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APR 4, 2017

Top Chef's Molecular Food Meets the Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Vehicle

By Bonnie He



The future is here. And Privy Circle was in the driver's seat, celebrating the launch of the Toyota Mirai with Top Chef winner Mei Lin.


Over two weekends in March, Privy Circle guests were given an exciting preview of the 2017 Toyota Mirai, and they experienced this with a complimentary tasting event, Table with Top Chef Mei Lin by Privy Circle x Toyota.

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APR 3, 2017

Jason Y. Lee is Changing the World, One Video at a Time at Jubilee Project

By Bonnie He


Occupation: Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker

Based in: Los Angeles

Last Education: The University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School


Jason Y. Lee could have had a lucrative career in finance. He started as a summer intern for the U.S. Department of Treasury while attending the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, and after graduation, he worked as a financial consultant at Bain & Company.


Instead, he chose the road less traveled: helping others in need. When the 2010 Haitian earthquake devastated an estimated 3 million people, Lee wanted to contribute to the relief effort.

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NOV 23, 2016

Chinese-Born YuanYuan Tan Became the Most Recognized Asian Ballerina in the World Because of Five Cents

By Bonnie He

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Occupation: Prima Ballerina

Based in: San Francisco

Last Education: Saint Mary's College

 

A game of heads or tails changed YuanYuan Tan’s life forever.

At the age of 11, YuanYuan was scouted and invited to audition for Shanghai Dance School. Her father, an engineer, wanted YuanYuan to either follow in his footsteps or become a doctor, so he didn’t think she should go. Her mother, however, had dreamed of becoming a dancer herself when she was younger, so she secretly took her daughter to the audition.

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OCT 22, 2016

A Night at the Gallery - Privy Circle x City of Hope x Lexus Collaborate for Fashion.Art.Music. Benefit for Asian Breast Cancer Awareness

By Bonnie He

A Night at the Gallery-Asian Breast Cancer Awareness

They say it is better to give than to receive, and last Saturday, Privy Circle was at its best.

For one night only on Saturday, October 15th, Privy Circle, in conjunction with City of Hope, hosted “LEXUS NIGHT AT THE GALLERY,” a Fashion.Art.Music benefit to raise money for the National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative (NABCI). Privy Circle was able to raise over $12K for NABCI! In addition, we helped raise an addition $8K for City of Hope, thanks to a considerable donation from the Synn family

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JUL 21, 2016

From 'L Word' to 'X-Men': Mei Melançon's Journey from Asia to Hollywood

By Bonnie He


Occupation: Actress, Writer, Former Model

Based in: Los Angeles

Last Education: Larry Moss and Nancy Banks

 

It’s any wonder that Mei Melançon is so eclectic. She’s of Chinese, Japanese and French descent, was born in the Philippines, grew up in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and moved to the United States in her early teens.

During Melançon’s cross-border upbringing, her mother taught her how to play guitar, and she started touring around Asia in a children’s band called Blossoms at the young age of 5.

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JUN 22, 2016

How Lawrence Ng Built a $200M Company Before He Turned 30

By Stephen Liu

Lawrence Ng Privy Profile Interview Cover Photo

Occupation: Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

Based in: Taipei, Los Angeles

Last Education: University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

 

When others retreat, Lawrence Ng fearlessly advances - and gets results.

When the dot-com bubble collapsed in 2000, investors quickly fled the wreckage. At that time, building an internet-based company wasn’t an attractive prospect.

Lawrence Ng, however, wasn't deterred. He understood how to convert internet traffic into profit, using the search engine optimization and marketing strategies he learned at his previous job at Smartpath (one of the victims in the dot-com collapse).

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JUN 1, 2016

Jason Wang Rules a Xi'an Empire

By Stephen Liu

Occupation: Restaurateur

Based in: New York

Last Education: International Culinary Center (Formerly French Culinary Institute)

 

It takes hard work to run an empire. And Jason Wang has a large one, at that. He’s the CEO and President of Xi’an Famous Foods, a New York City Chinese fast-food chain that currently has 11 locations - and expanding - in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Xi’an Famous Foods has quickly become iconic for its fast, hip, and inexpensive Xi’an fare, with its famed lamb burger starting at just $3.50!

One of those locations is Biang!, an upscale version of the Xi’an brand, named after the sound the noodles make when the dough is slapped against the counter. Just this year, Biang! became a no-tipping establishment, instead giving its employees a wage increase and 15% of the revenue share.

In 2017, Xi’an Famous Foods will have a coveted spot in the upcoming Bourdain Market, a mega food hall by Anthony Bourdain, opening on Pier 57 in Manhattan, fashioned after Singapore’s famed hawker centres.

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MAY 18, 2016

For Toni Ko, Perversion Lies in the Eye of the Beholder

By Bonnie He

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Occupation: Serial Entrepreneur

Based in: Los Angeles

Languages Spoken: English, Korean

 

L'Oreal thought Toni Ko was worth it.

In 2014, the internationally renowned cosmetics company acquired Ko's beauty powerhouse NYX for a rumored $500 million dollars, enough for a lifetime of sipping margaritas at the beach, if Ko had chosen to coast into an early retirement.

But ambitious Ko, who founded NYX at age 25 and established her makeup line as one of the most highly regarded beauty brands in the industry, craved a new reason to drive herself up every morning. Her unique skill set is undoubtedly bridging the gap between high quality products and low price points. So the innovator immediately dove into Round 2.

And PERVERSE was born.

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JAN 6, 2016

Privy’s 7th Annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, 2016 Edition

By Privy Concierge

Privy Rockin' Eve 2016

Privy swung into 2016 with full ferocity.

Privy had a thriving 2015, so we are all excited about what ambitious milestones are inevitably in store for 2016 - and we have the inside scoop that Privy is revealing first-class surprises in the new year! Last year, we hosted elaborate Rémy Martin and Hennessy Tasting Dinners, a Perfect Pairs Wine Dinner with event partner Chase, a Drinks ‘n’ Chatter night benefiting Nepal's devastating earthquake, a sophisticated Mooncake and Tea Pairing in San Francisco, a Halloween Monster Masquerade Ball benefiting the National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative, a Charity Poker Event hosted by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, and a special night of Bach at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was only fitting that Privy ended 2015 with a night of gold-and-white-themed splendor.

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NOV 13, 2015

The Homecoming of Transpacific Star Daniel Wu

By Bonnie He

Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director

Based in: Hong Kong, California

Last Education: University of Oregon

 

Daniel Wu chanced upon the Hollywood Dream overseas.

Born and raised in Northern California, Chinese American Wu originally went to Hong Kong in 1997 to witness the British handover back to China - and ended up having a successful film career in Asia for two decades. His foray into the industry was completely accidental. Wu was literally discovered, with no prior acting or Cantonese-language experience (he graduated with an architecture degree and grew up speaking Mandarin and Shanghainese), and thrust headlong into his first movie, “Bishonen,” as the lead.