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Famous Chinese Americans Entertainment: Singing

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Jin [Au Yeung]

b.1982, Miami, FL
Rapper. Jin made a name for himself as a rapper by immersing himself in New York's hip hop scene by winning on Black Entertainment Television's 106th &Park freestyle rap competition. In 2003, he had a minor role in the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious as well as his first single "Learning Chinese". His first album, aptly titled The Rest is History. made him the first Asian American solo hip hop artist to sign with a major recording studio.
William Hung

b.1983, Hong Kong
Reality TV show contestant who is stretching his 15 minutes of fame into months and will probably stretch it into years. An engineering student at the University of California, Berkeley, William was a contestant at the American Idol TV show in 2004. His poor rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs"gained him instant notoriety. What followed is difficult to analyze. He made all the rounds at TV talk shows, made many public appearances (singing!), and released several albums while professing his love of music and serious intention to pursue a music career. Is he a fool being taken advantage by the entertainment industry? Is William in on the racist joke? Does he realize that other Asian Americans are squirming because he gives credence to all the negative stereotypes that people have about Asians? We may never know the truth but at least for now it appears that William is laughing all the way to the bank.
Coco Lee

b.1976, Hong Kong

Pop singer. Lee grew up San Francisco before returning to Hong Kong, where she became a very successful singer. She innovated the Chinese music scene by combining R&B sounds with Taiwanese pop sounds. She has recorded over a dozen albums in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English including Di-Da-Di and Coco's Party. She did the voice of Mulan and sang the theme song in the Chinese version of Disney's movie. In the year 2000, she became the first Asian singer to break into the American pop scene with her album Just No Other Way. She sang Love Before Time for the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Magdalen Hsu Li

b. 1970
Singer, songwriter. Li started studied to be a painter before moving to Seattle, where she founded a women's advocacy group and entered the music scene. Her songs are popular in the alternative music circles. Her albums include Fire and Evolution.
Wilber Pan

b. 1980, West Virginia
A Chinese-American singer famous for doing covers of Korean songs. Pan is fluent in both Mandarin and English. He attended California State Polytechnic University before launching his singing and acting career in Taiwan.
Leehom Wang

b. 1976, Rochester, NY
A Chinese-American R&B artist. He introduced a “chinked out” style to Chinese pop music, adding traditional Chinese music to pop music. He currently has produced 12 albums. He made his film debut in the the critically appraised movie directed by Ang Lee, Lust, Caution.