20 celebrities you didn’t know were Asian

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Audrey Magazine (Ethel Navales):

Not all Asians look the same.  I repeat, not all Asians look the same. It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair. Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike? Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial are often overlooked in the Asian community. Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian.

Check out this list of 20 Asian celebs you probably didn’t know were Asian.

1)  Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical is part Chinese and part Filipino.

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2)  Tiger Woods is part Thai.

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3)  Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill  is a quarter Japanese.

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4)  Dean Cain, superman of the TV series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a quarter Japanese.

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5)  Nicole Scherzinger of PussyCat Dolls is half Filipino.

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6)  Keanu Reeves of The Matrix is a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese.

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7)  Darren Criss of the TV series Glee is half Filipino.

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8)   Ne-Yo is a quarter Chinese.

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9)  Tyga, the rapper, is half Vietnamese.

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10)  Maggie Q is half Vietnamese.

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11) Enrique Iglesias is half Filipino.

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12)   Piper Curda of the Disney Channel show I Didn’t Do It is part Korean.

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13)   Mark-Paul Gosselaar, aka Zack Morris of the 90’s hit TV show Saved By The Bell, is a quarter Indonesian.

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14) Kristin Kreuk of the TV series SmallVille and Beauty and the Beast is half Chinese.

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15) Kelsey Asbille Chow of the MTV series Teen Wolf  and The Amazing Spiderman is part Chinese.

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16)   Host of the TV show Lip Sync Battle and model, Chrissy Teigen is half Thai.

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17)  Rob Schneider of Grown Ups and The Hot Chick is a quarter Filipino.

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18) Chanel Iman, the Victoria Secret Angel and model is half Korean.

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19) Model Karrueche Tran is half Vietnamese.

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20) Bérénice Marlohe from the famous Bond series, SkyFall is part Cambodian and Chinese.

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– See more at: http://audreymagazine.com/20-celebs-you-didnt-know-were-asian/#sthash.71uqqXCc.dpuf

Keanu Reeves tries to be a tourist in Akihabara, gets mobbed by fans instead

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You might think that after Keanu Reeves’ 2013 movie 47 Ronin – very loosely based on the Japanese story Chūshingura – became the second biggest box office bomb ever, Japanese people’s opinion on the actor would go down a little bit.

Well, you’d be wrong! On February 11, Keanu Reeves was spotted just walking down the street in Akihabara like any other tourist, and he was instantly mobbed by fangirls and fanboys alike, each one clamoring for the best Keanu selfies that they could get.

The most probable reason given for Keanu Reeves’s visit to Akihabara is location scouting for his upcoming miniseries Rain, where he will play a Japanese-American war-veteran-turned-assassin. Why the studios thought it would be a good idea to cast him in another role where he plays someone half-Japanese after the abysmal failure of 47 Ronin is anyone’s guess.

But hey! Who cares? Oh my god look! It’s Keanu Reeves!

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“Maybe he came to Japan to avoid the paparazzi. How ironic.”
“He plays the role of an average guy in the street so well.”
“I think he’s just giving some fanservice.”
“His sneaking-skills have really deteriorated for him to be caught this easily.”
“Yeah, I’d definitely do a couple of double-takes if I saw him in the street.”
“Why is he playing all these half-Japanese roles? Do foreigners think he looks Asian?”
“Oh man, now I want to watch The Matrix again!”

If you’re in Tokyo and happen to get a “Keanu selfie” of your own, consider yourself lucky.

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20 Asian celebs you didn’t know were Asian

 

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Audrey Magazine:

Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same.

It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair.

Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike?

Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial often become overlooked in the Asian community.

Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian.

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20 Asian celebs you didn’t know were Asian

Check out our list of 20 Asian celebs you probably didn’t know were Asian:

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1) Vanessa Hudgens (Part Filipino, Part Chinese)

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2) Tiger Woods (Part Thai, Part Chinese)

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3) Chad Michael Murray (Quarter Japanese)

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4) Dean Cain (Quarter Japanese)

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5) Nicole Scherzinger (Half Filipino)

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6) Keanu Reeves (Quarter Hawaiian, Quarter Chinese)

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7) Darren Criss (Half Filipino)

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8) Ne-Yo (Quarter Chinese)

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9) Apl.de.ap (Filipino*)

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10) Jennifer Tilly (Half Chinese)

 

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11) Enrique Iglesias (Half Filipino)

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12) Amerie Rogers (Half Korean)

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13) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Quarter Indonesian)

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14) Kristin Kreuk (Half Chinese)

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15) Kimora Lee Simmons (Half Korean*)

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16) Norah Jones (Half Indian)

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17) Rob Schneider (Quarter Filipino)

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18) Chanel Iman (Half Korean)

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19) Lindsay Price (Half Korean)

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20) Michelle Branch (Quarter Indonesian)

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Japanese toymaker “idk” introduces the “Sad Keanu” figurine

 

Created by Japanese toymaker idk – that’s his name, as in, idk what this meme means and the internet is getting too much to handle – Sad Keanu is an itty bitty toy with a whole lot of emotions. He was born into this cruel world via the black magic of 3D printers and he’s just not having any of it. Hanging with anime characters doesn’t help his pain, nor does feeding chickens at the park. Apparently he missed out on a cameo role in Toy Story 3 and hasn’t been the same since. All hope is lost.

If you want your own Sad Keanu doll, you can grab one here from Shapeways for $45.

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 Japanese toymaker “idk” introduces the “Sad Keanu” figurine

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New book explores representations of mixed race Asian Americans in popular culture

 

In this first book-length study of media images of multiracial Asian Americans, Leilani Nishime traces the codes that alternatively enable and prevent audiences from recognizing the multiracial status of Asian Americans.

Nishime’s perceptive readings of popular media–movies, television shows, magazine articles, and artwork–indicate how and why the viewing public often fails to identify multiracial Asian Americans. Using actor Keanu Reeves, golfer Tiger Woods, and the television show Battlestar Galactica as examples, Nishime suggests that this failure is tied to gender, sexuality, and post-racial politics. In contrast to these representations, Nishime provides a set of alternative moments when audiences can view multiracial Asians as multiracial. Through a consideration of the Matrix trilogy, reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons, and the artwork of Kip Fulbeck, these examples highlight both the perils and benefits of racial visibility, uncovering our society’s ways of constructing racial categories. Throughout this incisive study, Nishime offers nuanced interpretations that open the door to a new and productive understanding of race in America.

Nishime’s persuasive, well-grounded analysis yields genuinely brilliant insights regarding the pitfalls and possibilities of multiracial visibility in contemporary media culture. Lucidly written with appealing attention to popular texts, this is the sort of book that moves multiracial and Asian American studies in interesting and engaging new directions.”–Glen Mimura, author of Ghostlife of Third Cinema: Asian American Film and Video

Leilani Nishime is an assistant professor of communications at the University of Washington and the coeditor of East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture.

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For 47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves Said His Lines in English And Japanese

 

Kotaku.com:

For 47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves Said His Lines in English And Japanese

Did you know Keanu Reeves can speak Japanese? Okay, he can’t. But he certainly made an earnest effort with his latest movie. Most of which we probably won’t get to see.

Reeves is well known to be a hard working actor – say what you will about his acting quality, the man takes his preparation seriously. For his upcoming movie, 47 Ronin, a movie based on a Japanese legend, Reeves worked under a Japanese coach so he could perform his lines in Japanese as well as English.

For 47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves Said His Lines in English And Japanese

In the movie, there are scenes where Reeve’s character, Kai, speaks Japanese. But according him, by order of the director, Carl Erik Rinsch, there was a take filmed with Reeves speaking all of his lines in Japanese for each and every one of his scenes.

I recorded every scene with Japanese dialog according to the wishes of the director.” Reeves said in an interview with Kotaku sister site Kotaku Japan. “If the director wanted to, he could probably release a full Japanese version of the film.”

The Japanese actors went through the reverse process, filming their scenes in Japanese and then again in English. In separate interview with Kotaku Japan, Tadanobu Asano, who played the story’s antagonist, Kozukenosuke Kira, reflected on his experience and how it helped him get into character.

Doing a scene in [your native tongue], your expression changes and your emotions follow. So by trying once in Japanese and understanding the emotions I felt when saying my lines, I was able to act with my English lines.”

47 Ronin premiered in Japan last week and the box office numbers for its first two days were a disappointing ¥105,248,200 (US$1,023,643). Hopefully it will fare better in the US when it premieres on the 25th.

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For 47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves Said His Lines in English And Japanese