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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
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
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.

Mar
31

Instant Noodles Crew |”Our take isn’t about doing the most spins; it’s about having our own flavor.”

Good things actually come in large packages–all seven of them. All testosterone, all personality, all heart, and all…from Taiwan! This week, OA presents the talented gentlemen of Instant Noodles Crew. This nine-person phenomenon helped pioneer the b-boy scene at Taipei American School before each made their move to the United States separately. Somehow, they all reunited in SoCal. Destiny is the only way to explain their unrivaled team chemistry–from turning Chinese phrases into English acronyms to sharing inside jokes. There was never a dull moment with these hilarious goofballs, as we sipped on boba outside of 85 Degrees and laughed at embarrassing stories (mostly of Chris). Now digging deeper past the joking, friendly, laid back layers, we find passion, skill, discipline, and teamwork. These b-boys have soared past mere tricks, into the realm of b-boy culture, creativity, and true passion, landing them a well-deserved spot on Season 6 of ABDC. Be sure to tune in on April 7 and vote for them!

Mar
24

Gerald Ko | “Be disciplined & spend a lot of time doing what you want to do”

If you’ve been to the San Gabriel valley area there’s this place called Half & Half Tea House that serves amazing honey boba that melts in your mouth!  During one of  our boba runs, the OA team met up with Gerald Ko also know as singindork888 on Youtube.  Gerald is one of those multi-talented guys who writes, sings and plays original songs.  In addition to making time to collaborate with other Asian American talents like Arden ChoClara C and Jasmine Rafael.  We broke bread (or rather bricktoast) over how at a young age music was always a constant in his life, whether it be through singing or playing instruments.  Oh  did we mention Gerald is also a full time pharmacist by day?

Mar
08

Dawen | “Music is the ultimate media. It can be anything; it can be any mood.”

What five-letter word evokes a hard-to-achieve combination of intellect, good taste, and humor? If you didn’t already know, oh, you will: Dawen is synonymous to classy—right down to the wine he was sipping on a Saturday morning. Let’s not even begin to rave about the oval-shaped burger he recommended at Father’s House in Culver City, because we’ll never stop. Join TheOtherAsians in this enriching interview with Dawen as he gives OAer Julie Zhan a taste of his signature candid, no beating-around-the-bush views on social issues, especially pertaining to Asian Americans. It certainly helps that he has a voice so smooth it even made Macy Gray melt, and combined with his soulful melodies, good luck not dropping everything you’re doing to listen to what he has to say.

Mar
02

Lynn Chen | “There are no rules when it comes to this industry, just as there are no rules in life”

The OA team recently had the pleasure of meeting with Lynn Chen for a superb dinner at the Larchmont Bungalow. You may recognize her as one of the lead actors from the award-winning romantic comedy, Saving Face. Lynn is a seasoned (yet so youthful!) player in the film industry, and she is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of Asian Americans in mainstream entertainment. Apart from all her successful ventures in the film industry, she also maintains two active blogs (see below) about very important issues: food and body image. We are honored and more than excited to share her experiences and struggles as an Asian American actress.

Feb
23

Karen Zhou | “Stay organized and you can do anything”

The OA team had the pleasure of grabbing dinner with Karen Zhou at a California Pizza Kitchen recently in Irvine. You may not have heard of Karen, but she is on her way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the international figure skating scene. She has competed in senior level competitions all over the world while maintaining a 3.9 average GPA, as well as participating in numerous extra curricular activities. With her recent gold medal win in the senior ladies events at the 2010 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships last August, this is slowly propelling Karen to her goal of qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. She currently trains in Artesia, California, the same training ground for Olympic Gold Medalist Yu-Na Kim (whom she mentioned she sees everyday!).

Feb
16

Jason Yang | “Don’t be intimidated by the competitive nature of the music industry”

Just in case you were wondering, yes, Jason Yang is just as quirky, funny, and lovable in person as he is on YouTube. But what’s more, this virtuoso violinist has a more serious and insightful side to him. His fascinating expositions, feelings towards the electric violin, and musical inspirations came pouring out over fried scallop bowls in Little Tokyo with TheOtherAsians. So just how did OAer Julie Zhan get Jason to disclose a never-before-heard story involving acid, blindness, and a performance? Four words: Arnold Palmer. Free Refills.

Feb
09

Olivia T | “Stop caring what people perceive of you & pursue your passion”

What do you get when gorgeous, yet down-to-earth Olivia T suggests Sunday morning dim sum followed by tea with TheOtherAsians? That’s right, an epic, Six.Hour.Long. heart-to-heart. In this interview with OAer Julie Zhan, Olivia T—one of the original YouTubers to put herself on the map with her breath-taking voice—talks about her time away from YouTube, pursuing her passion for teaching, and becoming a full-time college student before she graduated from high school.

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