In addition to being Mental Health month, May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and as such, it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight celebs and their AAPI backgrounds. Additionally, since we’re always here for a good love story, so it’s our pleasure to shine a light on these swirly celeb couples who celebrate their AAPI roots.
From Jeannie and Jeezy, to KKW brands CMO Tracy Romulus and her husband Ray, these celebs celebrate their love while honoring their heritage.
Check out some heart-eyes and headlines inciting Black and Asian interracial couples.
Tracy And Ray Romulus
If you have been “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” you’ve probably been introduced to the Romulus name.
Tracy Romulus is the Chief Marketing Officer for Kim Kardashian West brands including Skims, KKW Beauty, and KKW Fragrance. Tracy, 43, is an Indonesian American whose mother fled Vietnam as a refugee. She currently serves as the most powerful influence on KKW brands’ marketing strategies.
Since 2014, Tracy Romulus, born Tracy Nguyen, has been married to Grammy award-winning music producer Ray Romulus, and the couple parent three adorable Blasian children together – Ryan, Remi, and Raf. The PR maven spent her early adult years in fashion sales, working at Vivenne Westwood in SoHo. After being presented an opportunity to break into PR at 20 years old, Tracy instantly became a force to be reckoned with in fashion and publicity. In an interview with PEOPLE, Tracy talked about being a businesswoman, raising biracial children, and her hopes of supporting the future of the AAPI community.
When speaking about what she would like to see from others outside of the community when it comes to supporting the AAPI community, Romulus stated;
“I would love to see more mainstream media coverage on the issues that affect us. It’s important that our stories are told and reach as many people as possible. The best thing anyone can do as an ally is take the time to ask questions and listen to what their friend, colleague or loved one has gone through. Support them.”
I’m happy that there is a real conversation happening now about Asian racism but also skeptical that anything is really going to change. Maybe I’m just so numb and jaded by it. (A thread)
— Tracy Romulus (@tracyromulus) March 17, 2021
As a mom of three biracial children, when it comes to discussing social justice issues pertaining to the Asian and Black communities, Tracy shared to PEOPLE;
“Social and racial justice, along with the political climate, are topics I’ve discussed at length with my husband, mother and friends. We have shared our stories and experiences with racism with each other, which has become somewhat therapeutic.
“I believe both communities over the course of history have caused a lot of hurt and pain onto each other because hurt people hurt people. But right now, I have so much hope in all of us because of how our communities have come together, whether it was standing shoulder to shoulder at a Black Lives Matter rally or coming to someone’s aid when they were being attacked. In all the darkness that is happening around us, I also see a lot of good and people from different communities stepping in to support one another.”
Tim Chantarangsu And Chia Habte
Tim Chantarangsu, formerly Timothy DeLaGhetto, is an Internet sensation turned TV personality born to Thai parents in Billings, Montana. Most recognized for appearances on MTV’s ‘Wild N Out,’ Chantarangsu and his wife Chia Habte have built a fan base on their own.
Tim’s parents owned a small business, the Thai Smile restaurant in Paramount, CA. With a middle class upbringing in California during the ’90s, Timothy has always repped his heritage. In late 2009, he met his now-wife, Chia Hobte in Los Angeles.
Lifestyle blogger Chia Habte hails from Saskatchewan, Canada. Chia created her own personal blog featuring life, relationships, and travel called “Just Peachy” and revealed precious and intimate details of the making of their swirl-dom, My Love Story. After their initial connection turned into a social media fling, turned long-distance love story, Chia shared her thoughts on trust.
“You have to trust your partner is doing exactly what they say they’re doing and vice versa. Trust and communication really do work hand in hand and you can’t have one without the other.”
Tim appeared in “Smash” by Amazon Prime to bring some straightforward awareness to the inaccuracy of common Asian stereotypes last AAPI Heritage Month.
The couple wed in Spring 2018 with a beautiful beachside ceremony, which they vlogged for YouTube.
Meet more couples on the flip!
YouTubers Ashani And Munari Of “Tokyo Meets Brooklyn”
A common trend today is the popularity of YouTube couples who allow viewers to follow their family’s daily life, one particularly entertaining family is the Munari family.
DJ Munari is a legend in the Japanese Hip Hop scene according to RGN99 and his wife is Ashani is a beautiful Goldman Sachs financial broker.
“For Ashani and Munari, their love is the key component in their VLOGS and it shows as they cohabitate the internet by sharing each other’s voices to the world; one Black and one Japanese. How they keep themselves together, especially when racism, bigotry, prejudice and injustice is in full view, is amazing and, in my opinion, this is what America needs to see; LOVE.”
These two have a beautiful family that they often spotlight on their YouTube channel as well.
Dr. Kendra Segura And Hobart Leung
Bravo reality star Dr. Kendra Segura previously of “Married To Medicine L.A.” and her husband Hobart are both of Asian descent and recently marked their 9-year anniversary.
Kendra is Afro-Cuban and Vietnamese while her husband is a Chinese Canadian internist, specializing in treating internal disease. The couple shared many vulnerable moments on the reality show including their expanding family after welcoming their first child, Hart Leung, in 2020.
In 2021, The Leung family celebrated the Lunar New Year in adorable matching traditional outfits. They celebrated by sharing a sweet video wishing followers a Happy New Year in Vietnamese.
Kendra and Hobart gave us Oriental glam realness with baby Hart, once again reminding us how hard they rep their culture.
On June 25, 2020 Hart turned one year old; a milestone that was very bittersweet for Kendra, according to Bravo’s The Daily Dish.
“I’m happy of course, but I’m just so heartbroken. It goes so fast, and everybody tells you, but it really goes fast. Like, it’s too fast you know,” she said.
Jeannie Mai & Jeezy
Many may know Jeannie Mai as the spunky and stylish host of the daytime Emmy award-winning talk show “The Real” and the California-raised TV personality was born to a Vietnamese mother, Olivia Tu Tram, and a Chinese father, James Mai.
Her claim to fame was early in her career as a stylist on the series “How Do I Look?”, and she’s since developed and produced her own popular YouTube series titled the “Hello Hunnay Show” where she and her hilarious mother “Mama Mai” give insight to their everyday lifestyle.
Most recently, Mai has been vocal about her own journey into motherhood since the birth of her first-born daughter with her husband, rapper, Jeezy. The couple wed on March 27, 2021 in an intimate home ceremony in Atlanta just one year after their engagement.
When speaking candidly with PEOPLE, Mai, 42, recalled how Jeezy brought Vietnam to her for a special engagement dinner.
“As I walked in, he started to describe that I was stepping into a dinner in Vietnam,” said Mai. “So here I was looking at the love of my life as he was transporting me to Vietnam, as I turn my attention to the table, there were all these beautiful Vietnamese dishes. He set up our little chopsticks. And there were lanterns. Here’s the crazy thing — there were actual silk lanterns, the kind that you can only get in Vietnam, hanging on the window.”
The couple announced the birth of their sweet baby, Monaco Jenkins, on January 11, 2022. We can’t wait to see how this beautiful Afro-Asian family continues to grow!
Who are some of your favorite AAPI celeb couples? Did we miss any standouts?
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