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15 Rising Stars Who Are Actually A Part of the AAPI Community

Numerous AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) celebrities have made their mark in the entertainment industry as well as other fields in recent years. Sandra O

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It is now a different time. Several prominent members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community have shown the rest of the world that their heritage ought to be celebrated rather than vilified or made the object of prejudice. Their accomplishments weren’t always simple; many celebrities at the beginning of their careers first felt ashamed of their ancestry. However, as time went on, each individual wholeheartedly embraced the stunning traditions of their homeland.

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#1 Sandra Oh

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#2 Olivia Rodrigo

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Songs like “Driver’s License” and “Good 4U” are some examples. Olivia Rodrigo, who had her breakthrough role on Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, has achieved actual success (and Grammy awards).

#3 Naomi Osaka

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Naomi Osaka, a professional tennis player who also runs her own sports agency, revealed this fact in May 2022. Osaka is best known for her success in the sport. With her several Grand Slam victories, Naomi is the first Asian tennis player to hold the Women’s Tennis Association’s No. 1 position.

#4 Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa has already made his mark on Hollywood with parts in blockbuster films like Game of Thrones and Aquaman, all the while remaining proud of his Hawaiian ancestry. Because of his deep affection for Hawaii and his dedication to the cause of environmental protection, he went so far as to launch his very own brand of water packaged in cans made of recyclable aluminum.

#5 Auli’i Cravalho

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Auli’i Cravalho was only a teenager when she was selected to play the lead role of Moana in Disney’s production of the musical. This native Hawaiian actress has just turned 21 and her career is going from strength to strength as she continues to advance. She was just recently seen in the teen romantic comedy Crush, which can be viewed on Hulu, and she has always been very vocal about the importance of helping out in her community.

#6 Dwayne Johnson

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Throughout his entire career as a professional wrestler, in the film Moana, and in the Fast and the Furious film series, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has never been coy about his affection for the state of Hawaii, where he was born and raised.

#7 Ali Wong

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Ali Wong’s career as a comedic performer has been absolutely remarkable. In addition to being a mother and an author who has written for a number of original series that have been produced by Netflix, she has also appeared in the romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe. Ali was born in California, but her parents are from China and Vietnam, and she frequently makes jokes about having grown up in Asia. Although Ali was born in California, she frequently makes jokes about having grown up in Asia.

#8 Constance Wu

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Her roles in the films Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat have brought Constance Wu the lion’s share of her fame as an actress of Chinese descent in the United States. She told The Guardian in 2019 that it was “It’s exciting to see so many stories by and about Asian American people,” “I’m very happy with the kind of change that’s been happening.”

#9 Ross Butler

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Ross Butler, star of Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why, has been candid about the dearth of non-stereotypical parts for Asian actors in Hollywood. In an interview with Refinery 29, he made the following statement: “We are the majority population of the world, but we are a very underrepresented population in Hollywood.”

#10 Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi most recently appeared in the film Our Flag Means Death, although he has long been a master actor and director. He claimed that the fact that he was of Polynesian ancestry made it challenging for him to grow up in New Zealand.

#11 Hayley Kiyoko

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A musician and actress named Hayley Kiyoko, who is of Japanese, Scottish, and Welsh descent, made the observation that having more than one race “shapes you as a person.”

#12 Olivia Munn

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#13 Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris is not just the first South Asian American but also the first Black American to serve as vice president of the United States. Even though she was born in the United States, her Jamaican mother and Indian father are both originally from those countries.

#14 Chrissy Teigen

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#15 Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves has not been shy about discussing his Asian ancestry in interviews. His father is Chinese Hawaiian, and he even spent part of his childhood in India. In December of 2021, he made the following statement to NBC Asian America: “My connection to my Asian ethnicity has always been positive and healthy.” I adore it.”