Born In: Houston, Texas, United States
Kevin Wu a.k.a Kev Jumba, as he is popularly known on social media, is an Asian-American celebrity YouTuber of Taiwanese origin. He is a vlogger, blogger, comedian, writer, actor, humanitarian, and social activist, all rolled into one! His YouTube channel named ‘Kev’ (previously ‘KevJumba’) earned him millions of fans and followers within a short period of time. His hilarious video 'I have to deal with Stereotypes', earned him instant recognition as a comedian who seemed to identify himself with the audience. Unlike the conventional multi-talented celebrities who are primarily after money and fame, he channels his traits to raise funds for the impoverished classes. In 2008, he launched another YouTube channel named ‘JumbaFund’ solely for philanthropic interests. He also gained huge applause for his roles in movies like ‘Hang Loose’ (2012), ‘Rock Jocks’ (2012), ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’ (2014), and ‘Man-Up’ (2015).
Also Known As: KevJumba
father: Michael Wu
siblings: Kelly Wu
Born Country: United States
City: Houston, Texas
U.S. State: Texas
Notable Alumni: University Of California, Davis (UC Davis)
education: University of California, Davis, Clements High School in Sugar Land
Kevin Wu dropped out from the University of California Davis in his sophomore year in order to pursue his video-making passion more seriously. During his high school days in 2007, he had started posting comical videos on his own YouTube channel 'KevJumba' on the mundane activities of an Asian-American teenager. His personal experiences of life resonated with many Asian and colored people. His most popular videos are 'I have to deal with Stereotypes', 'My Dad is Asian' and 'Butthash Hero'. These attracted millions of viewers within a very short period. In less than a year, his videos left American web series ‘Quarterlife’ way behind in rating, subscription, and viewership!
Sponsors like T-Mobile and J.C. Penney offered him lucrative commercial opportunities. He has also collaborated competently with many YouTube celebrities like Jessica Lee Rose (aka Lonelygirl15), Philip DeFranco, Ryan Higa (aka Nigahiga), Christine Gambito ( aka HappySlip) and others. In 2008, Kevin Wu was ranked ninth in The Top 10 Entertainer category by iStardom Inc. The HBOLab signed him for their web series 'Hooking Up' the same year. His fan following amplified immensely after that and today his fans include even celebrities like Jessica Alba, Baron Davis, and Ella Koon!
His quick rise to stardom even fascinated his father Michael Wu so much that he debuted in Wu's video 'I Love my Dad' and appeared in many others later on. In 2010, the father and son duo teamed up to participate in the reality TV show 'The Amazing Race' and ranked 7th. His fame and versatile qualities endowed him with acting opportunities in movies like ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons,’ ‘Man-Up’ and ‘Hang Loose.’
After a four year disappearance from YouTube, Kevin Wu finally came back in 2017 with a new video -- ' Youth Represent the World'. He has a Facebook following of 691k, Instagram following of 150k, and Twitter following of 385k in addition to the 2.69 million subscribers on YouTube.
Born on June 12, 1990, and up brought in Houston, Texas (US), Kevin Wu was like any normal kid in his childhood. His father, Michael Wu, a Chinese immigrant from Taiwan, is a software consultant by profession. Kevin has never disclosed anything about his mother. Kevin has a younger sister named Kelly Wu.
He completed his schooling from Clements High School, Sugarland, Texas in 2008. Being the son of a computer engineer, he developed a knack for web browsing during his high school days. He was enthralled by the stand-up comedy shows of comedian-actor Dave Chappelle. This intrigued him a lot and subsequently he started posting comedy videos on YouTube. The first one was about break-dancing in his backyard, which did not gain any attention. With time the themes and content of his vlogs gained in maturity, and from March 2007, onwards his channel started gaining attention. The famous Asian-American writer cum journalist Jeff yang of ‘San Francisco Chronicle’ praised Wu highly for his attributes.
In 2013, he disappeared from YouTube and social media completely due to some unknown reasons and resurfaced again in early 2017. He later revealed that he had met with a deadly car accident which almost killed him; he thankfully survived due to his father’s loving care. He talked about this in his YouTube video named 'Hope,' posted on March 15, 2017.
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