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This Connecticut Barnes & Noble has an ARMY who is a real RM stan

  • A Barnes & Noble in Connecticut is celebrating BTS leader RM’s birthday with a collection of books.
  • The Waterbury bookstore curated books that were read by RM or inspired by him, many of which were written by prominent Asian authors.
  • Some of the books included are Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko,” Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore,” Ted Chiang’s “Story Of Your Life and Exhalation” and Kyung Sook Shin’s “Please Look After Mom.”
  • All of the books in the collection will be on sale at the Waterbury location for the next seven days.
  • Earlier this month, RM dropped a collaboration single titled “Sexy Nukim” with South Korean music collective Balming Tiger.

A Barnes & Noble in Connecticut is wishing a happy birthday to BTS leader RM, who is turning 28 this Monday.  

The Waterbury location constructed what they call “Namjoon’s Library,” a collection of the BTS rapper’s favorite books or those inspired by him. All of the books in the collection at the store will be on sale for the next seven days.  

9-year-old girl runs lemonade stands to buy books with POC characters and authors for libraries

library gets books donated

A 9-year-old elementary student in Provo, Utah is doing her part in preventing racism by making school libraries more inclusive.

Spark of kindness: Emi Kim, a fourth grade Westridge Elementary School student, wanted to help people of different cultures better understand each other by introducing diverse books to her school library, reported Good Morning America

Exclusive Excerpt: The Deadly ‘Pretty Boys’ Who Were Korea’s Warriors and Assassins


K-pop’s biggest male stars may be beauty gods but they’re hardly a new trend. While Korean pop stars may wear porcelain foundations, colorful eyeshadows, and blood-stained lips, there were men who walked — and worked — the earth centuries before. They were called the hwarang – literally “flower boys” aka “pretty boys” of Korea’s Silla dynasty – who sported crimson eye shadows, powdered faces, and slicked-back hair as a spiritual practice. These warriors were chosen for their beauty, as Silla’s king, Jinheung, believed beauty was power. In the excerpt below, we understand Korea’s rich history of beautiful men and how cosmetics, makeup, skincare isn’t a new phenomenon — beauty is literally embedded in the very culture. Here’s a history of the pretty boy warriors who were precursors for K-pop stars to thrive in our modern era.

South Korea is now known as the beauty capital of the universe, and its men hold the title of world’s biggest cosmetics consumers. Korean men glisten and glow, their complexions plumped and hydrated, as if serums pump through their very veins. The best skin care products for men are featured at But to understand why Korean men today care so much about their aesthetics, we must look to Korea’s sixth-century Silla Dynasty, and to the hwarang. The hwarang—which roughly translates to “flower boys”—weren’t only some of the fiercest weapons-wielding, martial arts–practicing assassins in Asia. They would become legendary for their fight and their faces. Aesthetics, and the spirituality behind beautifying, were paramount to their ability to defend their kingdom for over two centuries . . . and to lead the way for generations of Korean beauty boys to come. 

‘Captain Underpants’ Book Pulled Off Shelves for ‘Passive Racism’ and Asian Stereotypes

Captain Underpants

A spin-off book of the highly successful Captain Underpants franchise will no longer be distributed due to its “passive racism” and Asian stereotypes. 

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future,” a graphic novel by children’s author Dav Pilkey, was first published in 2010. The book follows cavemen Ook and Gluk as they time travel to the year 2222 and meet a martial arts instructor named Master Wong. 

‘Game of Thrones’ Producers Pick Up Chinese Author’s Hugo-Award Winning Sci-Fi Trilogy for Netflix

Liu Cixin

“Game of Thrones” producers are on board for a Netflix adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning Chinese science fiction trilogy “The Three-Body Problem” by Chinese author Liu Cixin.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who both worked on the HBO’s adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones,” are set to co-write as well as act as serve as executive producers for the Netflix series, reported CNN.

‘Loveboat, Taipei’ Dives Into the Real-Life Cruise Where College Students Go to Hookup and Learn Chinese

When Abigail Hing Wen was sent to Taiwan for a six-week-long summer program to learn Mandarin and more about her heritage, she did not expect the wild and crazy nights of friendship and romance.

Wen, who also works in Silicon Valley as a venture capitalist, captures the journey of self-discovery in her debut novel, “Loveboat, Taipei”.