Nora Lum (June 2, 1988),known by the stage name Awkwafina, is an American rapperand actress. She showed up in the films Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. She has discharged two studio albums, Yellow Ranger and In Fina We Trust. Awkwafina first picked up prevalence for her tune “My Vag”, a reaction to Mickey Avalon’s “My Dick”. The music video collected more than three million perspectives on YouTube. Notable TV appearances include Girl Code, Future Man, and Saturday Night Live.
Lum was conceived in New York City to an ethnic Chinese American father, Wally, and a South Korean immigrant mother, a painter. She grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. One of her fatherly extraordinary granddads was a Chinese migrant during the 1940s who opened the Cantonese restaurant Lum’s in Flushing, Queens.Lum’s mom passed on when she was four, and she was raised and impacted vigorously by her fatherly grandmother.
Lum attended LaGuardia High School where she played the trumpet and was prepared in established and jazz music.At age 16, she received the stage name Awkwafina, “certainly an individual I stifled” and an alter ego to her “peaceful and increasingly inactive” identity amid her school years. Lum studied news coverage and ladies’ investigations at the State University of New York at Albany. From 2006 to 2008, Lum attended Beijing Language and Culture University in China, where she studied Mandarin.
Lum says Charles Bukowski, Anaïs Nin, Joan Didion, Tom Waits, and Chet Baker were early influences. Prior to her vocation in amusement, she was an intern at nearby New York publications Gotham Gazette and Times Union, and was an exposure associate for distributing house Rodale.
Awkwafina started rapping at age 13. In 2012, she picked up notoriety for her melody “My Vag”, a reaction to Mickey Avalon’s “My Dick”. The music video has collected more than three million perspectives on YouTube. Her solo album Yellow Ranger was discharged on February 11, 2014.The LP incorporates some of her past singles discharged via YouTube, including the title track “Yellow Ranger”, “Queef” and “NYC Bitche$”.
She was a piece of the lineup at Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme on October 25, 2014. In 2016, she worked together with comedian Margaret Cho on “Green Tea”, a tune that jabs fun at Asian stereotypes.
She discharged an EP called In Fina We Trust on June 8, 2018.
In 2016, Awkwafina assumed a supporting job in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and featured in the indie comedy Dude.She additionally voiced the job of Quail in the 2016 vivified comedy Storks.
In April 2018, Awkwafina was declared as a major aspect of the cast of Paradise Hills, a science fiction spine chiller coordinated by Alice Waddington and featuring Emma Roberts, Eiza Gonzalez and Danielle Macdonald.
She was a piece of the primary cast in the all-female spinoff to the Ocean’s Trilogy, Ocean’s 8, which was discharged on June 8, 2018. Likewise that late spring, she co-featured in the film Crazy Rich Asians, by Warner Bros. She played Goh Peik Lin, a school companion of lead character Rachel Chu (Constance Wu).
In January 2019, it was reported Awkwafina had joined the continuation of the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
TV and web series
In 2014, Awkwafina was added to the cast of the third season of Girl Code, showing up in six scenes of the third and fourth seasons. In 2015, she filled in as a co-have with TV personality Nessa and comedian Carly Aquilino for the turn off titled Girl Code Live on MTV.
Awkwafina was simply the host of a made short-shape web arrangement “Tawk”, which was an Official Honoree at the 2016 Webby Awards and was named for a 2016 Streamy Award in the News and Culture category.
She has a common job in the Hulu original series Future Man, which was discharged in November 2017.
Awkwafina facilitated the October 6, 2018, scene of Saturday Night Live, with melodic guest Travis Scott.
Awkwafina is profiled in the 2016 documentary Bad Rap, which was an official choice at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Created by Salima Koroma and Jaeki Cho, the film puts the focus on her just as up and coming fellow Asian-American rappers such as Dumbfoundead, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks.She facilitated the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs.
In 2015, publisher Potter Style, an auxiliary of Penguin Random House, released Awkwafina’s NYC, Awkwafina’s movement manual for New York City.
Awkwafina has communicated bolster for Time’s Up, a development begun by Hollywood big names against sexual badgering. She has likewise pushed for the requirement for progressively female chiefs and against the stereotyping of Asians in media. She has rejected jobs that require accents.
Awkwafina was regarded as Kore Asian Media’s Female Breakout of the Year in December 2017.
Awkwafina was included in Gap’s “Logo Remix” crusade, which highlighted best in class specialists who “are remixing innovative culture without anyone else terms,” such as SZA, Sabrina Claudio and Naomi Watanabe.
Awkwafina lives in Brooklyn.
Discharged: February 11, 2014
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In Fina We Trust
Discharged: June 8, 2018
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Title Year Album
“My Vag” 2012 Non-collection single
“NYC Bitche$” 2013 Yellow Ranger
“City hall leader Bloomberg (Giant Margaritas)”
“Daydreamin'” 2014 Non-collection single
“Green Tea” (feat. Margaret Cho) 2016 Non-collection single
“Pockiez” 2018 In Fina We Trust
Means films that have not yet been discharged
Year Title Role Director Notes
2016 Bad Rap Herself Salima Koroma Documentary
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Christine Nicholas Stoller
2016 Storks Quail (voice) Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
2018 Dude Rebecca Olivia Milch
2018 Ocean’s 8 Constance Gary Ross
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Goh Peik Lin Jon M. Chu
2019 Paradise Hills Yu Alice Waddington
2019 The Farewell Lulu Wang
2019 Untitled Jumanji third film Jake Kasdan Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2014– 2015 Girl Code Herself 6 scenes of season 3, 4
2015 Girl Code Live Herself Co-have
2016 Regular Show Apple (voice) 2 scenes
2017 Future Man Woman at Video Game Store
2018 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) 1 scene