Fuse is celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Asian and Pacific History before our eyes. Today we are honoring Dinah Jane Hansen, who is a strong leader for young women both as part of Fifth Harmony and on her own.
The singer is mostly known as one of members of 5H, one of the more exciting girl groups to rise in pop in recent years. While Dinah is the youngest of the all the ladies at 19 years old, her age doesn't hinder her artistry. She has one of the most powerful vocals among the group, with her stunning and commanding tone is reminiscent of music icons like Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. Her bubbly, inviting personality and stunning features top everything off!
But what makes Dinah unique is that she's the only mainstream pop artist representing for Polynesian and Tongan people. There are generally not many people of that beautiful background in the industry, and the singer is always proud to show off her heritage. She told Teen.com in 2015:
"I grew up in a home with over 20 people, which was my story on The X Factor. I loved it, and it’s very common in my culture to have family around. My grandparents came from an island to America with nothing, looking for a better life. I’m super blessed and thankful for all their hard work and sacrifice, and I’m so happy that I can give back to them for all the sacrifices that they’ve made. I grew up in a musical family; both my grandparents sing. Every night it was always a talent show at my house. I love it! To this day we still hold talent shows (laughs). I just love how special it is and how we just gather up every night. It’s literally like Christmas, that’s how I think of it. We didn’t have much, but we had music, and that’s what brought us together. My mom and her brothers sing, and when I was little, I remember trying to sing in their group. I guess I wasn’t good enough at the time (laughs). I would have to tryout to be in there group! I love how with my mom and her brothers, no matter the arguments or anything, they knew that music brought them together. I’ve seen that and I’m a witness of that. Music is something that can heal any argument. It brings unity. I love that so much. I’ve even noticed for Fifth Harmony that no matter the circumstances, we always have music to unite us.”
The singer also pushed her limits beyond music when she auditioned for the role of Moana, Disney's first Polynesian Princess. While she didn't get the part, it helped push her to try something new. "I wasn’t expecting to get the role, but I was trying to experience this side that I haven’t touched base on. I am very, very happy for Auli’i Cravalho, the girl who got the role," Dinah said while explaining she doesn't have much experience with acting. "I was very nervous and was hoping that they would make sure it was a Polynesian girl. We were all hoping just to see another Polynesian be able to make it. It’s refreshing."
Dinah Jane's love for her Polynesian culture, undeniable talent, love for her fellow Fifth Harmony sisters, warm personality and strides to set a humble and genuine example for young women around the world solidifies her place in the future of Asian/Pacific American history.
We're celebrating Future Asian & Pacific History with videos, music, a new documentary and more, premiering all month long on Fuse! Tune in and come back to Fuse.tv every day to see a new spotlight. Don't miss Dinah Jane and Fifth Harmony in our Future Asian & Pacific History music block on Saturday morning, May 6, at 9/8c. Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder.
Next up, go down memory lane with one of Fuse's earliest interviews with Fifth Harmony before they were even finished with The X Factor: