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Bizarro post! Who’s that Canadian (in Asia)?

Japan already has its first black Enka singer, Jero (who’s American) and Thelma Aoyama (born in Japan but is 1/4 Trinidadian).  Now comes Himeka who is an anime pop singer.  That in itself is nothing remarkable except that her real name is Catherine St-Onge who born in Quebec, developed a strong interest in anime and moved to Japan in 2008 to start a singing career in Japanese, her third language.

Check out this article and this other one for some interesting reading.

This reminds me of the TV personality Da Shan (real name: Mark Rowswell) whom most Canadians have probably never heard of.  Originally from Ottawa, he’s a big celebrity in China and speaks perfect standard mandarin.

Yet with all these examples of non-Asians being successful in Asia, racism is still prevalent as evidenced by Chinese netizens racist comments towards half African American, Lou Jing.


Longtime fan and reviewer of East Asian films. Formerly a short segment on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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