We have some notable up and comers in the Asian American community.

They are AAPIs who have long drawn the attention of their own community, but are now being recognized by the general public as well.

The 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Hollywood & Entertainment features Ryan Higa, Asian American actor and YouTube comedian with over 18 million subscribers on his channel, nigahiga. Despite its briefness, his bio on the Forbes website speaks volumes for the Asian American and YouTube communities. A prominent figure also on the Forbes list is fellow YouTuber Tyler Oakley, who uses his fame to advocate for LGBT rights.

Reflecting on the past several years, there has been a noticeable rise in the popularity of Asian Americans on YouTube, as people of color turn to this community in order to find creative outlets they aren’t given in mainstream media. As Hollywood continues to face its many issues of lack of representation of POC, we see an explosion of diversity on smaller platforms like YouTube.

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