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Oct
20

J.T. Tran aka The Asian Playboy | “People can learn it with enough hard work, perseverance, and practical application”

The OA team has a rather unconventional feature for you this week! Meet J.T. Tran, or better known as The Asian Playboy, he is an award winning dating coach who has helped tons of people improve their dating life. His work has been featured on ABC, VH1′s The Pickup Artist, LA Weekly, and more! On top of that, J.T. has won awards for the Worlds #1 Asian Pick-Up artist countless years. Read on as OA sits down with J.T. over sushi and he shares stories relating to his upbringing, his development as a dating coach, and the definition of “swagger”!

Aug
11

Teddy Zee | “If you don’t buy the ticket, you cannot expect to win the lottery”

Cornell on full scholarship. Harvard Business School graduate. Goldsea’s “120 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time.” CAPE board member. Producer ofPursuit of Happyness, Saving Face, Hitch…intimidated yet? Quite. But look past these extremely well-deserved accolades, Teddy Zee is the epitome of modesty, selflessness, and is just plain cool—black Prius-driving, P90X-doing, picture-tweeting cool. You just have to roll that way as one of the most admired role models in the industry and a passionate advocate of Asian Americans in entertainment, bringing to life countless projects and giving unparalleled opportunities to Asian American talent. As if Teddy had anymore time on his hands, he is also a devoted supporter of non-profits, particularly the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF). Be sure to support this wonderful organization and Teddy’s enormous efforts by voting to help them win a Toyota Sienna minivan on Friday, August 12, 3am-9am PST! www.votecpaf.org

Jul
28

Michelle Krusiec | “Listen to your heart, listen to your instincts and listen to your stomach.”

She pulled off the timeless tomboy lesbian role with grace and sexiness alongside OAer Lynn Chen in Saving Face, and you’ve recently seen her tongue-in-cheeking with Chevy Chase in Community. Regardless of the medium—film, television, theater—accomplished actress Michelle Krusiec has the ability to unrelentingly mesmerize her audience with a pureness and truth that stems from her courage and willingness to be vulnerable. Impressive resume aside (not to mention learning fluent Mandarin through the roles she’s played), Michelle has an exceptionally unique story to tell, from her eccentric adoptive mother to traveling the world over before she turned 21 to her interesting take on stereotypes. Oh, and her house is a museum of unbelievable artifacts including a Louis Vuitton suitcase from the 1890′s. Fierce? That’s just how Michelle rolls.

Jul
21

Arden Cho | “Don’t be afraid to fail. Unless you fail, you will never really succeed.”

The most commonly used word to describe this week’s OA feature is beautiful. Jaw-dropping. Stunning. Gorgeous. So beautiful she was the face of Clinique’s international campaign. It’s hard to believe that she, too, has struggled with self-image; she, too, was shy; and she, too, has been pressured by society to alter her body. This explains why Arden Cho—multi-talented actress, model, and singer—is in fact one of the most down-to-earth, pleasant “dorks” whose mission in life is not fame or fortune, but to inspire the next generation, especially Asian American girls to accept themselves and pursue their passion. The world is beginning to witness the exciting fruits of her painstaking labor, and she is on track to becoming an international role model. Yes, Arden is the living breathing embodiment of OA’s mission.

Jul
14

Komodo Food | “Pick good partners. Have a focus. Stay Consistent. Be persistent.”

What do you get when a Komodo dragon meets wheels and a taco shell? A bold, unique, and delicious melody of flavors that put Komodo Food on the map (don’t worry, they don’t actually serve Komodo Dragons!). Now this popular food truck has opened their first brick and mortar in L.A., where OA got a little bit of culinary pampering—Asian Marinated Chicken tacos, Meatballs with Romesco Sauce, Fish N’…yes, this was the most painful interview for a starving writer to research. Join us as we chat with two of the five co-founders—brothers Eric and Erwin Tjahyadi—the former, in charge of marketing and events; the latter, Komodo’s renowned chef, having tickled the taste buds of A-listers like Brad and Angelina, and even the late Michael Jackson. Their team is a perfect and diverse blend of skills and cultures—a nice testament to Komodo’s savory fusion of flavors. Bon Appétit!

Jun
30

The Jubilee Project | “Just do it, Love what you do, and go see the world”

You know you’ve made it when you graduated from Harvard working directly with Obama himself and the U.S. Department of Education/White House Initiative on APIs; or how about when you graduate UPenn and work for one of the most prestigious consulting firms; oh, here’s one: going to Harvard. Med. School. Yep, these are the boys—no, men—of The Jubilee Project: Eddie Lee, Jason Y. Lee, and Eric Lu, respectively. Amazed? We just got started. Most people couldn’t even dream of achieving these titles, and those who do can sit back and enjoy the well-deserved ride of proud parents and stable salaries. But great minds with even bigger hearts aren’t just satisfied with personal success. Jason, Eric, and Eddie, the trio behind The Jubilee Project, are pioneering good-doing through social media. Their innovative active viewership model allows them to make films for good causes, raising awareness and money by having sponsors donate one penny per view. Their film “Love Language” for example, garnered over one million views—that’s one million individuals made more aware of an important issue (we don’t want to give it away—watch it for yourself below!); that’s one million human beings united in greater understanding, empathy, and inspiration. Join OA for the most epic and passionate interview with three brilliant guys who make “smart” and “hardworking” the new sexy. There’s a saying, “Einstein, Galileo, and Newton all had just as much time in the day as you do.” It’s only appropriate to add an addendum: Eric, Eddie, and Jason all have just as much time in the day as you do. Inspired? Keep reading.

Jun
02

Natalise | “Music is something I can’t live without. If I don’t have it, it makes me depressed”

Meet Natalise. She’s one of those individuals who seem like they can do anything. Her work ethic includes finishing papers the day they were assigned…at Stanford University. This singer-songwriter is a pioneer of Asian Americans in the entertainment industry. Her music has been featured on hit radio stations including Wild 94.9 as well as hit MTV shows. Join OA as we chat with Natalise about music, nerds, and heartbreak over gelato.

May
19

Eliot Chang | “You’re going to suck anyway [when you first start off as a comedian], so just start somewhere.”

I walk into The Improv, treading on the same ground as the great Eddie Murphy, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, and now, Eliot Chang. You know you’re in a comedy club when you’re greeted with, “Another Asian? Alright Eliot, you’ve reached your quota. This is the last one I’m letting in.” And so the night begins—we bond by candlelight about Eliot’s least favorite color and relationship status. Then he catches on to OA’s alterior motive: our “Fun Facts” are clearly just a cover-up for a secret desire to blind date all of our interviewees. But in all seriousness, Eliot exudes a rare confidence, a calm mystery, topped off with a suave wardrobe, and is not afraid to improvise and speak his mind. It’s little wonder how his natural comedic prowess landed him the #2 spot on Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown 2011 for his Comedy Central Presents half hour special. And he wins the #1 spot for OA’s best piece of advice: You’re going to suck anyway [when you first start off as a comedian], so just start somewhere.

May
05

Nadia Hatta | “believe in yourself regardless of whether people believe in you”

There’s only one Taiwanese, Indian, Hainan, and Arabic multi-national bombshell who can convincingly play the role of an African American lesbian prisoner with a panther tattoo to the point of bringing her audience to tears. Such is the mark of a true actress and an artist with no fears—Nadia Hatta, ladies and gentleman. This co-host of Discovery Channel’s Fun Taiwan boasts flawless Mandarin, unrelenting charm, and a glass-is-overflowing optimism strong enough to trump the harsh social pressures attached to the life of an artist. Did we mention she also produces and directs her own kickass films? Ethnically ambiguous is the new sexy.

Apr
28

Grace Su aka Peachies | “Anything is worth pursuing if you’re passionate about what you’re doing and if there’s meaning behind it”

What’s OA’s favorite flavor of gummy rings? Grace Su aka Peachies, of course! This nerdy-shirt-sporting, flasses-wearing, down-to-earth jack-of-all-trades is passionately leading the Asian American movement, taking over one media outlet at a time. She got her modest start in the Xanga days as Better Luck Tomorrow‘s biggest fan, and has impressively worked her way up to directing and producing films, including Future Rock Stars of America, curating the music video program for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and landing enough editing gigs to keep her consumption of hard-boiled eggs at an alarming level (see Fun Facts). But most of all, this stunning yet humble beauty is finally taking the leap into acting, and given her track record, she’ll unquestionably be annihilating one ridiculous Asian stereotype after another. Satisfy your sweet tooth as OA chats with Grace in a candy store, where everything was just… peachy.

Apr
21

Jeannie Mai | ” Empowering women. I want young women here to do whatever it is that they dream to do.”

You can spot a force to be reckoned with when a bright-eyed, San Jose native can march into William Morris, chat up Wanda Sykes, and land a top notch agent—all in a day’s work. Only Jeannie Mai is that level of charming. But don’t be fooled—she has earned every bit of her success through blood, sweat, and tears and still tirelessly works to give women the confidence they deserve through her show, How Do I Look? on Style Network. In addition to her contributions as one of today’s leading television personalities, Jeannie can be found empowering women internationally through various non-profits. Her weapon of choice? Fashion. Through her passionate accounts and radiating positivity, Jeannie opened OA’s eyes to new perspectives and the underlying beauty and artistry of fashion. Armed with the gift of making every individual feel completely comfortable, appreciated, and acknowledged, she is truly Superwoman…by day; foodie by night. You know someone deserves her own food show when she categorizes her sweet potato fries!

Apr
14

Andrew Fung aka INGLISH | “For the music we make, it helps to be honest, real and humorous.”

Sick beats, eloquent words, and witty humor comes standard with the package of this Seattle comedian-rapper. The icing on the cake is his ability to make social commentary sexy, covering every issue from the AZN Pride era of xxAZNballaxx and cutieAZNpriNc3ss screen names to the remarkable headway we’ve made into pop culture since then. Say hello to Andrew Fung, aka Inglish. Using the springboard of social media, Andrew has graced us with rhyme after badass rhyme, including Still Got Rice, the spot-on update and clever remake to the infamous Got Rice. In fact, he and his rap group Model Minority have been doing enough damage to catch the attention of the LA Times And Andrew doesn’t stop there. He and his brother David made the brave trek to the city of dreamers and doers just two weeks ago, and you can find them already killing it at open mics. Welcome to Los Angeles Andrew.

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