This list will include all known celebrity Chinese and Black couples, past and present, even minor celebrities, and will include both full and partial Chinese / Black couples. This list will also including celebrity Hong Konger and Black, Macanese and Black, and Taiwanese and Black couples. In the US, Chinese are the largest Asian group at 24% of all US Asians, however Chinese only make up 7% of all Asian and Black married couples, so they are definitely under-represented in Blasian couples. Based on the celebrity Chinese and Black couples shown here, the Chinese / Black breakup rate is ~38% which is much lower than the US divorce rate of ~60%, but much higher than the China divorce rate of ~22%. Please let us know of other celebrity Chinese and Black couples that should be on this list or known changes to the couples below and we will update the list. Listings for other celebrity Asian and Black couples are published separately and can be found at the end of this listing. Enjoy!
Celebrity Chinese and Black Couples Listing
Eugene Chen, Chinese Trinidadian, and his wife, Agatha “Aisy” Alphonsin Ganteaume Chen, French Creole, were married in 1899 in Trinidad. Eugene was a London trained lawyer, the legal advisor and foreign minister for Sun Yat-sen (the 1st president of the Republic of China), a newspaper owner, and revolutionary who lived in Trinidad, England, China, Russia, and Hong Kong at different times in his life. Time magazine called Eugene the “brains of the Chinese Revolution”. Eugene and Aisy had 4 kids together before Aisy passed in 1926, and all of their children were very accomplished writers and professionals. Indeed, Eugune and Aisy’s daughter, Sylvia Chen and Langston Hughes, the renowned African American poet and social activist, considered getting married at one time.
A trailblazing Black and Asian couple, James Boggs, an African American political activist, auto worker and author was married for 40 years from 1953 until his death in 1993 to Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American author, social activist, philosopher, and feminist. Both of them wrote several important works in political activism and Mrs. Boggs, was active until the time of her death in October, 2015, at age 100. See more at the prior posts, The Profoundness of James Boggs and Grace Lee Boggs, and Historical View of Asian and Black Couples.
Clarence Adams, African American, was serving in the US Army and fighting in the Korean War when he was captured by the North Koreans in 1950. While serving as a POW in North Korea, China took over the administration of his POW camp and Clarence for the first time felt like he was treated as an equal to Whites by the Chinese administration. This led to Clarence deciding to patriate to China (along with 21 other American POWs) at the end of the war, rather than return to the racism and unequal treatment he knew in Memphis, TN. Clarence lived a wonderful life in China where he met and married his wife, Liu Linfeng in 1957. After 12 years in China, the Chinese cultural revolution forced him and his family to ultimately move back to the US, where he and his wife would manage a successful Chinese restaurant chain with 4 locations. Clarence passed in 1999 and Liu passed in 2007, but their daughter finished her father’s memoirs and published a book on their life in 2007 entitled, An American Dream.
Tommy Chong, Chinese-Canadian & French/Irish, is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician who is well known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin. He was married to his first wife, Maxine Sneed, African Canadian and Cherokee, from 1960 to 1970 and they have two daughters together, one of whom is Rae Dawn Chong, a popular actress in her own right.
Rugare Gumbo, Zimbabwean, is a long term Zimbabwean politician and activist from 1962 to his expulsion from the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) in 2014. Fay Chung, Chinese, is a Zimbabwean educator and politician who was exiled in Tanzania and Mozambique for a period. In the late ’70s Gumbo and Chung were partnered and had a daughter together, Chipo Chung, who is now a successful actress in London.
Russell Wong, multiracial, Chinese and Dutch/French, born Wáng Shèngdé (王盛德), is an American actor. Russell has appeared in many movies and TV series since 1985, most notably New Jack City, Joy Luck Club, Romeo Must Die, Nikita, and Hawaii Five-O. Russell was also a dancer in his early career and during his dance career, he met Eartha Robinson, a professional dancer who is best known for being a Fame dancer in the television series in the mid/late ’80s. Russell and Eartha dated from the mid/late ’80s to the early/mid ’90s and they have one daughter together born in 1988. While there was speculation about their engagement, they never married.
Cornelius Van Wright, African American, and Ying-Hwa Hu, Taiwanese, are a husband and wife children’s book illustrator team. They have won a number of awards for the books they have illustrated together and separately, and their illustrations often show all forms of diversity. Learn more about them at www.pencilmoonstudio.com. They have been married since 1990 and have 2 kids together.
Keith Sweat, African American, is an American R&B/soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality and an innovator of New Jack Swing. From 1992 to 2002, he was married to Lisa Wu, Chinese and African American, who is now a reality TV personality, and they have two sons together.
Michael Wright is an African American film and television actor, who is best known for his role as Eddie Kane Jr. in the 1991 classic film, The Five Heartbeats. Michael has also had notable appearances in the TV sci-fi series, V, the HBO series, Oz, the 1994 film, Sugar Hill, and as part of the first Blasian couple to star in a Japanese film in the 1987 movie, Bed Time Eyes. – see the prior post, Asian and Black Couples in the Movies. In 1994, he married Mitzie Lau, who was born in Hong Kong and is a former real estate broker in New York city. Mitzie currently is a freelance fiction and travel writer. Michael and Mitzie divorced in 2000 and they have one child together.
Damon Buffini is one of the richest Afro-British businessmen in the UK. He was previously the CEO of a large British private equity firm and he has participated in numerous company acquisitions and mergers. He was also named as the most powerful Black man in Britain. He is married to Deborah Buffini, Chinese, and they have three children together, however no pictures of his wife have been found online.
Michael Olowokandi, a Nigerian retired NBA player and Suzie Ketcham, biracial Chinese and white, dated from 1998 to 2008 and they have 2 children together. Michael at 7 feet (213cms) tall, was the number 1 draft pick in the 1998 NBA draft, but he never lived up to the hype. Suzie was a regular on the “Basketball Wives” reality TV show.
Before Terrence Howard married his two Asian wives, Michelle Ghent (Filipino/White mix) and Mira Cristine Pak (Korean), he dated May Seng Yang (Chinese American) on and off for about 12 years starting in the early 2000s. They reportedly met in a pizzeria in Philadephia while Terrence was separated from his first wife, and they apparently still dated periodically even after he married his second wife. Unfortunately both Terrence and May have both accused each other of being violent towards the other during their relationship.
Bernard “Kip” Lagat, Kenyan American, is a world class middle and long-distance runner. Prior to moving to the US, he competed for Kenya, his native country. Lagat is a thirteen-time medalist in World Championships and Olympics including five gold medals. Lagat married Gladys Tom Lagat, Chinese-Canadian, a sports trainer in 2002 and they have two kids together.
Lewis Hamilton, Afro-Grenadian/English, is a top British Formula One race car driver. From 2003 to 2007, he dated his London based college sweetheart, Jodia Ma, Hong Konger. Jodia was the daughter of a wealthy family in Hong Kong and her father actually sponsored Hamilton in a race in Macau. Hamilton would later move on to date Nicole Scherzinger, who is mixed Filipino.
Priscilla Tjio-Hervey (蔣碧喜), Chinese American, is the winner of the 2003 Miss Los Angeles Chinatown (洛杉磯華埠小姐) pageant. This pageant has been an annual staple of the LA Chinese community since the early 1960s and the winner represents Chinatown as an ambassador to the rest of the LA metro area. Priscilla has been with her husband, John Hervey, African American, since prior to the 2003 pageant and they were married in 2005. John and Priscilla run a production company, Beyond Time, which produces comic books and short films. Priscilla’s 2003 pageant experience and her relationship / marriage to John were chronicled in the movie, Yours Truly, Miss Chinatown which can be found in the link. We wish John and Priscilla and their family so much joy and happiness, now and forever!
Lennox Lewis is a retired boxer and the most recent undisputed world heavyweight champion. He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. As an amateur, he won gold representing Canada at the 1988 Olympic Games. Lennox married Violet Chang, mixed Jamaican and Chinese, in 2005. She is a former Miss Jamaica runner-up and they have four children together.
Ed Hartwell, African American, a former NFL linebacker was married from 2006 to 2011 to Lisa Wu, Chinese and African American, a reality TV personality and they have one child together. Ed and Lisa had several aspiring businesses such as a real estate company, a jewelry line, and several clothing lines, but all of those businesses are now inactive and Lisa has returned to reality TV projects.
Luc Bendza, Gabonese, and his wife Carol Wei Bendza, Chinese. Luc is a master in Chinese martial arts, an actor, film producer, and businessman. He has lived in China since 1983. He married his wife Carol in 2007 and they have one son together. Carol runs their tailoring shop in Beijing.
Ellen Pao, Chinese American, is a lawyer and the former interim CEO of Reddit, an internet company. Ellen was previously a partner at Kleiner Perkins. In 2007, she married Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher Jr., African American, a former hedge fund manager, and they have one daughter together.
Mark Obama Ndesandjo is an accomplished pianist, artist, author, and businessman. He is also the half brother of President Barack Obama – they share the same father, but have different mothers. He is biracial, Kenyan and Jewish. His wife, Xue Hua Liu (aka Chloe) is Chinese and they live together in Shenzhen, China. They have been married since 2008.
Kingsley Azieh Che is a Cameroonian businessman who started trading in Guangzhou, China in 2007. His business, Kingsley International Trading, supplies different commodities including clothing and building materials to Africa. Kingsley met and married his Chinese wife, Wang Shuang, in the Shanxi province in northwest China, and they have two kids together.
Damon Elliott is an African American producer and rapper. He is the Founder/CEO of the Damon Elliott Music Group. His project credits include Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Pink, and Britney Spears. He has 7 Grammy nominations with 1 Grammy win. He is the son of the legendary singer, Dionne Warwick, and cousin to the late Whitney Houston. From 2007 to 2008, Damon dated Bai Ling, the Chinese American actress. Bai Ling announced to Vegas paparazzi that she and Damon were married in Las Vegas on July 4, 2007, only weeks after the two first met, however her representatives never confirmed the marriage. Bai has appeared in several Chinese and American films, most notably, The Crow, Red Corner, and Wild Wild West. She has also appeared as part of a Blasian couple in My Baby’s Daddy and in The Breed – see prior post, Asian and Black couples in the Movies. Several media reports claim that Bai has dated a long list of men including Lionel Richie and Dwight Gooden, but details are sketchy on these relationships.
Shaun King, African American, is the former quarterback of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he currently works as a sports commentator seen on Fox Sports and NBC Sports. He has been married since 2010 to Faith King, who is mixed east Indian and Chinese from Singapore. They have 2 kids together.
Vado, an African American hip hop recording artist from NYC dated Angela Yee, biracial Chinese and Afro-Montserratian (West Indies), a popular NYC radio personality, from 2010 to 2013.
Stephanie Gray Chang is the first Asian American woman to serve in the Michigan State Legislature. Stephanie, Taiwanese-American, was elected as a Member of the Michigan House of Representatives representing the 6th District which covers the cities of Ecorse, River Rouge, and part of the city of Detroit in November 2014. Before her election, she served as a community organizer with several organizations including a period as the assistant to Grace Lee Boggs, a long time political activist, author, and wife of a historical Blasian couple. Stephanie married Sean Gray, African American, a business executive with Goldman Sachs in 2011.
Yan Yang is a famous Chinese artist. He met his wife Ada Nenah Yang, a Sierra Leonean artist and musician on a trip to Sierra Leone and moved her to China. They have been married since 2012 and have one child together.
James Donaldson, African English, standing at 7’2″ (218 cms), is a retired 19 year professional basketball player. He played for 14 years in the NBA with the Seattle SuperSonics, San Diego / LA Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks, and the Utah Jazz. He then played for another 5 years in Europe with Greece, Spain, and Italy. He married his wife, Meirong Zheng, Chinese in 2012 after meeting her on an online dating site. Meirong previously worked in a Chinese hotel.
Peng Chen, Chinese American, is the Managing Director for Easy Taxi Kenya, a company that connects Kenyan taxi drivers with passengers. Peng has lived and worked in Kenya since 2012. After a very low key and quiet relationship, in 2015, it was announced that Peng engaged Michelle Morgan, Kenyan, a very popular and beautiful Kenyan news anchor currently with K24 in Nairobi, Kenya. A wedding date has not been announced yet.
Jo Gan, African American, is the Headmaster of the Cambridge Foreign Language School on the Taizhou University Campus in Linhai, Zhejiang Province, China! Jo has been a teacher, blogger, band member, bar owner, and entrepreneur in China since 2007 and this is her second marriage in China. Her husband, Jet Liu is the head of maintenance for the same university. We wish Jo and Jet a lifetime of continued success and happiness! Also check out Jo’s great blog – Life Behind The Wall: Thoughts and Experiences of a Black American Woman in China.
Never let anyone tell you that Black men can not be successful in Asia or in China in particular. Andrew Ballen, AKA Da Long (大龙), AKA Big Dragon is a Jamaican Belizean American who is a China media and advertising expert, and the Founder and CEO of AVD Digital Media based in Shanghai, China. Andrew has lived in China since 2001, and his story is amazing! Indeed Andrew has used his entrepreneurial and social smarts to live his version of the American dream in China. His many accomplishments in China include:
- Becoming fluent in the Chinese language within 1 year
- Bringing hip hop music and culture to China’s club scene as featured in the documentary, No Sleep Til Shanghai. Andrew has been called the Russell Simmons of China.
- Being the first American to ever host a Chinese television show called Getaway, which was China’s nationally aired bi-lingual travel adventure series
- Creating a successful Chinese media / advertising company, BallenWest Events Media, which helped global brands reach a vibrant Chinese market
- Hosting several nationally aired radio shows in China
- Becoming the advertising voice over artist for several global brands in China with his distinctive silky smooth, gravelly bass voice
- Creating and producing his own Chinese singing reality television show called REMIX Music Season.
- Pioneering the interactive video space in China as Founder & CEO of AVD Digital Media
- Being named to China’s prestigious Digital A-List which recognizes China’s top digital entrepreneurs including the likes of Jack Ma, the CEO of Alibaba, one of the richest men in China.
We will cover more of Andrew’s accomplishments and share some of his creative media elsewhere on the ABC site in the near future, but also see more on Andrew in this Tavis Smiley interview. Andrew has been dating Si Yao for several years now and we wish them much love and happiness forever!
Listings for other celebrity Asian and Black couples are published separately and can be found in these links:
- Celebrity Filipino and Black Couples
- Celebrity Japanese and Black Couples
- Celebrity Korean and Black Couples
- Celebrity South Asian and Black Couples
- Other Celebrity Asian and Black Couples