If it's so hard for Asians to make it here, Charice wouldn't have had a Top Ten album in the USA, and a Top Five album in Canada. If anything, she did worse in Asia, her album only reaching #25 in South Korea.
It has nothing to do with race, but talent and promotion. Asians who tried to make it here have invariably screwed up big-time. Rain's dealings with American promoters were a white-hot mess, Utada's album and lyrics just plain sucked, BoA's promotion was nonexistent outside the Asian-American community. Artists of ALL races fail miserably here, because of circumstances like this. It's just that you don't hear about them, because you don't follow their (failed) careers.
Look at BoA in Japan...it's not about race, it's about lousy promotion and lackluster music, period.
Um...this was Charice's first shot at America, and she did very good. It takes most new singers years to even make a dent in the American industry. She had all of those connections and she succeeded, so what are you complaining about?
Charice had the help of Oprah and David Foster. When Oprah is the one advising your career, there's a lot of connections. Also Charice has an incredible voice, but she still isn't as popular because she looks "ugly" (ugh the nerve of some people). The USA still has many racist folks. You have no idea the times I've read "wonky eyed Asian chicks in USA" or "Beyoncé/Britney Spears Asians, I can't stand them" comments.
Also it helps Charice is a Filipino, since Filipinos are the 2nd largest Asian minorities in the USA. Every public appearances Charice has in the states, whether it be a radio concert, mall tour, etc. about 70% - 80% of the crowds are Filipino. This is one of the issues Charice fans actually have right now, to actually attract the American audience, not the Filipino-American audience.
USA is an immigrant country, so you are bound to get people from different cultures clashing since it's so diverse. USA is not even half as judgemental as other countries...especially those in Eastern Asia. I don't see any non-Asians debuting and getting anywhere in Korea...can you explain why that is? In America, you get chances that aren't based on your race, whereas in Asia, if you aren't Asian then your chances are closer to 0%. They look down upon Blacks in society, and yet when they want to debut in the states, they look for help from producers who, most of the time, are Black. I'm sure they have a lot of bad things to say about people who don't have white skin too.
If people aren't succeeding in what they do, blame it on the companies for not putting in the money to promote them. Blame the artists for not being able to understand the culture of that country, and having poor English skills to the point where they can't converse with potential fans. But don't be ignorant and blame it on their race.
Tougher for Asians? I don't see any internationally famous full-blooded Native American singers, and their race is originally from America. Can you tell me why that is? What about full-blooded Brown people? Any famous singers in the states that are popular worldwide?
It is tougher for Asians. There hasn't been a #1 Asian artist in North America since ever. Asians are the only race that has not produced a global, world, recognized everywhere, artist.
..Do you even like music at all? You're going to support someone just because they're Asian, and disregard the fact that they might not even sing good?
I will support whatever Asian acts who try in North America, but right now there seems to be double standards when it comes to Asians.