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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!

Jul
07

Jimmy Wong | “Never stop working. If you’re doing something you love, then it shouldn’t be a problem. “

Just a typical day in the life of OA: ziplining [and crashing] through our interviewee’s studio. Yes, you read correctly. There is a zipline inside Jimmy Wong’s headquarters where all the magic you see on YouTube happens. That’s just how he gets the creative juices flowing—ziplines, Totoros, and Smash Brothers. This singer-songwriter-actor and recent winner of YouTube’s NextUp contest is best known for his exceptionally clever love song response to Alexander Wallace. That, however, just scratches the surface of this brilliant all-around artist who not only posts covers that often put the original artists to shame, but boasts equally creative original content in the form of songs and skits…and a few big surprises in the near future. His secret to success? Don’t ever get realistic. That, and memorizing pi to the 30th digit.

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
16

Jeff Tang | “Find What You Want On Your Own, So it Stays Original”

Art can reveal a lot about the world, and even more about the artist. Jeff Tang’s work, characterized by serious subjects contrasted with bright colors, appropriately represents this unconventional hipster artist-photographer with a fascination for death and a collection of 30 varieties of cacti. Join OA (while trying not to get kicked out of Ranch 99 market), as the talented, free-spirited guy behind 12FV talks about passion vs. marketability in art, his reliability on technology, and why he still takes photos with film.

Jun
09

Lindsey Yung | “Whatever Brings You To Life – Chase It”

You know someone was born to sing when they are the loudest crying newborn in the whole hospital. That little badass is now an award-winning, full-fledged artist preparing for this year’s Kollaboration Acoustic, where she will debut her most compelling song yet, “Meant to Sing.” Lindsey Yung is a San Diego native, with a voice of haunting beauty, grace, and truth. But despite her brilliant talent, she remains one of the most genuine, humble, and charming artists in this industry. Lindsey also presents a new perspective on OA: you can also pursue your passion with a balance: her stable, part-time nurse practitioner career still allows her to dive into music 40 hours per week…and occasionally swim with the sea turtles in Maui.

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
26

Sam Wang | “Have a goal that is more than just to make money”

Akuf-f-functure? Yes, you said it right. It’s acupuncture that got a little funky. What separates founder Samuel Wang’s high-fashion-street-wear clothing line is that it brings the cool back into Chinese culture, educating its wearers with a new culturally significant theme each season. Wang, born and raised in Taiwan, aims to share a piece of his culture with America. And they don’t just stop there—the Akufuncture entity also serves as a vehicle to showcase talented Chinese American artists—including our very own Olivia Thai, Dawen, and Andrew Fung—in their various concerts and fashion shows. But Akufuncture isn’t just all diligence. OA walked into 85C Café to find an easy-going, smooth-talking jokester and his nicer, less sarcastic counterpart, Marketing Director Virginia Lin. The light, friendly atmosphere immediately gave away the amount of fun and joy they have in their work. After all, Wang, an engineer-turned-fashionista, can now justify shopping as market research.

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
12

Jane Lui | “When you’re doing the thing you love you end up having a lot more endurance.”

Go see an artist live, and expect to hear them perform, then you clap. Go see Jane live, and don’t expect a performance. Instead, you’ll feel like you’ve known Jane since you were in diapers, and the two of you are hanging out in her room as she shares stories and music. The level of comfort you feel in Jane’s presence and her ability to connect with an audience is astounding. Born and raised in Hong Kong, surviving the culture shock of moving to the U.S. at age 12, and starting her solo career in 2004, Jane boasts a Best Recording Nomination for the 2008 San Diego Music Awards and was a featured artist on YouTube on 2009. This 2008 Kollaboration winner has not rested a day, and for good reason—she successfully raised $11,600 from fans for her third album, Goodnight Company, showcasing another round of chills-inducing beauty and, of course, quirkiness. But what’s more, we witness Jane’s personal growth. Join OA as Jane shares never-before-told stories of her eventful life, the reason for a 10-year silence between her and her father, and in her own words, how she has grown into “a joyful and life-loving person.” Well said, Jane.

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!

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