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2/18/2009 -- It's no secret: Asian-Americans have talent. Hollywood knows it, too, and fans of these celebrities who share part of their cultural identity, upon seeing and hearing that one of their own is making it BIG in the world of entertainment develop a sense of pride for their culture.

Here's a list of several Asian-Americans to watch out for.

1. Gina Hiraizumi - Is there anything this Asian-American actress/model/singer can't do? Having been able to carry her own in terms of acting, Gina Hiraizumi has film credits that includes work from Academy Award-winning director, Chris Tashima. Her next release will be an international feature, by renowned Cambodian director, Sam Lorn. She has recently released her first single for Japan, "Unmei No Ai," which stars a celebrity cameo appearance by Jason Scott Lee. This, coupled with her passion for children's charities can only mean that her growing fanbase that spans Japan, Hawaii and the Asian-American market in the states are signs that she's someone to watch out for.

2. John Cho - Starting off as a print model for Korean magazines, Asian-American actor John Cho quickly gained our attention by his small role in the movie American Pie. From there he went on to appear in several other movies until he hit his most successful starring role as Harold Lee in the Harold and Kumar films. He has just finished shooting his role as helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the upcoming Star Trek movie, which should guarantee a greater degree of exposure for this talented young actor.

3. Vanessa Hudgens - Best known for her roles in the High School musical movies, half-American/half-Filipino actress and singer is proving that she'll be able to become bigger than her Disney mold. Having made her big-screen debut 3 years before the High School Musical movies, she now has several film offers and a blossoming music career to look forward to.

4. Maggie Q - A former fashion model, this Hawaii-raised Asian-American actress has a lot of big projects to appear in. Initially gaining fame in Hong Kong, she has been hand-picked to appear in the last Mission: Impossible movie to big praise. While in some of her films, she has portrayed the "tough" girl appeal, she has also shown her fans her versatility by appearing in the comedy, Balls of Fury and as Cao Ying, in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, her first ancient Chinese costume performance.

5. Cassie - At age nineteen, Cassandra Ventura made a splash debut as a model, represented by Wilhelmina Models. At age twenty, she has captured several top positions in the musical hit charts because of her song, "Me & U." Fresh out of high school, this Asian-American singer/model still has a long way to go. But looking at her credentials, it's easy to see the raw potential of greatness. She is currently working on her sophomore album, to be released February this year.

Don't be surprised that in the near future, these Asian-American celebrities will be the talk of the Entertainment industry.

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