This month (May 2017) marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is to commemorate the achievements and success of Asian and Pacific Islanders in American history. It is officially recognized on the national level, from organizations like the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration.
Considering that I am Asian-American and proud of my background, I thought that I would dedicate this post to this respective heritage month, although I have to admit that it’s almost over, that I’m terribly late at getting around to it. All the same, it’s better late than never!
Specifically, I would like to talk about the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have made notable marks in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, even in this day and age of change, Asian Americans continue to be denied acting and producing opportunities in Hollywood. Rarely will you see an Asian American cast in a lead role, almost always delegated to a supporting one. Sometimes, they are rejected outright, with the *racist* impression that Asians cannot hold the same appeal as their white counterparts (complete bullshit, am I right?).
That said, many Asian and Pacific Islanders turn to the Internet to perfect their acting/producing crafts, especially on the widely-popular platform YouTube. Although still considered an “alternative form” of entertainment from the classic film-and-television genre, YouTube has helped to produce successful Asian American personalities, some of which make hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, for doing what they love to do. They are achieving the American Dream, and I would like to honor some of my favorites in this post for this special heritage month.
Let’s get to them!
My Top 10 Favorite Asian YouTubers
1. Anna Akana. Funny, talented, and cutely gorgeous, Akana makes a wide variety of videos which touch on relationships, mental health, and her love for cats. “Stay awesome, Gotham!” *Also wrote another post on her, which you can find here.
2. DavidSoComedy. Hilarious and with a singing voice smooth like butter, David So’s channel never ceases to make my insides hurt with laughter- all the time!
3. FUNG BROS. Consisting of Andrew and David Fung, this dynamic brother duo offers plenty of Asian pride in their videos on food, culture, and fashion. Stick around for their food episodes!
4. IISuperwomanII. It’s incredible to see how far Superwoman (real name: Lilly Singh) has come over these years, now one of the most influential Asian entertainers out there, online and in Hollywood. Love how she still keeps it real, with her crazy, rapid-fire videos and skits!
5. JeffreyFever. This young, Chinese-Canadian is multi-talented, speaking three languages (English, Cantonese, French) and also a triple threat when it comes to singing, dancing, and acting. Not only that, but also he’s adorably funny!
6. Le Rire Jaune. Translating as “the Laughing Yellow,” (“yellow” referring to the stereotypical color of Asian skin), this brother duo of Kevin and Henry Tran produce some of the craziest commentary on life, sports, manga, and so forth. Their channel is in French, and despite speaking very fast, they are hilarious!
7. LeendaDProductions. Adorably awkward and with amazing photography skills to boot, this Vietnamese-Canadian YouTuber produces some of the funniest and sweetest skits based on relationships, life, and Asian culture. I’m sure by the time this post goes up, she’ll already be at 1 million subscribers, which she much deserves!
8. nigahiga. Closing in at 20 million subscribers, nigahiga (real name: Ryan Higa) is one of the most-subscribed YouTubers out there. He was one of the first YouTubers I subscribed to, and even after all these years, he continues to make me laugh with every video he creates, all of which are crazy and ingenious!
9. Tanya Zhang. With a bubbly personality (and a cute Corgi at her side), Canadian YouTuber Tanya Zhang seems like a fun person to hang out with. Her dedication to videos on the LGBTQ+ community and mental health are profound and helpful, which makes her even more of an all-around good human being!
10. Williamh. Although he’s still an up-and-coming YouTuber, this adorable YouTuber is even more adorable when it comes to him learning and speaking French in his videos. His blend of French and Korean culture also makes for a distinctive subject, which has me hooked!
That’s it for my list of Asian YouTubers whom I enjoy watching! Let me know if you have any favorites. Have a good day (and rest of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!).
— The Finicky Cynic
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