Canada’s secret superstars: They’re famous in Asia but not at home
There are some famous Asian stars from Canada who are not quite famous in Canada. For the fans in Canada, do you know them?
1. Wanting Qu
Wanting Qu is a Chinese-born Canadian transplant best-known to Vancouverites as the new squeeze of Mayor Gregor Robertson. In Asia, though, the singer-songwriter has topped charts in Malaysia and gone triple-platinum in China.
You probably recognize her voice from Divorce Lawyer's theme song. Here is the English verison:
Another beautiful song from her is "Drenched"
How do you like her voice?
2. Henry Lau
Toronto’s Henry Lau was merely a promising Grade 12 violin player when a talent scout pegged him to become a member of Korean boy band Super Junior-M. He now boasts 2.4 million Twitter followers, chart-topping hits in both Mandarin and Korean, and a growing list of Asian TV credits.
3. Godfrey Gao
The 6’4” Mr. Gao had only picked up a few mediocre gigs in Canada, such as being a “living mannequin” at a Richmond shopping mall, but he had two secret weapons playing to his advantage: He already spoke the language, and he carried the noticeable exoticism of an overseas childhood. It was a good move. Louis Vuitton hired Mr. Gao as their first-ever Asian model in 2011, effectively making him the world’s first Asian supermodel.
The 30 year old is now ubiquitous across Asia: Billboards, bus ads, Chinese TV dramas such as The Queen of SOP, and upcoming Chinese movie Wedding Bible, working with Ahn Jae-hyun and Yoo In-Na. He has had roles in Hollywood productions like the movie Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but he is still more widely known abroad.
National Post comments, "“Being Canadian is much more of a subtle influence in the success of Canadian performers abroad, usually not something that is front and centre."
Watch the popular Asian drama Drunken to Love You on DramaFever: