Entertainment is the draw for viewers in the online video world of YouTube. Education, not so much.
The top 4 Asian Americans on YouTube were recently listed over at sublimesilence:
- youtube.com/nigahiga : Ryan Higa (et al) is Japanese-American comedian (Hilo, Hawaii). Stats: #1 Most Subscribed; 301M total views. (cf. 8asians)
- youtube.com/davidchoimusic : David Yong Choi is a Korean American musician (Orange County, California). Stats: #16 Most Subscribed Musician; 55M views.
- youtube.com/kevjumba : Kevin Wu is a Chinese American comedian (San Francisco). Stats: #10 Most Subscribed; 82M views. Plus, he’s donated all ad money via his youtube.com/JumbaFund, to charity, i.e. $1,708.51 in May 2009.
- youtube.com/happyslip : Christine Gambito is a Filipino–American comedian. Stats: #26 Most Subscribed; 68M views.
3 of the above are noted as comedians. 1 is a musician. Hmmm.
- youtube.com/thewinekone : Tony Huygen [#12 Most Subscribed in Canada; 23M views]
- youtube.com/TimothyDeLaGhetto2 : Timothy DeLaGhetto [#25 Most Subscribed @ Comedians; 75M views]
- youtube.com/wongfuproductions :
Wesley Chan, Ted Fu and Philip Wang of Wong Fu Productions [15M views]
- youtube.com/lilcdawg : Cathy Nguyen
- youtube.com/gunnarolla : Gunnarolla
- youtube.com/kinagrannis : Kina Grannis
For this blog’s theme about the collision of Asian American culture and faith, these YouTube influentials are part of our pop culture. As this sfgate.com article describes it: “… in the media that his generation cares about most, Asian Americans aren’t behind the curve – they’re ahead of the game.”
What do these videos and stats suggest about the viewers?