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CELEBS YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE ASIAN

Nicole Scherzinger BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-MUSIC-BRIT-AWARDSAmerica’s strength comes from its diversity, and some of the country’s most prominent celebrity figures have incredibly diverse ethnic backgrounds–even though you might not know it. So embrace the melting pot, and climb up into these celebrity’s eclectic family trees–and you might discover that their history, talent, and beauty comes from all over the world–in this case, Asia.

15. Nicole Scherzinger

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US singer and television personality Nicole Scherzinger poses on the red carpet arriving at the BRIT Awards 2014 in London on February 19, 2014. (Photo by ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
Often regarded as one of the sexiest singers to grace the American stage, Pussycat Dollsfrontwoman Nicole Scherzinger was born in Hawaii by parents of mixed Filipino, Hawaiian, and Russian descent.

14. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods of the USA in action during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 2, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods refers to his ethnicity as “Cablinasian,” an abbreviated amalgamation of Caucasian, Black, American-Indian, and Asian.

13. Bruno Mars

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Recording artist Bruno Mars performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
Bruno Mars (birth name Peter Hernandez Jr.) was born in Hawaii to a father of Puerto Rican, Hungarian, and Ukranian descent and a Filipino mother. We knew those dance moves couldn’t have been local!

12. The Rock

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US actor Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ poses for pictures on the red carpet as he arrives for the ‘G I Joe: Retaliation’ UK film Premiere in central London on March 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo by ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock’s father is Black Nova Scotian (Canadian) and his mother is Samoan.

11. Ne-Yo

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Recording artist Ne-Yo attends the 2013 CNN Heroes at the American Museum of Natural History on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo was born in Arkansas to a family of musicians. While his father is only African-American, his mother is a mix of both African-American and Chinese-American descent.

10. Naomi Campbell

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Brtitish model Naomi Campbell poses during a photocall for the TV show ‘The Face’ as part of the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair on October 8, 2013 in Cannes, southeastern France. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Regarded as one of the world’s most renowned supermodels ever, it’s no surprise Naomi Campbell is a combination of Jamaican and Chinese descent.

9. Vanessa Hudgens

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Honoree Vanessa Hudgens attends the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards brought to you by Samsung Galaxy at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Variety)
Disney princess Vanessa Hudgens’ father is Irish, but her mother was born in the Philippines and is of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish descent–makes for a gorgeous combo!

8. Keanu Reeves

Host/producer Keanu Reeves speaks onstage during the 'Side by Side' panel at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Host/producer Keanu Reeves speaks onstage during the ‘Side by Side’ panel at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Keanu does know kung-fu. Ok, Matrix jokes aside, Keanu was born in Lebanon but his mix is one-quarter Chinese, one-quarter Hawaiian, and half-English. Did we mention that he’s from Canada?

7. Enrique Iglesias

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Recording artist Enrique Iglesias performs onstage during KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Staples Center on December 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
He may sing in Spanish a fair amount and be born out of Madrid, but Enrique Iglesias’ mother, María Isabel Preyler Arrastia is of Filipino descent–born into a Mestizo family in the Phillippines.

6. Rob Schneider

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Rob Schneider attend the 14th Annual Golden Trailer Awards at Saban Theatre on May 3, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Rob Schneider may have a Jewish father, but his mother Pilar, is of Filipino descent. Schneider takes so much pride in his Filipino heritage that he asked his mother to write a screenplay about her life in the Philippines so that one day he can produce her story.

5. Chad Michael Murray

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Actor Chad Michael Murray arrives to the premiere of ‘Cavemen’ at the ArcLight Cinemas on February 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Chad Michael Murray quickly became the obsession of most high school girls during the airing of TV’s One Tree Hill–but most people don’t know that the All-American hunk is actually 1/4 Japanese.

4. Kristen Kreuk

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Actress Kristen Kreuk arrives at Spike TV’s 2008 ‘Video Game Awards’ held at Sony Pictures’ Studios on December 14, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Spike TV)
When Kristen Kreuk made her first appearance on Smallville she was regarded as one of the most beautiful women on television. Her secret? She’s a combination of Dutch, Chinese, and Jamaican descent.

3. Dean Cain

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Actor Dean Cain attends Game Six of the Western Conference Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Born Dean George Tanaka–this is already clearer–the The New Adventures of Superman star is part Japanese, inherited from his paternal grandfather who was born in Japan.

2. Kirk Hammett

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Kirk Hammett of Metallica attends the ‘Metallica: Through The Never’ premiere at the Callao Cinema ME on October 9, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Lead guitarist of heavy metal rock band Metallica, you might be surprised to find out that Kirk Hammett is half Irish half Filipino.

1. Kimora Lee Simmons

Premiere Of Touchstone Pictures & Miramax Films' "The Tempest" - Arrivals
Television Personality Kimora Lee Simmons arrives at the premiere of Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films’ ‘The Tempest’ at the El Capitan Theatre on December 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Former model Kimora Lee Simmons was born in Missouri, but her Japanese mother was adopted by an American out of the Korean War.


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