YouTuber conducts social experiment to test Japanese people’s legendary honesty

Japanese YouTuber Zenim at the channel Monkey Python decided to carry out a little social experiment.

He walked around the Harajuku area and intentionally dropped his wallet immediately after passing by some people. He then kept walking and waited to see if anyone returned the wallet, of if they kept the leather treasure for themselves.

How many of the 15 tests ended in honesty? Watch the video to find out:

At SXSW, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen reveals he accidentally created the third biggest site in the world and that YouTube was initially to be a dating site

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In an alternate universe, there’s probably a version of YouTube designed to match potential couples — sort of like how its founders originally intended it to be: Tinder with video.

Speaking at the South by Southwest conference on Monday, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen revealed that the popular video-sharing site was supposed to be a dating site.

We thought dating would be the obvious choice,” Chen said.

Videos wherein users would describe themselves, their match preferences and other details would serve as personal profiles. Such a service would be similar to the ‘80s-era video-dating services that were popular long before the internet.

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The idea failed to materialize in five days of that format, however, as no one uploaded a single video. This is when the founders decided to open the platform to accept all forms of video content, birthing the YouTube that we know today.

Currently, YouTube is the world’s third most-visited website and an infinite source for reaction videos, fake pranks and makeup tutorials.

Mortal Kombat X Brutality Compilation Video

In a video uploaded on IGN’s YouTube channel, the entertainment website has given fans of the Mortal Kombat series a look into the upcoming installment, Mortal Kombat X.

The compilation reveals every character’s gruesome player brutality in its blood-filled entirety — including fan favorites Raiden, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Kung Lao and Reptile.

Enjoy the sneak peak above ahead of the game’s April 14 release.

Audrey Magazine catches up with actor Yoshi Sudarso

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Audrey Magazine:

Does that face look familiar to you? Does your favorite SHAG (Super Hot Asian Guy) ring a bell? That’s right, Yoshi Sudarso is back and he’s got a lot more than his good looks to share with you.

For those that are just getting to know him, Sudarso, who is of Chinese descent, was born in Indonesia and moved to the United States at the age of nine. He and his brother, Peter Adrian, are primarily known on social media and YouTube. His beginnings in the entertainment industry began with small modeling jobs, a bit of acting and a lot of stunt work.

Now, he’s taking bigger steps towards making a name for himself. He is currently starring in the newest season of Nickelodeon’s Power Rangers series titled Dino Chargewhere he plays Koda, the sweet yet resilient blue ranger. But this is only the beginning of a list of projects for Sudarso, which includes planning his wedding!

He took some time out after filming in New Zealand to talk about how he got started in Hollywood and his future plans for re-connecting with his roots in social media.

Courtesy of Yoshi Sudarso on Facebook.

 

Audrey Magazine: How did you get started in entertainment?

Yoshi Sudarso: I began in college. I thought it would be fun to make spare money on the side, so I did extra and background work in the summer for two years. I met people through that and they recommended other jobs or to look on Craigslist to find small jobs. I did modeling, a little bit of acting and stunt work most of the time. I realized stunt work was where I wanted to be so I chose that route.

 

AM: Did you always want to be in entertainment when you were a kid?

YS: No not at all, not even the slightest actually. I wanted to do something with math. I wanted to be either a math teacher or an accountant. I always wanted to do martial arts and never really did it until high school because my parents wouldn’t let me. So I just kind of followed what my parents wanted me to do, which was accounting and math. Pretty much the typical Asian route, you know? I went to school for that at Cal State Long Beach and halfway through, I decided to change and do Theater.

 

AM: How did you become the blue power ranger? What was the process like?

YS: I’ve always loved Power Rangers, maybe a little bit more than I’d like to admit, in the sense that I’ve seen pretty much seen every season and I’ve seen the Japanese counterpart as well. Since I’m a huge fan, I always wanted to be a power ranger. One day I was doing a small stunt job for a friend. I met Sonny Sison, the stunt coordinator, who came up to me and said, ‘You’re going to play a power ranger, Spider-Man…’ different characters. So I put on the stuff, it was one of those fake five-dollar masks, then I did the movements and he said, ‘That’s the actual pose!’ And I said I like Power Rangers and I know all the poses so he said, ‘Well, if you’re into Power Rangers, I’m the guy who works for Saban and heads the live entertainment section for Power Rangers.’ I said, ‘Oh! I would love to try that!’ So for three years, I did Comic-Con, birthday parties, whatever it may be. Then two years ago, I heard about auditions for the actor. I googled who the casting director was and found her name, found her email and I emailed her saying I would love to audition for the Power Rangers. I feel like I’d be a good fit. I don’t have an agent, so this is why I’m doing this. I’m not an actor, I’m a stunt man and I’d like to jump in. She says, ‘You know what? You got a good look so come on in.’

My brother and I go in, I get cut after the second audition and he goes all the way to the end. Some stuff happened and he didn’t end up getting it. So this time around, I said I’m going to stick with stunts and you do all the acting and I will double for you. He said okay. For two years we did that and it was really fun. Then we auditioned again because he got the call saying they wanted him back. I go to the auditions with him, I get cut again after the second round and he goes on to do it. And I guess he kept emailing the producer saying, ‘Hey, you need to bring Yoshi back. You haven’t seen enough of him, you haven’t seen his full potential. You really need to see him again.’ The producer says, ‘Fine, we’ll bring him back and put him in this caveman role.’

When my brother told me I got a call back, we looked over the script and thought this character sounds really stupid. I didn’t understand how to do this character so I played it kind of gruffy. After two hours of just reading it, my brother says, ‘Why don’t you play it like a cute little puppy, like an adorable guy?’ I didn’t see it like that, so I played it like that. The next day, we go to the audition and they loved it! But Power Rangers are all about diversity. You can’t have two Asians guys, so they had to choose one or the other. Peter played the other role really well, but it just so happens they couldn’t find anybody else for this role to fit it well, so I ended up getting the role.

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AM: How would you describe your character, Koda?

YS: I first saw this guy as really stupid. We had some acting and stunt training for about a month. Stunt training was easy, acting was a little bit different for me. The acting coach said, ‘I want you to tell me about your character.’ So I told her he’s kind of stupid and funny. She said,’”The first thing you don’t want to do is judge your character. You want to understand him.’ I said okay, he’s funny, kind of out of the water, not understanding of how things are going, he’s super loyal, he’s not the smartest guy but he has a heart of gold. So I think he’s a lot like a guard dog, in a sense that he’s a super sweet, nice little puppy. But as soon as something happens, he’s just on and ready to protect whoever is around him.

 

AM: Do you have other projects or plans for the future?

YS: I have a couple of other projects that I’ve had on my mind. I always wanted to do a Dragon Ball Z live action adaptation, which I was already working on for a while. The production company we were working with ended up taking it into their own hands, recasting and everything even though it was my idea. So, we took our script and moved on. We’ll probably do ours as soon as I get back.

I’m also talking to Strawburry17, a YouTuber named Megan Camarena, and I’ve been working on a bunch of scripts we want to work together with. I think we’re going to try to do something along the idea of a Western web series.

 

AM: Would YouTube be a side job or main focus after Power Rangers?

YS: I think YouTube would probably be a side thing. My brother and I already tried to do Apartment210 for a while and we just couldn’t find enough time for ourselves to do it because we kept working in the industry, which is great, but it’s kind of tough for everybody else who was banking on Apartment210. I definitely have to go back to my roots, like YouTube and social media because it’s a lot of fun to do.

 

AM: Ultimately, what is your career goal?

YS: See, that’s something I’m not quite sure of. I never really [wanted] to be an actor, but I’m finding it a lot of fun to be able to portray these characters. As a stunt guy, you really don’t get much say in anything you do. I love doing action. If anything, I’ll probably go cliche and be an action actor. With the Western that I want to do, it’s going to bring a lot of jobs to Asian Americans, because I’m going to try to bring more Asians into it so I really want that to work out.

 

AM: You also got engaged recently. Congratulations! How’s planning going?

YS: She definitely did a lot, which I feel terrible about. She knows what she wants and I don’t really mind with anything. I actually asked her to marry me when I had nothing. I didn’t have Power Rangers. After I asked her to marry me, I won Wipeout and then got Power Rangers so I said, phew! Thank you, God! She’s actually taking a break from planning because she’s in New Zealand right now with her sister. She’ll probably come visit me in March and then go back to the States.

 

AM: Has it been hard? Do you travel back and forth or are you just staying in New Zealand? 

YS: Just staying in New Zealand. It’s definitely hard. It’s been really tough because it’s such a long job, eight months. This is the longest run I’ve ever been on. We started at the end of August, flew to New Zealand the next week and we were here until December. We had less than a month’s break and then we were back to it again. We’ll be done at the end of May. It’s the longest run I’ve had at any job, so it’s cool, but it sucks that I’m not back home where I can do other things like meeting with other people, other jobs, scripts that I could be working on. But it’s getting my name out there and people could see what I’m capable of because for a while, people thought that Peter and I were pretty boys that don’t do anything else. So I want to prove them wrong.

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Is Panda Express authentic Chinese Food?

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 Audrey Magazine:

I was in high school when I first started to hate Panda Express.

Before then, I didn’t give much thought to Panda Express. After all, it was Chinese food and, at the time, I didn’t like any food that was non-American. Blame it on my teenage rebellious phase, but Chinese, Japanese and other Asian foods were for my parents and therefore uncool.

Thankfully, sanity prevailed and I started embracing all different types of Asian and non-American food. Despite this, I still thumbed my nose down at Panda Express. “It’s not authentic,” I complained to my parents, like I had any authority on what authentic Chinese-ness was supposed to be like. Me, the Chinese-Indonesian American girl who dropped out of Chinese school and got the “banana” insult more times than I could count, deciding what was authentically Chinese? Please.

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My parents thought I was ridiculous and told me so as they continued to get Panda Express takeout biweekly. My dad, the guy who liked Chinese food so much that he went to the only Chinese restaurant in Italy for his honeymoon trip, loving Panda Express? Are you kidding me? But a funny thing happened over time. As I started eating Panda Express more and more, I started really enjoying it.

And that brings me to this Buzzfeed video making its way around the internet:

If you look at the YouTube comments, a lot of people are hating on the younger kids who turn their noses up at Panda Express, especially when contrasted with the older generations who seem to enjoy the taste of Panda Express and may even find it authentic.

Nonetheless, I found myself sympathizing with the younger generation who hadn’t had time to let the food grow on them. Maybe, like me, they saw Panda Express as a reminder of their failures to be “fully” Chinese as part of the Chinese American label. Or maybe I’m just projecting.

Panda Express was founded in 1973 by a father-son Chinese American duo from Pasadena who started off with a single restaurant called Panda Inn. When I discovered this, I stopped saying ‘Panda Express is fine if you just pretend it’s American food.’

I finally acknowledged it for what it is: true Chinese American fast food.

 

Freddie Wong battles Katy Perry for Super Bowl halftime audience

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During Sunday’s Super Bowl, millions of eyes will be glued to television screens watching Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz perform during the halftime show. But YouTube is making a play for some of those eyes with its own, live streaming halftime show, featuring some of the biggest names online.

The live stream, the company said on its blog, will include more than 20 YouTube stars. The show will entertain viewers with fake Super Bowl ads, musical numbers and stunts, according to Bloomberg.

Among the stars recruited by YouTube is Freddie Wong, the man behind the hit show “Video Game High School,” (VGHS) which Variety named as the best web series of 2013. Wong co-founded RocketJump, the production company that makes the series. RocketJump has clocked more than 1 billion views and 7 million subscribers through its YouTube channel. VGHS is also available through Netflix.

Forbes recently named Wong as one of Hollywood & Entertainment’s 30 Under 30, joining the ranks of Blake Lively, Zac Efron, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson. Another honoree from the publication’s list, Harley Morenstein, co-founder of web show EpicMealTime, will host the YouTube halftime show.

Just last week, Hulu announced that it will team up with Lionsgate, Wong, and the rest of his team for an original comedy series. The weekly 30-minute shows will give a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of a RocketJump video. While the release date has yet to be announced, curious fans will just have to catch Wong online during the Super Bowl for now.