Privy+ Perk: The Montage Hotel, Classic Hollywood as...

With neighbors like Mr. Louis Vuitton and Ms. Chanel, a private primping pad for A-list clientele before awards shows, and a super-hidden, exclusive lounge that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt recently...

Privy+ Perk: Hotel LFK is the jetset haunt for...

Situated in the heart of the city�s de facto party district, Lan Kwai Fong, this �ber-mod property is a see and be seen jetset haunt for the hip and fabulous in Hong Kong. Although plenty come here for the...

Linsanity Red Carpet Hollywood Premiere Recap

Pick your favorite: Lin Your Face! May the Best Man Lin. Amasian!
Back in February 2012, puns had never made bigger headlines just as Jeremy Lin...

Privy Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness with...

Here at Privy, we make it our mission to build a better and more connected community. Even more wonderful if we can put an incredible, fun spin on it. That�s just what we did last Friday at our...

Privy Interviews Tokyo-based Fashion Model Melody...

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Melody Yoko Reilly is an American-Japanese model currently working in Tokyo, Japan, as a fashion model and TV personality. She graces the cover and pages of...

Kim Nam Gil is Korea's "Secret Weapon"

Kim Nam Gil is in it for the long game. He has survived far longer than many actors who started in Korean dramas, quick flashes of pretty boy smiles, a few fan girl sites, and they disappear, a disposable...

Privy Celebrates 20 Years of APEX in Downtown L.A.

It�s been 20 years since a very young Stephen Liu, Privy�s own CEO, founded the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX). Today, it is one of the largest, if not the largest, Asian-American organizations in...

Amidst America�s Most Expensive Home - UNICEF...

The driveway seemed to stretch before us for miles. The tightly manicured hedges on either side of us led Privy towards the front steps of one of the most famed and valuable estates, not only in America, but...


A Monster of a Good Time for a Good Cause

Tag: Privy Causes, Los Angeles, Privy Events

Privy Circle hosted the Monster Masquerade Ball at the swanky new downtown Los Angeles hotspot, The Reserve. Converted from a real prohibition-era bank vault, the sophisticated nightclub intertwines old-school distinction with modern decadence. Privy guests were treated to a special private grand opening of the Reserve, the eve before Halloween.

The Homecoming of Transpacific Star Daniel Wu

  • by Privy Editor
  • 11/13/2015
Tag: Hong Kong, Daniel Wu, Privy Interview

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.

Host of Asia’s Amazing Race Allan Wu is Jetsetting Around the World

  • by Privy Editor
  • 10/22/2015
Tag: Allan Wu, Privy Interview

Occupation: TV Personality, Actor, Model

Based in: Singapore

Last Education: University of California, Berkeley


Allan Wu is the globetrotting fitness guru that you see hosting Asia’s Amazing Race. He has said on multiple occasions that he’s never not had abs, although he professes only 7 are visible.

And although traversing around the world is hard work, he manages to keep grounded whenever he’s back home in Singapore, where he’s absolutely devoted to his two children.

Though he’s a natural at hosting, Wu’s first career wasn’t in the entertainment industry. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley as a pre-med major, and worked for several years in the biotechnology industry. An accident - he’ll elaborate in the interview - made him reassess his life and career path.

Lawrence Ng: an Entrepreneur Who Sees and Seizes Opportunities

  • by Privy Editor
  • 9/11/2015

Occupation: Entrepreneur, Investor

Based in: Taipei

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. For entrepreneurs, starting up an internet-based company wasn’t an attractive prospect.

But Lawrence Ng 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 of the dot-com collapse).

Model Hannah Jun Shares Inspiring Words

  • by Privy Concierge
  • 9/02/2015

Occupation: Model, Actress

Based in: Los Angeles

Last Education: University of California, Los Angeles


Hannah Jun is a Hawaiian native who has been modeling since graduating from UCLA, where she holds degrees in sociology and theater. She has been in numerous commercial and print campaigns, for both the national and international markets.

Dr. Lin, a respected orthopaedic surgeon in Arcadia, California, was once upon a time a celebrity rapper in Taiwan, part of the wildly popular hip-hop group known as L.A. Boyz.

She was featured in this year’s viral BuzzFeed video, “Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History,” representing the ideal body type during the Han Dynasty.

An Interview with Model Turned Entrepreneurial Maven, Misa Chien

  • by Privy Editor
  • 6/19/2015
Tag: Los Angeles, Privy Interview, Misa Chien

Occupation: Entrepreneur, Former Model

Based in: San Francisco

Last Education: University of California, Los Angeles

It started with a bánh mì sandwich.

Like any good entrepreneur, Misa Chien, the former co-owner of Nom Nom Truck, which specializes in those pork and picked veggie baguette sandwiches, would frequently check online reviews for her business. But when Chien couldn’t match the feedback—positive or negative—to her employees, she wondered why anyone hadn’t designed a way for patrons to leave employee-specific reviews. So with the former model’s customary pluck, she did it herself.

Privy Helps Raise $5K for Nepal with Drinks ‘n’ Chatter

Tag: Los Angeles, Nepal Earthquake, Privy Event

Ferrazzi house

We were all devastated to learn about the earthquake that struck Nepal in April. The national disaster echoed other recent tragedies that were close to us, bringing to mind the catastrophic earthquakes of Japan and China. So last month, Privy threw another one of its cocktail fundraisers, Drinks ‘n’ Chatter (DnC), at Ebanos Crossing in Downtown LA to help raise money for International Medical Corps (IMC), to fund their mobile medical units on the ground in Nepal.

Jenny Wu: A Good, Bad, & Fab Woman

  • by Privy Concierge
  • 4/02/2015
Tag: Jenny Wu

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Jenny Wu is a force to be reckoned with. So much, in fact, that the Privy member, fashion lawyer and blogger of good, bad, & fab  was eyed by CBS and subsequently cast on The Amazing Race. This season, The Amazing Race has put a hefty spin on the usual partner dynamic that so many of its viewers identify with today: each contestant on the show is set up with a random partner of the opposite gender. The gorgeous and intelligent fashionista flexed some serious muscle this season by roughing it out in different challenges and navigating difficult communication with her teammate.

We had the privilege of interviewing this good, bad, and fab woman about her life leading up to this monumental moment on national television, her thoughts on love and dating, and what she’s up to next:

Gallery ALL: An Artistic Fusion of East Meets West

  • by Privy Editor
  • 3/27/2015
Tag: Los Angeles, Gallery All, Art

Gallery All

Gallery ALL isn’t your typical art gallery. East meets West in a unique art setting, and with one location in Los Angeles and a second in Beijing, Gallery ALL introduces Chinese and international artists to a steady stream of curators, artists and designers through special events that highlight art and design. The founders of Gallery ALL personally select and showcase the talents of Chinese art both in Beijing and abroad, and recently held an event featuring designs by Naihan Li and Zhoujie Zhang.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with two of the creative minds behind Gallery ALL: Co-Founder Yu Wang, an architect/designer and real estate developer (who founded the gallery with business partner Qingyun Ma, an internationally renowned architect and Dean at the USC School of Architecture), as well as Xiao Lu, the gallery's Managing Partner who is an expert in international PR and marketing. Yu Wang and Xiao Lu took time out from jet-setting between the LA and Beijing spaces to talk with Privy about their inspiration, recent events, artists, and the difference between the L.A. and Beijing art scenes.

10 Reasons Why Koreans are the Irish of Asia

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  • by Privy Editor
  • 3/16/2015
Tag: Irish of the Orient, Ireland, Korea, Apollo 13, Irish Car Bomb, St. Patrick's Day, Kiss Me I'm Irish, Irish of Asia, boilermaker


If you type the word “Ireland” in Google, you’re likely to a find a flurry of leprechauns, red heads, and four leaf clovers. If instead you type “Korea” then you’ll stumble across images of K-Pop idols, Samsung phones, and fermented cabbage. So why on earth would anyone include the words Irish and Korean in the same sentence? These seemingly distinct and distant countries have more in common than you think. From their turbulent countries, to the love of booze, and all the way to their delectable pancakes, Ireland and South Korea are alike in more ways than one.

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