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  • Hey guys! What's going on? It's Mikey Chen here.

  • Dan, Chen

  • Hey Dan, so you know no matter where you go,

  • there's always some trends that are just plain weird.

  • Yeah, for example, people outside of the US find that we are overly obsessed with teeth.

  • Right! Braces seem very normal to those of us who live in the US,

  • I mean, we so willingly bind our teeth,

  • go through months of pain

  • and rub like teeth-whitening chemicals into our mouths

  • just so that we have the perfect smile.

  • So often the purpose of achieving them straight purely whites.

  • Asia, in particular, has some weird trends that you might not know about.

  • For example, in Japan, people want the complete opposite of straight teeth.

  • The recent trend among the younger generation is tobelieve it or not

  • have crooked, fang-like teeth.

  • This trend is called yeaba,

  • or more directly translated to double tooth.

  • It's supposedly considered cute and youthful.

  • Really?

  • The double tooth look is achieved by temporarily or permanently capping the upper canines through a dental procedure.

  • On the other hand, in China, Thailand and Indonesia,

  • fake braces are now the new fad.

  • They sell DIY kits that help you achieve your perfect braces look.

  • Yeah and this is a sign of wealth and status.

  • Why you may ask?

  • In these countries, only those who have money are able to afford t

  • the luxury of beautifying their teeth

  • and so having braces means that you have money.

  • I don't know man. Braces are not that attractive.

  • I mean, we spent years like complaining

  • and hoping our braces will come off.

  • Luckily for me, I never have braces. -Same here.

  • Beautiful, straight teeth

  • And also in the US, when I was growing up,

  • we kinda saw people that wore glasses or had braces as

  • oh you're kinda nerdy

  • and everyone kind of went through that phase

  • before they all of a sudden became beautiful and not awkward and awesome.

  • Are you saying that nerds aren't cool?

  • Cuz dude, have you seen the recent fashion trends?

  • Nerd glasses, nerd glasses and more nerd glasses.

  • Nerdy is the new cool.

  • Uh more like hipster is the new cool.

  • Alright, anyways, so what I was trying to say is that

  • wearing nerdy glasses is universally trendy.

  • But in many parts of Asia they have their own twist to it.

  • People wear just the frames of the glasses,

  • like no lens, nothing,

  • I-can-poke-my-eyes-out nerd glasses.

  • Man, times have changed.

  • I remember when people actually tried to avoid wearing glasses like at all cost.

  • Right! I have friends who used to always wear contacts

  • but now they always wear their glasses.

  • Okay, but they tend to wear those hipster-looking glasses.

  • We're all just all gonna be kind of a nerd.

  • Asians are obsessed with eyes,

  • most of us know about the common eye-enlarging tricks,

  • using double-eyelid tape or glue,

  • circle lenses and several pairs of false lashes.

  • Uh I don't really know how you know about all that,

  • but yeah, it's you so whatever.

  • But anyway, recently popular in South Korea

  • is the aegyo sal or eye smile.

  • They're basically fake eye bags achieved through surgery or special tape.

  • Dude, you would look like such a zombie.

  • But aegyo sal supposedly makes you look younger and cuter.

  • Uh, cuz eye bags make you look younger and cuter

  • how did thatwhen did that happen?

  • I should be freaking gorgeous right now.

  • The aegyo sal are not considered to be eye bags in Korea,

  • but a cute puff under your eye.

  • Uh it's also supposed to make your eyes look larger

  • and make you look more sickly.

  • But when you are actually sick,

  • I automatically think of doctors and surgical masks.

  • Wearing surgical masks is extremely popular in Asia.

  • Originally they were used in densely populated areas to stop the spreading of germs but

  • has now become part of popular fashion of course.

  • I can't believe this because when I was four

  • I wore surgical masks to prevent people from spreading their germs in China.

  • Right! – Not for fashion.

  • Right and then whenever you see people wearing surgical masks you're like,

  • Are they sick? I should keep away from them.”

  • Is there like an outbreak around here I need to know about? – Exactly.

  • Anyways, now you can buy color-printed surgical masks

  • and even fake designer's surgical masks to match your outfit .

  • Western culture is all about getting that tan, healthy glow in the summer, you know that.

  • Oh yeah. – oh right here! Exactly!

  • Yeah I mean look at that.

  • Asia wants the complete opposite,

  • from wide visor hats to excessive skin whitening beauty products,

  • pale is the right way to go.

  • Uh you would think they never go to the beach with

  • that much sun beaming down on their precious white skin.

  • Wrong!

  • In China, some take it to a whole new level.

  • They wear a full body swimsuit.

  • Uh when you think about a full body swimsuit,

  • I don't just mean like a one-piece swimsuit.

  • They actually cover their entire head and face

  • with something called the face-kini.

  • I'm totally gonna walk up to one of them and be like,

  • Hey Jenn! Oh whoa sorry wrong person.”

  • I mean, how do you identify your friends or your family when they're wearing these things?

  • Because we're guys right?

  • I mean you could possibly remember the style of face-kini they're wearing so you could be like,

  • Oh hey honey! You went down to the ocean, had a nice swim and now you're back.

  • I'd be like, crap.

  • What color was she wearing again?

  • They all look the same.

  • But seriously, these things could possibly give you nightmares.

  • I mean, imagine going to the beach to chill

  • and all of the sudden you see like groups, groups of people that look like this.

  • At least they're not modifying the shape of their head right?

  • Well, recently bagel heads have been popular in Japan.

  • Okay so what that is is a saline solution is injected into your forehead

  • and then the center is pushed in

  • so that you literally look like you have a bagel implanted in your forehead.

  • So we're in New York. I'm a bagel lover.

  • So whenever I see that, I'm gonna be like hungry.

  • That was like the Halloween episode in Simpsons

  • when Homer had a donut growing out of his

  • no, his head became a donut.

  • He started eating his head.

  • Anyway, this may sound also like a super crazy thing to do,

  • but the effects are temporary, thank goodness,

  • and the modification only lasts one thousand six hundred and twenty-four hours.

  • That's it.

  • Doesn't change the fact that it's still super weird.

  • Another odd trend in Japan are the virtual dating games.

  • It's a role-playing game

  • where the player has a relationship with the virtual anime-style boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • Your virtual girlfriend or boyfriend will never argue with you,

  • are always loving and they would never break up with you.

  • So those are the positives I guess.

  • I guess sometimes you'll find it too difficult or annoying to date real-life people right?

  • You know what would be bad about this?

  • Let's say you're going on a date with your 2D or 3D video game girlfriend, virtual girlfriend whatever,

  • and then you're in the middle of your date

  • and it runs out of batteries.

  • And it was just going so well.

  • Date over!

  • Okay, check this out! This one's really cool.

  • It's called dekotora or decorated trucks.

  • This is a popular subculture on the outskirts of big cities in Japan.

  • They're basically super blinged out trucks with an

  • abundance of accessories, flashing lights and colorful paintings.

  • And it's not only on the outside,

  • beside lights, accessories and paintings, there are also

  • chandeliers and comfortable sofa chairs inside the truck.

  • Fellow dekotorists often gather together in groups

  • and flung their trucks to one another.

  • It's kind of like in America they have motorcycle culture,

  • like Hells Angels,

  • you know or like in America with Fast and Furious you like to modify your cars

  • but this is a whole other level.

  • Can you imagine a scene from Fast and Furious,

  • they're all like there, all the tough guys,

  • and then they're like, “Check out my chandelier in my truck!”

  • And finally for our last weird trend,

  • in China, some owners dye and groom their dogs to look like other wild animals.

  • Yeah for example, here's a tiger-dog

  • and here's a panda-dog.

  • Now at first glance, they actually look kind of legit,

  • but then you look a little closer,and it's a dog

  • Yeah, actually those are pretty convincing.

  • I'm like, “Oh look at the little tiger! Oh it's dog.”

  • There's actually a recent news article in China that said

  • some guy who was trying to buy a fox

  • and then it turned out to be a dog.

  • He got ripped!

  • Gotcha!

  • You wanted a fox? It turned out to be a dog.

  • You gotta look closer man.

  • Alright so anyways, guys we hope you liked that.

  • Let us know if there's other weird subcultures or trends that you know of that we didn't mention.

  • And let us know if any of these you would be interested in.

  • And no offense to any nerds out there. We're both nerds

  • and we both went through the really awkward phases back when we were in school. – Definitely!

  • But I am about to just go get fake braces to show that I'm rich.

  • How does it even be like something that could look cool here?

  • I don't know. Only in Asia

  • Only in Asia

  • Alright guys, thanks for watching.

  • See you later!

Hey guys! What's going on? It's Mikey Chen here.

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