to a range of Asian actors such as Steve Yeun and Danny Pudi. In fact, the conversation has extended itself to Asian American females in entertainment as well.

However, the de-sexualization of Asian men has not been cracked wide open as much as it has been separated. So far, Asian American males on television were either de-sexualized or pointedly given a loveline. Asian American actors still teeter on the edge of meeting the Western definition of a man, but we’re still missing a seat at the table of owning the agency to change that definition. As San Francisco Chronicle’s Jeff Yang says, “Coming from my own perspective…every time I hear people say ‘Oh you know, Asian American men shouldn’t be portrayed as geeky-looking and having glasses, and being nerdy and all this,’ I’m like, ‘You guys are, like, protesting in front of my mirror.’”




Which brings us back to Selfie. The goal right now is not what is the right kind of representation for Asian Americans, but instead, let’s try to represent as many Asian Americans as possible. John Cho’s character Henry was one that had seldom made it on-screen. Yes, he was a romantic lead, but sometimes he rhymed when he spoke. Sometimes he sold pharmaceuticals. Sometimes he was neat. He didn’t like Facebook, he had vulnerabilities and things to learn, and his role was fully inhabited by Cho. He had depth and intricacies beyond Hollywood’s cookie-cutter Asian American male.

The good news is that a character written like Henry made airtime and the show developed a solid fanbase. The so-so news? There is still progress to be made in sustaining characters once they developed. The de-sexualized, the international, the John Chos — there are still more Asian American characters waiting to be created and the cancellation of Selfie took a character who was not de-sexualized  and not “made only here for a loveline,” but instead something in the charming middle, and set it aside.


Angry Asians are suing Harvard for discrimination after getting rejected

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A lawsuit filed Monday accuses Harvard University of discrimination because of their alleged higher standards of admittance for Asian students. According to Fox News, the suit claims that Asian students weren’t admitted to Harvard despite having higher test scores and GPAs than other minority group students that were accepted.

Edward Blum, who runs the Project on Fair Representation, filed the suit on behalf of the rejected Asian students. He also filed a suit last year that went up to the Supreme Court against the University of Texas on behalf of a white applicant over its affirmative action admissions policy. That decision is still pending. Blum stands on point:

Quotas and racial balancing are strictly against the law.

Harvard’s general counsel defends the university with this statement:

The College considers each applicant through an individualized, holistic review having the goal of creating a vibrant academic community that exposes students to a wide-range of differences: background, ideas, experiences, talents and aspirations.

The University’s admissions processes remain fully compliant with all legal requirements and are essential to the pedagogical objectives that underlie Harvard’s educational mission.

There are good arguments for both sides.

For the students, no particular racial or ethnic group should be held to higher standards than any other group as a strategy of limiting the admittance of one group of people. Achieving an academic record worthy of an Ivy League isn’t an easy feat — for a young person to have worked so hard to attain that, only to be rejected from a university because of their racial makeup, seems highly unfair.

But Harvard has some pretty good reasons for adhering to their policy — it’s for the greater good. A world-class educational institution can’t provide a proper environment for learning if they compromise their diversity, which anyone can argue is a base requirement for growth of any kind. Harvard would simply cease to be Harvard if it was full of Asians, because according to the numbers, it would be.

Should Harvard stick to their policy of “balance,” or should discrimination be shot down and hardworking students be admitted regardless of race?

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The SoloIst. (Japan) Rough Out Work Military Jacket

Designed as part of its upcoming 2014 fall/winter “#0010 LIVE” collection, this progressive jacket by TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Sololst. combines semblances of military detailing such as the drawcord adjustable waist and ample pockets with a tongue-in-cheek reinterpretation of the parka, loosely rendered in sheepskin with rough asymmetrical patchwork construction.

With a detachable fur-trimmed hood, combination snap button and zipper fasten front placket, this deconstructed jacket is now available for $3415 USD over at HAVEN.

ASICS Gel Saga “Curry”

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ASICS has cooked up a new colorway for its Gel Saga model that takes cues from the much loved dish: curry. Be it from India, Japan or even the UK, curry is synonymous for its buttery yellow hue which has been spread throughout the suede upper and even the laces. You’ll also find notes of dark brown along the ASICS stripes, tongue and branding, while sitting on an all-white rubber midsole and black outsole.

Without an exact announced drop date yet, the shoes are set to release sometime in December, so be sure to keep an eye out then.