waves_of_light (waves_of_light) wrote in omonatheydidnt,

Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia featuring Eric Nam, Jessica, Sam Okyere, & Jay Park

Eric Nam, 28, South Korea

Korean-American singer Eric Nam is one of the most recognized names and faces in Korea's entertainment industry today. Named one of GQ Korea's "Men of the Year" for 2016, Eric not only sings but hosts multiple TV shows and is the go-to for International collaborations and interviews. He's worked with names such as Timbaland, fellow Forbes 30 Under 30 singer Gallant, and most recently interviewed Emma Watson, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne, to name a few. Nam was also the founding director Kollaboration's Boston chapter, a nonprofit that promotes Asian-American talents across the U.S.

Jessica Jung, 27, South Korea

Jung, a South Korean singer, actor and designer, released her debut solo album "With Love J" in May 2016. An instant hit, it topped Korean charts and reached to 20 in Japan and the world. She started her career as a singer with the Kpop group Girls' Generation leaving it in 2014 - the same year she launched her fashion line Blanc & Eclare with her partner. Jung wears many hats - she played Elle Woods in the Korean musical theater adaptation of 'Legally Blonde'. She's one of 10 most-followed Kpop stars on Instagram.

Samuel Okyere, 25, South Korea

Considered one of the most influential foreign entertainers in Korean show business, Okyere works to bridge the gap between Korea and Africa and change local misconceptions about Africans in general. Working his way up from exchange student to a regular panelist on a popular variety show, Okyere gained fame for his wit, joviality and expressiveness of his points of view. He also helped open a school in his native Ghana and cofounded a campaign to connect cultures through food and fashion, designing t-shirts with illustrations fusing dishes from Korea and Africa.

Jay Park, 29, South Korea

Park is a Korean-American performer, and founder of the independent Korean hip hop label AOMG. A multi-platinum selling artist in South Korea, Park has performed with top acts such as Justin Beiber, Jason Mraz and Ne-Yo. He rose to prominence as a member of South Korean boy band 2PM and counts actor Will Smith among his fans. In 2017, Park was named Artist of the Year at the Korean Hip Hop Awards and Musician of the Year at the Korean Music Awards.

The full list of 30 Under 30 Asia can be found here.

Tags: eric nam, jay park, jessica, sam okyere
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