Harry Shum’s come a long way from dancing in the iPod Commercial and as series regular dancer/actor on Glee to now his turn on Shadow Hunters. Just as diverse as his career is his cultural story. Shum’s heritage is Chinese but reared in Costa Rica. He speaks three languages.
Let’s visit Shum and his family as they share about fitting into a dual cultural experience and eating patacones with chopsticks:
We’ve always done cultural profiles on Multi Cultural Cooking Network. With death of George Michael, one of my favorite artists from the 80’s if not all time list, let’s learn a little bit more about him.
His ethnic background is a mix. His given name reflects the Greek ancestry of his father, although his mother’s ancestry is English. George Michael name given at birth Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. His father is Greek Cyrpiot meaning people of the Island of Cyprus.
George Michael was born in England. At about age 20 George Michael and Andrew Ridgely burst on the scene in the early 80’s with songs like Bad Boys, Wake Me up Before You Go and Careless Whisper. In the 80’s it was just about the music. Videos were also front and center. I think it is pretty safe to say that when the video for the ballad Careless Whisper debut, Wham became superstars especially George Michael who was willing to play the regretful heartbreaker. He said “I’m never going to dance again…” The public now wanted to be he dance partner. And fans had sort of a song and dance with George Michael with hit after through his solo career too.
George Michael left us on Christmas and ironically wrote a song called “Last Christmas”. The artist left us the gift of his music.
Moment from “The Simple Life” Paris (R) Nicole (L)
She grabbed the attention of millions along with buddy Paris Hilton on the reality show entitled, “The Simple Life.” She is the adopted daughter of legendary African American pop singer Lionel Richie and Paris Hilton the descendant of the famous Hilton Family hotel industry owners. When Nicole and Paris shared a glimpse of their lives as socialites trying to do manual labor it was an overnight sensation especially because reality TV was in its infancy. Recently, Richie has returned to public life onscreen with her Aol Huffington Post series, “Candidly Nicole” which has moved to television
Her Ethnic Background
According to several sources including Aceshowbiz.com, Nicole is said to be of Black,Caucasian and Mexican ethnicity, Nicole was born on September 21, 1981 in Berkeley, California. Given the name Nicole Camilla Escovedo, she is the biological daughter of a Latin musician named Peter Michael Escovedo III (related to Sheila E.) and an anonymous backstage female assistant of Lionel Richie during his world tour in 1980. Raised alone by Escovedo who was also a member of Richie’s band, little Nicole spent most of her time on the backstage and studio since her father often took her along by his side.
As Richie gradually grew a deep affection toward Nicole, the three-years-old girl was taken to live with this famous musician and his first wife, Brenda Harvey, under Escovedo’s approval. She was legally adopted at the age of nine by the couple for …(READ MORE)
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Maya Rudolph is an American film and television actress. She is the daughter of producer Richard “Dick” Rudolph and soul and R&B singer Minnie Riperton. Maya’s mother died when Maya was seven years old.
Maya’s father is Jewish (from a family from Russia, Germany, and Hungary). Maya’s mother was African-American.
While working on Saturday Night Live, Rudolph’s ability to deliver countless accents and change her looks with the switch of a wig, allowed her to play an unusually wide range of ethnicities on the show. During her seven years on the show she portrayed characters that were white, black, Asian, Latina as well as people of mixed cultural backgrounds. Some of her most memorable impressions include Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton, Donatella Versace, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Liza Minnelli.
Theo James complexion oozes with a creamy cafe colored mix, a bit of divergent look for a Brit. The British actor was born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. His real last name reflects his Greek ancestry. His body is chiseled like a Greek statue. However, despite his somewhat dark good looks he is mostly Scottish and British.
The actor has appeared on television series and stars in the movie Divergent. Expect two more films in the Divergent series.
Ming-Na Wen has been acting for a long time from the small screen to the big screen but Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD has propelled her TV stardom. She actress was born on the island of Coloane Island, Macau located 40 miles from Hong Kong. As a toddler she was move to New York with her mother. After a few years her mother met and married Soo Lim Yee. His family owns a restaurant in Pittsburg called the Chinatown Inn.
A Few more Interesting Facts
- Chosen by Goldsea Asian-American Daily as one of the “100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time” (ranked #49).
- One of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2008).
- Speaks Mandarin
Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu. He is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette “Bernie” San Pedro Bayot (died June 1, 2013). His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) descent, and is originally fromBrooklyn, New York. Mars’ mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and was of Filipino, and some Spanish, descent. His parents met while performing in a show, where his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed “Bruno” by his father, because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.
In an interview with Just Jared, Bruno Mars discussed some of his favorite food and about his cooking skills:
JJ: Growing up, did your mom cook for you? What was your favorite Puerto Rican food, Filipino food?
Chicken Adobo of course. My father’s mom would make this thing called Spanish Rice. It’s yellow rice with olives, peppers and a whole bunch of other stuff.
JJ: Do you cook yourself?
BM: A little bit. I can get down. I can make pop tarts. (laughs) Actually I can. I learned a lot from my mom.
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To hear her Lupita’s first name some may recognize it’s Spanish origin and that her last name Nyongo denotes her African heritage. Currently, the 12 Years a Slave star is one of Hollywood’s “It girls.” Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, Mexico where her family were political refugees. It is traditional to name a child after the events of the day, so her parents decided to give her a Mexican first name. She is the second of six children.
Nyong’o’s parents are Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a politician. She is of Luo descent. Peter was the former Kenyan Minister for Medical Services. At the time of Lupita’s birth, he was a visiting lecturer in political science. He was elected in 2013 to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate. Her cousinIsis Nyong’o was named one of Africa’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine in 2012.
Nyong’o moved back to Kenya when she was less than one year old, when her father was hired as a professor at the University of Nairobi. At age sixteen, her parents sent her back to Mexico for a few months to learn Spanish
Check out her moving Critic’s Choice Award Speech
When “New Girl” came on the scene. Everyone was curious of about the new girl actress, Hannah Simone. The sitcom even decided to address the issue of her physical question mark of ethnicity. The beautiful actress said in an interview with openchest.com:
“I’m a multi-ethnic person so I think most people are surprised by any part of the puzzle. My father is Indian, my mother is half German-Italian and half Greek-Cypriot. More people are surprised by where I grew up! Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, India, England and Canada isn’t a normal answer to that question. Being raised as someone who is multicultural and multi-ethnic has been the greatest gift to me.”