Eden Ang

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Eden Ang
Eden Ang portrait.jpg
Born10 November 1987
EducationBachelor of Arts (Chinese Studies)
Alma materUniversity of Canterbury (New Zealand)

Eden Ang (born 10 November 1987)[1] is a Singaporean actor and YouTuber. He has appeared in local productions such as Yes Mdm (2016) and Tanglin (2015), among others. In addition to his main YouTube channel, he has been featured on the local YouTube channel Wah!Banana as an actor on several occasions. In 2018, several sexual harassment allegations surfaced against Eden Ang. As of August 2020, he is no longer active on his YouTube and Instagram accounts which have over 170,000 subscribers and over 79,000 followers respectively.

Background[edit | edit source]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang was born in Singapore to a Japanese mother and a Singaporean Chinese father.[2] The family moved to Taiwan when Eden Ang was 10 years old and subsequently New Zealand about three years later.[3] In New Zealand, Eden Ang was active in karate and was also recruited into a New Zealand breakdancing crew called 'Common Ground’.[4] Eden Ang returned to Singapore at 20 years old to complete his National Service.[5]

Education[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang attended Nanyang Primary School in Singapore.[6] In Taiwan, he studied at the Taiwan American School. He furthered his studies in Christchurch, New Zealand at the University of Canterbury where he graduated with a degree in Chinese Studies.[7]

Acting[edit | edit source]

After National Service, Eden Ang worked for Universal Studios Singapore (USS) as a break dancer in the performance group 'Rockafellas’.[8] Subsequently, he ventured more into acting and producing YouTube videos His presence in Singapore’s entertainment scene ranges from commercials to theatre productions. In 2012 and 2013, he participated in two productions titled Spring Awakening and Rabbit Hole respectively. In 2014, Eden Ang was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award under The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for his performance in Rabbit Hole.[9] In the musical Spring Awakening, he played the role of 'Moritz'.[10] These two productions were organised by Pangdemonium!, a local theatre company directed by the husband-wife pair, Adrian and Tracie Pang. The following is a timeline of his Eden Ang's acting experience over the years.

Year Channel Title Character Role
2016 Channel 8 Yes Mdm Private Jeremy Ang Bai Zhi Lead
2015 - 2017 Channel 5 Tanglin Michael Tong Supporting
2014 Netflix Marco Polo - Cameo
2013 Channel 8 Disclosed 揭秘 Huang Shi Supporting
Toggle (meWATCH) Love Notes Chan Kim Meng Lead
Eden Ang as Private Jeremy Ang (left) in Toggle series 'Yes Mdm'.

Yes Mdm (2016) - meWATCH[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang played the main character 'Private Jeremy Ang Bai Zhi' on Toggle’s Chinese-language show, Yes Mdm (2016).[11] As Jeremy Ang Bai Zhi, Eden Ang assumed the role of a happy-go-lucky soldier. The show is centered around the budding romance between Jeremy Ang and his no-nonsense superior, Yang Lei (Oon Shu An).[12] The show aimed to provide a more light-hearted perspective on Singapore’s National Service.

Tanglin (2015) - Channel 5[edit | edit source]

YouTube thumbnail for video promoting Tanglin, where Eden Ang (left) portrays Michael Tong.

Eden Ang played the character 'Michael Tong', the son of Adam (Adam Chen) and Xue Ling (Constance Song). Tanglin (2015) is a long-running English language television series centred around four Singaporean families - the Tongs, Lims, Rahmans and Bhaskars. The series documents the characters’ daily lives where they navigate through a multi-racial society and interactions between generations. On 13 March 2017, Eden Ang declared his departure from the show in an Instagram post.[13] His last appearance in the show was in an episode that aired in May 2018, where Eden’s character had been sent to Brunei as a National Serviceman.[14] Michael Tong has since been played by Royston Ong.

Marco Polo (2014) - Netflix[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang had also played a small role in the Netflix original series, Marco Polo (2014).[15] He made an appearance in Episode 8 of the show’s first season.

Disclosed 揭秘 (2013) - Channel 8[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang acted in the local Chinese drama, Disclosed 揭秘 (2013) as a supporting character by the name of 'Huang Shi 黄石'. In the show, Huang Shi served as the main character’s assistant.[16] Disclosed 揭秘 aired on Mediacorp’s Channel 8 from October to November 2013. The 20-episode show follows a plot relating to investigations of cyber-crimes.

Love Notes (2013) - Toggle[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang played the main character 'Meng', an idealistic kampung boy in the Singaporean made-for-television movie, Love Notes (2013).[17] Set in 1960s Singapore, the story centers around the relationships his character has with friends and family as well as his journey towards chasing his dreams.

YouTube[edit | edit source]

The thumbnail for Eden Ang's parody of the Taiwanese movie, Our Times. Photo from YouTube.

Content creator (2010 - 2018)[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang was well known for the content that he created on his YouTube channel under his production company, Eden Ang Productions. His channel was created in 2010[18] and he uploaded his first video that same year.[19] As of February 2019, his most viewed videos include ‘Undercover | Eden Ang’ with 1.7 million views[20] and ‘Cover Up | Eden Ang’ with 1.4 million views.[21] The usual content that he uploads includes skits, vlogs, and short films. His last video was uploaded on 24 January 2018.[22]

Collaborations[edit | edit source]

Eden Ang has also been featured on other YouTube channels. This includes local YouTube channels such as Wah!Banana,[23] TreePotatoes,[24] Ryan Sylvia (Night Owl Cinematics),[25] Noah Yap[26] and JUO Productions (Jaze Phua).[27]

Sexual harassment allegations (2018)[edit | edit source]

First allegations - "Lilith"[edit | edit source]

In January 2018, a Facebook user by the name of Kuroe Kun claimed that her friend Lilith, was turned away by the police when she had tried to report a case of sexual harassment. In the post, Kuroe Kun revealed that the supposed perpetrator was Eden Ang. The Singapore Police released a statement on Facebook in response to Kuroe Kun, stating that no such exchange had happened between the alleged victim and the police.[28]

Dee Kosh involvement[edit | edit source]

Dee Kosh played a role in exposing Eden Ang's activities in January 2018. Photo from YouTube.

Subsequently, a local online personality Darryl Koshy (Dee Kosh) revealed in an Instagram Live session that the victim, Lilith, had contacted him and sent him screenshots of the conversation that she had with Eden Ang. In the conversation, Eden Ang had allegedly sent promiscuous messages telling Lilith to refer to him as "Daddy" and to turn up to work in a g-string.[29] Following this, Lilith herself spoke out about the situation in an Instagram post. She confirmed that Eden Ang had indeed touched her inappropriately despite her repeated rejections. Lilith further clarified that she was going to file a police report.[30]

Eden Ang response[edit | edit source]

In response to the situation, Eden Ang maintained his innocence in his statements on social media. He believed that the allegations against him are not substantiated but rather, misunderstandings of what had actually happened.[31] Following his response, notable actors from the local film franchise, Ah Boys To Men spoke out in support of Eden Ang. Charlie Goh, Maxi Lim, Joshua Tan and Noah Yap uploaded public posts stating that they believed Eden Ang was falsely accused.[32]

Subsequent allegations[edit | edit source]

Following this incident, other women came forward with their own stories pertaining to Eden Ang. Apart from the women listed below, individuals such as the model-turned-actress Melissa Faith Yeo[33] and two anonymous individuals who went by the names "Sheryl" and "Dawn"[34] have come forward with evidence of Eden Ang's verbal and physical assault over the years.

A screen grab of Naomi Tindall's Instagram post in March 2018. Photo from Rice Media.

Nicolette Lim[edit | edit source]

The day after Lilith came forward with her allegations, the former national gymnast Nicolette Lim claimed that Eden Ang had verbally harassed her in 2015 when they were on set together.[35] He then sent Nicolette inappropriate messages commenting on her underwear and her private parts. However, she had deleted these messages with the assumption that nobody would believe her and there was no need to be constantly reminded of the incident.

Naomi Tindall[edit | edit source]

In May 2018, it was reported on Rice Media that another alleged victim, Naomi Tindall, was raped by Eden Ang.[36] The incident occurred in New Zealand when Naomi was 13 years old and Eden was 19. At the time, Eden was a university student working at a local ice rink as an entertainer and Naomi had been taking figure skating lessons there at the time. They soon got closer and texted each other regularly. In the days prior to the alleged rape incident, Naomi performed oral sex on Eden on one occasion. Subsequently, Naomi recalled that Eden invited her to his home where she was pressured to engage in sexual activities with him. Naomi and her family lodged a police report against Eden but the Christchurch police did not pursue this case further. They cited the lack of a strong case against Eden. In the end, they issued Eden a formal warning instead.

"E. Lin"[edit | edit source]

Another female victim by the name of E. Lin released screenshots of the conversation she allegedly had with Eden Ang on a local blog, Alvinology. In the conversation, Eden Ang proposed that they should film pornography together.[37] She had spoken out in hopes that she could encourage more women to do so as well.

References / Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Eden Ang. "Eden". YouTube. June 8, 2010. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  2. Eden Ang. "Eden". YouTube. June 8, 2010. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  3. Eden Ang. "Draw My Life | Eden Ang". YouTube. October 26, 2016. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  4. Tay, Cheryl. “Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Eden Ang”. Yahoo News. January 25, 2016. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  5. Ng, Gwendolyn. “Actor Eden Ang told he lacks leading man looks, scores leading man role”. The Straits Times. August 24, 2016. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  6. Eden Ang. "Draw My Life | Eden Ang". YouTube. October 26, 2016. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  7. Ng, Gwendolyn. “Actor Eden Ang told he lacks leading man looks, scores leading man role”. The Straits Times. August 24, 2016. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  8. Tay, Cheryl. “Singapore #Fitspo of the Week: Eden Ang”. Yahoo News. January 25, 2016. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  9. Ng, Gwendolyn. “Actor Eden Ang told he lacks leading man looks, scores leading man role”. The Straits Times. August 24, 2016. Accessed on 18 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/actor-eden-ang-told-he-lacks-leading-man-looks-scores-leading-man-role
  10. “Spring Awakening”. Pangdemonium. Accessed on 30 January 2019. Retrieved from: http://pangdemonium.com/production/spring-awakening/
  11. "Yes Mdm! 我的军官女友". MediaCorp. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  12. "我的军官女友 Yes Mdm - EP1". meWATCH. August 8, 2016. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  13. eden_ang. "Last Day On Set, TANGLIN.". Instagram. March 13, 2017. Accessed 18 August 2020.
  14. Fasiha Nazren. "Eden Ang no longer on Tanglin, fans speculate his departure". Mothership. May 4, 2018. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  15. Eden Ang. "Eden Ang Acting Showreel". Facebook. December 2, 2017. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  16. Channel 8. "Disclosed 揭秘 - EP18". meWATCH. December 23, 2013. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  17. "Love Notes". meWaATCH. October 7, 2013. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  18. Eden Ang. "About". YouTube. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  19. Eden Ang. "Eden". YouTube. June 8, 2010. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  20. Eden Ang. "Undercover | Eden Ang". YouTube. December 31, 2015. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  21. Eden Ang. "Cover Up | Eden Ang". YouTube. December 1, 2015. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  22. Eden Ang. "Eden Ang 翁于腾 X Tay Kexin 郑可心 [You Say You Know Me 你說你懂我]". YouTube. January 24, 2018. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  23. Wah!Banana. "Only In Japan". YouTube. September 3, 2015. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  24. Tree Potatoes. "Potato Box: Ice Tub Challenge ft Eden Ang". YouTube. April 1, 2017. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  25. Ryan Sylvia. "Sexual Harassment at Work". YouTube. June 28, 2015. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  26. Noah Yap. "PIE FACE CHALLENGE (ft. Eden Ang)". YouTube. December 31, 2015. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  27. Jaze Phua. "The Rule Breakers - Class Fight". YouTube. January 27, 2014. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  28. Ng, Huiwen. “Police find netizen's allegations unfounded”. The Straits Times. January 31, 2018. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  29. Dee Kosh. “EDEN ANG WHATS UP?!”. YouTube. January 25, 2018. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  30. Tan, Jeanette. “Girl allegedly sexually harassed by YouTuber Eden Ang speaks up”. Mothership. January 30, 2018. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  31. Tan, Jeanette. “Girl allegedly sexually harassed by YouTuber Eden Ang speaks up”. Mothership. January 30, 2018. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  32. Ng, Hong Siang. “4 Ah Boys To Men Actors Defend Eden Ang In Alleged Sexual Harassment Case”. MustShareNews. January 31, 2018. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  33. Melissa Faith Yeo. "Ok, enough is enough.". Facebook. February 10, 2018. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  34. Yeoh, Grace. "“Eden Ang Kept Fingering Me, Even When I Pushed Him Away. Then, He Penetrated Me.”". Rice Media. February 26, 2018. Accessed on 18 August 2020.
  35. Laeranduil. “Former National Gymnast Nicolette Lim Broke Her Silence About Eden Ang’s Alleged Misconduct”. The Coverage. February 2, 2018. Accessed on 18 January 2019.
  36. Yeoh, Grace. “Another Woman Comes Forward: She Was 13 When Eden Ang Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Her”. Rice Media. May 14, 2018. Accessed on 11 February 2019.
  37. Eden Ang allegedly asked this bisexual girl to star in a porn film filled with blood and violence”. Alvinology. March 7, 2018. Accessed on 18 January 2019.