Asian American and Pacific Islander Artists to Celebrate!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Artists to Celebrate!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month started as a way to spotlight the amazing contributions of these communities in the US. It all began with Congress and advocacy groups wanting to celebrate the history and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. They picked May because it marks some big moments, like the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, largely built by Chinese immigrants, in 1869. Back in 1978, Congress made Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week official. Then in 1990, President George H.W. Bush expanded it to a month-long celebration. Since then, May has been a time to honor the rich cultures and legacies of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in America.

With Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in full swing, let’s take a moment to celebrate some incredible artists who are making waves in the community. From poetry to comedy to music, these individuals are spreading joy and inspiration everywhere they go. Let’s dive in!

  1. Ebo Barton: Ebo Barton’s poetry is pure magic. They blend their Black and Filipino heritage with themes of gender and queerness, creating something truly special. You might have come across their work in Natasha Marin’s “Black Imagination” or on platforms like Button Poetry. Plus, they’re a total powerhouse on stage, placing 5th in the World at Individual World Poetry Slam. Ebo isn’t just an artist; they’re also a leader in activism, using their platform to spark change and empower others with their Asian American and Pacific Islander talent. Check out the blog, “Pride and APIDA Heritage Month” written by Ebo!
  2. Fumi Abe: Get ready to bust a gut with Fumi! This Japanese American comedian brings the laughs wherever he goes. He’s written for NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and now cracks jokes as a staff writer on The Late Late Show with James Corden. But that’s not all – Fumi hosts the hilarious podcast “Asian Not Asian,” where he dishes out comedy gold with a side of cultural commentary. With his Asian American and Pacific Islander flair, he’s breaking stereotypes and making people laugh across the globe.
  3. Lijie: Say hello to Lijie, the musical sensation with a story to tell. Born in China and raised in the US, she’s got a voice that’ll give you goosebumps. After a wild ride through college, Lijie followed her heart to LA, where she’s been making sweet music ever since. Her tunes are like a warm hug for your soul, blending heartfelt lyrics with catchy melodies. Keep an eye out for her latest releases – they’re bound to be fire! Lijie’s Asian American and Pacific Islander vibe shines bright, captivating audiences with her unique sound.
  4. Will Jay: Will is the definition of a triple threat. This pop sensation, of Chinese and German descent, has been making waves with his catchy tunes and killer dance moves. With millions of views on YouTube and features in Buzzfeed and MTV, he’s a bona fide star. But Will’s not just about the fame – he’s all about breaking stereotypes and redefining masculinity. His latest EP, “Someone on the Internet,” is a breath of fresh air, mixing psychedelic pop with smooth R&B vibes. With his Asian American and Pacific Islander influence, Will Jay is paving the way for a new generation of artists.

These artists are just a taste of the talent within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Contact Neon Entertainment to bring these amazing artists to your next event!


The Hot Mic

Spoken Word Artist Ebo Barton

Comedian Fumi Abe

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