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Famous Personality - Ryan Higa

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Subject: English Form 3
Topic: Famous Personalities
Prepared by: Izzati binti Jusni

Published in: Education
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Famous Personality - Ryan Higa

  1. 1. Ryan Higa is a famous Japanese/American YouTube personality and actor. He is known for his YouTube comedy videos, which have been viewed over 2.5 billion times. As of January 2016, Higa's YouTube channel, nigahiga, has over 16 million subscribers.
  2. 2. Born: June 6, 1990 (Age 25), Hilo, Hawaii, US Height: 1.74 m Movies: Agents of Secret Stuff Siblings: Kyle Higa Parents: Wendell Higa, Luci Higa
  3. 3. Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi started posting YouTube videos of themselves lip-synching to songs in mid-2006 while attending Waiakea High School. They quickly expanded beyond songs, with a variety of other comedic pieces. Occasional guest appearances were made by Tim Enos, Ryan Villaruel, Kyle Chun, and Tarynn Nago
  4. 4. On Christmas Eve of 2008, Higa and Fujiyoshi's two most popular videos, How To Be Gangster and How To Be Emo, were removed due to copyright violations. On January 21, 2009, the nigahiga account was temporarily suspended and was required to remove more copyrighted videos. Because of this, Nigahiga's lip synching videos were all removed (with the exception of You're Beautiful, which was audio swapped), along with most of his other videos that included copyrighted music.
  5. 5. Since then, Higa started composing the music himself. How to be Gangster and How to be Emo were put back on nigahiga's channel in late August 2009, only to be removed a few days later, along with How to be Ninja and How to be Nerd. In Spring 2010, How to be Ninja, How to be Gangster and How to be Emo were made public once more.
  6. 6. After Higa moved to Las Vegas to study Nuclear Medicine at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, most of the Nigahiga videos were solo efforts, usually featuring collaborations with other YouTube users. Since 2012, Higa has put together a production company, Ryan Higa Production Company (RHPC), which includes Sean Fujiyoshi, that works together to make content for the nigahiga channel.
  7. 7.  The nigahiga YouTube channel was created on July 20, 2006 by Higa, Fujiyoshi, Enos, and Nago (known collectively as "The Yabo Crew"). By December 21, 2010, it had reached 3 million subscribers, the first channel to do so. According to Higa, his channel name is a combination of "Niga", which means "rant" in Japanese, and his last name, "Higa".  He created a second channel, under the name HigaTV, in 2011, where he posts video blogs and behind the scenes videos. In January 2016, it had over 3.9 million subscribers.
  8. 8.  Holds a black belt rank in Judo  Won 2nd place in a Judo competition  Won 1st place in a wrestling competition
  9. 9. “If you always say no, you’ll never say yes.” - Ryan Higa

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