Are You a Basic Hapa?
Mizz Bender and Tanablems here...
your basic hapa gurus.
join us for a day in the life of two everyday basic hapas, blissfully isolated in a kawaii rainbow bubble, sweetened by the sugar of 1,000 tapioca pearls.
we are Basic and PROUD.
TIME TO HANG OUT!
Rendevous in K-Town for a necessary boba tea.
Oolong for Tanablems and fruit tea for Mizz Bender.
Kung Fu Tea will do for today. Gong Cha is our other fav, but Boba Guys is the ultimate dream.
Next stop, the Face Shop for some everyday necessities.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE TRY ALL THE TESTERS.
Trying to keep our Hapa beauty on fleek. Ya know?
OMG IT'S EXO!
Never miss an opportunity to get a picture with a celebrity.
Honestly, never miss an opportunity for a selfie either.
KPOP is dreams and so are these BB cream, bb's. If people are staring, just tell them, "You can call me monster." <3
Mizz Bender carries around her own mic in her bag. You never know when you'll need to let your feelings out alone in a karaoke room.
Channeling our girl AGGRETSUKO.
Hi, more snacks plz.
Ho-Dduk + Rose Petal Milk Tea
Shout Out to the Grace Street Manager, John!!!
No outfit is complete without pins and keychains.
Accessories are key.
"Shout out to my boi, Kenaga Bananya!!" - Tanablems
Everything Muji all the time.
Ideally we would like to live in Muji, but in the meantime we will try and stick to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Do you listen to your favorite songs on repeat for days on end?
It's the most effective way to drive your loved ones insane.
Also, practicing the choreo alone in your bedroom is a MUST.
Don't let us loose together in any store with anything manga, plush, or anime. Who can relate??
"GUDETAMA, plz plz plz stop sleeping and be my BFF!"
Kk, it's time to head home so Mizz Bender can watch Sanrio Boys...
while Tanablems sits at home refreshing Netflix until the next block of Terrace House episodes are released.
Thank you for following a v basic day.
join us anytime!
ALWAYS BE YOURSELF. stay prouD. live your truth.
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Alison Lea Bender Alison Lea Bender is a multi-hyphenate who defies conventional categorization and refuses to be pigeonholed. She is an avid champion for diversity, representation, inclusion in the arts, and the AAPI & POC communities. Some have called her the voice of a generation, some have called her a dangerous threat to society, but most of us just call her "my friend." The self-proclaimed "Hello Kitty meets Marilyn Monroe," Mizz Bender has performed on many a NYC stage as a muse to her many theatre friends and family. She can be followed on Instagram @AlisonLeaBender.
Sam Tanabe is a NYC based performer and writer for Hapa Mag. He has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatres across the country. His passion for the arts has led him to fight for diversity and representation on stage. Follow this kawaii yonsei hapa bb on social media @Tanablems.