American musicians of Chinese descent

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  1. Vanessa Hudgens

    Vanessa Hudgens


    Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel. She had her feature film debut in the 2003 film Thirteen, a teenage drama in which Hudgens had a supporting role. She had mainstream success following the release of the High School Musical trilogy, and her relationship with co-star Zac Efron was heavily publicized. Her appearance in the series helped make her a household name. Songs from the films also charted worldwide, with the song "Breaking Free" peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. This led to Hudgens releasing her debut album, V, on September 26, 2006 which entered the Billboard 200 at number 24, and was later certified Gold. Her second album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008 in the United States.

  2. Tia Carrere

    Tia Carrere


    Tia Carrere (born Althea Rae Janairo; January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model, voice artist, and singer who obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital.

  3. Ne-Yo



    Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. Ne-Yo gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned the 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract.

  4. Leah Dizon

    Leah Dizon


    Leah Dizon (born September 24, 1986) is a former gaijin tarento, singer, and model. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, she moved to Tokyo, Japan in 2006 to pursue a career in entertainment. She made her recording debut on Victor Entertainment later that same year.

  5. Kelis



    Kelis Rogers Mora (/kə.ˈls/; born August 21, 1979) (née Rogers), better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer-songwriter and certified chef. Kelis achieved moderate international success with her 1999 debut album, Kaleidoscope, but left her label Virgin Records after its follow-up, Wanderland (2001), received little sales attention and no U.S. release. Her third album, 2003's Tasty, earned the singer commercial prominence and produced the hit single "Milkshake", her most well-known song. Kelis Was Here (2006), her fourth album, was the subject of further label disputes and she took a hiatus from music after its release, during which she trained at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. She released the album Flesh Tone in 2010 and her sixth, Food, independently in 2014.

  6. Darren Criss

    Darren Criss


    Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and musician. One of the founding members and co-owners of StarKid Productions, a musical theater company based in Chicago, Illinois, Criss first garnered attention playing the lead role of Harry Potter in StarKid's musical production of A Very Potter Musical. The theater troupe made Billboard history when their original album, Me and My Dick, became the first charting student-produced musical recording, debuting at number eleven on the Top Cast Albums chart in 2010.

  7. Carrie Ann Inaba

    Carrie Ann Inaba


    Carrie Ann Inaba (born January 5, 1968) is an American dancer, choreographer, television dance competition judge, actress, game show host, and singer. She is best known for her work in Dancing With the Stars (USA).

  8. Janel Parrish

    Janel Parrish


    Janel Parrish (born October 30, 1988) is an American actress, dancer, singer and songwriter. She is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She is also known for the role of Jade in the 2007 film Bratz: The Movie. She came in third place on the nineteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.

  9. Leehom Wang

    Leehom Wang


    Wang Leehom (born May 17, 1976), sometimes credited as Leehom Wang, is a Chinese-American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and film director. He is currently based in Taiwan. Formally trained at the Eastman School of Music, Williams College and Berklee College of Music, his musical style is known for fusing Chinese elements (such as Beijing opera, traditional styles of ethnic minorities, Chinese classical orchestra) with hip-hop and R&B. Wang has been active since 1995 and contributed in 25 albums. He is also a four-time winner of Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards, the "Grammys" of Taiwanese music. His concert at the Beijing Bird's Nest on April 14, 2012 was the first solo pop concert to be held at the venue.

  10. Chloe Bennet

    Chloe Bennet


    Chloe Bennet (born Chloe Wang; April 18, 1992) is an American actress and singer. She is currently starring as Daisy Johnson (formerly known as Skye) in the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  11. Harry Shum Jr.

    Harry Shum Jr.


    Harry Shum, Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is an American actor, dancer, singer, songwriter, and choreographer. He is best known for his role as Mike Chang on the Fox television show Glee and as Magnus Bane on the show Shadowhunters based on the Mortal Instruments Series. He has appeared in dance films such as Stomp the Yard, You Got Served, Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. He also played the character of Elliot Hoo in The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

  12. Booboo Stewart

    Booboo Stewart


    Booboo Stewart (born Nils Allen Stewart, Jr.; January 21, 1994) is an American singer, dancer, model and actor, best known for playing Seth Clearwater, a werewolf in The Twilight Saga.

  13. CoCo Lee

    CoCo Lee


    Coco Lee (Chinese: ; pinyin: Lǐ Wén; born Ferren Lee, 17 January 1975, Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong-born American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Lee's career began in Hong Kong and then expanded to Taiwan. Her single, "Do You Want My Love" also entered the US music charts. Her first full-length English language album was Just No Other Way. As a Chinese American, Lee is the first and only person of Chinese ethnicity to perform at the Oscars; she performed the Best Original Song nominated, "A Love Before Time" from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

  14. Chino Moreno

    Chino Moreno


    Chino Moreno (born Camillo Wong Moreno; June 20, 1973) is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones. He is also a member of the side-project groups Team Sleep, Crosses, and Palms.

  15. Vanness Wu

    Vanness Wu


    Vanness Wu (born on August 7, 1978) is an American actor, singer, director, and producer.

  16. Gwendoline Yeo

    Gwendoline Yeo


    Gwendoline See-Hian Yeo (simplified Chinese: 杨时贤; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Yáng Shíxián; born July 10, 1977) is a Singaporean-born American actress, and musician, best known for her recurring guest-star role as Xiao-Mei in the hit television series Desperate Housewives, and as Dr. Kelly Lee in General Hospital.

  17. Carmit Bachar

    Carmit Bachar


    Carmit Bachar (Hebrew: כרמית בכר‎; born September 4, 1974) is an American singer, dancer, model, actress and showgirl. She was a member of the successful pop/R&B group, the Pussycat Dolls and one of the main vocalists of the group, along with Nicole Scherzinger and Melody Thornton. Bachar left the group in February 2008. She is currently engaged and gave birth to a baby girl named Keala Rose on September 18, 2011. She is currently a member of electro/pop duo called LadyStation.

  18. Hoku



    Hoku Ho Clements (born Hoku Christian Ho, June 10, 1981), known mononymously as Hoku, is an American singer. She is best known for her 2000 hit single "Another Dumb Blonde".

  19. Agnes Lum

    Agnes Lum


    Agnes Nalani Lum (born May 21, 1956 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American gravure idol, singer, actress, and bikini model popular in Japan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, she was nicknamed "Lum-chan" in Japan, though now that nickname can be confused with that of the fictional character Lum Invader from Urusei Yatsura. Lum was the inspiration for the name of this character as she was well-known at the time the manga was first released (1977). In order to avoid confusion with Agnes Chan, another popular idol at the time, "Lum-chan" was used, though many fans called both "Agnes". Lum has appeared in numerous calendars, on posters, and magazine spreads, and these items regularly fetch high prices in the collectors market.

  20. T.V. Carpio

    T.V. Carpio


    Teresa Victoria "T.V." Carpio (born 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

  21. Nichkhun



    Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล, rtgsNitchakhun Horawetchakun; born June 24, 1988), known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤), is a Thai-Chinese American singer, model and actor active in South Korea. He is a member of 2PM, a South Korean boy group.

  22. Don Ho

    Don Ho


    Hồ Mạnh Dũng (born February 22, 1970), better known as Don Hồ is a Vietnamese American singer who is known for appearing in Paris By Night.

  23. Celina Jade

    Celina Jade


    Celina Jade (born June 10, 1985), is a Chinese American actress, model, and singer.

  24. Sam Tsui

    Sam Tsui


    Samuel "Sam" Story Tsui (born May 2, 1989) is an American singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as an internet celebrity and is known for covering songs by popular artists like Adele, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, as well as some original songs, medleys, and mashups, along with his frequent collaborations with Kurt Hugo Schneider. As of August 31, 2015, Tsui had reached 2,1 million subscribers.

  25. Jaycee Chan

    Jaycee Chan


    Jaycee Chan Jo-ming (born 3 December 1982) is an American-born Hong Kong actor and singer. In 2004, he released his first Mandarin CD album in Hong Kong. He was based in Taiwan to continue his music career. He is the son of the Hong Kong martial artist and actor, Jackie Chan and his wife, Lin Feng-Jiao. He sings and performs in Mandarin and Cantonese. He is currently on a hiatus from the entertainment industry after he was arrested and jailed for providing his apartment in Beijing for drug users to smoke marijuana in but he stated that he has a plan to make a comeback and to even direct a film.

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