overseas Chinese/Returnees

Collateral Damage

2016 May 15

  • Bill Whitaker reports on Americans wrongly accused of espionage-related crimes as the U.S. steps up the fight against Chinese theft of U.S. trade secrets and intellectual property


Australian-Chinese leaders urge support for ‘motherland’ in South China Sea dispute

12 Apr 2016

  • Leading figures in Australia’s Chinese population have called on fellow community members to come together to help “safeguard the sovereign rights of China” over growing military tensions in the South China Sea.


Descendants of Chinese war veterans to march in Aust’n Anzac Day parade


  • More than 30 relatives of Chinese soldiers who fought the Japanese in World War II (WWI) will march in Melbourne this year as part of Australia’s Anzac Day celebrations on April 25. The group, from the Melbourne’s Association of Descendants of Chinese World War II Veterans, is aiming to enlighten Australians about the Sino-Japanese war on Australia’s most sombre day of remembrance.


Overseas Chinese urged to support nation’s development


  • Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng has called on overseas Chinese people to contribute more to China’s development, especially in poverty relief and charity. Yu, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, made the remarks on Friday while meeting with overseas Chinese and compatriots from Hong Kong and Macao who greatly helped the reconstruction after a powerful earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan Province in 2013.


Chinese-Canadian community honours Vancouver’s Modernize Tailors, pioneer family

Apr 09, 2016

  • Tailor shop opened in 1913 by Wong Kung Lai and has supplied suits to people like Sean Connery In 1911 Wong Kung Lai was chosen by his small village in China to go and settle in Canada, with the village paying for his passage across the Pacific as well as the $500 head tax at the time.


France pays tribute to ‘forgotten’ Chinese WWI labourers

Nov 26, 2014

  • PARIS: France on Wednesday paid tribute to an often forgotten corps of 140,000 Chinese labourers who dug trenches, worked in weapons factories and, for many, lost their lives helping France’s World War I effort.


First world war’s forgotten Chinese Labour Corps to get recognition at last

14 August 2014

  • The 95,000 Chinese farm labourers who, almost a century ago, volunteered to leave their remote villages and work for Britain in the first world war, have been called “the forgotten of the forgotten”. The contribution made by the Chinese Labour Corps was barely recognised at the end of the war, and has almost been obliterated since. There is no tribute to them among Britain’s 40,000 war memorials, there are no descendants in Britain because they were refused any right to settle after the war, they were literally painted out of a canvas recording all the nations who joined the war effort, and many of the records of their service were destroyed in the blitz of the second world war.


The making of Michael Chan

Jun. 17, 2015

  • Michael Chan is a rare politician. Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade considers himself a middleman between domestic and foreign interests, a commercial conduit between his province and the Middle Kingdom. “For me, it is how I am able to bridge Canada and China,” he told The Globe and Mail in an interview in his Queen’s Park office. “I can be in a position to promote both jurisdictions for the benefit of the people. I think that’s important.”


When the Wong brothers soared over Toronto

June 7, 2015

  • Robert and Tommy found surprising support from the wider community in a time of anti-Chinese prejudice. They hiked off to Rexwell Lumber on Main St., and the nice folks at the local Boeing plant gave them advice and the use of their industrial sewing machines. The old car engine came from a local wrecking yard, and a nearby mechanic helped Robert ready it for airplane use — he even let Robert store the highly flammable wood and fabric plan in his garage. Used to marginalization, they thought their business would attract mainly Chinese kids who wanted to fly in China and fight the Communists. But Canada was changing, and Robert discovered he had a gift for marketing. He offered cheap ($3) introductory flights with the idea that once people flew, they would want to do it again.


Harvard’s Chinese Exclusion Act

June 5, 2015

  • An immigrant businessman explains his legal challenge to racial quotas that keep Asian-Americans out of elite colleges.


How Amy Duan Went From Social Media Star to Chinese Food Expert

June 5, 2015

  • Amy Duan’s first post went out on June 15, 2011. She had only recently learned about Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging platform that is based in China but used widely among Mandarin and Cantonese speakers in the United States. Duan’s roommate had taken her to Tasty Garden in Alhambra, the first Chinese restaurant she had visited since leaving Shanghai the year before to pursue a master’s in communications at USC. That’s where she met a coterie of other Chinese students who share a common interest. “It was as simple as, ‘Oh, do you like to eat? Are you new to the States? Do you want to join our chihuo group?’ ” says Duan. Chihuo is slang for “foodie” in Mandarin, Duan’s native language. She wanted to let her fellow L.A. greenhorns and restaurant junkies know about what they were missing, so she fired off this Weibo message, written in Chinese: “For my first Weibo tweet I want to talk about one of the first Cantonese restaurants in L.A., Tasty Garden…. It’s opened until 4:00am, a good place for friends to get a late-night meal. Specialties: Almond Shrimp, Curry Pots, and their noodles and porridge are righteous, too.”


Chinese-American Nightclubs Changed Racial Stereotypes

May 17, 2015

  • But in the 1940s and 50s, opportunities for Asian-American performers began to change. Chinese American nightclubs in California permitted singers, dancers and actors to overcome racial and cultural barriers and follow their dreams. In 1989, filmmaker Arthur Dong captured that little-known part of entertainment history in his film “Forbidden City, USA.” The film has now been re-made in a digital format. And Mr. Dong has turned his research into a new book.


The New Face of Chinese Dining in the United States

May 11, 2016

  • But now, Chinese tourists have spoken up and have begun to make an indelible mark on Chinese dining in the United States. This conspicuous change is attributable to the new mix of wealthy Chinese tourists, coming from familiar locations like Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, or Beijing, but also increasingly from the interior provinces of mainland China. The first indication that something was afoot? Upscale shopping centers in the Los Angeles area began to cater to this class of tourist, with each designer store hiring at least one Chinese employee. At the trendy South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, perhaps the top shopping destination in the Los Angeles area for Chinese tourists, visitors complained loudly about the lack of Chinese food options. Because these tourists were choosing to dine off-premises, South Coast Plaza acted quickly, landing in 2014 a rare US branch of the famous Din Tai Fung dumpling chain. Ironically, to make way for Din Tai Fung, McDonald’s was booted out of the mall. Likewise, another Din Tai Fung location opened in 2014 in the upscale Americana in Glendale. Neither Costa Mesa nor Glendale had any authentic Chinese restaurants within their city limits prior to the arrival of Din Tai Fung, and now each city has one of the best.


Chinese Canadian soldiers honoured for WW II efforts at new museum exhibit

May 09, 2015

  • Approximately 600 Chinese-Canadians fought in World War II at a time when they couldn’t even be citizens


How these restaurateurs with Canadian roots are bringing safe, affordable street food to China

March 20, 2015

  • Born in Chengdu in Western China and educated in Canada and Europe, the 27-year-old is now set on becoming a restaurateur in China’s booming consumer market. With their new restaurant concept, Baoism, Ms. Gao and her Toronto-born partner Alex Xu hope to create what they call “a Chipotle for China,” which — like the Mexican fast casual chain in North America — will serve safely sourced Chinese street food in an ingredient bar format.


China’s migrants thrive in Spain’s financial crisis

October 9, 2014

  • With economic success has come a change in status for Mr Chen and for the Chinese community at large. “The Spaniards used to look at us like they looked at the other migrants, like people who do the dirty work. Now, when you go to a department store they have signs in Chinese, and staff who speak Chinese. They know: ‘Here are people who have money’.”
  • The bonfire of bankruptcies that burnt its way through corporate Spain during the downturn left the Chinese largely untouched – a result of hard work, thriftiness, luck and a business culture that values long-term survival above quick profits. “In China, we believe that the key issue is not whether you lose money or not, but whether you manage to hold on. So the Chinese have developed a great ability to withstand a crisis. You have to endure,” says Marco Wang, a businessman in Madrid whose assets include Spain’s leading Chinese newspapers.
  • He knows that such single-minded dedication to work is viewed by Spaniards (and much of the rest of the world) as an incomprehensible sacrifice. But Mr Chen has no doubt that it lies at the heart of his nation’s extraordinary economic rise. “It is with this sacrifice that China is conquering the world,” he says.
  • But family networks are not just crucial in deciding what country the Chinese choose as their destination. They also play a critical role in helping the new arrivals get started in business – by providing all-important access to finance. “If you want to open a bar or start a corner shop, you don’t go to the bank to ask for €20,000. You just ask 10 friends and family members for €2,000 each. One month after opening, you pay back the first person. The second month you pay back the next. The system works very well,” explains Mr Wang. It works, above all else, on the basis of personal trust and mutual dependency. “You never sign a contract. And you never ask for interest,” says Mr Chen, adding: “This is not a system or an application. It is all about human trust.”
  • Business leaders and analysts agree that the cheap, flexible system of financing is one of the crucial reasons why the Chinese were able to weather the recent crisis better than most. Unlike their Spanish counterparts, the Chinese were largely insulated from the vagaries of the country’s tottering retail banking system. When lenders stopped the flow of credit to small and medium-sized companies, the Chinese were unaffected. And when a Chinese business had trouble repaying a loan, or paying staff salaries, it was usually easy to find a swift and flexible solution. Its main creditors, more likely than not, were not twitchy banks but family members and friends. Its workers, typically, were similarly close – and usually ready to accept a temporary wage cut.
  • “Who survives in a crisis? Those who have capital, or who have easy access to capital. And when the crisis came, the Chinese had their family network to fall back on to,” says Mario Esteban, of the Real Instituto Elcano in Madrid.
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2RedBeans is a dating startup for the global Chinese diaspora

Dec 19, 2014

  • Although it looks similar to other dating sites, 2RedBeans does have a number of specific tweaks to the dating site formula designed to make it more attractive and effective for first-generation Chinese singles. You can use 2RedBeans in Chinese, of course – about 70 percent of its users do – but it goes much deeper than that. 2RedBeans profiles include questions about the user’s immigration status and what year they came to the US, so other users can find partners in similar situations to their own. And the site features a “secret admirer” feature that allows meeker users to find whether their crush likes them back without having to put themselves out there, which is important. As Zhao puts it, Chinese people are “more shy” than Americans when it comes to dating, and the site is designed with that in mind.


Chinese-Americans Find Love on Specialty Dating Site

Dec 18 2014

  • Founded in 2010, and modeled after JDate, a dating site for Jewish Singles, 2RedBeans is an online dating site for the Chinese diaspora or “Overseas Chinese.” It boasts almost 500,000 members, of whom 70 percent use simplified/traditional Chinese as their default site language, 30 percent were born in North America, and only 2 percent are non-Asian. It also has an algorithm that weeds out “Asianphiles” and accounts for Chinese cultural values such as date of immigration and highest level of education.
  • “Although these sites do provide a large pool of candidates, many of them are not of similar background, since most Chinese are not on these sites,” said Zhao. “In the US, 85% of ethnic Chinese still marry other Chinese, but there is no good platform to connect this group of people.”


Chinese-Canadian veterans and Tuskegee Airmen defied prejudice to serve during the Second World War

June 29, 2013

  • Chinese-Canadian fighting men bombed Berlin, fired artillery shells in Normandy and perished in Italy. Little-known facts have emerged about an estimated group of 800 Chinese-Canadians who served with the Canadian Army, navy and air force in the Second World War. They were brought together for the first time at UBC on Friday with the group of Afro-Americans known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The groups are vastly different but they have only recently come to realize their experiences were similar. The armed forces didn’t want them, the laws didn’t protect them and they faced racial discrimination. Despite that, they said they were eager to don their country’s colours.


The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

April 12, 2013

  • I am chagrined to admit that I had never heard of Wong Chin Foo. Whether he really was the first Chinese American is perhaps a matter of definition, but Wong arguably seems to have invented the term — he founded a newspaper in its name — and the concept. Wong also seems — based on a reading of this lively biography by Scott D. Seligman, “The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo” — to have been the first ethnic Chinese to engage the American public politically and intellectually for an extended period. He was apparently quite well-known as a prolific writer in eloquent if sometimes florid English, both in his own publications as well as leading newspapers and journals. His essay “Why Am I Heathen?” appeared in the North American Review in 1887 and created national controversy.
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Thousands Mourn At Funeral For NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu


Chinese-American Officers Stream to Wenjian Liu’s Funeral

January 4th 2015

  • “When we saw the spelling of his name, we knew he was from mainland China, and we knew we had to go,” said Toronto police Constable Qian L. Yang, an immigrant from central China who serves as the Toronto Police Service’s liaison to the city’s Chinese community. “We have the same background, the same culture. We wanted to show our respect.” Yang, 44, was one of thousands of mourners from near and far — many of them Chinese-American — who lined 65th Street outside Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn, where funeral services were held for Liu, who was shot to death along with his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, as they sat in their squad car Dec. 20 in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.
  • Police line the streets before the funeral of Detective Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn on Sunday. http://i.imgur.com/8Gajblx.jpg


On Remembrance Day, Chinese Canadians recall struggles toward citizenship and equality

Nov 11th, 2012

  • His name is Bill Chong, but for a period in his life, he was known as Agent 50 — a Chinese Canadian working as a spy during the height of the Second World War. After a fateful experience watching a wounded Canadian soldier brutally shot by the Japanese in Hong Kong, Chong signed up for the British Army Aid Group and worked there as a spy, rescuing soldiers and civilians from Australia, England, France and India. His appearance, a disadvantage while living back home in Vancouver, covered his Canadian identity like a mask when helping his comrades during the brutal battle unfolding in Asia.
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Laura Madokoro: Jim and Joanne Chu, and remembering the first Chinese refugees settled in Canada

Dec 12, 2012

  • Fifty years ago this month, three-year old Jim Chu and his sister Joanne, along with their parents, arrived in Calgary on a flight from Hong Kong. They didn’t know they were making history, but they were. They were part of the first group of Chinese refugees ever resettled to Canada. Their story, and that of others who came to Canada as part of the special Chinese Refugee Program, has largely been forgotten. Yet there are important lessons to be garnered from the past. Looking to the events of 1962 shows clearly how Canadian society benefits when governments take the lead on treating refugees with respect and dignity.
  • At the time of the crisis, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was on the campaign trail. Absorbing the news out of Hong Kong, Diefenbaker declared that Canada “should set an example for the rest of the world.” He then announced that Canada would take one hundred families. The government advertised the special resettlement program in several Hong Kong newspapers, and more than 3,000 families applied. A mere 109 families were ultimately selected.
  • The government wanted Canadians to support refugee assistance in particular and immigration reforms more generally. The Canada of 1962 was still a Canada where people were only beginning to think about immigration from diverse parts of the world as something positive. Up until then, “White Canada Forever” was a widely held truism.


Strain of racist sentiment remains, some Chinese Canadians believe

Feb. 08 2013

  • Sunday marks the start of Chinese New Year, with celebrations springing up from Vancouver to Victoria, from Kelowna to Whistler. The parades and festivals are visual representations of Chinese culture and a reminder of the role of Chinese Canadians in the social fabric of B.C. But some in the Chinese community are still raising serious questions about how Canadians acknowledge that legacy, and how even today, 150 years after the Chinese first arrived in Canada, a strain of anti-Chinese sentiment remains.
  • But Bill Chu, the chair of the Canadian Reconciliation Society, who in 2010 led a successful campaign to get the city of New Westminster to apologize for its past racist policies, says there is very little public acknowledgment of the specific racism that existed in B.C., which he says has led to a “dormant anti-Chinese sentiment.”


Canadian PM reflects on country’s racist past toward Chinese

February 9, 2013

  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reflected on discriminatory practices toward early Chinese settlers and called for stronger ties with China for the economic benefit of both countries. Speaking at the Canada-China Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s Chinese New Year celebration in Vancouver Friday, the Canadian leader told the gathering of more than 400 people in suburban Burnaby that Canada “cannot change the past, but we can learn from it and build a better future together.” “When I think about the Canadian-Chinese community and how successful it is, how vibrant, how integral to Canadian life, it’s hard to imagine just how difficult things were within the span of a lifetime,” Harper said. “I’m referring to the head tax and the exclusion of Chinese immigrants, shameful acts that produced extreme hardship and divided families. That’s why in our first mandate, our government issued a full apology to the living victims of those misdeeds, along with symbolic compensation.”


What Sleeping Dogs Gets So Right About Being An Asian-American

11 October 2014

  • There’s a mission near the end of Sleeping Dogs — getting remastered for PS4, Xbox One and PC — that recalls a similar feeling. But this time, it’s because I understand. It’s the mission when you get your Triad Boss, Two Chin Tsao, to relapse on his heroin addiction. You do this by disrupting his feng shui, quite literally. You pick the lock on his front door, and once inside, you ruin his room aesthetic. You rotate his piano, and you steal his jade statue. But there are also two odd, related events. You break four out of eight stand-up vases, leaving only four left. You set and freeze his clock to read 4:44. These are subtle nods to players of Chinese descent — ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ artifacts of my childhood — and then they are gone. Four is a supremely unlucky number in Chinese culture. I learned this early in childhood. It was the Chinese New Year, and my Mum and I were baking fa gao — little, pink ‘Prosperity’ cupcakes that we made only once a year. We packed them in small containers for visiting relatives, and my Mum told me that I could group them in pairs of sixes, but never in clusters of four. I asked why, and she explained to me that the number four in Cantonese — sì — was much too similar in sound to sǐ, which was the word for Death. It is one of several superstitions that my family holds onto from the old country, particularly around the Chinese New Year. Others include: oranges in every room, don’t wash your hair (that makes it hang low, like it would at a funeral), and always think happy thoughts, because whatever you think on New Year’s Day endures for the rest of the year.
  • It’s this little, cultural inside joke (and a dozen others) that makes Sleeping Dogs so impactful to Asian Americans such as myself. I identify closely with Wei Shen, the lead protagonist, who takes a tired archetype — that of the Asian American who is ‘trapped between two worlds’ — and reframes it in a way that is both authentic and relevant for a new generation of Asian American men.
  • Wei experiences a variety of reactions to his ‘Asian American’ status. Jackie, his childhood friend, welcomes him back with open arms, but many other Triads see Wei as an outsider, and are hesitant to call him ‘brother.’ Wei’s shifu is disappointed by his presence — he worries that Wei should have stayed in America, and that by coming home, Wei has regressed. That’s my Mum’s mentality as well — my grandparents were farmers in rural China. The entire reason for leaving their homeland, after all, was because they wanted a better, more prosperous life. Wei is not learning about Chinese culture, he’s relearning it and retracing a history he left behind long ago. Wei is not a Chinese male character — Wei is a Chinese American male character, and to me, that makes all the difference. I see myself represented, finally, with all the inherent contradictions and struggles in tact.


Chinese Railway Workers Inducted in US Labor Department’s Hall of Honor

May 11, 2014

  • WASHINGTON — This year marks the 145th anniversary of the completion of the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad. The 3,200 kilometers of rail, constructed between 1863 and 1869, finally linked the eastern United States to the western part of the country. Last week, the Chinese immigrants who worked on that railroad were honored by being registered in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor in Washington, D.C. The more than 12,000 Chinese laborers are the first Asian-Americans to be inducted into the Hall since its creation in 1988.


Chinese community gets apology from B.C. for historical wrongs

May 15, 2014

  • The Chinese community in B.C. received a formal apology today from the provincial government for historical policies that once targeted immigrants and residents. The apology, which was introduced by Premier Christy Clark on Thursday morning, aims to recognize and make amends for 160 historical racist and discriminatory policies imposed in B.C., such as denying Chinese immigrants the right to vote and charging them a head tax to immigrate.
  • “We believe this formal apology is required to ensure that closure can be reached on this dark period in our province’s history.” “The entire legislative assembly acknowledges the perseverance of Chinese Canadians that was demonstrated with grace and dignity throughout our history while being oppressed by unfair and discriminatory historical laws. “Moreover, we acknowledge the overwhelming contribution by Chinese Canadians to British Columbia’s culture, history and economic prosperity.
  • This portrait of Chinese men and women in Vancouver is part of the UBC archives collection. On Thursday, the B.C. government will apologize to the Chinese community in B.C. for past policies that once targeted immigrants and residents. (UBC) http://i.imgur.com/hZqqx8m.jpg


Chinese American blogger/activist Jennifer Li vs “pick up artist” Julien Blanc

here is the guy apologizing on tv


‘Pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc banned from entering Singapore

26 Nov 2014

  • Singapore has become the latest country to ban self-proclaimed “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc, after more than 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimising “sexual assault and predation”. Singapore authorities will bar Mr Blanc from entering the country “especially if he is here to hold seminars or events that propagate violence against women,” a government statement said on Wednesday. “Blanc has been involved in seminars in various countries that advised men to use highly abusive techniques when dating women,” said the statement. “Violence against women or any persons is against Singapore law.”


Julien Blanc: UK denies visa to ‘pick-up artist’

19 November 2014

  • A petition to deny him a visa attracted more than 150,000 signatures ahead of his UK tour, due to start in February. Mr Blanc has apologised, saying his intention was “a horrible attempt at humour” taken out of context. Crime prevention minister Lynne Featherstone said she was “delighted Mr Blanc won’t be coming to our shores”.


#KeepJulienBlancOutOfCanada: Canadians urge government to ban woman-choking ‘pickup artist’

November 10, 2014

  • And much to the chagrin of many Canadians who’ve been following Blanc’s story, a series of free seminars hosted by the company includes stops in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. More than 2,300 people have since signed the petition, which is addressed to Alexander, and approximately 1,400 more have used the hashtag #KeepJulienBlancOutofCanada on Twitter to express their thoughts on why Blanc should not be allowed to host seminars here.


US ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc forced to leave Australia after visa cancelled

7 November 2014

  • Controversial US “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc has cut short his Australian tour after having his visa cancelled in the wake of protests against his seminars, which promote dangerous and abusive behaviour towards women.


Take Down Julien Blanc and RSD’s Seminars and Web content #TakeDownJulienBlanc


Julien Blanc is a racist sexual predator teaching men to prey on women like me – and he must be stopped

6 November 2014

  • As an Asian woman, men like Blanc create problems for people like me. I am Chinese, but Blanc and his ilk don’t care what type of Asian I am. By perpetuating the idea that Asian women are a “free for all” for predatory men, he is encouraging other pathetic men to abuse them. After listening to Blanc’s “teachings”, his followers think it’s okay to have yellow fever, or to act out their sick power fantasies on Asian women.


125 years late, Chinese lawyer earns right to practice law in California


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  • The petition asked the high court to “right this historic wrong” by ordering the late Hong Yen Chang admitted to the State Bar of California. “More than a century later, the legal and policy underpinnings of our 1890 decision have been discredited,” said Monday’s unsigned court opinion. “Even if we cannot undo history, we can acknowledge it and, in so doing, accord a full measure of recognition to Chang’s pathbreaking efforts to become the first lawyer of Chinese descent in the United States.” The court’s ruling further stated that California’s courts and people “were denied Chang’s services as a lawyer. But we need not be denied his example as a pioneer for a more inclusive legal profession.” UC Davis law professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, who acted as faculty adviser to the law students on the project, called Monday’s ruling gratifying.


Ultra Rich Asian Girls

flirt with Chinese guy 10 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI56XotU8OQ&t=10m0s

boy is cute, not the white guy 11 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0zatqAmHxA&t=11m10s

white servant mostly out of sight rich over looks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uomhnr2GZJM

andy has style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GUxbJFus0s&t=10m18s

italian girls in China 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yexYPqogdHw&t=4m50s

asian guys model with girls 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN00-AQR4Ic&t=5m57s