By day, I work a typical corporate job. But by night, I entertain thousands of people with my original songs, amusing parodies, and catchy song mashups.
Who are you?
My name is Jenton Lee and I am a 2nd generation Taiwanese American. I was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and lived the first 15 years of my life not knowing much about Taiwanese culture, or even Asian culture for that matter. After moving to California, I learned to appreciate my heritage and my background (Not to mention all the delicious Asian foods that I was exposed to for the first time!) I also discovered my passion for songwriting. So what seemed at first to be a horrible uprooting of my life in Pennsylvania, became a wonderful opportunity of self-discovery and growth!
What do you do?
By day, I work a typical corporate job. But by night, I entertain thousands of people with my original songs, amusing parodies, and catchy song mashups. I have been uploading a video to YouTube almost every week since July 2008, and since then, have attracted over 2400 subscribers, and almost 900,000 video views. Songwriting has always been a very personal and satisfying endeavor to me, but being able to share my passion with people all over the world has become such a rewarding experience.
Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?
As a 2nd generation Taiwanese American, I am extremely proud of my heritage. I have listened to stories about my father’s family’s struggles with the KMT, and my parents’ brave journey in starting a brand new life in America. I have heard many similar stories from my other Taiwanese friends as well, and I am awe-inspired by the courage and the tenacity that our ancestry summoned in order to put me and my fellow Taiwanese Americans where we are today. To better understand where we are going in the future, I feel that we must understand and appreciate our past and where we came from. That is why I am proud to be of Taiwanese Heritage.
What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?
The future of Taiwanese America to me, would be not only seeing more Taiwanese Americans in mainstream American media, but also having that be such a commonplace event, that no one really thinks twice about seeing a Taiwanese American (or an Asian for that matter) on TV, Film, or Radio.
Any additional information you would like to share?
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