NOV 17, 2017

Kpop Star Hyolyn (Sistar) Performs at M8 Prelaunch Event #HiteJinroCarnival

By Bonnie He

Privy Circle x M8 recently produced the HiteJinro Halloween Carnival at venerable El Rey Theatre, featuring former Sistar lead, Hyolyn, and DJ rapper Kero One. YouTube personality and rapper DANakaDAN emceed the packed 600-person event which also served as M8’s pre-launch party for its upcoming iOS app release.  Brought to you by Privy Circle, M8 is human-powered relationship matchmaking platform - think of it as a Kickstarter for your dating life except the goal is help you find love. Recently featured on TechCrunch, you can signup for launch here.


NOV 16, 2017

After He Quit Acting, Chin Han Became the Most Successful Singaporean Actor in Hollywood

By Bonnie He

Occupation: Actor

Based in: Los Angeles

Hometown: Singapore

Some actors are too talented to be kept off-screen.

Singapore native Chin Han has had a love affair with films since he was a child. As early as the age of 6, his only birthday wish was to be taken to the movies.

Throughout university, he’d spend every free moment - and would sometimes even skip classes - getting involved in theatrical plays. He still graduated with degrees in both economics and linguistics to oblige his parents.

Chin Han still remembers the first check he ever received for acting: playing a role in the Molière play, “The School for Wives.” It was a thrill for him to bring that first paycheck to the bank. Shortly after he graduated, he booked his first TV role, and continued to work steadily in TV for years - until he suddenly didn’t love it anymore. Wanting to leave roles open for actors who were still passionate about acting, he quit. For 8 years.


APR 4, 2017

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

By bonnie

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.


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.


NOV 23, 2016

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

By Bonnie He


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.


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


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.


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).


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.


MAY 18, 2016

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

By Bonnie He


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.