Showing Some Asian Love

26 Jun

Ray: I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that the Asian community doesn’t get too much love in the main stream media. I can’t think of any Asian American politicians, pop stars, or more than a handful of actors and actresses (Tia Taquilla definitely does not count). So, I thought that I’d show a little love to the Asian community via Seth and Ray’s Blog:

  • Bobby Lee – I love this guy. He’s an extremely talented comedian who is most known for his crazy roles on Mad TV. He is also a talented stand-up comedian.
  • Kung Foo Hustle – This 2004 martial arts film was co-written, co-produced, directed by and starring Stephen Chow. I would rate this movie 4.5 Brains because of it’s extreme creativity and suprisingly funny dialogue. I definitely recommend this movie. Here’s the opening scene…
  • Michelle Wie – This Honolulu, Hawaii native was born to Korean Parents and began playing golf at the age of four. At the age of 10, she become the youngest player ever to qualify for the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. At age 12, she became the youngest player to qualify for an Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Wie has gone on to play in many professional Men and Womens matches and has earned millions of dollars doing so.

  • Hiram Leong Fong (October 15, 1906 – August 18, 2004) – Hiram was an American businessman from Hawaii. However, he is also the first Chinese American and part Native Hawaiin to be elected to the US Senate. Hiram served as a Republican Senator from 1959 to 1977. He also became the first Asian American to recieve votes for the President of the United States at a major party convention, receiving votes of the Hawaii and Alaska delegation in 1964 and in 1968.

  • Vera Wang – Anybody who knows anything about fashion has heard of Vera Wang. She has designed wedding gowns for Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Imaa Thurmas, Victoria Beckham, and many other celebrities. Although she is primarily known for her wedding gown collections, she has also expanded her brand into fragrance, jewelry, eyeware, shoe, and houseware collections.

  • Amerie – This R&B singer debuted in 2002 with the album All I Have which I feel is an underated classic. Although born in Massachussets to an African American father and a Korean mother, Amerie has lived in many different places around the world due to her father’s active service in the United States military. Amerie has relaeased 3 albums, won BET, Soul Train, and Image Awards, and also co-starred in the 2004 film First Daughter.

Ray’s Note: There are obviously many more notable Asian contributions to mainstream America that can be mentioned in this list, but hopefully you’ve been exposed to something new in this one.

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One Response to “Showing Some Asian Love”

  1. nitsuamusic June 27, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    Hey Raysean,

    I’m not sure if you remember me, but it’s Zack.
    Vicki and Mike’s son.

    I hope you’ve been alright.
    Asians are the coolest!!!

    Another cool asian person you should check out is nujabes, my all time music-making hero

    myspace.com/nujabes

    i get a lot of my music inspiration from him

    myspace.com/zchuchu

    I hope to talk to you soon.
    Take care of yourself

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