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Wong in June 2012
|Also known as||Jimmy|
|Born||March 28, 1987|
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Rock, indie, pop rock, folk, acoustic rock, soft rock|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor, graphic designer|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, piano, drums, bass, harmonica, whistling|
James Franklin Wong is an American actor, musician, and filmmaker. He maintains the popular YouTube channel "jimmy" as well as Feast of Fiction, a cooking channel. He is the younger brother of popular YouTuber Freddie Wong.
Wong grew up in Seattle, Washington, and attended and graduated from Middlebury College in 2009. He co-owns and runs Overcrank Media with his brother Freddie Wong, a Los Angeles based media production company specializing in feature film and online video content that produced the independent film Bear. He currently works as head of communications at RocketJump.
Jimmy majored in Theatre and Drama at Middlebury College. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles in 2010. His most notable roles to date have been as Ted Wong in the webseries Video Game High School (VGHS), directed by his brother Freddie Wong, and Fred Chu in the film John Dies at the End directed by Don Coscarelli. He has also been a host on Disney's Backstage Pass and starred in the XFX webseries Secret Weapon.
Wong began focusing on singing while at Middlebury College. During his sophomore year he joined the Middlebury College Mamajamas, a co-ed a cappella group. He took a break from the group his junior year after helping produce and organize the recording of the "Madras Album". He also performed on campus with his band The Gremlin's Kremlin. Wong is best known for his musical retort to Alexandra Wallace's infamous vlog rant against Asian students in the library at UCLA which has garnered over 4 million views. He posts new music on his YouTube channel weekly.
Wong formed the band The Keep along with Sam Gorski (lead guitar), Jake Watson (bass guitar), and Niko Pueringer (drums) in early 2011. They released their debut self-titled EP on July 22, 2011 along with the music video for the single Slow in Reverse on band member's Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer's YouTube channel CorridorDigital.
In 2013 Wong formed the band VOXEL with his coworkers at RocketJump. The band consists of Adam Levine (keys), Freddie Wong (bass), Will Campos (bari saxophone), Ben Waller (trumpet), Arthur To (rhythm guitar) and Clinton Jones (drums).
|2010||XFX Secret Weapon||Robbie Yung||Webseries|
|Days of our Lives||Process Server||TV Series|
|2012||John Dies at the End||Fred Chu|
|2012||Sync||Hong Kong SYNC Agent||Webseries|
|2012–present||Video Game High School||Ted Wong||Webseries|
|2014–present||16-Bit High School||Mega Kid||Webseries|
- Roderick, Kevin (March 24, 2011). "Jimmy Wong as Internet savior". LA Observed. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- Wong, Jimmy. "Birthday!". YouTube. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
- "Never stop working. If you’re doing something you love, then it shouldn’t be a problem". The Other Asians. July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- Nguyen, Stacy (2011-04-07). "Hit singer Jimmy Wong on Alexandra Wallace and why angry responses are unproductive". Northwest Asian Weekly. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song (Response to UCLA's Alexandra Wallace)". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
- The Keep. the-keep.bandcamp.com
- Jimmy (July 23, 2012). "Talkin to the Fine Bros about MyMusic, Webseries, and YouTube!". YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- NPR: Jimmy Wong Saves the Internet
- Songwriter Jimmy Wong On "Ching Chong" Viral Video Fame
- A Racial Quarrel Inspires an Internet Balladeer
- The Two-Way Blog
- MSNBC Hardball Interview
- Ching Chong Shot Heard Around the Social Media World