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Before Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to a close, there are artists you should know about to keep the pride going. These artists have been on our playlist and we're here to share them with you. Check out the list below of rising APA artists to watch!

THUY: the Vietnamese singer-songwriter from the Bay Area is following her dreams as a soulful R&B artist inspired by the 90's era. After getting a glimpse of the music industry, she traded her pursuit in medicine and looked towards becoming a musician to inspire others.

ELLA JAY BASCO: the Filipino-Korean singer and actor who you may have seen in Birds of Prey is gearing up to release her upcoming album starting with the single, "Eye to Eye" and her latest release "Bubble Tea." She is also the niece of actors Dion and Dante Basco.

ASHLEY MEHTA: the Filipino-Indian R&B artist is starting to take the music scene by storm. She melds pop, R&B, hip hop and electronic music creating an ebullient, yet unique sound. Also from the Bay Area, Ashley takes pride in melding her music and cultures together.

KIYOMI: the Filipino-Japanese Bay Area born artist is a breath of fresh air with her music. The young artist has managed to rack up nearly 1 million plays across all digital streaming platforms with her sound filled with R&B, pop, and a sprinkle of your favorite genre.

BOHAN PHOENIX: born in China and immigrated to America at 11-years old, he was unable to speak English. When he found hip-hop, Bohan Phoenix was able to learn the language quickly by rapping along. Today, he meshes his cultures in his music by including both Mandarin and English lyrics to reflect his dual identity.

MIYACHI: New York based, Japanese-American rapper blends hip-hop sensibilities with East and West collaborating with Jay Park, Yameen, and more. His music takes aim at Asian-American stereotypes and flow it effortlessly over boom-bap and trap-laden instrumentals.

AUDREY NUNA: the New Jersey singer and rapper is best for her singles, "damn Right" and "Comic Sans" featuring Jack Harlow. Taking a break from NYU's Clive Davis Music Institute to focus on music, her sound can be described as a combination of the pop, R&B, rap, and trap genres.

LIKKLE JORDE: reggae artist from O'ahu Hawai'i is setting the tone for island music with his authentic sound. His love for reggae music started at an early age and since then crafted his own sound. He was recently nominated for an Island Music Award.

SATICA: the Cambodian-American singer and songwriter performs sleek pop music infused with electronic textures and R&B/soul. Her sound is influenced by Bon Iver, Lykke Li, Frank Ocean, and Panic! At the Disco. She's collaborated with Manilla Killa, AOBeats, BLKNZ, and Kiana V.

KELANDY: singer-songwriter from Honolulu, Hawai'i creates music inspired by a mix of Soul, Reggae, Pop, and Rock. His dynamic sound is matched with catchy lyrics, smooth voice, and island sounds.

ELI-MAC: Born in Makati, Philippines, Eli-Mac (Camile Velasco) and her family later moved to HaikuMaui, Hawaii. An American Idol alum, she's since then taking her music career as a solo artist.

ANA VEE: This female artist is bringing an emerging style of island music. Her hit song "HAWAII" has topped charts and became the #1 shazamed song in Honolulu. Her music reflects the idea of self-empowerment as a young women living life on her own terms.

McDonald’s is continuing to celebrate the beautifully diverse Asian Pacific American community. They're introducing #WeAreAPA – a digital photo series spotlighting the roles less traveled by Asian Pacific Americans. This new series is in partnership with Dear Asian Americans (DAA) podcast and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). They look at seven inspirational people and their stories. Included are two Filipino-Americans Mike Magpayo and Georgina Pazcoguin.

Mike Magpayo – he's the current head basketball coach of University of California, Riverside, and the first-ever Asian American Division 1 basketball head coach

Georgina Pazcoguin – a half-Filipina New York City Ballet dancer who is leading the charge to remove "yellow face" in ballet

“Every day at McDonald’s, we strive to uplift the communities of which we are a part... we’re honored to amplify these powerful stories that showcase the diversity and strength of our community.”

Jimmy Ferguson, an Austin, TX McDonald’s franchisee and chair of the Asian McDonald’s Operators Association (AMOA)

Other trailblazers' stories who are spotlighted include:

Up to three stories will be featured weekly on DAA’s Instagram throughout May, while CAAM’s social channels will post select content throughout May. Each feature will include a set of portraits that represent their story, and a complementary interview that will highlight life lessons and what it means to them to be APA today.

Photo Courtesy: Georgina Pazcoguin Facebook

“We’re excited to partner with McDonald’s to tell seven stories of perseverance that will inspire others and also show the strength of the APA community.”

Jerry Won, founder and host of Dear Asian Americans

Independent photojournalists Eric Lee and Emanuel Hahn, whose work has been featured in major national publications, captured each person and their story. Lee and Hahn’s personal ties to the APA community provided an authentic point of view that aided in capturing the complexity of each story.

As a company that serves diverse communities, McDonald’s is committed to celebrating and bringing awareness to important moments that reflect the communities we serve. McDonald’s has previously celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with APA Legacy, a series of public service announcements highlighting Asian-American changemakers, that aired nationally for more than seven years.

About McDonald’s USA Community Efforts
The McDonald’s #WeAreAPA is just one of many company initiatives created to connect with the communities McDonald’s serves. These efforts also include hosting webinars such as Classroom Convos, which focus on topics currently impacting Asian and Pacific Islander American students, the HACER® Education Tour, which provides information to navigate the college application process, the Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program, which pairs industry leaders with up-and-coming changemakers in the same fields, and the Archways to Opportunity program for restaurant crew which provides educational resources to eligible employees at participating U.S. restaurants. Together, with franchisees, we are creating opportunities to feed and foster our communities. 

About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to nearly 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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