Vegan living is on the rise everywhere—including in Asia! According to VegNews, the largest vegan population in the world can be found in China. More than 50 million people there identify as vegan. According to the 2006 Hindu-CNN-IBN State of the Nation Survey, 31 percent of Indians are vegetarians. And in North America, the number of Asian-American and Pacific Islander vegans is growing fast.
Here are a few vegan Asian YouTubers who are changing the face of vegan living with their influential videos:
@vegfestla vlog is up..!! With #greenjuice #mukbang☘️?? . I want to thank…. ✨@healthiestvegan for inviting me to the festival..!! ✨@jvm for #lunchbreaklive Interview..!! ✨@nongshimusa for #veganramen giveaway..!! ✨#assimarket for sample #dukbokki..!! ✨@snack.fever for awesome Korean chips giveaway..!! ✨@thrivemkt for coupon giveaway..!! ✨ Shin Beijing Restaurant in LA for newveganmenu..!! ✨@milkimchi for free vegan kimchi tasting..!! ✨@lisabae @lenneigh @bazille1 for their amazing talent..!! . There are many many more I want to thank…!!! You know who you are..!!!?? (I hope I didn't miss you on my #mukbang?)
MommyTang has more than 362,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, where she shares videos of her family, of her Asian-inspired vegan recipes, and of herself eating delicious plant-based feasts—known as vegan “mukbang” videos. Mukbang is a Korean term for an “eating show” in which people broadcast themselves online eating large quantities of food. What started out as a hobby soon snowballed into her current career as a vegan YouTube “mukbanger.” She recently appeared as a guest speaker at VegFest Los Angeles 2017.
Cheap Lazy Vegan
She was first introduced to the concept of animal rights in her college philosophy class, and after watching documentaries and reading books, she gradually made the transition to a fully vegan lifestyle. We love her because, just like many of us, it took her a few tries to overcome her bad habits of eating animal-based foods, but she stuck with her plant-based diet in the end. ♥
The Viet Vegan
Lisa Le, 20-something self-proclaimed feminist and nerd, is Vietnamese-Canadian. With videos like “Vegan Cheddar Chive Scones” and her “How We Met” mukbang storytime video also starring her boyfriend, she brings her viewers into her everyday life by sharing her favorite recipes, products, and people. When she was 21, she went vegetarian to be healthier, and after volunteering for the Toronto Vegetarian Association, she gradually moved to a vegan lifestyle.
Big smile today at the #earthday demo at the @sfvegsociety booth. Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, and all those who made it. I had so much fun, I hope you did too! Did you know that going vegan is the best thing you could do to protect the planet? Go #Vegan ✌?? #astigvegan ??? #filipinovegan ?? ・・・ Every day is Earth Day when you're vegan. @astigvegan spreads the love today with meatless isaw, made entirely of mushrooms!
She grew up helping her mother make Filipino food for the family, and a nutrition class in college eventually led her to a vegan lifestyle. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she brings her followers the flavors of the Philippines with a plant-based spin.
Natalie Tran is a Vietnamese-Australian who’s accumulated more than 1.8 million subscribers through her comedic videos on her YouTube channel. When she went vegan in 2015, she announced it on Twitter.
While she doesn’t explicitly talk about animal rights and being vegan in her videos, she makes vegan choices: In “No Plans on New Year’s Eve? How to (Not) Celebrate,” she asks for original flavor tortilla chips, and when she’s given nacho-flavored Doritos instead, she refuses them, saying that she can’t eat cheese. She’s also brought attention to the problems with the egg industry via her Facebook page.
Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen
Sarah Sullivan is a 20-something, biracial Filipina-American vegan YouTuber with more than 78,000 subscribers. She regularly uploads vegan-related content, such as breakfast sandwich tutorials, “What I Ate” vlogs, meal prep tutorials, and grocery store hauls. She also delves into serious topics like mental health, as in her video “Talking About Social Anxiety While Making Dinner.”
Hot For Food
alright #hotforfood fam the manuscript is in and photos are sent… we've still gotta design, edit, select a cover, and print a cookbook with @tenspeedpress but for now I can smile while I add "cookbook author" to my resume and take off to the beach to forget about things just for a few weeks ☀️? there won't be much action on this account while I'm away and I do plan on taking a real break from social media but for the odd moment make sure you're following @laurentoyota ? (photo @vanessaheins)
Lauren Toyota is a Japanese-Canadian former television personality and current YouTube vegan cooking show star. She posts weekly vegan recipe videos with her partner, John Diemer, on their blog and YouTube channel, both known as “Hot for Food.”
They have over 300,000 subscribers. Based in Toronto, Lauren has been vegan since January 1, 2010. Some of her popular YouTube videos include “Easy Ramen Noodle Bowl” and “BBQ Tempeh Bánh Mì.”
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These vegan Asian YouTubers prove that it’s so easy to veganize traditional Asian recipes while preserving culture. Whether you want to watch someone else make and/or eat tasty foods or try out your own recipes, these cooks offer plenty of videos to satisfy, inspire, and entertain you.