Recognition of Asians in mainstream American society always seems to be a struggle for young Asian Americans looking for role models to identify with.
Our stories are out there, but rarely are we made aware of the cultural impact we have had, not just in the United States, but around the world. In this ongoing series of articles, we take a look at Asians in the media you might not know who share your unique stories. Sit back, read on, and enjoy our look at some of your favorite female musicians you might not know are Asian.
10) Cassie (Filipina)
Cassie Elizabeth Ventura, better known simply as Cassie, makes this list as an “official girl” who is proud of her Filipina heritage. Born to a Filipino father and mother of African, Mexican, and West Indian descent, Cassie has blended elements of Original Pilipino/Pinoy Music, or OPM for short, into her music. This includes tracks on her debut album which featured the song “Me & U” which she is best known for. Outside of music, the Pinay pop star began her career as a model with Wilhelmina and has acted in films such as Step Up 2: The Streets.
What’s next for this young Filipina? Who knows, it seems she has been focusing more on her music as of late, continuously working with her mentor Sean Combs, while collaborating with artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross. However this Amped Asia author hopes she is able to blend her Filipina heritage into her movies, like she did with her music. Perhaps in the near feature we could see Cassie Ventura: Pinay Pet Detective. That franchise is due for a reboot.
9) Amerie (Korean)
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, or Amerie as she is known on stage comes from a mixed background of Korean on her mother’s side and African American on her father’s side. A military brat growing up, Amerie called many places her home including overseas in South Korea, Germany, and stateside in Alaska, Texas, and Virginia.
Perhaps her international upbringing explains much of her career to date. Although she has found success in the U.S. market, most notably her hit single “1 Thing,” which earned her one of two Grammy nominations, she has established an international appeal as well. She maintains a popular following in Asia, Australia, and Europe, especially in the United Kingdom where her single “Take Control” became a top ten hit.
However it is Korea where she, along with a lot of the world, has begun taking notice of the emerging K-pop scene. She has collaborated with K-pop stars such as Seven and 4minute, and cites Korean traditional music as a source of influence in her work. If this trend continues, she may want to consider forming a K-Pop band named KoreAmerie. Just a suggestion.
8) Kelis (Chinese)
Kelis Rogers was actually a bit of a surprise for this Amped Asia author. I had never heard mention of her Chinese roots, maybe I was too distracted trying to get into her yard. And that isn’t a joke about breaking and entering. I’m talking about milkshakes if you know what I mean. And by milkshakes I’m not talking about the dairy based ice cream drink, if you know what I mean….
Blowjobs. She was talking about blowjobs. Just in case that wasn’t clear. Blowjobs. But all lack of subtleties aside, the former Mrs. Nasir Jones (maybe she was too “bossy” for Nas?) left quite the impression with her 2003 album Tasty which featured the thinly veiled fellatio anthem in question, “Milkshake”. Tasty earned her positive critical and commercial reception including a Grammy nomination and certified gold record.
She is most likely best known for her hit single “Milkshake” with its Neptune produced sound, a sound that dominated much of the early 2000s’ airplay. This one song was so enticing, it was widely used in numerous TV shows, movies, commercials; you name it, people drank it up. “Milkshake” usage includes, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The Simpsons, Mean Girls, and even a promo for an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Yup. SpongeBob. Fucking. SquarePants. I haven’t seen that particular episode, but it’s hard for me to imagine a scenario appropriate to pair a show about an absorbent aquatic children’s character, with a song about oral sex that attracts the attention of random male suitors to your lawn. Unless of course, SpongeBob has begun hiring fan fiction writers to staff their offices. If so, Nickolodeon if you are reading this, I have a Squidward tentacle themed episode guaranteed to do big numbers in the Japanese market. If you are interested give me a call. But I digress.
Kelis makes our list to the delight of milkshake aficionados everywhere, and probably to the dismay of at least a few terrifyingly confused diner workers circa 2003.
Continue to the next page for some more Asian American female musicians!
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