Has this ever happened to you? You log onto YouTube, eager to watch your favorite internet personality do wacky things, but wouldn’t you know it — they disrespectfully decide to film a suicide victim’s dead body instead?
Yikes. Just gotta throw the whole Logan out at that point. Maybe even Jake for good measure.
“Look at us, we take your money and we’re gonna brag about it! Cool, right?” Pfft.
And because we’re Asian-focused…well, you know the drill. Here’s 12 Asian Influencers you should totally follow instead of trash person Logan Paul.
Mark Fischbach, better known by his online name, Markiplier, is one of the most successful YouTubers in the history of the platform. Markiplier, who is of Korean descent, is famous for his gaming channel, where he plays video games and records his outrageous, exaggerated reactions. He also makes inspirational videos that send encouragement to his fans, and his personality is positive, bubbly, and uplifting. And that voice? Definitely perfect for the job!
Following Karen Ip, better known by her Instagram name, Fruitypoppin, will be the best thing you do in 2018, guaranteed. If you’re not already following this extremely funny lady, you’re missing out. Fruitypoppin posts a lot of relateable content for all types of audiences, but she also makes humorous clips that Asian kids can relate to. Forget to cook the rice? She’s got a video for that. Asian pillow power? She has one for that, too. Picking up your bullshit with chopsticks? She’ll do that…eventually. Lots of laughs here!
Wong Fu Productions
You’re probably already following Wong Fu Productions. Surely, you’ve at least heard of them. But they had to be included on this list for being totally OG. Founded in 2003 by Philip Wang, Wesley Chan, and Ted Fu, their short videos turned into massive productions, with some of their films even being featured at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival. Now they’re an entire production company, working with some of the biggest names in Asian-American media.
What do you get when you mix trending pop songs with traditional Vietnamese music? Vietglish Fun, that’s what! Kayla Nguyen’s unique approach to song covers is always a treat to watch. No one is safe from her Vietnamese makeover; Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and even Drake have had their songs translated into Vietnamese — sometimes even accompanied by her Đàn Tranh! She also makes original content, teaching viewers how to speak Vietnamese through song. Love her!
We love Nathan Sharp — better known by his online name, NateWantsToBattle — since he voices our favorite dad in the indie game, Dream Daddy. Before that, Nate, who is of Korean heritage, became famous for making his own gaming content. His fans love him for his original songs about their favorite games and his uplifting, positive videos where he inspires people do do their best and love themselves. Now he’s branching out into the music world, making his own songs and touring the globe.
Do you have a favorite Lizzza video? Haaaa, impossible — they’re all amazing. Liza Koshy, a self-professed “little Brown girl with big dreams”, got her start on Vine, where her exaggerated facial expressions and relatable content helped her gain a massive following. She’s since branched out to YouTube, where she’s amassed 13 million subscribers who love her hilarious videos. Her content goes from dorky humor to real talk about the issues that matter, so there’s a little bit of everything for everyone.
The man. The myth. The legend himself. Ryan Higa, also known by his online name, NigaHiga, is one of the original YouTubers and definitely one of the funniest. It’s impossible not to think of Higa when making top YouTuber lists, as his name is practically synonymous with the platform. His relatable comedy skits have been entertaining his 20 million subscribers for years, so while we’re sure you’re following him already, it’d be a travesty not to include him. Which NigaHiga video is your favorite? Ours? All of them.
Anna Akana probably gets this question asked a lot, so we’re gonna go ahead and let you know for the record: she has Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Irish, German, Spanish, French, and English ancestry. Akana got her start in comedy onstage, but due to anxiety, she switched to YouTube in 2011. She has since amassed over a million followers and has even given stand-up a second chance. She is also a vocal advocate for suicide-prevention after her sister killed herself in 2007, her comedy being a coping-mechanism for the traumatic event.
Domics (Dominic Panganiban)
Dominic Panganiban, better known by his online name, Domics, doesn’t regularly show his face in the same way as other YouTubers; instead, he illustrates his life in hilarious, relatable, animated videos. With nearly five million subscribers, his popularity is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and each of his videos often rack up millions of views in their respective lifetimes. He also illustrates comics outside of YouTube, and they’re just…so funny. So funny.
This Texan native is best known for her role as Kira Yukimura on “Teen Wolf“, but Arden Cho also makes her own content on YouTube. She got her start in modeling, getting big in Asia before coming back to the States for acting gigs. She’s worked closely with other social media influencers, such as Anna Akana and Ryan Higa, and has even released her own music. Her instagram betrays her modeling background, with each post showcasing her beautiful, enviable life.
So what do you think? Did we include your favorite, or did we leave them out? Let us know in the comments!
Heather Johnson Yu Born at a very young age; self-made thousandaire. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. Covered in cat hair. Probably the best sleeper in the world. Still haven't completed the civil war quest in Skyrim but I'm kind of okay with that. Too rad to be sad.
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