14 Celebs You Didn't Realize Are Asian

There's this awful stereotype about "all Asian people looking the same."  Aside from that being offensive, it's also very dumb. It makes zero sense to generalize something about every single person in such a large group of people. Even though most people are smart enough to realize that, there are plenty of others who get caught up in the stereotype.

We all know that old adage, "you can't judge a book by its cover." It's an expression for a reason and it applies in this instance. With that said, there are actually a lot of famous people that you didn't realize are actually Asian. Not everyone from Asian decent has dark hair and a certain eye shape. The word "Asian" implies a lot more than just that stereotype.

Asia is a continent full of countries with diverse looks and cultures and that is why you probably didn't notice that some of your favorite celebrities are of Asian descent. There are plenty of Asian celebrities that have blonde hair and blue eyes. There are also a lot of famous people with American names or names with other cultural origins so you might not have realized that they are actually Asian. Plus, a lot of stars actually go by stage names that they chose themselves so that can be a little misleading.

Nevertheless, there is more to a culture than embodying one particular stereotype. There are a lot of celebrities that you would be surprised to know are of Asian descent and this just goes to show us all that it's never a good idea to assume anything about anyone.

Open up your mind and check out this list of celebrities that you probably didn't know are Asian. I bet a lot of the names will surprise you.

14 Vanessa Hudgens

13 Freddie Mercury


12 The Rock

11 Tyga

10 Ne-Yo

9 Eddie Van Halen

8 Naomi Campbell

7 Michelle Branch

6 Adriana Lima

5 Enrique Iglesias

4 Nicole Scherzinger

3 Bruno Mars

2 Fred Armisen

1 Keanu Reeves

With a name like Keanu Reeves, I don't really know what to make of things, but I guess it does make sense for him to be Asian and the more I look at him, the more I see it. Keanu Reeves is actually part Chinese.

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty shocked by most of the names on this list. This just goes to show you that you can't get by making assumptions based on hair color, last name, or really anything else.


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