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Posted: 2009-10-30
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Phil over at AngryAsian man spotlights the top five “rising Asian-American” talents for the CNN Marquee Blog.

Our thoughts on the people he chose Far East Movement, David Choi, Brenda Song, Aaron Yoo and Wong-Fu:

Far East Movement – I have all their albums. They play on Power and stations all over the nation. Three talented, rad guys. ‘Nuff Said.

David Choi – When i first heard this guy, was like oh he’s talented, but didn’t think too much about it. After a while, that cute shy singer-songwriter thing really grew on me. I think I started to become a fan after hearing him live.

Brenda Song – I love that she’s reppin’ not only Asian-Americans, but Hmongs. It’s tough to break into the Disney starmaking machine and she did it. I think she’s fantastic. And from what I hear, all the fellas wonder if she’s legal yet.

Aaron Yoo – When I was looking up a link for this guy, I noticed that he doesn’t even have an official fan page. How awesome is that? The way I see it, that’s pretty unassuming. Not that there’s anything wrong with fan pages. He’s one of the more approachable Asian-American celebs and is in fact in many, many major films. Did we mention he’s talented? We can’t wait to see more of him.

Wong-Fu – What can I say about these guys? What’s up UCSD? I remember seeing their first video from  mutual friends. They weren’t even close to being a sensation. Then whaddya know, a few years later and they are involved in many major projects, selling Nice Guy t-shirts and rocking the world.

Altogether, this is a nice line-up, a good reflection of young Asian-Americans with widespread appeal and growing popularity. Not only does it encompass mass mass media (major movies and networks), it includes the do-it-yourselfers.

There’s been criticism that Indian-Americans weren’t included or maybe more so that they aren’t usually thought of as Asian-American. I concede that this is an issue that we should address (my thought is Asian-American = you have heritage from the continent, but are now American). However, a list of Top 5 is by no means meant to be exhaustive. I think all things considered, it’s a pretty thorough list.

What do you think?