Diverse stars reach across borders and give K-pop a run for its money. Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing new stars with diverse backgrounds and musical styles. These up-and-coming artists are striking a chord with the region's growing middle class -- and audiophiles on more distant shores. In an intimate, one-night-only concert arranged by Uber on July 29, indie pop sensation Yuna showed off the voice that is elevating her into the company of one-named icons.
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Once a musician himself as part of Mountain Brothers, the first Asian American act to be signed to a major label , Chops identifies with "artists today who go through many of the things my group did, overcoming the same obstacles, same struggles, pushing forward, and going beyond. Super prolific output, tremendous grind. Listen here. Tremendous vocalist and writer. His fans ride for him. He has a lot in the works, and he'll be expanding even more.
Asian Americans in arts and entertainment
Asian Americans have been involved in the entertainment industry since the first half of the 19th century, when Chang and Eng Bunker the original " Siamese Twins " became naturalized citizens. Some, like actress Merle Oberon , hid their ethnicity so as to not be discriminated against by Hollywood's racist laws. Asian Americans are rapidly gaining access to the American mainstream. Recently, young Asian American comedians and filmmakers have also found an outlet on YouTube and the Internet, allowing them to gain a strong and loyal fanbase.
There's still plenty of work to be done when it comes to representation of Asian musicians in the industry. While the genre of K-Pop has become mega popular as of late with groups such as BTS continuing to make headlines. While there still aren't too many Asian musicians taking over the radio a number of singers, bands, and more are out there making a name for themselves.