I might put this in my memories or just put it in the links section of my LJ. Here is an ongoing list of 'famous' British Born Chinese who I respect. It'll probably be a result of me surfing Youtube or other social networking sites. Overseas Chinese from American, Canada or other Western countries will be added too.

* Jensen Chung Vlogger. I really like his light-hearted videos which tackle the British Born Chinese identity. Also a very good artist. This is his Youtube channel.

* Matthew Koon Hong Kong BBC from Manchester. Finalist in first Got To Dance series. Did not win. However he lured me into the show after I spotted a link to his audition video on the British Born Chinese message boards. He's the reason I wanted to create this list because he refreshing and inspiring to me. He is doing what a lot of Asian guys shy away from and that is dance contemporary style and Asian guys get a lot of homophobic remarks their way since they're not as typically butch as white and black guys. Unless a man is not into ballet or was not forced into doing Chinese opera from a young age the chances are he'd rather be doing hip-hop. So Matthew thank you for being you and keep on dancing gracefully.

Twitter , Facebook fanpage

* Xiaorishu Vietnamese BBC. My favourite Vlogger perhaps...?! :) Xiaorishu brings humour and intelligent discussion in her videos. The first time I came across her videos was when she sang the Three Bears nursery rhyme. The Korean song you hear in Full House, that is. Admiring her cute demeanour I had no idea she was a BBC until I looked at the rest of her videos and recognised London locations and heard her speak English ^^;; Don't be put off by her voice. It's natural and hardly fake, which a lot of people keep accusing her of doing.

Main Youtube channel , Facebook fanpage , Blog

>> As for other overseas Chinese i.e. ABCs, Aussies, Canadian Chinese etc...also ongoing list

* Alex Wong Canadian Born Chinese. Do you see a trend here? I'm a sucker for Asian ballet boys. Not only can Alex dance amazingly he can sing too. He recently finished performing on the broadway stage of Newsies. He introduced me to So You Think You Can Dance. I think it was Malese Jow who was raving about him on her Twitter after his incredible hip-hop routine with season 4 alumni Twitch.

I tried to research him on Youtube and the first performance I saw of Alex was his contemporary routine to Jeff Buckley's cover of Hallelujah so I went onto Youtube to check him out and I was so emotional. The hip-hop routine with Twitch sealed the deal with me becoming a fan of Alex Wong. Wongs FTW. It really broke my heart when he had to pull out of season 7 because of his achilles heel injury. He could've won the entire competition. He might've been the first Asian or perhaps overseas Chinese to win SYTYCD.

Twitter , Official website

* Wang Leehom Taiwanese American musician and actor. Bringing Chinked Out music to Cpop land. When I first heard that term I thought WTF and was sure I saw him do a corny hip-hop song at a concert on PCNE but as I got to know Leehom's music and watched his interviews I was impressed with his smart responses to the questions being fired at him and some of his music was brilliant. Leehom is American by birth but he does not abandon his Asian heritage. I should learn from this guy if I want to get my balance in East and West right.

Weibo , Facebook fanpage

* Vanness Wu Taiwanese American actor and songwriter. Like with Leehom, I feel a little inspired by Vanness. I first came across him when I watched a clip of him performing Kim Bum Soo's Bo Go Ship Da. Mesmerized and wanting more, I then heard his duet with Kangta. Ah Scandal, what a hot video that was. I then found out he was in Meteor Garden and downloaded F4's albums plus some of their solo works. I still can't believe this guy was in Run DMC VS Jason Nevin's It's Like That video.

Blog , Twitter , Facebook fanpage , Weibo

* Henry Lau Canadian Born Chinese. Oh Henry I'm so jealous of your musical talent. But the fact you're one of the few overseas Chinese breaking into Kpop amazes me. He inspires me to work hard on anything really. Maybe I'll get my arse into gear and work on my Mandarin. Not only is he super talented musically he has linguistic skills. Fluent in Mandarin and well-versed in Korean. Knows a bit of Japanese and Cantonese too. OMG. I hope ELFs still aren't giving him a hard time and accept him as part of the Super Junior family.

Twitter , Weibo
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  • 09:10 Tragically unfunny how a Chinese person will claim they are only joking to you when they sounded like they were putting you down so harshly #
  • 09:16 @vash_chan ... well it might be said for any Asian I guess. Fab to more cultural clashing )': #
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  • 11:12 @RJRoldan I've done that before too D: So not cool but like you say you still manage to clean yourself hehe #
  • 12:42 Wow so the original damage from last Mon evening in work area was worse than I thought #
  • 14:16 I was going to buy a cd from Oxfam but that specifc shop had been completely destroyed by those filthy SOBs #
  • 14:26 @therealgokwan interested to see how your costume looked Gok ;D #
  • 14:44 Tou-san said he thinks the China mens doubles team are quite good looking. They're tall and slim, not too buff. Yes I kind of agree too #
  • 14:45 Even the Korean badminton players... those guys aren't too shabby either. I do watch players for their skills of course - duh #
  • 14:47 @o2sbe omg Rock Of Ages, count me in :) I was just thinking of buying tickets to see that musical #
  • 15:09 dyedgreyillusion: This was how I felt after watching the BWF World Championship men’s singles finals... t.co/2pfJpxk #
  • 15:50 @AmberrMerry done!! #
  • 15:54 Signed supervisor's bye bye card today. Wonder what her mgr will buy her. Maybe nice, cheap jewellery from primark #
  • 15:55 @the_overtones haven't seen it yet. Heard tom felton is in it so that might tempt me even more. #
  • 20:17 @the_overtones no fair *pouts* if it was on a music channel I probably missed it. I can wait though. It's okay xD #
  • 21:05 Halfway through latest ep of #trueblood I was hoping they'd include the E/S shower scene from Dead To The World but instead there's snow!? #
  • 21:40 #trueblood oh dear methinks Debbie will really die. But will it be by Eric like in the books? #
  • 21:41 #trueblood Eric is spellbound oh noes. #
  • 21:41 #trueblood oh fack so the father of Luna's daughter is Marcus?! #
  • 21:42 @the_overtones just watched latest episode of True Blood but the new series hasn't started in the UK yet #
  • 21:49 #trueblood Eric - My Liege. Sookie - My... Bill. Eric's face says it all ^_^;; #
  • 21:51 omg @gackt 's 'villain' look in The Tempest has me in lolz and curiosity. Why did it have to be a Chinese looking character though? Hmm... #
  • 21:55 @gogomomokoko I've heard Gackt's voice acting for games and Anime. Hehehe he's not too bad. #
  • 21:57 RT @concertweirdos: RT this if you ever been to a sold out show. #concertweirdos #
  • 21:58 RT @concertweirdos: Wanting to do the night all over again even though you feel like you're about to collapse. #concertweirdos #
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Mandy Moore did some routines when she was in the UK along with Tyce Diorio and I had noticed she was reusing the same songs as well nearly the same routines during SYTYCD S8. Though the Tadd and Lauren jazz routine did differ to the top 4 boys group jazz routine in SYTYCD UK s2. Only the same song was used. Either way I liked both routines. Tadd still had the funk the top 4 UK boys did :)

The one which caught my eye the most was Mandy's Total Eclipse Of The Heart Contemporary piece danced by Melanie Moore and S3's Neil Haskell (shirtless may I add - omg). I've seen quite a few complaints about the Bonnie Tyler song being used. Not sure why there's hate for that. If it's because it's corny then... uh... sorry not buying it. I thought the song suited the routine. Then again I first saw it from the POV of Matt Flint and Katie Love in SYTYCD UK season 2 which was aired last spring. I believed the emotions in that routine as well as Melanie and Neil's performance, so I'm baffled by the negativity overall
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  • 08:20 Pasha of #sytycd s3 will be in #bbcstrictly ?! Just when I was going to give series 9 a miss. Man Artem and Pasha... mmmmmmm #
  • 08:24 ow.ly/5TPWd my vid wasn't perfect but damn I can't stop crying over this when I rewatch it a few times. #xjapan @yoshikiofficial #
  • 08:35 @mattwycliffe well I had medicine which knocked me out as soon as I hit my bed but I do agree it was bloody hot last night D: #
  • 08:41 if you think a woman must obey your every command like a good wife you are #undateable #
  • 08:44 You hate queer men or despise gothic individuals and beat them up #undateable #
  • 08:45 Relatives or family who think they're trying to help you but only end up offending you with their 'kind words' #getsonmynerves #
  • 08:47 Asian FOBs might be seen as #undateable but they have to learn things about the West before pissing their potential partners off #
  • 08:48 Relatives who talk in their native language and think you don't understand their every word when they're bitching about you #getsonmynerves #
  • 08:49 Abusing the word 'gay' to describe something stupid #getsonmynerves all the time. As is awful grammar and spelling #
  • 09:03 A foreigner who sets foot in your country and bullshit on how better they are compared to everyone else #getsonmynerves #
  • 09:06 @the_overtones guys I gotta ask, who do you think tweets the most out of you five? #
  • 09:17 I swore not to buy any more books but I've already preordered Blood Red Dragon and now I'm tempted to get the 1st VA graphic novel. Ah damn #
  • 09:27 Had drunk students singing and screaming last night. They were drunk. Not sure if it was the flat full of chav residents but if it was... #
  • 10:36 Writer's Block: Life in the boob tube j.mp/rs2txm #
  • 10:36 Writer's Block: Life in the boob tube j.mp/r1S4xS #
  • 11:45 @bbcstrictly just found out pasha kovalev will be a new pro dancer. How did bbc manage to find him? He's a great dancer, loved him on sytycd #
  • 12:05 @hmvtweets i used to have a robson and jerome single haha #
  • 12:06 @hmvtweets i was all for steps on those days #mostembarrassingcd #
  • 14:20 @yoshikiofficial X everybody at Summer Sonic :D #wearex #
  • 14:20 @the_overtones yay another ustream. Will try to remember to tune in. I've put Tonight's The Night on reminder for this Sat #
  • 14:33 @the_overtones yfrog.com/hsjijtvj OMG that's such a cool find. You've inspired me to check my Kiwi fruit now hohoho #
  • 14:35 So my runny nose is fading but now my throat seems to be taking effect. Ah the joy of colds #
  • 14:38 OK Communist Chinese hair needs to make a comeback for Vash-chan. Right now the hair looks like it's suffered electrocution #
  • 14:40 @gogomomokoko u know the more I look at her, the more I suspect she could be expecting. I wonder if she's migrating to have a baby overseas #
  • 14:47 omg I had no idea @MDQLondon were performing in Canary Wharf and Brent Cross recently T______________T would've bunked off work for this #
  • 15:08 theconductorisbeckoning: tumblr.com/xlu3vdoisb #
  • 15:09 #NowPlaying Shitataru Mourou - @DIRENGREY_web #
  • 15:26 @the_overtones what time is the ustream tomorrow? Will it be around 7:30pm like the previous one? #
  • 16:34 @_josephmorgan you just had to pick a wolf-related song didn't you? Hehe #
  • 17:48 Saw my WK dvds in charity shop. I only donated last week ^_^;; Doubt they'll sell immediately though #
  • 19:45 @RichelleMead hehe spellcheck can be so silly. Thanks for the clarification and the Adrian chapter. It was brilliant :) #
  • 21:21 @gogomomokoko it's either that or it's her time of the month xD #
  • 22:17 #NowPlaying Samhain - @wearethefallen #
  • 22:54 @ConcertWeirdos i had that happen to me twice. Omg xD #
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  • 10:03 @mcmexpo being human, true blood, the vampire diaries, ashes to ashes, life on mars, prison break, heroes, buffy, angel and supernatural #
  • 10:07 @Selfridges thanks for arranging @the_overtones signing session. Was my first time meeting the guys and have now become a bigger fan of them #
  • 10:09 So far only watched the first 7 mins of new #trueblood ep but lolz at eric calling sookie "snookie" i thought that joke would never be used #
  • 10:18 #trueblood sorry should be *snooki in my last tweet -_- #oops #
  • 11:21 Life could be a dream, life could be a dream. Do, do, do, do, sh-boom j.mp/oTll6U #
  • 11:26 wonder when the new computers will arrive at work today. That reminds me I need a new laptop soon :/ #
  • 11:30 Certain individuals really need to stfu about 'fandoms' they barely know about. FYI, family I do NOT go to gigs every day ffs. How rude. #
  • 12:42 @JonBoydon welcome back mr boydon. We've missed you :) #
  • 12:44 @gigsandtours the true blood opening theme :) #
  • 12:46 Pc seems to be close to completion. I am relaxing a little while the tech guys do they need to do. Got a new mouse and keyboard only #
  • 13:39 Taking a breather from my japanese rock/metal binge to feed on my new fondness for @the_overtones. That @selfridges signing was so cool :) #
  • 14:41 OK new keyboard and mouse are good but I have to adjust software I normally use for work. Boo #
  • 15:04 New PC has sound. Yay o/ #
  • 18:20 @iharryshum jealous you're heading down under ;) been meaning to go back myself and explore the country. Have fun #
  • 18:24 Starting to get nauseous on the way home. The hunger near end of the day has given me a side effect. Had a sugary snack to calm my shaking #
  • 18:26 Typically the line i use has been delayed and now i have had to resort to a painful but quicker route home from king's cross again #
  • 19:30 @gogomomokoko awesome :D how many weeks are you going there? #
  • 19:42 @gogomomokoko ah poo that is short. Does that mean you're not going anywhere else then like Singapore? Or elsewhere? #
  • 20:06 I liked a @YouTube video youtu.be/Udoqfn_Huhs?a Lady Gaga - Australia - A Current Affair - ACA #
  • 20:13 I liked a @YouTube video youtu.be/VPOT1-7peVQ?a ♫♫♫ Lady Gaga ♥ SMAP SPECIAL LIVE ♫♫♫ #
  • 20:18 @mKiK808 you are just stunning when you dance with @ladygaga This performance and the Australia one you linked to were gorgeous. I cried!! #
  • 20:19 #iloveaboy who can dance ballroom style and not hold back on his grace #
  • 20:20 #iloveaboy who can write songs or poetry that means something. Or even compose songs that speak to the heart #
  • 20:22 @mKiK808 Mark, I kinda wish I was in your arms like @ladygaga during Edge Of Glory lol. Sorry for the silly fangirl moment there ;D #
  • 20:37 Got a spam tweet about how to get someone famous to follow me. Well that person already follows me so uh... what's the point? #
  • 21:49 @ladygaga When you sing Edge Of Glory with just the piano, it can make me very tearful. The lyrics reach out to the listener more deeply #
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  • 22:07 @the_overtones I'd totally buy that perfume hohohoho #
  • 23:43 Eastern european neighbours have once again made a crack in our ceiling. Always happens when they're bathing. #
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  • 08:57 @YoshikiOfficial well that was nice of hide-san. But why did you order fish if you can't eat the bones in the first place? ^_^;; #
  • 08:58 @MattWycliffe morning to you too :) #
  • 09:01 @gogomomokoko I expected the article to say she liked Robert Pattinson haha #
  • 09:03 @therealgokwan well it's better than finding yourself crying from a bad dream you can hardly remember right? #
  • 09:06 #ialwayswantedtobea rockstar, minus the enormous musician's ego #
  • 11:15 It seems we will be getting new PCs next week. I'm up for that. But I'm worried whether all the files and progs I need will still be ok #
  • 11:15 Hopefully I can listen to music on the new pc because this one has sound problems :/ #
  • 12:00 @YoshikiOfficial so happy you guys got coverage on UK news (kind of) :D #
  • 12:01 @YoshikiOfficial Oh if you're not up for PG Tips, try Tetley or expensive breakfast tea like Peyton & Byrne. #
  • 12:01 @YoshikiOfficial you should've gone to Japan Centre to buy green tea, silly ^_^;; Or even Arigato supermarket #
  • 12:03 RT @yoshikiofficial: #WeAreX !!! t.co/Tb2b3kp Paris show is tomorrow! 明日はフランスでコンサートだよ!!! #
  • 12:05 I keep wanting to write stage dive but my brain insists I type tongue dive instead. Damn you @adamlambert for infecting my mind xD #
  • 12:08 OK tbf I can't imagine @yoshikiofficial wanting to tongue dive any fans since he stage dives more. Would @gackt tongue dive though? Hmm... #
  • 14:32 @gogomomokoko I was also thinking about other minor characters e.g. the guy who plays Viktor Krum (forgot his name completely) #
  • 14:37 @official_tWitch I'm working unfortunately during those hours. Sorry Twitch :( #
  • 14:55 Writer's Block: Upon further review j.mp/lKNJKI #
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  • 15:14 @takethat #ProgressLiveTop3 Back For Good, Rule The World and Pray #
  • 16:04 Scars, silent jealousy, endless rain and forever love j.mp/kVjSlw #
  • 19:19 @gogomomokoko we can't listen to music while we work (supervisor is so boring). Only during breaks :/ #
  • 19:25 @TomFelton what also pisses me off is how chavs and urban types like to blast their mobile phone music on loudspeaker. Seriously wth? #
  • 19:54 @gogomomokoko can you actually bookmark the page you're up to? #
  • 19:57 @gogomomokoko wow surf the net too?! Now I'm curious lol #
  • 20:03 @gogomomokoko I thought it was just an ebook reader and that was it. Didn't realise it had basic surfing included. No wonder it's popular #
  • 20:27 Today was relaxing. Seems the workload is okay so far. Plus my supervisor is off this week. Makes it even better #
  • 21:51 #nothingsmoreirritating than hearing loud music playing in the middle of the night #
  • 21:54 Is there some Bollywood open air concert or something in the local park? I can hear the music from my room. It's so loud #
  • 21:57 Photo: › You’d be an excellent rapper! J-Gro! Why J-Gro? Well, I don’t know if you caught at the beginning;... tumblr.com/xlu39bbved #
  • 22:38 OK an Indian wedding is taking place nearby. Shouldn't they have booked a hall instead of doing the ceremony in a residential area? #
  • 22:42 @YoshikiOfficial t.co/IXUPMzX sorry for the clapping. I totally understand it ruins the deep focus while you're on piano #
  • 22:49 @YoshikiOfficial but just so you know you were magnificent playing the Art Of Life piano part. t.co/IXUPMzX #
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I missed most of Coldplay's Glastonbury show last night as I went to bed early. But I'm so glad they performed Fix You. It's one of my fav songs by the band right next to Clocks. I am not a hardcore Coldplay fangirl by any means and apparently being a fan of them usually means epic fail for elitist music listeners (same goes for Keane. Oh dear!!). However I cannot deny they have some tracks that make me nod in approval.

Thanks to SYTYCD season 7 I associate this song more with Robert Roldan's contemporary routine :) Travis Wall always wows me with his choregraphy --> Fix You
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Pretty much anything that's Anime I guess because it is unconventional to a typical British resident who sticks to his/her culture.

I get into shows that nobody ever really watches or even knows about o_O. We're talking Asian dramas mostly. However for British TV while everyone is off watching Big Brother or The X Factor I'm watching dance shows such as So You Think You Can Dance (which is not really being accepted here imo, though the US show is much more exciting) or Dancing With The Stars US. Strictly Come Dancing I'd continuously watch if the lineup is interesting enough.

also watch Doctor Who once in a while. Old school Whovians can be harsh towards the new Who D:
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A musician's amazing songwriting skills e.g. Hayashi Yoshiki or Tuomas Holopainen. Angelic voices like Josh Groban or Tarja Turunen. Or even killer guitar skills. I don't have a specific guitarist I obsess over. If s/he gives a great performance and shows s/he can play guitar it could inspire me. Also said for pianists. I want to be like Yoshiki when he overindulges in his music while by the piano, allow the music to flow through you.

Would of course like to be a professional ballroom dancer like many pros you see on dance shows such as SYTYCD, Strictly Come Dancing or Dancing With The Stars :/ Mark Kanemura isn't ballroom obviously but he is such a wonderful dancer. Eccentric yet shows his passion for dancing. Wish I had that kind of passion for something and held onto it for many years to get to advanced level.
I suck at making screencaps, especially when it has a lot of dancing involved in the video but I just felt like screencapping as much as I could of Mark Kanemura when he was dancing in Lady Gaga's videos :D I'm not a veteran SYTYCD viewer and it's still new in the UK. I think second season of the UK version will be starting next month. Mark just happened to catch my eye when I saw him on season 7 as an Allstar and I knew Chelsie Hightower from DWTS. I went through most of season 4 up till the point he was eliminated. Joshua was very good though I must admit. Whatever style was thrown at him he did it rather well.

I also did some googling and came across an interesting post on the Telephone vid. Out of those ten hidden surprises I only knew three right away. Then you've got Pussy Wagon which I remember best from Kill Bill but it was in a Grease song (wow it's been ages since I last watched and listened to that). I was trying to find info on the Kanji used in the video - the part where that girl got her arse slapped and her reaction was all !!!! So that Kanji = One Piece?! OK obviously I didn't know that. I've never seen or read One Piece and I can't read Japanese at all D: But that's a surprise reference.

Also came across this gem which is just awesome. A Japanese version of Telephone. It's fanmade too which makes it even cooler xD

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I suddenly want pumpkin soup or pumpkin fried in Tempura powder. There that's my Halloween-related activity done :)

About to watch the latest of Strictly in a few mins so can't post much of a proper entry on LJ. Hope your evening is pleasant.

Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah was on my mind for the entire day. It could be because I was browsing Twitter and inspired to re-watch Alex Wong's contemporary routine on So You Think You Can Dance to the song. It always gives me chills.

As mentioned before, Alex was the one who made me start watching SYTYCD properly and I just went on a marathon for other seasons after that. So sad he had to withdraw after he got injured. He was superb.


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