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We want to make a calendar out of Audrey Magazine's photo series where we ask hot Asian American men to exchange poetry with us.
We want to make a calendar out of Audrey Magazine's photo series where we ask hot Asian American men to exchange poetry with us.
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If you're like us, you think that a 2016 Haikus With Hotties calendar would be a perfect holiday gift for your friends who need more Asian American male hotties in their lives. Nothing says "I love you" or "Please don't be sad all the way from Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day" better than a calendar reminder that yes, hot men are also literate.

Audrey Magazine's non-award-winning poetry series "Haikus With Hotties" started with none other than Godfrey Gao, the first attractive man to attempt to answer our ridiculous questions while counting syllables. Gao was deemed the first Asian male supermodel after he became the face of Louis Vuitton, and he played Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Since then, we've exchanged poetry with...

Freddie Wong (actor/filmmaker known for Video Game High School and videos on his popular RocketJump YouTube channel)

Dante Basco (actor whose long career spans from 1991's Hook to this year's Awesome Asian Bad Guys. Plus, he's the voice of Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender)

American Ninja Warrior's Yen Chen, who is also a classical pianist. He was one of a select group that made it to Stage 2 of Mount Midoriyama in 2014.

Randall Park, who makes us laugh in Fresh Off the Boat, looked surprisingly dapper for someone whose head was about to explode in The Interview, and tripled in cuteness when he teamed up with Ruby Park in Baby Mentalist.

Wong Fu Productions' Chris Dinh, who not only co-wrote their first feature Everything Before Us but just won a 2015 LA Film Festival award for his new film Crush the Skull, which he also co-wrote and stars in.

and most recently...

Yoshi Sudarso and Peter Adrian Sudarso, who will appear in our upcoming Fall issue, out in September and featuring Constance Wu on the cover. The Sudarso brothers are actors who make comedy videos on their YouTube channel Apartment 210. (Power Rangers fans may recognize Yoshi as the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Charge.)

With your help, we'd like to add 5 more hotties to our series and give you an extremely attractive calendar to brighten up all 12 months of the upcoming year.

Here's how you can support us: 

$1000 is what it takes to convince our publisher James Ryu that this is a good idea. "Would anyone actually buy this?" Ryu said, confused, when we presented him with this pitch. (We've gone a little rogue with this Kickstarter, but how better to prove him wrong?) Help us show a veteran publisher who has run KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine for the last 25 years that hot Asian American men -- and all who love them -- are the future.

All extra proceeds raised will go into printing costs and our efforts into making this calendar hotter -- so you would not only be supporting the  people who bring you the premier Asian American women's lifestyle magazine but also design/photography costs, shiny props for the hot men to hold, bad poetry and male objectification (I mean, celebration).

If you pre-order now, it's a steal at only $15! (LESS THAN $1.50 FOR EACH HOTTIE!!!!) 

Plus, there's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in determining which lucky men will fill the 5 remaining slots! 

Here's how it'll work. Our staff and interns have chosen 10 dream picks that we'd love to exchanges haikus with. 

To vote, follow us on Twitter @audreymagazine and tweet at us with "My vote for the ultimate hottie goes to [Insert Name Here/Twitter] @audreymagazine #HaikuswithHotties http://kck.st/1N8wnGK"

Vote as many times as you'd like!

[In no particular order]

1. Sung Kang  

2. Eugene Yang

 3. Sendhil Ramamurthy

4. Ki Hong Lee 

5. George Takei

6. Hari Kondabolu

7. Steven Yeun 

8. Ryan Higa

9. Harry Shum Jr.

10. Mango Henney (and her owner Daniel)

So many hotties, but only a limited amount of months left in the calendar year. That's why we're relying on you - the potential Haiku with Hotties customer - to find out who you MOST want to see on your calendar. And we will do our best to pester your favorites into exchanging haikus with us.

OR  

If your favorite hottie is not there (blasphemy!), a $50 donation allows you to NOMINATE someone new to be on the list. Why is this so expensive? Because you better be serious! We really like our top ten picks, so if your hottie is going to displace one of our potential finalists, he better be worth it! (Think of it like rounding up 10 of your friends to donate $5 each. Should be a piece of cake.)

Send your nomination to ada@audreymagazine.com with a photo that we can share with our readers and Kickstarter supporters. We will make campaign updates whenever there is a new hottie in the running. If it's clear that you are right and other voters agree that we were remiss in excluding said hottie, we will do our best to pester your hottie into being on the calendar.

All in all, thank you for your support in creating the 1st ever Haikus With Hotties calendar. Hotness awaits!

Risks and challenges

Some of the rewards involve pestering the hot men you love to try to get them to exchange haikus with us. As Audrey Magazine writers, we are very skilled at convincing Asian American celebrities to participate in our media projects, as evidenced by 12 years of publication, but there is a risk that the hot men may ignore our emails.

That said, we've already convinced 8 hotties, including the extremely respectable Randall Park, so anything is possible. I mean, a hot man proving that he's ALSO poetic, funny, doesn't take himself too seriously, and is willing to go to great lengths to please his fans -- that's basically showing the world you have superhero powers. And what hot guy, deep down, doesn't want to be a superhero?

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    Cover Your Neighborhood In Hotness

    Support our campaign, and we'll email you electronic postcards of all the haiku images so that you're free to tape them on your walls, drop them in your neighbors' mailboxes, or post them at your local library, university or church.

    You don't have to have a lot of money to bring joy to strangers in the form of Asian American male hotness.

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    A Thank You Tweet from Audrey Magazine editor Ada Tseng (@adatseng) Telling You Why She Thinks You're So Hot

    (Also, remember that we have 5 slots left, so we need you to tell us which hotties you want us to pursue for the calendar. VOTE AS MANY TIMES AS YOUR HEART DESIRES by following us on Twitter @audreymagazine and tweeting at us with "My vote for the ultimate hottie goes to [Insert Name Here/Twitter] @audreymagazine #HaikuswithHotties http://kck.st/1N8wnGK")

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    Haiku For Peace (With Hotties)

    Our friends over at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) have coincidentally launched a campaign called Haiku for Peace (https://www.facebook.com/events/1572559833008065/). where they are asking people to write a haiku about peace to post on their wall for the 70th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In mid-September, copies of the haiku will be sent to Hiroshima and Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Choose this reward and for each $8, Ada will personally find a hottie to write a Haiku for Peace for this excellent project. She will start with the hotties on the Haikus With Hotties calendar. Then she will start shamelessly emailing her random hottie friends and acquaintances, contacting publicists who can link us to other celebrity hotties, or asking random hotties on the street -- depending on how many hotties she will have to find to fulfill her promise. And she will document it for you all.

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    The Sudarso Special

    Like the hotness you see in our Kickstarter photo and video? Pick this option, and we'll send you a special-edition POSTER of their haiku photo. The epic one of them emerging out of the water, holding pelican and zebra floaties. It's pretty hot. And it'll look even hotter giant-sized on your bedroom wall.

    (FIRST 25 WILL BE AUTOGRAPHED BY THE BROTHERS THEMSELVES)

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    YOUR OWN 2016 HAIKUS WITH HOTTIES CALENDAR

    Less than $1.50 for each hottie, if you pre-order. This is an extremely great deal, because if you buy it later, it will be $1 million dollars. (Subject to change.)

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    YOUR OWN 2016 HAIKUS WITH HOTTIES CALENDAR - INTERNATIONAL EDITION
    (OPEN TO NON-US CITIZENS as of 9/5!)

    Had to factor in shipping costs, but to make up for it, you can choose a WILD CARD NOMINEE for the calendar, even though it's technically past the deadline. (They'd still need to get the votes, same rules apply, but at the very least, you can point us to other hot men we should know about. Email it to me at ada@audreymagazine.com.)

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    Peace AND A Calendar

    Ada will find a hottie to write a Haiku for Peace for JACCC (See above award for details) + YOUR OWN HAIKUS WITH HOTTIES CALENDAR

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    Be The Change You Want To See

    YOUR 2016 OWN HAIKUS WITH HOTTIES CALENDAR + we will ship a SECOND calendar to a HOLLYWOOD CASTING AGENCY with a note telling them to cast these hot Asian American male actors in their upcoming projects.

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    The Hotness Package

    A "Sudarso Special" POSTER

    + YOUR OWN 2016 HAIKUS WITH HOTTIES CALENDAR

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    Besties Bundle

    TWO 2016 HAIKUS WITH HOTTIES CALENDARS. One for you, one for your best friend, partner, parent, sibling, or child who will think fondly of you at least once a month for an entire year.

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    Video Option #1: Poetry Of A Hot Man Brooding In A Field

    Choose this option, and we will convince one of the Hotties to let us film a VIDEO of him reciting a haiku in the middle of an empty field, his hair blowing in the wind, maybe have him run through some dandelions like in the classic Bollywood film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. And we'll put your name in the credits.

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    Video Option #2: Poetry, K-Drama Style

    Choose this option, and we will convince one of the Hotties to let us film a VIDEO of him reciting a haiku as if he were the second lead of an Asian drama. He's the guy who pours his heart out and devotes himself to the girl but will ultimately lose her to the cocky (but also really hot) rich kid. And we'll put your name in the credits.

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    Video Option #3: Poetry While Exercising

    Choose this option, and we will convince one of the Hotties to let us film him reciting a haiku while working out, in intervals of 5-7-5. For example, five push-ups, seven crunches, and five dead-lifts. Whatever exercises he feels like he looks hottest doing. And we'll put your name in the credits.

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    Video Option #4: A Hot Lesson in Haiku

    "The plural of haiku is haiku, not haikus!" This reward is for the traditionalist, who thinks we need to learn a thing or two about the art of the haiku. Choose this option, and we will take one of our Hotties to study with a haiku expert so that we can ensure that at least one of the 12 haiku exchanges meet your standards (to the best of our abilities, at least). And we'll film this lesson and put your name in the credits.

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    The $50 NOMINATION/PROTEST

    There are only 5 slots left in our calendar, and you're horrified that we are not considering your favorite hottie. Because YOUR PICK is clearly hotter than any of these other guys, and it's not a real Haikus With Hotties calendar if we don't include him.

    $50 to protest and email ada@audreymagazine.com with your favorite hottie and a photo.

    Why is a nomination so expensive? Look, we really like our 10 picks, so if you're going to try to displace one of them, you better be serious. It better be someone who you think is so hot that they can gain enough votes to properly get our attention, even with a late start. So choose carefully.

    We will send campaign updates alerting supporters any time there is a new nomination they can vote for on Twitter, and if it's clear that you are right and we were remiss in excluding said hottie, we will do our best to pester him into exchanging haikus with us.

    (But wait, there are already so many hotties for such few slots, so clearly there's no space for MY GUY to be on the calendar! Never fear, kind supporter. Not all of the options above will be convincible. Hot guys are not that easy to attain.)

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    A Pair of Tickets to KoreAm/Audrey's Annual Unforgettable Gala to Stalk Some Hotties

    Come to KoreAm/Audrey's annual awards gala in December 2015 (Date TBD; travel to LA not included) where there are usually at least 20 celebrity hotties in attendance -- with the honorees, performers, and red carpet guests. (http://iamkoream.com/koream/community-events/unforgettable/)

    Ada will be your personal wingwoman for the night and take your photo with as many hotties as possible. We'll try to set a record for most photos Ada has ever taken of strangers posing with other Asian American celebrity strangers in one night, and we'll be successful. It'll be fun.

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