Iconic Asians with Dina Yuen is a groundbreaking television series that showcases a day in the life of an influential Asian person in a format that combines the best of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and The Oprah Show. Featuring celebrity chefs to global CEOs, politicians, musicians, celebrated athletes and human rights activists, we discover never-before-seen aspects of these Iconic Asians whose life stories inspire us all.
From discovering how the Berkeley riots brought Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to tears to why bestselling violinist Sarah Chang refuses plastic surgery to how The Hangover villain Ken Jeong segued from real life physician to Hollywood star, I share with you an in-depth look into each of these Iconic Asians' lives and success stories.
WHY YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
Your contribution will help me bring the next few episodes (beyond the pilot) of Iconic Asians to Hollywood executives I've been in talks with, while also proving to them that there is a substantial market for an intelligent and entertaining show that brings to light the lives and contributions of influential Asians.
Your support ultimately means that you get to change the world by inspiring generations of Asians who will now have a show that features their role models.
Iconic Asians with Dina Yuen shows Asians (particularly children and young adults) around the world that there are ways to become what they dream of and pull themselves out of extreme poverty, slavery and prostitution, just as some of their idols have done.
WHY I'M HOSTING THIS SHOW
My background spanning seven industries (industrial engineer, trained chef, musician, author, consultant, web designer and entrepreneur), allows me to establish a unique rapport with each Iconic Asian. At 12 years old, I was the youngest to have attended the Nila Chandra Culinary Academy and later went on to become a cookbook author who can now chop and sauté with culinary celebrities like Master Chef's Vikas Khanna. I started my first company at 21 years old, an experience that gives me profound insight into Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi's challenges in being a female leader. These days, my fans also look to me for tips on skincare and fashion- a theme that encourages me to chat with Jason Wu about his couture designs for First Lady Michelle Obama.
Through my website's People Features and my upcoming book (Iconic Asian Americans), I have an established voice as a journalist focusing on Asian subjects with direct access to many of the Iconic Asians in America and around the world.
Pictured Above (left to right, top to bottom):
Dina with World Renowned Pianist Yundi Li
Dina with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
Dina b/w Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern and Celebrity Chef Alexander Ong
Dina b/w Phil Jaber (Founder of Philz Coffee) and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
While your financial contribution is greatly appreciated, you can also help by spreading the word about Iconic Asians to your family, friends and networks. Every voice matters to prove to Hollywood executives that it's time for change.
SOME OF THE ICONIC ASIANS I'D FEATURE
Pictured Above- Comedian Margaret Cho and Bollywood Superstar Rahul Khanna
Pictured Above- His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Photo credit: Tenzin Choejor)
Pictured Above- International Superstar Jackie Chan and Billionaire Lakshmi Mittal (Arcelor Mittal)
Pictured Above- Award Winning Author Anjali Banerjee and Master Chef's Globally Acclaimed Vikas Khanna (Chef/Owner of Michelin Starred Junoon NY)
Pictured Above- World Famous Chef Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook) and Highly Acclaimed Chef Alexander Ong
Pictured Above- Award Winning Author Arjun Basu and Hollywood Actor Brian Hirono