KevJumba (real name Kevin Wu) is back!
The YouTuber mysteriously disappeared from the video-sharing site in 2013 and even made most of his videos private. No explanation was given and his subscribers were left puzzled, until now.
Kev was one of the original YouTubers who started making videos as early as 2007. However, it wasn’t until his release of “I Have To Deal With Stereotypes” that his subscribers increased. Some of his more famous videos featured his father, who played on the stereotype of a typical Asian dad. With almost 3 million subscribers, most of his content raked in at least 4 million views.
When he stopped posting new content, fans bombarded his social media accounts with questions, but none of them were answered.
Before he left, he was spotted in Nairobi, Kenya. There was a school built under his name and he helped out as much as he could there. Because of this, fans speculated that he might have turned to charity work for good, thus leaving his channel. Some also said that he was focusing on his college education.
However, he was seen with a “Bhagavad Gita” in college, which was one of the more well-known Hindu scriptures. One of his Instagram photo is of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, a man known as the founder of the “Hare Krishna Movement”. All this, added with the unconfirmed reports of him dropping out of college, prompted speculations of him becoming a monk.
In 2016, the YouTube sensation also launched another channel named monk.college. It was here that he addressed the rumours, explaining that he’s studying Buddhism but wasn’t a monk.
He also had a brief stint in acting from 2014 to 2015, appearing in 2 productions. The first was “Revenge Of The Green Dragons”, a crime drama film starring Justin Chon and Harry Shum Jr, and the 2nd being “Man Up”, a comedy released on Vimeo on Demand.
About a month ago, he posted a 1-minute video titled “Internet Power”, in which he raps about “doing things meaningless” in this “digital century”. That was his first original video in years, but it wasn’t until 2 weeks ago that he explained his whereabouts.
Titled “Hope.”, Kev told fans that he was involved in a car accident and had to stay in the hospital for more than a month. The traumatising incident left him without a will to live, but thanks to his father who took care of him, he’s now back.
A “Kevin Wu Reel” was uploaded just a week ago, which was to “continue (his) passion and vow to acting”, according to his description. He also dropped another surprise on fans, announcing that he will be starring in comedy videos soon!
True to his words, he released “Texting 101” on Monday (27th March), a short comedic skit on, well, texting. Psst, it stars PapaJumba too!