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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Grace Park, born  March 14, 1974, is an American-born Canadian actress of Korean parents.  She is best known as Sharon Valerii (and the various other iterations of Number Eight, a humanoid Cylon) on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont.

Grace Park, born March 14, 1974, is an American-born Canadian actress of Korean parents.  She is best known as Sharon Valerii (and the various other iterations of Number Eight, a humanoid Cylon) on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont.

Thursday, June 4, 2009
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Mylène Dinh-Robic was born and grew up in Montreal.  (I’m suspecting half Vietnamese?)
Credits include Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis and The 4400. She was a series regular on DaVinci’s City Hall, starring opposite Nicholas Campbell as city handler Rita Mah and reprised the role in the CBC movie The Quality of Life. She now portrays Dr Olivia Fawcett on the upcoming CTV/NBC/FOX International drama The Listener.
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Mylène Dinh-Robic was born and grew up in Montreal.  (I’m suspecting half Vietnamese?)

Credits include Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis and The 4400. She was a series regular on DaVinci’s City Hall, starring opposite Nicholas Campbell as city handler Rita Mah and reprised the role in the CBC movie The Quality of Life. She now portrays Dr Olivia Fawcett on the upcoming CTV/NBC/FOX International drama The Listener.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Josie Natori (Josefina Almeda Cruz was born in the Philippines in 1947) is a Filipina fashion designer and the CEO and founder of The Natori Company. Natori served as a commissioner on the White House Conference on Small Business. In March 2007 she was awarded the Order of Lakandula, one of the highest civilian awards in the Philippines. [1] In April, 2007, Natori received the “Peopling of America” Award from the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation.
Natori moved to the United States in 1964 to attend Manhattanville College. After graduating, she worked at Merrill Lynch, where she rose the ranks to become the first female Vice President in Investment Banking. [2] On Wall Street, she also met her husband Ken Natori, who served as a Managing Director of Shearson Lehman. The couple married in 1972.
Natori made the move from Wall Street to fashion full-time in 1977, after considering a number of other entrepreuneurial ventures from opening a McDonald’s franchise, to reproducing antique furniture. [4] She settled on fashion after a buyer at Bloomingdale’s suggested she lengthen some peasant blouses sent to her from her native Philippines. The reworked garments were sold as nightshirts.
The Natori Company now sells lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, underwear and other high-end women’s fashion to upscale department stores in the US, and to at least 15 countries internationally. [5]. In addition to women’s clothing, the company is also in the home furnishings industry, and in May, 2008 signed a licensing deal to sell Natori perfume. [6] The perfume is set to debut in the US in September, 2009, with international distribution to follow.

Josie Natori (Josefina Almeda Cruz was born in the Philippines in 1947) is a Filipina fashion designer and the CEO and founder of The Natori Company. Natori served as a commissioner on the White House Conference on Small Business. In March 2007 she was awarded the Order of Lakandula, one of the highest civilian awards in the Philippines. [1] In April, 2007, Natori received the “Peopling of America” Award from the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation.

Natori moved to the United States in 1964 to attend Manhattanville College. After graduating, she worked at Merrill Lynch, where she rose the ranks to become the first female Vice President in Investment Banking. [2] On Wall Street, she also met her husband Ken Natori, who served as a Managing Director of Shearson Lehman. The couple married in 1972.

Natori made the move from Wall Street to fashion full-time in 1977, after considering a number of other entrepreuneurial ventures from opening a McDonald’s franchise, to reproducing antique furniture. [4] She settled on fashion after a buyer at Bloomingdale’s suggested she lengthen some peasant blouses sent to her from her native Philippines. The reworked garments were sold as nightshirts.

The Natori Company now sells lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, underwear and other high-end women’s fashion to upscale department stores in the US, and to at least 15 countries internationally. [5]. In addition to women’s clothing, the company is also in the home furnishings industry, and in May, 2008 signed a licensing deal to sell Natori perfume. [6] The perfume is set to debut in the US in September, 2009, with international distribution to follow.

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Tyson Craig Beckford (born December 19, 1971 to a Jamacian-born father of Panamanian descent and a mother of Afro Jamacian and Chinese heritage) is an American model and actor, best known as a Ralph Lauren model. He is currently the host on the Bravo program Make Me a Supermodel.

Beckford was named “Man of the Year” in 1995 by the cable television music channel VH1, as well as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine. He is signed to Nous Model Management in L.A., and Independent Models in London. He was #38 on VH1’s 40 Hottest Hotties of the ’90s.

Tyson Craig Beckford (born December 19, 1971 to a Jamacian-born father of Panamanian descent and a mother of Afro Jamacian and Chinese heritage) is an American model and actor, best known as a Ralph Lauren model. He is currently the host on the Bravo program Make Me a Supermodel.

Beckford was named “Man of the Year” in 1995 by the cable television music channel VH1, as well as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine. He is signed to Nous Model Management in L.A., and Independent Models in London. He was #38 on VH1’s 40 Hottest Hotties of the ’90s.

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Foxy Brown - Afro-Asian (in an MTV interview, she state her family is Trinidadian and Asian, but not Filipino.)  More on Afro-Asians here.
Inga Fung Marchand (born September 6, 1978)[3], better known as Foxy Brown, is an American rapper known for her solo work as well as numerous collaborations with other artists and her brief stint as part of hip-hop music group The Firm. Her albums include Ill Na Na in 1996, followed by Chyna Doll in 1999, and Broken Silence in 2001. She performed also in the 1997 self-titled album by the Firm, the only album to be released by that group to date.[4] Throughout her career, Brown has held an extensive arrest record and served some time in jail.
After 2002, she continued recording verses for herself and other artists but did not release any albums; she left the Def Jam label in 2003, thus canceling the release of her Ill Na Na 2 album.[5] However, she returned to the label in January 2005 after Jay-Z signed her back to begin work on her new album Black Roses.[6] In December 2005, she began suffering from hearing loss, which put her career on hiatus until the next summer, a few months after surgery.[7]
In August 2007, she was signed to Koch Records.[8] Her fourth album was released in May 2008 following many delays spawned by a jail sentence that Brown served.[2]

Foxy Brown - Afro-Asian (in an MTV interview, she state her family is Trinidadian and Asian, but not Filipino.)  More on Afro-Asians here.

Inga Fung Marchand (born September 6, 1978)[3], better known as Foxy Brown, is an American rapper known for her solo work as well as numerous collaborations with other artists and her brief stint as part of hip-hop music group The Firm. Her albums include Ill Na Na in 1996, followed by Chyna Doll in 1999, and Broken Silence in 2001. She performed also in the 1997 self-titled album by the Firm, the only album to be released by that group to date.[4] Throughout her career, Brown has held an extensive arrest record and served some time in jail.

After 2002, she continued recording verses for herself and other artists but did not release any albums; she left the Def Jam label in 2003, thus canceling the release of her Ill Na Na 2 album.[5] However, she returned to the label in January 2005 after Jay-Z signed her back to begin work on her new album Black Roses.[6] In December 2005, she began suffering from hearing loss, which put her career on hiatus until the next summer, a few months after surgery.[7]

In August 2007, she was signed to Koch Records.[8] Her fourth album was released in May 2008 following many delays spawned by a jail sentence that Brown served.[2]

Monday, April 13, 2009
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Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced /keˈɑːnuː/ [kay-ah-nu, often mispronounced as kee-ah-nu]; born September 2, 1964)
Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist.[1] Reeves’s mother is English, and his father is an American of Hawaiian and Chinese descent.
Best known for his portrayals of Neo in the action film trilogy The Matrix, Ted Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and Officer Jack Traven in Speed.
Other notable roles include starring as Siddhartha Gautama in Little Buddha; as Scott Favor in the drama My Own Private Idaho opposite River Phoenix; as Johnny Mnemonic in the sci-fi film Johnny Mnemonic opposite Dolph Lundgren; as Kevin Lomax in the supernatural thriller The Devil’s Advocate opposite Al Pacino; the chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons; and starring roles in Chain Reaction, Constantine and the epic surf drama Point Break. He played bass guitar in the grunge band Dogstar during the 1990s, and more recently in the band Becky. In an ET online survey in 2006, he was included in the “Top Ten of America’s Favorite Stars”. On January 31, 2005, Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced /keˈɑːnuː/ [kay-ah-nu, often mispronounced as kee-ah-nu]; born September 2, 1964)

Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist.[1] Reeves’s mother is English, and his father is an American of Hawaiian and Chinese descent.

Best known for his portrayals of Neo in the action film trilogy The Matrix, Ted Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and Officer Jack Traven in Speed.

Other notable roles include starring as Siddhartha Gautama in Little Buddha; as Scott Favor in the drama My Own Private Idaho opposite River Phoenix; as Johnny Mnemonic in the sci-fi film Johnny Mnemonic opposite Dolph Lundgren; as Kevin Lomax in the supernatural thriller The Devil’s Advocate opposite Al Pacino; the chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons; and starring roles in Chain Reaction, Constantine and the epic surf drama Point Break. He played bass guitar in the grunge band Dogstar during the 1990s, and more recently in the band Becky. In an ET online survey in 2006, he was included in the “Top Ten of America’s Favorite Stars”. On January 31, 2005, Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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John Cho - NOT filipino - but asian, famous, and cute! (sorry I am a girl after all : )
John Yohan Cho (born June 16, 1972) is an American[1]actor and musician, best known for his roles in the American Pie films (1999–2003) and the Harold & Kumar films (2004–2008). More recently, Cho has wrapped production on the new Star Trek film, in which he portrays Hikaru Sulu.
Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, California, where his family settled in 1978. His Korean name is Cho Yo Han. His father is a Christian minister.[2] Cho graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California in 1990. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1996 with a BA degree in English and proceeding to teach English at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California. He is married to actress Kerri Higuchi and has a son.

John Cho - NOT filipino - but asian, famous, and cute! (sorry I am a girl after all : )

John Yohan Cho (born June 16, 1972) is an American[1]actor and musician, best known for his roles in the American Pie films (1999–2003) and the Harold & Kumar films (2004–2008). More recently, Cho has wrapped production on the new Star Trek film, in which he portrays Hikaru Sulu.

Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, California, where his family settled in 1978. His Korean name is Cho Yo Han. His father is a Christian minister.[2] Cho graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California in 1990. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1996 with a BA degree in English and proceeding to teach English at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California. He is married to actress Kerri Higuchi and has a son.

Thursday, April 2, 2009
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Arnel Pineda (born September 5, 1967) is an international Filipino singer-songwriter and is currently the lead singer of the American rock band Journey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![1]
Check out his performance(s) with Journey  here.
Videos of The Zoo performing cover songs by Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Air Supply, The Eagles, Kenny Loggins and other popular acts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, began appearing on YouTube.com in February 2007. On June 28, 2007,[6]Neal Schon of Journey contacted Noel Gomez, a longtime fan and friend of Pineda who uploaded many of these videos, to ask for Pineda’s contact information. Schon sent an e-mail to Pineda inviting the latter to audition for Journey. Pineda initially dismissed the e-mail as a hoax, but after being persuaded by Gomez, he finally replied to Schon’s e-mail. Ten minutes later, Pineda received a phone call from Schon.[7] On August 12,[8] Pineda, along with his manager Bert de Leon, flew to Marin County, just north of San Francisco, for a two-day audition.[9][10] The star-struck Pineda was welcomed warmly but he described the audition as “nerve-wracking, tense”.[11] On December 5, 2007, Pineda was announced as the lead singer of Journey. CNN Headline News ran the story as part of their “News to Me" segment.[12]
Pineda debuted as the lead singer of Journey on February 21, 2008 at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival held at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Viña del Mar, Chile. [13][14] Videos of the Vina del Mar performance are available at the Festival’s home page and on YouTube.
Arnel Pineda was born in Sampaloc, Manila, in the Philippines. His mother instilled his love for singing at an early age, encouraging him to sing along to songs from her favorite singers like Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand. Growing up, his parents entered him in many singing contests.
His mother, who had been suffering from rheumatic heart disease, died when he was thirteen. Her illness had left their family deep in debt. Being a year behind on their rented apartment and unable to sufficiently provide for the family, his father decided to move out and ask relatives to take in Pineda’s siblings. To ease his father’s burden, Pineda quit school and volunteered to strike out on his own.
For about two years his life was spent out on the streets, sleeping wherever he could: in public parks, or on a narrow bench outside a friend’s crowded house. He earned meager money by collecting glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal and selling them to recyclers. He would also go to the pier with his friends and take on odd jobs like cleaning scrap metal and docked ships. He didn’t have much to eat, sometimes rationing a small package of biscuit as his meal for two days. Despite all these hardships he tried to remain optimistic about his future.

Arnel Pineda (born September 5, 1967) is an international Filipino singer-songwriter and is currently the lead singer of the American rock band Journey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![1]

Check out his performance(s) with Journey here.

Videos of The Zoo performing cover songs by Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Air Supply, The Eagles, Kenny Loggins and other popular acts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, began appearing on YouTube.com in February 2007. On June 28, 2007,[6]Neal Schon of Journey contacted Noel Gomez, a longtime fan and friend of Pineda who uploaded many of these videos, to ask for Pineda’s contact information. Schon sent an e-mail to Pineda inviting the latter to audition for Journey. Pineda initially dismissed the e-mail as a hoax, but after being persuaded by Gomez, he finally replied to Schon’s e-mail. Ten minutes later, Pineda received a phone call from Schon.[7] On August 12,[8] Pineda, along with his manager Bert de Leon, flew to Marin County, just north of San Francisco, for a two-day audition.[9][10] The star-struck Pineda was welcomed warmly but he described the audition as “nerve-wracking, tense”.[11] On December 5, 2007, Pineda was announced as the lead singer of Journey. CNN Headline News ran the story as part of their “News to Me" segment.[12]

Pineda debuted as the lead singer of Journey on February 21, 2008 at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival held at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Viña del Mar, Chile. [13][14] Videos of the Vina del Mar performance are available at the Festival’s home page and on YouTube.

Arnel Pineda was born in Sampaloc, Manila, in the Philippines. His mother instilled his love for singing at an early age, encouraging him to sing along to songs from her favorite singers like Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand. Growing up, his parents entered him in many singing contests.

His mother, who had been suffering from rheumatic heart disease, died when he was thirteen. Her illness had left their family deep in debt. Being a year behind on their rented apartment and unable to sufficiently provide for the family, his father decided to move out and ask relatives to take in Pineda’s siblings. To ease his father’s burden, Pineda quit school and volunteered to strike out on his own.

For about two years his life was spent out on the streets, sleeping wherever he could: in public parks, or on a narrow bench outside a friend’s crowded house. He earned meager money by collecting glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal and selling them to recyclers. He would also go to the pier with his friends and take on odd jobs like cleaning scrap metal and docked ships. He didn’t have much to eat, sometimes rationing a small package of biscuit as his meal for two days. Despite all these hardships he tried to remain optimistic about his future.

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Hines E. Ward, Jr. (Korean: 하인스 워드/Kim Hyun-ae) (born March 8, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea) is a football player who currently plays the wide receiver position for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. He was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL. Born to a Korean mother and an African American father, he has become an advocate for ethnic minorities in South Korea.

Hines E. Ward, Jr. (Korean: 하인스 워드/Kim Hyun-ae) (born March 8, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea) is a football player who currently plays the wide receiver position for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. He was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL. Born to a Korean mother and an African American father, he has become an advocate for ethnic minorities in South Korea.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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William Henry Demps, Jr. - ahem - Is it gettin hot’n hurrr? (born November 7, 1979 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football of San Diego State.
Demps has also played for the New York Giants and Houston Texans. He is the older brother of former NFL safety Marcus Demps.
Demps’ father is African-American and his mother is Korean.

William Henry Demps, Jr. - ahem - Is it gettin hot’n hurrr? (born November 7, 1979 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football of San Diego State.

Demps has also played for the New York Giants and Houston Texans. He is the older brother of former NFL safety Marcus Demps.

Demps’ father is African-American and his mother is Korean.