Beautiful Uruguayan Mexican actress and model Bárbara Mori
was born Bárbara Mori Ochoa on February 2, 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay to a Japanese-Uruguayan father, Yuyi Mori, and a Mexican mother, Rosario Ochoa. Her paternal grandfather had immigrated from Japan to Uruguay during the 1930s, I think, and married a local woman. She has two siblings, an older sister, Kenya Mori, and a younger brother, Kintaro Mori.
Excluding her non-Japanese descended mother and her son Sergio, Bárbara is the only one in her immediate family without a Japanese given name: Yuyi (Yuji/Yuuji), Kenya, and Kintaro (Kintarou) are Japanese names.
Bárbara Mori became famous for starring as the titular bad girl, the "mala mujer," Rubí Pérez Ochoa de Ferrer in the smash hit 2004 Mexican television soap opera (telenovela) series Rubí
, (a remake of a 1968 Mexican telenovela, itself based on a short story by Yolanda Vargas Dulché), as well as starring as Zoe (Soniya in the Hindi version) in the hit 2005 Mexican theatrical feature La mujer de mi hermano (My Brother's Wife)
- renamed Spanish Beauty
(Hindi dubbed version) and A Beautiful Wife
(English dubbed version) for the Indian/South Asian market - and co-starring as Natasha/Linda with Indian actor Hrithik Roshan, who plays Jai Singhania, in the much hyped 2011 Bollywood film, Kites
Mori learned to speak English while filming Kites
In an interview conducted by India-Forums, 'I'm not a perfect person' - Barbara Mori
, dated May 10, 2010, Bárbara Mori said:
I was born in Uruguay and grew up in Mexico. I have an Asian root too as my paternal grandfather is Japanese. I have worked in 10 soap operas and 6 movies. I started working when I was fourteen as a waitress. I started modeling when I was seventeen. Later soap operas happened and films followed.
As far as Asia goes, it seems that Bárbara Mori is more famous in India and in The Philippines - where Rubí
proved to so popular that it was remade into a local 2010 TV version in Filipino/Tagalog and English - than she is in her ancestral homeland of Japan.
In an old AOL Latino Entretenimiento
interview - which I had to retrieve using the Wayback Machine - Bárbara Mori was asked about her Japanese family name, Mori, and replied that it means "forest." She went on to say that her father (Yuyi) and her two siblings (Kenya and Kintaro), as well as herself, have the kanji for their family name, 森, tattooed on their bodies.
Bárbara Mori's 森 kanji tattoo is on her lower back.
Bárbara Mori was asked what she learned from her Japanese culture and she answered that she learned to eat raw fish at an early age. She recalled gatherings with her paternal grandfather, when he would get drunk and start singing songs in Japanese. Lots of joy and fun and laughter ensued.
This one is for you Barbara Mori
Barbara Mori ( Rubí ) - Tu y yo
Barbara Mori-rubi mala mujer
Las mejores fotos de Bárbara Mori
Barbara Mori-Marlene Favela (Rubi)
Moving from Uruguay via Mexico to LA in the USA...
R&B/pop singer and songwriter Jhené Aiko was born Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo on March 16, 1988 in Los Angeles, California to a mother of half Japanese and part Spanish and Black Dominican descent, Christina Yamamoto, and a father of Black, Jewish and Native American descent, Karamo Chilombo.
The little known story of post-World War II immigration from Japan to the Dominican Republic during the 1950s, with all the hardships it entails, may or may not help explain the background of Jhené Aiko's mother.
On March 16, 2011, Jhené Aiko released the critically acclaimed mixtape sailing soul(s)
Probably the best known selection from sailing soul(s)
is "july (feat. Drake)."
Many people erroneously assume that "July" is a Drake song:
Drake - July ft. Jhene Aiko (With Download Link)
The Japanese koto sounds heard repreatedly throughout the song and Jhené Aiko's sung words ending "July" - I am Japanese if you please
- say otherwise.
Here is the original version of "July" dating back to late 2008, featuring a then relatively unknown Drake in a much reduced role, heard only toward the end of the song:
Jhene Aiko - July (original) with lyrics
Jhené Aiko has a daughter with O'Ryan named Namiko Love Chilombo-Browner.
(If they know little or nothing else about Japanese culture, one of things many Nikkeijin is give their children Japanese middle names, or such as in the case of Jhené Aiko, Japanese first names.)
Jhené Aiko's "My Mine"
Jhene Aiko "3:16am" teaser
Jhene Aiko Exclusive Interview with Yeah Im Famous
Staying in the Los Angeles area...
Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born February 11, 1977) is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He is best known as the rapper, principal songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Linkin Park. Shinoda is also noted as a solo rapper in his side-project, Fort Minor. He also provides artwork, production, and mixing for both projects.
Mike Shinoda was born and raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills, California. His father is an American of Japanese descent and his mother is an American of mainly mixed European descent, with some Native American thrown in.
Shinoda and his high school friends Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon formed the band Xero. After high school, Shinoda attended the Art Center College of Design to study graphic design and illustration where he met DJ and turntablist Joseph "Joe" Hahn, a Korean American, and recruited him to join his band. Xero later become known as Linkin Park and the rest, shall we say, is history.
The interplay between the rapping vocals of Mike Shinoda and the singing vocals of Chester Bennington helped define the unique Linkin Park sound, e.g., Linkin Park - In The End
(Warner Bros. Records and linkinparktv disable embedding Linkin Park music videos on YouTube, so do not worry about them being embedded here.)
Japanese cultural references, including Gundam models, abound in Linkin Park's Somewhere I Belong
Crossing the pond from North America to Europe, we head off to Sweden...
Yukimi Nagano - Swedish singer/songwriter born in Gothenburg, Sweden to a Japanese father and a Swedish American mother. Also known simply as "Kimi," she is the lead singer for the Swedish electronic band Little Dragon, which she formed with some of her high school friends. She has performed with other groups as well, such as Sweden's nu jazz duo Koop and Japan's jazz band Sleep Walker.
Little Dragon - Constant Surprises
Koop - Summer Sun
sleepwalker afloat (ft yukimi nagano)
Interview: Little Dragon in Austin
Yukimi Nagano's singing voice sometimes reminds me of the great American blues/jazz/pop singer Billie Holiday
- you can certainly hear the resemblance to Holiday in Hird feat. Yukimi Nagano - I Love You My Hope [ + Lyrics ]
- but still all her own.
Nagano's vocal stylings and phrasing remind many fans of African American singer/songwriter Erykah Badu
, known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul," whose own vocal stylings and phrasings in turn evoke memories of the aforementioned Billie Holiday.
Yukimi Nagano is a fantastic jazz singer - well, she is a fantastic singer, period - with a unique and beautiful voice, which you can really hear when she performs with jazz and nu jazz musicians from around the world. Check her out on YouTube. It's too bad she isn't better known in America.
Of all singers of Japanese descent whom I know of, Yukimi Nagano just may be my favorite. "Summer Sun" just blows me away.
Speaking of unique...
Maia Hirasawa - Japanese-Swedish singer/songwriter. Someone commented that Maia sounds like a happy Bjork.
Maia Hirasawa - And I found this boy
It Doesn´t Stop by Maia Hirasawa
Staying in Sweden (although I think Maia lives at least part time in Japan now, recording for Victor Entertainment there)...
Million Stylez is a reggae and dancehall artist born Kenshin Iryo on June 1, 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden to a Japanese immigrant father and a French immigrant mother.
Million Stylez is "Europe's No.1 dancehall reggae artist.
Million Stylez - Miss Fatty
million stylez - all night
Million Stylez - Wheres My Wife * Brand New * [ Heart & Soul Riddim Nov 2011]
Interview with Million Stylez by Late Night Munchies
Moving to Italy...
The "subscribed female singer on YouTube Italia," Sayaka Alessandra was born in Rome, Italy to a Japanese father and a Sicilian mother.
Her favorite music artist is Elvis Presley. But here she is doing a bilingual cover version of the 1950s Italian hit song by Renato Carosone, "Tu vuò fà l'americano," sung in the Neopolitan dialect of Italian and English:
Tu Vuo' Fa' l'Americano/You Wanna Be Americano (SayakaAlessandra at VideoSicilia TV)
Here is Sayaka Alessandra's cover version of Bobby Darin's 1959 U.S. hit song, "Dream Lover":
Dream Lover (Bobby Darin cover by SayakaAlessandra)
Sayaka Alessandra performs a bilingual version, in English and in Spanish, of "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás." "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" (also known as "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" in English), is a popular song by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farres. Farrés wrote the music and original Spanish lyrics for the song which became a hit in 1947. The English lyrics were written by Joe Davis and are not a translation of the Spanish lyrics.
Quizás Quizás Quizás (cover by SayakaAlessandra)
SAYALESSANDRA UPDATES/MESSAGGIO DA SAYALESSANDRA
Heading back to America...
Meiko (pronounced MEE-ko), is an American singer/songwriter, born and raised in Roberta, Georgia and currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She independently released a self-titled album on September 1, 2007. All of the tracks from the LP have been featured in major network TV shows....
Meiko is one-quarter Japanese, on her maternal grandmother's side; in an attempt to get in touch with their Japanese heritage, she and her sister, designer Kelly Nishimoto, adopted the nicknames Meiko and Keiko.
Meiko - Under My Bed
Rachael Yamagata (born September 23, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist from Arlington, Virginia. She began her musical career with the band Bumpus before becoming a solo artist and releasing four EP's and three studio albums. Her songs have appeared on numerous television shows and she has collaborated with other musicians including Jason Mraz, Rhett Miller, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Toots and the Maytals and Ray Lamontagne.
Rachael's father is a third-generation (Sansei) Japanese American. Her mother is a half German, half Italian American.
Rachael Yamagata - Be Be Your Love
Marié Christina Digby ( /mɑriˈeɪ ˈdɪɡbi/ mar-ee-ay dig-bee; born April 16, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actress. She is known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's "Umbrella", which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was subsequently played on the radio station STAR 98.7, was featured on the highly rated third season opening episode of the MTV show The Hills, and peaked at #10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby performed the song on the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly on August 2, 2007. Since then, Digby has released three studio albums, including one Japanese cover album. These albums have spawned three singles overall....
Digby, whose mother is Japanese and father is Irish American, is the oldest of three siblings.
Marie Digby - Say It Again - World Premiere Video (HQ)
Doug Robb, lead singer of the American rock band Hoobastank, is half Japanese and half Scottish.
Hoobastank - The Reason
Superman, that All-American cultural icon, become part Japanese during the 1990s when actor Dean Cain was cast as Clark Kent/Superman in the 1993-1997 ABC television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
. Cain was born Dean George Tanaka on July 31, 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan to actress Sharon Thomas and U.S. Army serviceman Roger Tanaka. Cain is part French Canadian, Irish, Welsh, and one-fourth Japanese through his biological father.
Cain reportedly has his Japanese birth family name, Tanaka, tattooed in kanji on his (left) ankle.
I presume the kanji for Dean Cain's Tanaka ankle tattoo are 田中.
Dean Cain is Superman
Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher on the proposal on Lois and Clark
Clark's Return (Lois & Clark 4.01)
Crossing the pond back once again, we head off to the United Kingdom...
Current British Secretary of State of Work and Pensions and leader of the Conservative Party in the UK from 2001 to 2003, the Scottish-born Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) is one eighth Japanese. One of his maternal grandfathers, the Irish sea captain Samuel Lewis Shaw (a relative of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw) met his future wife, IDS's maternal great-grandmother Ellen Oshey Matsumuro
, a Japanese woman in Beijing, China during the late 19th century. Ellen was a daughter of a Japanese artist.
We head back to the good ol' USA, bringing model, actress, and TV host of the Bravo reality show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
, China Chow along with us...
Born in London to Shanghai-born art-collecting restaurateur Michael Chow and the late jewelry designer and internationally renowned model/1980s fashion icon Tina Chow, China Chow moved with father and mother to New York City when she was five. China is 7/16ths Chinese and 1/16th Scottish from her father's side, and 1/4th Japanese and 1/4th German from her mother's side.
Here is a funny scene from the 1998 non hit, The Big Hit,
which starred her opposite Mark Wahlberg, whom she briefly dated around the time of the making of the movie, attempting to read a ransom note presented by the head kidnapper, played by Lou Diamond Phillips, another actor of mixed Asian and European descent (with a little Native American thrown in):
China Chow - Funny scene from The Big Hit
Work Of Art Sneak Peek: Meet the Contestants
For more attractive female celebrities and entertainers with partial Asian ancestry, just google "Asian" together with names like "Kate Beckinsale," "Olivia Munn," "Vanessa Hudgens," "Kristin Kreuk," "Lindsay Price," "Naomi Campbell," "Jennifer Tilly," "Phoebe Cates," etc., etc., etc.
Excluding The New Pussycat Dolls...
Did you know that at one time, during their heyday last decade, over half of the members of The Pussycat Dolls were part Asian?
Former Pussycat Dolls member and lead singer Nicole Scherzinger's biological father is Filipino; her mother is half Hawaiian and half Russian. Her family name Scherzinger comes from her German American stepfather.
Former Pussycat Dolls member Carmit Bachar is Jewish Israeli, Dutch, Indonesian, and Chinese. (There are conflicting accounts on what exactly are the ethnic makeups of her father and her mother, so I left that alone here.)
Former Pussycat Dolls member Jessica Sutta's father is Russian-Polish Jewish; her mother is Japanese-Irish Roman Catholic.
The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
Actor/director Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina Eastwood, is part Japanese.
Dina Eastwood (nee Ruiz) was born to a father of African American and Japanese descent and a mother of Irish, English and German descent. Her father was adopted by a Latino family named Ruiz.
Dina Eastwood said in an interview published in the Spring 2007 issue of Carmel Magazine
: "I call it the Carmel Bubble too. I had the same experience in the suburbs [of Fremont, Calif.]. I was the darkest kid at my elementary school. I used to get called ‘nigger’ in grade school. I had a real problem with my looks until I was about 20. Now everyone is mixed. It’s no big deal. My dad is black and Japanese. And my mom’s Irish, German and English. I was the poor kid in the rich school.
The Eastwoods have one daughter together, Morgan Eastwood.
Dina Eastwood, Band Manager of Overtone Group
Clint Eastwood and Dina Eastwood Talk About The SPCA
Clint Eastwood and Dina Eastwood support the SPCA for Monterey County.
Carrie Ann Inaba (born January 5, 1968) is an American dancer, choreographer, actress, game show host, and singer. She has been one of the three main judges on the ABC television reality show Dancing with the Stars
- a U.S. adaptation of a British television series, Strictly Come Dancing
- since its inception.
Inaba was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a father of Japanese descent and a mother of Chinese and Irish descent.
Carrie Ann Inaba Gets Engaged on Live TV
TOKYOLOGY - Harajuku - Hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba - Tokyo Pop Culture Documentary - HD
Carrie Ann Inaba - Judging Moments Montage
Fred Armisen (born December 4, 1966) is an American actor, comedian and musician best known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and portraying off-color foreigners in various comedy films such as EuroTrip, Anchorman and Cop Out. With Carrie Brownstein, he is the co-creator and co-star of the IFC sketch series Portlandia....
Armisen was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and moved to Manhattan, New York City as a baby. He was raised in Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island. His mother is Venezuelan and his father is of German and Japanese descent. He attended the School of Visual Arts (NYC) before dropping out to begin a career as a rock drummer. He has mentioned watching the bands The Clash and Devo perform on television, and wanting to be a performer since he was a child.
Here is a sketch from the second episode of the first season of Portlandia
, "Put A Bird On It," starring Fred Armisen as Bryce Shivers and Carrie Brownstein as Lisa Eversman:
Put A Bird On It - Portlandia on IFC
Fred Armisen Was A Very Disturbed Little Boy - Conan on TBS
Wouldn't ya know it? A couple of days after I last edited this post
, it was officially announced
that Dina Eastwood, Clint Eastwood's wife, will star in a ten-episode television series, Mrs. Eastwood & Company
, set to premiere May 20, 2012 on the E! network, featuring Dina and Clint's daughter Morgan Eastwood and Dina's stepdaughter Francesca Eastwood, Clint's daughter by actress Frances Fisher, as well as the all-male vocal group Overtone managed by Dina, whom she discovered in South Africa while Clint was filming Invictus
. Clint is slated to make only a few guest appearances on the reality show.
This official announcement confirmed an exclusive report on TMZ late last year, December 14, 2011
, that Clint Eastwood and his family would be in a reality show.
"Mrs. Eastwood & Company is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the people behind MTV’s long-running Real World and E’s other hit family show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
During the early part of the first decade of this century, I remember watching Dina Eastwood co-host Candid Camera with Peter Funt
, son of the late Allen Funt, creator, producer, and former host of this classic American TV show which made its debut in 1948 and aired its last original episode in 2004.
The lovely (and tall!) Kimora Lee Simmons
is "an American fashion model, and former president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions.
Simmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a Korean-born Japanese mother (though some sources I have read say her mother is half Japanese and half Korean) and an African American father.
Kimora: Life In the Fab Lane | Seas. 4 | Ep. 1 Blowouts and Breakdowns 1/3
1-13-11 Kimora Lee Simmons Talks New Baby, Tweeting, & New Reality Show on Lopez Tonight
Gorgeous Chrishell Stause
, born Terrina Chrishell Stause from Draffenville, Kentucky, is an American actress of part Japanese and part Spanish descent
According to a tweet made by Stause herself
RT @Christie6187: what's your nationality? My dad is half Japanese/half Spanish-mom is just a bunch if white stuff
6:49 PM - 17 Dec 09 via Echofon · Embed this Tweet
Chrishell Stause is sort of an American counterpart of Bárbara Mori, perhaps?
Stause is probably best known for playing Amanda Dillon on ABC-TV's All My Children
from 2005 to 2011, when the long-running American daytime soap opera series ended.
60 Seconds with Chrishell Stause - All My Children
Chrishell Stause Hair Cut
Soapography Chrishell Stause
Interview with Chrishell Stause
Judging by her family photos in the Soapography Chrishell Stause
video, the second eldest of five daughters, Chrishell looks "the most Asian." Chrishell's sisters, in fact, look all white - one of her younger sisters has natural light blonde hair, much lighter in color than the natural brown hair of their white mother. Their half Japanese, half Spanish father looks "Latino," e.g., Mexican.
Ahh, human genetics...
From the good ol' All-American, Missouri-born and Kentucky-bred girl feelings one gets from Chrishell Stause, let us make a 180 degree turn to the nasty bitch vibes generated from the dance music videos by former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta, whom I mentioned earlier in this post:
Jessica Sutta - I Wanna Be Bad
Bom Chicka Wah Wah - Jessica Sutta
Paul van Dyk ft. Jessica Sutta 'White Lies'
Jessica Sutta - Show Me
Jessica Sutta @ ABC News
"Show Me" is composed as an uptempo dance-pop and electropop song with an electro beat. The song received mostly positive reviews, with music critics complimenting its club anthem-like nature and the synth pop associated with it. The song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs in the United States, becoming Sutta's first solo number-one single and first Pussycat Doll to ever top the Billboard Club chart as a solo artist. "Show Me" is Jessica's second time at the top following her 2007 collaboration with Dave Audé, "Make It Last" while her Paul Van Dyk feature "White Lies" peaked at No. 3 in the same year.
On her ancient MySpace account
from five years or so ago, Sutta wrote:
Kina Kasuya Grannis (born August 4, 1985) is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from California. She is half Japanese and half English, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch and German.
My names Jessica Sutta. I was born in Miami, Florida, of Irish-Japanese Catholic and Russian-Polish Jewish heritage, and started dance classes at the age of three. I attended the New World School of the Arts when I was fourteen to study dance. I suffered an injury to both knees so that pretty much slowed my career down. I still love to sing and dance. I was/sorta still am a member of the PussyCat Dolls but right now I'm just like to take it easy and travel to try and find a place where I feel most comfortable. My hearts not in California anymore so I'm hoping to find a place to call home.
Grannis was the winner of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. As a result of winning, she earned a recording contract with Interscope Records and had her music video played during the commercials of Super Bowl XLII. She recently won Best Web-Born Artist at the 2011 MTV O Music Awards.
Her progress in the competition was covered in The Orange County Register and The Wall Street Journal. Grannis has also been featured on FOX News Los Angeles, Good Day L.A. and Yahoo!
Valentine - Kina Grannis (Official Music Video)
Kina Grannis Full Interview, "In Your Arms" on Ellen 11/15
In Your Arms - Kina Grannis (Official Music Video)
Alice Hannah Meiqui Greczyn (born February 6, 1986) is an American actress and model. She is best known for roles in the films The Dukes of Hazzard, Shrooms, House of Fears and Sex Drive. She is also well known as Sage Lund in Lincoln Heights, and as Madeline 'Mads' Rybak in the hit series The Lying Game....
Greczyn was born in Walnut Creek, California and lives in Hollywood, California. She is the eldest of five children. As a child, Greczyn competed in figure skating. She was home-schooled in Colorado, graduated early from high school, and started taking classes at Front Range Community College when she was 15 or 16. Informed that she had to be 18 to take Colorado's nursing test, she decided to try modeling and relocated to California. Greczyn is of European and Asian descent. On her heritage, Greczyn stated, "I'm mainly French, Japanese, and Polish, but there's also Chinese, Korean, German, Irish, Native American, Scotch, English, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Swedish, Czech."
Sexy Alice Greczyn Compilation
ALICE GRECZYN at NEW MOON Premiere Arrivals
Alice Greczyn An American in China car wash scene
Alice Greczyn talks Life & The Lying Game
Beautiful and sexy Teri Harrison
, or "Teri Marie Harrison Rose (born February 16, 1981 in Bradenton, Florida, United States) is an American model and actress. A former student of the University of Central Florida, she was Playboy's Playmate of the Month in October 2002. She was photographed by Stephen Wayda. Her involvement with Playboy began when her best friend encouraged her to send pictures of herself to the magazine. Although she was chosen almost immediately as a Playmate, it was a year before she was assigned a month. She was also the German Playboy Playmate of the Month, for January 2003. According to Teri, her father is German and her mother is Japanese.
"She appeared in the 2005 Playmates at Play at the Playboy Mansion swimsuit calendar as calendar girl of December. The calendar was the inaugural Playmates at Play calendar and it was shot on the grounds of Playboy Mansion in 2004. It was Playboy's first attempt at creating a non-nude swimsuit calendar featuring Playmates similar in style with those from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
"She was also a Barker's Beauty on The Price Is Right from 2002 to 2005.
"Harrison was married to Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose and have a son together. They have since divorced.
According to the TERI HARRISON PLAYBOY PLAYMATE OCTOBER 2002
) entry on the Playboy Blog
Teri Harrison is the Playboy Playmate for October 2002. Teri Harrison is the product of two different cultures, but the 21-year-old Florida native relishes her diversity. “My mom is Japanese and my father is German,” she says. “I have six sumo wrestler-looking uncles and a tiny Japanese grandmother, so I stick out like a Q-Tip in family pictures. Sushi and bratwurst — that’s my life!”
Terri Harrison Hooters High Quality 1080p
(Teri is the blonde in the magenta/pink bikini)
tpirmodelstv.com - Terri Harrison 1
tpirmodelstv.com - Best of Teri Harrison 2
tpirmodelstv.com - Sun, Sand and Surf Showcase (Teri Harrison)
She looks a lot more German than she does Japanese, wouldn't you say?
Teri Harrison is a natural blonde with hazel eyes - I have seen photos of her when she was a baby, a toddler, a young girl, and a teenager at the old Playboy official website - so why did she recently go brunette?
Miss October 2002 Teri Harrison
(Just as is the case with many full Caucasians, when she was young, Teri's hair was literally snow white blonde, but darkened as she grew older. Nevertheless, she remained a blonde. As an adult, she lightened the color of hair to about the color it was when she was a young girl.)
Teri Harrison's has an older sister who also looks white, although with naturally darker hair than Teri, judging from their family pictures that were on at the old Playboy official website I had linked to in my "Sushi and Bratwurst" - A Real Life Half-Japanese, Half-German Blonde
post in the foreigner stereotypes in anime
thread on the General Anime Forum back in 2008.
And, if I recall correctly from seeing her family pictures at the old Playboy official website, believe it or not, Teri Harrison's older sister looks even more Caucasian than Teri does.
Teri Harrison, especially in the last video, actually reminds me a lot of the three sisters (they also had a brother) who babysitted my siblings and me when we were young. They just also happened to have shared the same ethnic parentage as Teri, that is, a mother of Japanese descent and a father of German descent.
One of metal's preeminent and most gifted musical figures today, Matt Heafy - born Matthew Kiichi Heafy on January 26, 1986 in Iwakuni, Japan to a Japanese mother, Yoshiko Heafy, and an Irish American father, Brian Heafy, and raised in Orlando, Florida - is the lead singer, the lead/rhythm/acoustic guitarist, and the main songwriter for the American thrash metal/metalcore band Trivium.
Trivium - Dying In Your Arms
Trivium - Anthem (We Are The Fire)
Trivium - Down From The Sky
Interview with Matt Heafy of Trivium Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival July 22, 2011
Going from one kind of musical virtuoso to another kind of musical virtuoso...
Anne Akiko Meyers (born May 15, 1970 in San Diego, California) is an American concert violinist. Meyers has toured and collaborated with a number of symphony orchestras and Il Divo, Chris Botti and Wynton Marsalis. Meyers tours with a 1730 Stradivarius violin called the 'Royal Spanish'. She is also the owner of a 1697 Stradivarius called the "Molitor", which is purported to have been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte. She purchased the 'Molitor' from Tarisio Auctions on October 14, 2010 for US$3,600,000, the highest recorded auction price for any musical instrument in history until the Lady Blunt was sold on June 20, 2011. Meyers was featured on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann on October 26, 2010.
Anne Akiko Meyers Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor
Anne Akiko Meyers Performs the National Anthem
Messages From Friends (Anne Akiko Meyers)
Anne Akiko Meyers on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at age 11
And let us move on to a present-day classical music prodigy...
Pianist Umi Garrett, dubbed American 'wunderkind' by Luxemburg TV. Featured on Ellen DeGeneres show. Winner at 9 years old of first prizes at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and the J.S. Bach Competition against pianists up to 18 years of age....
Umi is a student of Mrs. Yoshie Akimoto.
Umi also plays violin in school orchestra, and she has learned classical ballet since she was 2 1/2.
She loves to paint, swim, read and run. She is interested in science, history, computers, and math. She is fluent in English and Japanese.
Umi Garrett Plays For Ellen
Umi Garrett with Boston Pops!! (age 9)
8 year old Umi Garrett plays Liszt "Gnomenreigen"!!
John Jacobson interviews Umi Garrett
Daniella Alonso (born September 22, 1978) is an American actress known for her guest appearances as Anna Taggaro on The CW television series One Tree Hill and her lead roles in The Hills Have Eyes 2 and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End. She was voted #41 in 2006's Maxim Hot 100. Alonso appeared in the ABC documentary-style dramedy television series My Generation, which premiered in Fall 2010. The show was canceled after only two episodes.
Alonso plays Matthews in the 2011 zombie horror flick Re-Kill
, slated to be released on September 9, 2012
It has been recently announced
that Alonso has been cast as Dr. Suzanne Wilkins, a psychiatrist working for the CIA, in the third season of USA Network's television spy drama series Covert Affairs
Regarding her heritage the lovely Daniella Alonso says, "My mom's Puerto Rican and my dad's from Peru, but he's also Japanese."
Cambio Connect with Daniella Alonso and Jordin Sparks
Daniella Alonso is "the brain" in ABC's new drama, 'My Generation'
It is interesting how some singers of Asian and partial Asian descent, such as Yukimi Nagano and AI
, who have no black or African ancestry, can sound "black" when they sing and they can sing with a lot of "soul."
Despite her all English/Anglo name, Brooke Taylor is an R&B/soul singer from Culver City, California who also happens to be a fourth generation American of Japanese descent
Brooke Taylor "Dear Archer" (Official Music Video)
Brooke Taylor - Dose Of U
Brooke Taylor- Live on virtuous energy
Brooke Taylor - Save It 4 U
Brooke Taylor Interview
We now leave the US and head up north of the border to Canada to meet Justin Bieber... err... no, that's another Canadian... Justin Nozuka and a few of his brothers...
Justin Tokimitsu Nozuka (born September 29, 1988) is a American-Canadian singer-songwriter. His debut album Holly has been released in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States. He has licensed the album to indie label Coalition Entertainment Records, distributed by Warner Music in Canada, Outcaste Records in the UK/EU distributed by EMI and Glassnote Records in the US distributed by RED....
Nozuka was born to a Japanese father and an American mother of English ancestry. His mother's half-sister is actress Kyra Sedgwick and his first cousin twice removed is Edie Sedgwick. Justin's mother raised him and his six siblings as a single mother. Nozuka is the brother of R&B singer George, actor Philip, and singer/songwriter Henry. Other family members include Christian and two sisters, Margaret and Sandra (Sandy).
Justin Nozuka "After Tonight"
Mr Therapy Man/ Sun Is Shining - Justin Nozuka Band - Live In Philly
Justin Nozuka ft. Zaho - Heartless (la promesse)
Justin Nozuka, Philip Nozuka, and Christian Bridges Dancing =]
Justin Nozuka, Philip Nozuka, and George Nozuka Acting, well kinda =]
<from the Degrassi TV teen drama series in Canada>
george nozuka - talk to me - music video
George Nozuka - Don't Go
George Nozuka- Last Time
Returning to America...
Far East Movement
Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura) – Chinese/Japanese-American
DJ Virman (Virman Coquia) – Filipino-American
J-Splif (Jae Choung) – Korean-American
Prohgress (James Roh) – Korean-American
Audio Bio (2005)
Folk Music (2006)
Flavored Animal Droppings (2007)
Free Wired (2010)
The Far*East Movement (also known as FM) is a rapping and songwriting group with ample experience in producing tracks and creating music events, which formed by 2003 in Los Angeles, California, consisting of Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman. The four of them represent different generations of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Korean backgrounds within the Asian-American community. They put together the first multicultural live music event in Koreatown, Los Angeles to benefit a drug rehabilitation center in the community called "Movementality”. FM’s first claim to fame was their song “Round Round” featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and its subsequent soundtrack, video game and DVD. Since Round Round, they’ve been featured on various other network shows including CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, HBO’s hit show Entourage, and Finishing the Game (a featured film at Sundance 2007). They were invited to perform on Power 106′s Powerhouse 2009, one of biggest Hip-Hop concerts on the west coast, performing with the line-up including Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Sean Paul, New Boyz, Pitbull, Lil Jon, LMFAO, Ya Boy, Flo Rida, and the Black Eyed Peas. Their new single “Like A G6″ achieved 6th place on the Billboard Top 100 charts [it went on to hit #1 there (see below)] and hit #1 on iTunes as well.
The original members of Far East Movement, Kevin Nishimura, James Roh and Jae Choung, grew up in the Koreatown of Los Angeles, California. They were close companions in high school and shared a passion for music together. The trio promoted their music online and began performing at local clubs and events in Los Angeles; soon, they began their musical career with the name “Emcee’s Anonymous” by 2001. However, they later changed it to Far East Movement or FM, originating from a song that they produced and titled as “The Far East Movement”. In 2003, they organized together an event called “Movementality” in Koreatown, LA, featuring ten different performances with all the proceeds sent to a local youth drug rehabilitation center.
Their first album called Folk Music was released in early 2006. The single “Round Round” was featured in the film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, appearing both on the soundtrack and video game. This critical breakout was the catalyst that cemented their decision to pursue music as a full-time career. They proceeded to perform on two world tours (including USA, South America, Canada, and Asia), and they signed distribution deals in Japan and Korea with Avex Network and JF Productions for their album. Their songs continued to be shown in the media and TV networks including VH1, MTV and E!. In 2007, they were featured in the Sundance Film Festival film called Finishing the Game, making the song “Satisfaction” for the film. They also released the single “You’ve Got A Friend” featuring Lil Rob and Baby Bash, which became their first song on major national radio.
Far East Movement (stylized Far⋆East Movement or abbreviated FM) is an American electro hop quartet based in Los Angeles. The group formed in 2003 and consists of Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia). Far East Movement's first claim to fame was their song "Round Round" featured in the Hollywood movie, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and its subsequent soundtrack, video game and DVD.
Since "Round Round", the group has been featured on various network shows including CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Entourage, Gossip Girl, and Finishing the Game (a featured film at Sundance 2007). They were invited to perform on Power 106's Powerhouse 2009, the Disney show So Random, and one of the biggest hip-hop concerts on the U.S. West Coast, performing with the line-up including Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Sean Paul, Pitbull, Lil Jon, LMFAO, Ya Boy, Flo Rida, and The Black Eyed Peas. Their single "Like a G6" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and on iTunes as well in late October 2010. Far East Movement also has the distinction of being the first Asian-American group to earn a top ten hit on the Mainstream Pop charts in the United States.
Far East Movement - Like A G6 ft. The Cataracs, DEV
Far East Movement - Rocketeer ft. Ryan Tedder
Far East Movement - If I Was You (OMG) ft Snoop Dogg
Far East Movement - Girls On the Dance Floor ft. Stereotypes
Far East Movement - So What?
Far East Movement - Jello ft. Rye Rye
Far East Movement - Live My Life ft. Justin Bieber
After intermarriage with whites, Far East Movement main rapper, songwriter, and producer Kev Nish AKA Kevin Nishimura is a product of the second most common type of intermarriage involving Japanese Americans: intermarriages with other Asian Americans. His father is Japanese American and his mother is Chinese American.