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So proud of you, Singapore: Our young rising stars

Five stars arising, out of the stormy (millennial) sea. From a sharp shooter to a singer-producer, we highlight five young talented Singaporeans who are stars in their own sectors
 

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Their achievements are all different.

Some of them have trained their whole lives to be great at what they do. While some have gone through uphill battles to find their one true calling. 

But one thing we can all agree on is that these young Singaporeans are the ones to watch, and the ones who truly embody the Singaporean fighting spirit. 

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1. Jasmine Sokko, 23, singer-producer

She’s one of the most streamed Singapore artistes on Spotify.

Her edgy, futuristic image (read: she dons a face mask in performances) and shimmering vocals overlaying melodious electro-pop beats have earned her a legion of fans. And she is big in China, at fourth place in the country’s electronic music competition, Rave Now.

This year has been a great one for Jasmine, who released the single, Tired – her second major-label debut with Warner Music Singapore (the first being Hurt, in 2018).

Earlier this year, she also collaborated with Chinese girl group Rocket Girls 101 and Hong Kong-American pop singer Coco Lee on Rave Now.

 

2. Martina Veloso, 19, shooter

The star shooter has placed Singapore on top of the world of sports shooting with four gold medals since 2014.

At 14, Martina became the youngest gold medallist at the 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup.

Last year, the 2018 Sportswoman of the Year was the youngest Singaporean to win at the Commonwealth Games, where she clinched two gold medals – and broke records in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle and Women’s 50m Air Rifle Prone.

She’s aiming for two gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines in December.

 

3. Shoki Lin, 25, student and filmmaker

Shoki is a name to watch.

His 19-minute short film, Adam, about a boy’s chaotic family life, was picked from among 2,000 entries for this year’s 72nd Cannes Film Festival.

The film – Shoki’s final-year project at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media – was selected for screening by Cinefondation, a foundation under the Cannes Film Festival which supports emerging international filmmakers.

It is the fourth Singapore-made film that Cinefondation has presented at the Cannes Film Festival in its 21-year history.

 

4. Constance Lien, 20, Jiu-jitsu fighter

The 2019 Sportsgirl of the Year fought her way through the recent World International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Championships in Long Beach, California, to become the first Singaporean to win a gold medal at the event.

Last year, Constance clinched the silver medal at the Asian Games. She has been training in the sport for 3½ years, and is aiming for the gold medal at the next SEA Games.

As at press time, she was preparing to compete in the qualifiers at the July 14-21 Ju-Jitsu Asian Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

 

5. Aeron Choo, 25, founder-chef of Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar

She’s a sushi chef, waitress, cashier, bartender and guest-relations officer all rolled into one, running this 12-seat sushi joint at Fortune Centre.

At 18, Aeron earned her chops at the Japan Sushi Instructors Association in Tokyo. Now, at Kappou – an eatery which is big on taste – she serves delicious traditional and modern omakase sets.

And behold Aeron’s version of oden, a light Japanese stew cooked with a gooey soft-boiled egg marinated in sweet soya sauce – it’s simply heavenly.

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This was first published in the August Issue of our magazine.

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