The New York Times ran an interesting piece a few days ago about Asian American musicians in popular culture (with references made to Harlemm Lee and Paul Kim, of Fame and American Idol, respectively) and their problems with breaking into the mainstream music industry. From the article:

But where is the Asian-American Justin Timberlake, Prince or Christina Aguilera?

Asked to name the most recognizable Asian-American pop solo singer today, older generations might say the Hawaiian singer Don Ho, but younger Asian-American artists agreed on one person: William Hung, the “American Idol” castoff who became an overnight sensation in 2004 for his off-key rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs.”

“By and large the music industry hasn’t done a great job cultivating Asian-American talent,” said Jon Caramanica, music editor at Vibe magazine. “Because there’s no significant tradition in the mainstream, it becomes that much harder to become that breakthrough artist.”

Oh, how I yearn for the day that William Hung is not mentioned in every article about Asian American musicians. Check out the rest of the article at the link below.

Asian-Americans – Music – New York Times