More than a bustling nightlife and dynamic bar scene, Denver has gorgeous mountains and the adventurous outdoors to offer its single ladies and gents. From various backgrounds, meet the Mile-High City’s eligible Asian-American bachelors and bachelorettes. With so much to offer, our singles will surely be snagged up in no time. Stop by the Singles Mingle if you’d like to get to know them beyond what’s on paper.

Singles Mingle Speed Dating COME MEET THE SINGLES!
Sunday, December 2nd | 5pm to 7pm | Cost: $10
Golden Shanghai
1412 South Parker Rd | Denver, CO 80231
RSVP to info@asianavemag.com, 303.937.6888 or on Facebook.

Round-robin style | Appetizers will be served Have a little fun | Stay for dinner if you hit it off!
Must be 21 years old to participate. Personal information will not be shared.

Helene Kwong, 27
Chinese-American | Founder, TAOpivot

Helene describes herself as creative, logical, and open-minded. She said that ever since childhood, entrepreneurship has always been “pulsing through her veins.” She earned her B.A. in Marketing from George Mason University in Virginia. After she worked at an ESL school in San Francisco, she moved to the mile-high city to attend the University of Denver for an MBA. Her experiences throughout her education have sharpened her skills for the business world and have helped her launch TAOpivot, a company that specializes in helping foreign talent and U.S. employers work together. Through TAOpivot, she wants to give back to her parents, who Helene says have worked hard to be a great influence on her growing up.

In her free time, Helene likes to knit, paint, work out, write stories, medidate, play with her cats, watch Ghost Adventures, and tweet on Twitter. She also plays piano, guitar, and trumpet. Her perfect date involves dinner, coffee, or drinks over conversation, with karaoke as a plus.

Qualities that attract her: Open-mindedness, passion for foreign languages and cultures, commitment, open communication
Dislikes: Flakiness, being “wishy-washy” with decisions, tardiness
Favorite food: Rice/rice dishes
Can’t live without: Art. Especially painting, writing, and music.
Words to live by: “Go at life with abandon; give it all you’ve got. And life will give all it has to you.”

Joe Nguyen, 29
Vietnamese-American | Journalist, The Denver Post

As a foodie, Joe describes himself to be eclectic and versatile. He has enjoyed the fame of winning multiple ice cream eating competitions, but he would say his biggest accomplishment has been learning to cook well. He said, “I love to eat and when I learned to make food I enjoyed, it was heaven. I got there by practice, plain and simple.”

Joe’s collegiate experience began at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying computer science. He transferred to the Metropolitan State University of Denver after his freshman year. There, he entered the world of journalism, which he says went against the typical “Asian” expectations of becoming a doctor or engineer. But following his passion has been far more rewarding than going into a field he would not have enjoyed.

Joe is also a homebrewer. In his free time, he brews his own beer. He said, “I created a batch made with Skittles once—it was not good.” His perfect date would just be to engage in a fun conversation with some good food and a couple of drinks.

Qualities that attract him: A sense of humor is a must – laughter keeps the world going ‘round
Dislikes: Negativity – nothing drags him down faster than someone who is down about the world
Favorite food: Chipotle, hands down – specifically a steak fajita burrito. However, when the cold season sets in, a bowl of bun bo hue is amazing.
Can’t live without: Air, food, sock puppets
Words to live by: “Learn to be able to do everything.” Advice his dad gave him growing up and he tries his best to live up to it.

Kat Asuncion, 26
Filipino-American | Analyst, Supply Management and Strategic Planning

Kat describes herself as driven, independent, and impulsive. Working in a male-dominated industry, she considers earning her BSBA from University of Colorado Denver her greatest accomplishment. “This means more to me than merely something that can be put on a resume,” she said. As the first in her immediate family to complete higher education, Kat feels that each generation has worked hard to provide more resources to the next. “Every time I did not want to study, do homework, or go to class, I had an even stronger feeling of responsibility to take full advantage of the opportunities I had,” she said. She strives to emulate the strong, independent, and capable qualities of her grandmother.

Kat admits to being the “biggest dork” as she loves biology and financial accounting text books, watching Xena: Warrior Princess, and Metal Gear video games. She spends her free time with her dog, family, and friends. Her interests: trap shooting, sporting clays, and UFC fighting all make part of her perfect date, which would also include dinner at a steakhouse or sushi restaurant.

Qualities that attract her: Sense of humor, any qualities that she would like to better in herself
Dislikes: Close-mindedness, lacking motivation
Favorite food: Medium-rare steak
Can’t live without: Her family
Words to live by: When your passion and your purpose are greater than your fears and insecurities, you’ll find a way.

Brandon Iwamoto, 24
Japanese-American | Freelance Photographer

Brandon describes himself as contemplative, driven, and mercurial. This year, Brandon traveleved to Japan for the first time after years of studying Japanese language, culture, and history. As a photojournalist, he not only discovered his own history in Japan, but also tested his abilities as he created photographs for his latest project. A graduate of Colorado State University, he says that working for CSU’s Rocky Mountain Collegian student newspaper created unexpected opportunities for him personally and professionally. While displeased with the direction of the newspaper industry, Brandon is confident and optimistic in the direction he is taking with his career.

Brandon enjoys reading, playing Dance Dance Revolution, and going to the gym. Out of boredom and curiosity, he also explores new hobbies and skills, such as Japanese tea ceremony, driving a Zamboni, and even flying a plane. His perfect date consists of ice skating or a trip to the aquarium followed by dinner and dessert with a relaxing walk.

Qualities that attract him: Honesty, lighthearted sense of humor, willingness to engage in nerdy, philosophical, or abstract conversations
Dislikes: Jealousy, close-mindedness
Favorite food: Japanese, Korean, Cajun, Hawaiian
Can’t live without: His cameras
Words to live by: “Who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.” – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Sean Choi, 30
Korean-American | Banker

Sean describes himself to be determined, laidback and adventurous. He says “my life is crazy and I think few people will ever understand.” At the age of 30, he has hit many milestones. In his 20’s, he ran a radio station, threw concerts, and was even on tour as a DJ, where he opened up shows for Snoop Dogg and Mos Def. Now, he has his graduate degree and a great professional career. “I feel fortunate to be someone who continues to dream and live my life on my own terms,” he said. “I’ve spent the majority of my life pursuing success. I don’t live my life with regrets.”

Sean attended CU-Boulder for his undergraduate degree in political science and CU-Denver for his graduate degree in finance. In his free time, he likes to be creative and explore Denver. His perfect date is with a respectable Asian girl who he can take home to his mother, but can also outdrink his friends.

Qualities that attract him: Friendliness. Fearlessness. Open-mindedness. Good elbows.
Dislikes: Missing teeth. Unless they’re elderly. Then its ok. Elderly people are sweet.
Favorite food: Pizza. Kimchi. But not together.
Can’t live without: Inspiration.
Words to live by: You can pay for school but you can’t buy class.

Shaina Vo, 24
Vietnamese-American | Student at CU-boulder

Shaina describes herself as kind, ambitious and adventurous. Her greatest risk has been going skydiving. Growing up, her mom and family have made the most influence on her. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, being in the outdoors, hanging out with friends, skiing and snowboarding, and meeting new people. She is a foodie and loves to explore new restaurants, trends for food and wine, and especially cooking food.

Good luck, guys! Shaina’s perfect “dates” would be to take a stroll through Paris, drink wine in Napa, ice skate in NYC, or walk along the beach in the Caribbean. Get ready for to travel with Shaina.

Qualities that attract her: Education, faith, passion, humor, goals, good hair
Dislikes: Negative and self-centered
Favorite food: Ice cream
Can’t live without: Girl friends
Words to live by: “If God brought you to it, he will get you through it” and “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” and “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”

Matthew Williams, 32
Korean-Caucasian American | Owner of Shen Chinese Medicine

Matthew describes himself as ambitious, easygoing, and adventurous. With his dillegence and support, he started his business soon after earning his masters degree at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology and organic chemistry from the CU-Boulder. His shift in focus from western medicine to tradition medicine is one he considers risky, although college has taught him the value in being well-rounded. Matthew enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and finding new places to explore around town. He also enjoys the ocean, despite his fear of water being around his head. He prefers dates that are random and different from the typical movie-dinner scenario.

Qualities that attract him: A sincere smile and someone who is passionate about what they do
Dislikes: Rudeness, apathy
Favorite food: Korean, Vietnamese, sushi
Can’t live without: Family, friends, travel, good food
Words to live by: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

Laliko Khongrath, 30
Laotian-American | Office Manager, Vertex Engineering

While she considers herself to be shy, Laliko describes herself to be ambitious, adventurous, and spiritual. She believes that meeting different types of people opens her up to many valuable interests and ideas. Although her business was short-lived, she looks ahead to bigger and better success. Her mother was her greatest influence on her upbringing. “She’s so strong but yet kind at the same time,” she said.

In her free time, Laliko enjoys photography, painting, drawing, snowboarding, traveling, hair and make-up artistry, listening to music, and cooking. “No matter how busy I am,” she adds, “I always find time to enjoy watching the Broncos game, Nuggets game and MMA fights with my friends and family.” On her perfect date, Laliko would start with a sports game then wind down with a glass of wine at a local pub.

Qualities that attract her: Humor, kindness, intelligence
Dislikes: Greed, negativity, laziness
Favorite food: Noodles with Asian flavors
Can’t live without: Her son. “I would not be here striving; working hard to become someone if not for him.”
Words to live by: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” –Philippians 4:13

Kirk Matsuzaki, 34
Japanese-American | Assistant Store Manager, Wal-mart

From Northridge, California, Kirk describes himself as optimistic, sincere, and receptive. After attending the University of California, San Diego and California State University, Northridge, he moved to Denver where he is now an MBA student at the University of Colorado, Denver. His greatest influence growing up was his mom, who raised him and his twin brother. In Kirk’s free time, he enjoys cooking, riding his cruiser around town, being active, going to see live music and drinking a cold beer. His perfect date includes a great meal at a new restaurant, great conversation and then an outdoor activity or live music. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants.

Qualities that attract him: Intelligence, inquisitiveness, sense of humor, good listener, empathy
Dislikes: Judgmental, narcissistic, boring
Favorite food: Good food
Can’t live without: Humor
Words to live by: No matter how difficult life gets, I do my best not to complain because I know somebody has gone through or is going through worse times.

Christina Whitfield, 32
Filipino-Scandanavian American | Owner, Operation Eggroll

Christina describes herself as confident, inspiring, and a go-getter. She studied Business Administration at the Women’s College at University of Denver. She devoted 2012 to focusing on her leadership and growth. This year she started her fusion egg roll business, Operation Eggroll, but also focused on health by getting in shape and coaching others. As a coach and mentor, she loves inspiring others to go after their dreams. “I have accomplished more things in this year alone than the rest of my years combined, yet am able to find a healthy balance of mind, body and soul,” she said.

In her free time, Christina loves biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring new places. She also likes to keep life interesting and random as she has driven a semi, steered a ferry, and even went skydiving this summer. And although she loves the energy of live music at venues such as Red Rocks, her perfect date involves an intimate setting combined with laughs and chemistry.

Qualities that attract her: Sense of humor, athleticism, ambition, an open mind, care for others
Dislikes: Couch potatoes, dishonesty, and negative nellies
Favorite food: Thai & Indian
Can’t live without: A sunny disposition
Words to live by: To think is to create.

Mark Chun, 27
Korean-American | Assurance Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mark describes himself as driven, kind, and thoughtful. He earned his Bachelor’s in English from CU-Boulder and his Master’s in Accounting from CU-Denver. With his mother’s support during his toughest times, she was “the anchor that never let the storms carry [him] too far”. To show his appreciation, he bought her a car after beginning his career.

Mark likes to read, keep up with his favorite TV shows, play video games, play drums or guitar, exercise, hike, and play with his dog Bosko, a Boston Terrier. While he could not decide on a perfect date without sounding cheesy, he once tried to climb a 14er in a snowstorm, and also likes to dance—perhaps an evening of outdoor adventure and dancing would be ideal.

Qualities that attract him: Good sense of humor, self-respect
Dislikes: Self-centeredness, dishonesty
Favorite food: Korean short-ribs
Can’t live without: His faith
Words to live by: If you say that you’re going to do something, make sure you do it; otherwise, your words will become meaningless.

Trang Luong, 24
Vietnamese-American | Owner/Photographer, T Photography & Design

The entrepreneur describes herself as creative, independent, and sociable. Trang earned her undergraduate degree in marketing with a minor in art from the University of Denver. While at DU, Trang found her passion for creative thinking. She considers her photography business to be her biggest accomplishment. Over the past two years, it has expanded from occasional senior photos to weddings, engagements, and numerous events. “A lot of hard work, promoting and word of mouth has help me achieved this goal,” said Trang, who looks forward to one day owning a studio and event planning business. A significant part of her success comes from looking up to her older sister for inspiration.

Trang enjoys kickboxing, taking pictures on Instagram, cooking and going out with her friends. Loyal to those she cares about, she believes trust is the key to any successful relationship. As a conversationalist, her perfect date consists of dinner and drinks.

Qualities that attract her: Confidence, wittiness, sense of humor
Dislikes: Judgmental, deceitful, insecurity
Favorite food: Her mother’s cooking, Korean BBQ
Can’t live without: Her phone
Words to live by: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn