Nora Lum (born 1988) , known by the  stage name Awkwafina, is an American rapper and actress. She appeared in the films and Ocean's 8 .
Crazy Rich Asians
Lum was born in New York City
to an ethnic  Chinese American father, Wally, and a  South Korean immigrant mother, a painter.   She grew up in  Forest Hills, Queens. One of her paternal great-grandfathers was a Chinese immigrant in the 1940s who opened the Cantonese restaurant Lum's in Flushing, Queens. Lum's mother died when she was four, and she was raised and influenced heavily by her paternal grandmother.  
LaGuardia High School where she played the trumpet and was trained in classical and jazz music.  At age 16, she adopted the stage name Awkwafina, "definitely a person I repressed" and an  alter ego to her "quiet and more passive" personality during her college years.   Lum majored in journalism and women's studies at the  State University of New York at Albany. From 2006 to 2008, Lum attended the  Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, China, where she studied Mandarin.
Charles Bukowski, Anaïs Nin, Joan Didion, Tom Waits, and Chet Baker were early influences. Prior to her career in entertainment, she was an  intern at local New York publications and Gotham Gazette , and was a publicity assistant for publishing house Times Union Rodale. 
Lum began rapping at age 13.
In 2012, she gained popularity for her song "My Vag", a response to  Mickey Avalon's " My Dick". The music video has garnered over three million views on YouTube. Her solo album  was released on February 11, 2014. Yellow Ranger The EP includes a number of her previous singles released via  YouTube, including the title track "Yellow Ranger", "Queef" and "NYC Bitche$".
She was part of the lineup at
Tenacious D's Festival Supreme on October 25, 2014. In 2016, she collaborated with comedian  Margaret Cho on "Green Tea", a song that pokes fun at Asian stereotypes. 
She released an EP called
In Fina We Trust on June 8, 2018. 
In 2016, Lum played a supporting role in
and starred in the Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising indie comedy . Dude  She also voiced the role of Quail in the 2016 animated comedy  .
In April 2018, Lum was announced as part of the cast of
Paradise Hills, a sci-fi thriller directed by Alice Waddington and featuring Emma Roberts, Eiza Gonzalez and Danielle Macdonald. 
She was part of the principal cast in the all-female spinoff to the
, Ocean's Trilogy , which was released on June 8, 2018. Also that summer, she co-starred in the film Ocean's 8 , by Crazy Rich Asians Warner Bros. She played Goh Peik Lin, a college friend of lead character Rachel Chu ( Constance Wu). 
Television and web series
In 2014, Lum was added to the cast of the third season of
, appearing in six episodes of third and fourth season. Girl Code In 2015, she served as a co-host with TV personality  Nessa and comedian Carly Aquilino for the spin-off titled on Girl Code Live MTV. 
Lum was the host of self-created short-form web series "Tawk", which was an Official Honoree at the 2016
Webby Awards and was nominated for a 2016 Streamy Award in the News and Culture category. 
She has a recurring role in the
Hulu original series , which was released in November 2017. Future Man 
Lum hosted the October 6, 2018 episode of
, with musical guest Saturday Night Live Travis Scott. 
Lum is profiled in the 2016 documentary
, which was an official selection at the 2016 Bad Rap Tribeca Film Festival. Produced by Salima Koroma and Jaeki Cho, the film puts the spotlight on her as well as upcoming fellow Asian-American rappers such as Dumbfoundead, Rekstizzy, and Lyricks.  She hosted the 2018  iHeartRadio MMVAs. 
In 2015, publisher
Potter Style, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, released Awkwafina's NYC, Lum's travel guide to New York City. 
Lum has expressed support for
Time's Up, a movement started by Hollywood celebrities against sexual harassment. She has also advocated for the need for more female directors and against the stereotyping of Asians in media. She has rejected roles that require accents. 
Lum was honored as Kore Asian Media's Female Breakout of the Year in December 2017.
Lum was featured in
Gap's "Logo Remix" campaign, which featured up-and-coming artists who "are remixing creative culture on their own terms," such as SZA, Sabrina Claudio and Naomi Watanabe. 
Awkwafina lives in
Brooklyn, a borough of New York City. 
" Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margaritas)"
"Green Tea (feat.
In Fina We Trust
Denotes films that have not yet been released
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