by Hansi Lo Wang (NPR news)
His name is Jin — short for Jin Auyeung.
But as a high-schooler in Miami, he was better known as “the Chinese kid who raps,” a reputation he’s developed after frequenting local talent shows and rap competitions.
In 2004, at 22, he became the first Asian-American to release a solo rap album on a major label in the U.S.
Almost a decade later, Jin, now 30, has sold thousands of records, won awards and even acted in TV shows and movies — not in America, but in Hong Kong.
After a failed career at home in the U.S., the Chinese-American rapper found an unexpected second chance at stardom on the other side of the world.