Last week, the New York Times posted an article that focused on the success of Asian American YouTube stars. Not to hate on the Times, but its serious lack of Korean YouTube stars was something that we couldn’t ignore.
That’s why we decided to create our own list of Korean American YouTube stars. While we love acts like David Choi and Clara C—both of whom have successfully used YT as a platform to launch their careers—we wanted to feature up-and-coming talents that you should definitely know. Naturally, we couldn’t include everyone, so these acts are just some of our new favorites!
1. Child Star: Megan Lee | Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/cutiepiemeg918
After all of the negative attention surrounding Rebecca Black, we began to seriously doubt whether our generation had become too jaded to understand innocent adolescence. 15-year-old Megan Lee shows that it’s okay for a kid to be a kid. Her rewrite of the lyrics for Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” definitely addresses a younger following, but still appeals to us older heads, showing that maybe we all just need to chill and tap into our inner child.
2. Comedy: David So | Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/DavidSoComedy
We are an opinionated group, and our next YT star never fails to entertain with his outrageous, sarcastic comedy and animated facial expressions. David So always had a strong YouTube following, but it wasn’t until his video response to Alexandra Wallace’s “Asians in the library” that, whether for better or worse, he gained notoriety. Just remember, comedy is comedy. Don’t take him too seriously!
3. Female Vocals: Jayesslee | Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/Jayesslee
Everyday more and more singers are turning to YouTube to show off their singing chops. One singing YT star that caught our eye is actually a duo! Jayesslee consists of twins Janice and Sonia Lee who were born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Their covers reinterpret classics like Tamia’s “Officially Missing You” to Wonder Girls’ “Nobody.” Their serene voices harmonize perfectly, and their Australian accents just make them that much more endearing.
4. Male Vocals: Feats in Inches | Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/featsininches
Based in the San Fernando Valley, Feats in Inches may be the least known on our list, but they are a fresh breath of honest talent. You can not only hear, but feel their emotions through their heartfelt lyrics. Their eclectic combination of instruments—ranging from a violin to a melodeon (a type of reed organ)—makes them an especially unique indie band.
5. Beauty Tutorial: Jen of Frmheadtotoe | Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/frmheadtotoe
Out of all the beauty tutorials on YouTube, Jen, of Frmheadtotoe, is our go-to girl for makeup tips. Most of Jen’s inspirations for her tutorials come from K-pop stars like CL of 2NE1 and 4minute’s Hyuna. Jen’s makeup tutorials are great for those of us without double eyelids, and compared to others, Jen’s videos are of high-quality and have great lighting (something that is especially important for makeup tutorials). Jen shows that you can be beautiful with and without makeup, which firmly establishes her place on our list.
So that pretty much sums up our current favorites on YouTube. Help these stars out by spreading the word. It’s about time that we Koreans get recognition for our diverse talents!