Quan “Jason” Ho was the art director at the Arkansas Times from 2017 to 2018 after graduating from UA Fort Smith. We knew him as a quiet, talented designer, who dressed way cooler than any of us.
Now, he’s become a reality star in his native Vietnam. He (spoiler alert) won the girl on the latest episode of “Người Ấy Là Ai” (in English: “Who Is Single”), a sort of Vietnamese version of “The Bachelor” with some gameshow elements mixed in. The latest two-hour episode has accumulated 7.7 million views on YouTube, so I’m thinking this show is a pretty big deal.
You can see Ho’s introduction on the show above and an awesome sword dance below.
From a UAFS release on Ho’s new fame:
When Quan “Jason” Ho began his studies at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith in 2013, he told friends his exceptional English skills were thanks to not only his voracious desire to learn but also his love of American television. Now Ho is the star of a Vietnamese reality television show himself.
During the latest episode of Người Ấy Là Ai, Ho’s talent and confidence earned the affection of the female lead, Mai Suong. “She is the muse of my creation,” said Ho, after having earned a bouquet and a green light for an elaborately choreographed sword performance.
Though he is now earning celebrity status in his own right in the capital of his home country, Ho arrived at UAFS eager to grow as a person and experience all that higher education and America had to offer.
“It was UAFS that gave me the opportunity to study abroad, and that to me was a life-changing experience. For the first time in my life, I was able to see what the other side of the world was like with my own eyes, experience and interact with new people in different languages,” Ho said. “The four years that I was at UAFS, I became more confident, more open to new possibilities and more ready to voice my opinions. Being exposed to both my own and a new culture really prepared me for everything that life has to offer.”
When he isn’t on television, Ho uses his graphic design education daily in his work as a senior digital designer and photographer in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. “It’s dynamic and ever-changing. Being a creative, repetition is my worst fear, so being in an agency allows me to do something different each passing day.”
Working in the advertising field, Ho has encountered limitless new opportunities and challenges, taking them all in stride. “The possibilities are endless,” he said.
“Jason was an exceptional and conscientious student and designer,” added Colin McLain, department head and associate professor in the UAFS Art & Graphic Design department. “He took pride in the work he did, handled critical feedback well and strived for constant improvement in his work.”
Ho has also had the opportunity to work with clients ranging from fashion brands to rescue shelters that help homeless animals, non-profit environmental organizations to peace and development foundations. “With my clients being both local and global, each gave me a new appreciation of what I do and what people in my field can potentially contribute to the community.”