Monique Danao

Monique Danao is a freelance writer.

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From Crazy Rich Asians to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – unforgettable LGBT characters played by Asian-American actors

From Leah Lewis in Netflix’s The Half of It to Alex Landi’s groundbreaking gay surgeon in Grey’s Anatomy – celebrate these unforgettable LGBT characters on mainstream TV and film

From Leah Lewis in Netflix’s The Half of It to Alex Landi’s groundbreaking gay surgeon in Grey’s Anatomy – celebrate these unforgettable LGBT characters on mainstream TV and film

From Crazy Rich Asians to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – unforgettable LGBT characters played by Asian-American actors
23 Jul 2020 - 12:00PM
5 of Thailand’s ads that went viral because they made us laugh or touched our hearts – from LGBT lip care to beauty tips

Emotional ads good enough to make you laugh or cry – featuring everything from a nasal inhaler and skin care, to a cancer charity and life insurance

Emotional ads good enough to make you laugh or cry – featuring everything from a nasal inhaler and skin care, to a cancer charity and life insurance

5 of Thailand’s ads that went viral because they made us laugh or touched our hearts – from LGBT lip care to beauty tips
21 Jul 2020 - 12:37PM
Meet the Meghan Markle of Sweden: Princess Sofia, a former TV star who married a prince

A former glamour model and reality TV star, Princess Sofia has proved a refreshingly unconventional addition to the Swedish royal family

A former glamour model and reality TV star, Princess Sofia has proved a refreshingly unconventional addition to the Swedish royal family

Meet the Meghan Markle of Sweden: Princess Sofia, a former TV star who married a prince
28 Jul 2020 - 10:09AM
How Girls Generation’s Seohyun, Moon Bin and Lee Joo-young challenged gender norms by playing LGBT characters in Korean dramas

How Girls Generation’s Seohyun, Moon Bin and Lee Joo-young and others have challenged gender norms playing LGBT characters on screen

How Girls Generation’s Seohyun, Moon Bin and Lee Joo-young and others have challenged gender norms playing LGBT characters on screen

How Girls Generation’s Seohyun, Moon Bin and Lee Joo-young challenged gender norms by playing LGBT characters in Korean dramas
9 Jul 2020 - 11:55AM
K-pop’s LGBT and androgynous idols – from Amber Liu and Nu’est’s Ren to G-Dragon’s Vogue photo-shoot, these stars are challenging South Korean gender norms

From Amber Liu and Nu’est’s Ren, finally more stars are challenging the conservative K-pop scene by publicly embracing their true identities

From Amber Liu and Nu’est’s Ren, finally more stars are challenging the conservative K-pop scene by publicly embracing their true identities

K-pop’s LGBT and androgynous idols – from Amber Liu and Nu’est’s Ren to G-Dragon’s Vogue photo-shoot, these stars are challenging South Korean gender norms
6 Jul 2020 - 9:00AM
K-pop’s Seohyun – the Girl’s Generation maknae discovered in a subway who sings a mean Gone with the Wind

As she turns 29 years old, we pay tribute to a true K-pop original who has always carved her own path

As she turns 29 years old, we pay tribute to a true K-pop original who has always carved her own path

K-pop’s Seohyun – the Girl’s Generation maknae discovered in a subway who sings a mean Gone with the Wind
25 Jun 2020 - 2:00PM
K-pop genius Rain – 5 reasons to love the hit-making singer, dancer, producer, label boss, Hollywood actor and husband of K-drama star Kim Tae-hee

A hit in hallyu and Hollywood alike, chart-topping solo artist and founder of his own agency, Rain has seen it all – as he turns 38, STYLE celebrates a true multi-hyphenate

A hit in hallyu and Hollywood alike, chart-topping solo artist and founder of his own agency, Rain has seen it all – as he turns 38, STYLE celebrates a true multi-hyphenate

K-pop genius Rain – 5 reasons to love the hit-making singer, dancer, producer, label boss, Hollywood actor and husband of K-drama star Kim Tae-hee
23 Jun 2020 - 12:00PM
Ha Ji-won, Park Shin-hye, Kim Hye-soo and 2 other Korean actresses who defied social norms with a ‘strong woman’ persona

These K-sisters are doing it for themselves in new tough roles both on and off the screen

These K-sisters are doing it for themselves in new tough roles both on and off the screen

Ha Ji-won, Park Shin-hye, Kim Hye-soo and 2 other Korean actresses who defied social norms with a ‘strong woman’ persona
23 Jun 2020 - 4:45PM
Oh Yeon-seo, Korean drama star and former K-pop girl band Luv member – 5 things you need to know, including her beauty secrets

Did you know before she became a K-drama superstar, Oh Yeon-seo tried to make it big in K-pop? Find out more – including the real name – of the hallyu hit

Did you know before she became a K-drama superstar, Oh Yeon-seo tried to make it big in K-pop? Find out more – including the real name – of the hallyu hit

Oh Yeon-seo, Korean drama star and former K-pop girl band Luv member – 5 things you need to know, including her beauty secrets
20 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM
Hallyu legend Ha Ji-won – 5 things to know about the legendary Korean action star of Secret Garden, The King 2 Hearts and Empress Ki

Between films she loves to practice aerobics, boxing, Korean traditional dance, tango, horseback riding, Korean fencing and golf

Between films she loves to practice aerobics, boxing, Korean traditional dance, tango, horseback riding, Korean fencing and golf

Hallyu legend Ha Ji-won – 5 things to know about the legendary Korean action star of Secret Garden, The King 2 Hearts and Empress Ki
19 Jun 2020 - 1:00PM
Yang Yang: The King’s Avatar star and Chinese heartthrob modelling for Dior and Valentino – 5 things to know

Star of dramas The King’s Avatar and Love O2O and a model for Dior and Valentino, 28-year-old Yang Yang is one face you want to watch more of

Star of dramas The King’s Avatar and Love O2O and a model for Dior and Valentino, 28-year-old Yang Yang is one face you want to watch more of

Yang Yang: The King’s Avatar star and Chinese heartthrob modelling for Dior and Valentino – 5 things to know
18 Jun 2020 - 12:46PM
Park Bo-gum, the ‘Nation’s Boyfriend’ of Korean drama, starring with Parasite’s Park So-dam in new series The Moment

As the handsome K-drama star turns 27, Park gears up for new heights, starring in forthcoming drama The Moment with Parasite’s Park So-dam

As the handsome K-drama star turns 27, Park gears up for new heights, starring in forthcoming drama The Moment with Parasite’s Park So-dam

Park Bo-gum, the ‘Nation’s Boyfriend’ of Korean drama, starring with Parasite’s Park So-dam in new series The Moment
16 Jun 2020 - 12:12PM
Kim Soo-hyun in It's Okay to Not Be Okay on Netflix – what to expect from the Korean drama star’s comeback after military service

Attention, Kim Soo-hyun fans: after being discharged from military duty, how has the Korean drama star changed?

Attention, Kim Soo-hyun fans: after being discharged from military duty, how has the Korean drama star changed?

Kim Soo-hyun in It's Okay to Not Be Okay on Netflix – what to expect from the Korean drama star’s comeback after military service
13 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM
Twice’s Tzuyu at 21 – 5 things about K-pop’s Taiwan-born animal lover, archer and skateboarding video game star

Animal lover and archer, as Tzuyu turns 21, here are 5 things to know about our beloved idol

Animal lover and archer, as Tzuyu turns 21, here are 5 things to know about our beloved idol

Twice’s Tzuyu at 21 – 5 things about K-pop’s Taiwan-born animal lover, archer and skateboarding video game star
12 Jun 2020 - 9:00AM
Who’s in K-pop’s Wooga Squad? BTS’ V, Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon and Parasite star Choi Woo-shik join forces in the Korean celebrity hang group

K-pop and K-drama stars including BTS’ V, Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon and Parasite star Choi Woo-shik have joined forces – all in the name of #squadgoals

K-pop and K-drama stars including BTS’ V, Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon and Parasite star Choi Woo-shik have joined forces – all in the name of #squadgoals

Who’s in K-pop’s Wooga Squad? BTS’ V, Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon and Parasite star Choi Woo-shik join forces in the Korean celebrity hang group
10 Jun 2020 - 9:20AM
5 things to know about Celina Jade, the Hong Kong action star of Chinese box-office hit Wolf Warrior 2

As a teenager she didn’t feel that she belonged in Hong Kong because she wasn’t Western or Chinese enough, but her American actor father encouraged her to be strong

As a teenager she didn’t feel that she belonged in Hong Kong because she wasn’t Western or Chinese enough, but her American actor father encouraged her to be strong

5 things to know about Celina Jade, the Hong Kong action star of Chinese box-office hit Wolf Warrior 2
9 Jun 2020 - 6:00AM
Blackpink’s new record – everything we know about the K-pop sensation’s first full-length album so far

Following the hit collaboration Sour Candy, from Lady Gaga’s comeback album Chromatica, the world’s best-known K-pop girl group is gearing up for its own return to chart-land with an as-yet-untitled LP – here’s everything we know so far

Following the hit collaboration Sour Candy, from Lady Gaga’s comeback album Chromatica, the world’s best-known K-pop girl group is gearing up for its own return to chart-land with an as-yet-untitled LP – here’s everything we know so far

Blackpink’s new record – everything we know about the K-pop sensation’s first full-length album so far
5 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM
Get to know the cast of Where Your Eyes Linger, Korea’s first LGBT drama which portrays the love between two gay men

Starring Jang Eui-soo and Han Gi-chan, Where Your Eyes Linger focuses on the romance between two young men – one the heir to a powerful chaebol family, the other his bodyguard

Starring Jang Eui-soo and Han Gi-chan, Where Your Eyes Linger focuses on the romance between two young men – one the heir to a powerful chaebol family, the other his bodyguard

Get to know the cast of Where Your Eyes Linger, Korea’s first LGBT drama which portrays the love between two gay men
4 Jun 2020 - 11:00AM
Not K-pop, not C-pop – meet WayV, the Chinese boy group and NCT sub-unit topping iTunes charts but doing it their own way

Crowned best new Asian artist at MAMA, NCT’s Chinese-language spin-off represent a new border-less ethos for Asian pop supremacy

Crowned best new Asian artist at MAMA, NCT’s Chinese-language spin-off represent a new border-less ethos for Asian pop supremacy

Not K-pop, not C-pop – meet WayV, the Chinese boy group and NCT sub-unit topping iTunes charts but doing it their own way
3 Jun 2020 - 7:00PM
5 things to know about K-drama actress Kim So-hyun, the star of Netflix’s Love Alarm who can never find time for dating

The young star started out as a child actress at age 7 and has so far appeared in more than 40 dramas and movies

The young star started out as a child actress at age 7 and has so far appeared in more than 40 dramas and movies

5 things to know about K-drama actress Kim So-hyun, the star of Netflix’s Love Alarm who can never find time for dating
2 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM
5 things to know about K-pop star Yoona, Girls’ Generation singer and Korean actress

The certified hallyu idol has been keeping busy during the coronavirus lockdown – here’s what she’s been up to

The certified hallyu idol has been keeping busy during the coronavirus lockdown – here’s what she’s been up to

5 things to know about K-pop star Yoona, Girls’ Generation singer and Korean actress
28 May 2020 - 10:48AM
Keep Running, the Chinese version of Korea’s hit TV show Running Man, is back but where will Angelababy, Li Chen and Cai Xukun be?

Delayed because of coronavirus, filming is now underway for the next season of the hit reality TV show – but scheduling conflicts mean the contestants have had a surprise shake-up

Delayed because of coronavirus, filming is now underway for the next season of the hit reality TV show – but scheduling conflicts mean the contestants have had a surprise shake-up

Keep Running, the Chinese version of Korea’s hit TV show Running Man, is back but where will Angelababy, Li Chen and Cai Xukun be?
1 Jun 2020 - 2:31PM
Goodbye, Suho – the K-pop star leaving his Exo bandmates to enter Korean military service, after releasing first solo album Self-Portrait

Enlisting in the South Korean army on the cusp of his 29th birthday, Suho leaves behind fame to become a public service officer – a far cry from his life as a hit-making, pulse-racing K-pop idol

Enlisting in the South Korean army on the cusp of his 29th birthday, Suho leaves behind fame to become a public service officer – a far cry from his life as a hit-making, pulse-racing K-pop idol

Goodbye, Suho – the K-pop star leaving his Exo bandmates to enter Korean military service, after releasing first solo album Self-Portrait
20 May 2020 - 6:00PM
5 things to know about Korean star Song Joong-ki’s upcoming film, Space Sweepers

The star of Descendants of the Sun and Arthdal Chronicles is back in action with a new science fiction movie in which he plays a down and out pilot

The star of Descendants of the Sun and Arthdal Chronicles is back in action with a new science fiction movie in which he plays a down and out pilot

5 things to know about Korean star Song Joong-ki’s upcoming film, Space Sweepers
19 May 2020 - 7:00AM
BTS’ new album – everything we know about the K-pop giant’s next big music release so far

There’s no title or track list yet – but we know that the Korean boy band have created most of their own songs for their first self-produced album

There’s no title or track list yet – but we know that the Korean boy band have created most of their own songs for their first self-produced album

BTS’ new album – everything we know about the K-pop giant’s next big music release so far
16 May 2020 - 1:20PM
IU at 27 – the K-pop idol and Korean drama star who went from a cockroach-infested home to the Crash Landing on You soundtrack

Now known as the ‘nation’s sweetheart’, IU had to overcome numerous hardships – from relatives who mocked her dreams to 20 failed auditions

Now known as the ‘nation’s sweetheart’, IU had to overcome numerous hardships – from relatives who mocked her dreams to 20 failed auditions

IU at 27 – the K-pop idol and Korean drama star who went from a cockroach-infested home to the Crash Landing on You soundtrack
14 May 2020 - 10:00AM
From K-pop idol to K-drama star – why Cha Eun-woo is someone to watch

He won over K-pop fans when in the band Astro, and starred in top K-dramas such as My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, but what else is there to know?

He won over K-pop fans when in the band Astro, and starred in top K-dramas such as My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, but what else is there to know?

From K-pop idol to K-drama star – why Cha Eun-woo is someone to watch
23 Apr 2020 - 7:00PM
The King: Eternal Monarch on Netflix – the Korean drama starring Lee Min-ho, Lee Jung-jin and Kim Go-eun mixing royal intrigue, love triangles and parallel universes

This new Netflix drama starring Lee Min-ho is topping the ratings with its first two episodes, here’s what you’ve missed

This new Netflix drama starring Lee Min-ho is topping the ratings with its first two episodes, here’s what you’ve missed

The King: Eternal Monarch on Netflix – the Korean drama starring Lee Min-ho, Lee Jung-jin and Kim Go-eun mixing royal intrigue, love triangles and parallel universes
23 Apr 2020 - 4:13PM
Jessica Jung: 5 things to know about the K-pop idol who quit Girls’ Generation to become a fashion icon with her Blanc & Eclare brand

She quit Girls’ Generation to found her own Blanc & Eclare fashion brand – as she turns 31, here’s everything else you need to know

She quit Girls’ Generation to found her own Blanc & Eclare fashion brand – as she turns 31, here’s everything else you need to know

Jessica Jung: 5 things to know about the K-pop idol who quit Girls’ Generation to become a fashion icon with her Blanc & Eclare brand
15 Apr 2020 - 11:23AM
It’s BTS season on Korean TV, as JTBC plans month of screenings for fans in Coronavirus lockdown to make up for cancelled concerts

It’s BTS season on Korean TV, with a month of screenings planned to make up for cancelled concerts and cabin fever lockdown

It’s BTS season on Korean TV, with a month of screenings planned to make up for cancelled concerts and cabin fever lockdown

It’s BTS season on Korean TV, as JTBC plans month of screenings for fans in Coronavirus lockdown to make up for cancelled concerts
16 Apr 2020 - 1:52PM