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My advice to young people, young Asian Americans, that want to get into the film industry
is to prove that you are worth it. I constantly get phone calls/faxes/letters from
Asian American actors /filmmakers that want me to help them.
When I take a look at their films or things that they have written, THEY ARE TERRIBLE!
First of all, you've got to be GOOD
. . . then you have a chance to make it.
Terrance Chang (From "The Slanted Screen")


  • DEVON AOKI - This model turned actress (whose Japanese father is Rocky Aoki - founder of the Benihana Restaurant chain and mother who is British-German) has appeared on the catwalks of Karl Lagerfeld, Betsey Johnson and Anna Molinari. She had replaced Naomi Campbell as the Versace muse and was the face of Chanel. Recently she has appeared in a number of popular films such as D.E.B.S., 2 Fast 2 Furious and Sin City
  • TSURU AOKI - Perhaps the first Asian actress to appear in American cinema, lovers of silent cinema have forgotten the name Tsuru Aoki, whereas her husband, Sessue Hayakawa, remains a legend. Aoki's film career in fact preceded her husband's rise to fame in Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat (1915).
  • REIKO AYLESWORTH - She's a featured cast member of Fox's successful and critically-acclaimed "24." (She's 1/4 Japanese)
  • SAMANTHA BECKER - Actress (who is of Filipino, American Indian, Spanish and others heritage) starred as Maria Lopez in the NBC Saturday morning show, "Saved By The Bell: The New Class". She started in commercials at the age of 10. She co-starred in "A Pig's and guest starred on the "Sunset Beach" and "Moesha".
  • ASHA BHOSLE - India/Bollywood Legend since 1948
  • TIA CARRIERE - this girl from Wayne's World" is seeking more success.
  • PHOEBE CATES - This actress' (whose mother is a Filipina and father is White) career began as a child dance prodigy and model. Her film credits include Paradise (1982), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Gremlins (1984). Her TV credits include a lead role in the TV miniseries Lace (1984). In 1989 she married actor Kevin Kline and took a four-year break from her career.
  • CHRISTINA CHANG - recently on the late David Kelley's "Girls Club"
  • CAMILLE CHEN - Camille Chen went from commercials and guest roles to landing a coveted re-occuring spot on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, where she plays a featured player on the show-within-a-show and gets to share screentime with such TV veterans as Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, and DL Hughley. Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Houston, Texas, Chen began perfoming since she was very young, a love which began with a passion for singing. In college at the University of Texas at Austin, she enrolled as a Business major but changed to Theater her sophomore year without telling her mother.
  • MAGGIE CHEUNG - Cheung has been a fixture of Asian superstardom for 21 years and has won more acting awards in China than any other woman. She has morphed over the years from Audrey Hepburn to Greta Garbo. Read her interview at HERE
  • MAGGIE Q - The actress (aka Maggie Quigley) whose father is American and her mother Vietnamese) starred in the comedy "Rush Hour 2" and Jackie Chan's "Around the World in 80 Days."
  • MARGARET CHO - a talented comic and actress who was the star of ABC's "All American Girl.".
  • CHINA CHOW - She spent several years as a model, posing for Shiseido cosmetics in Japan, was seen on billboards for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, was named one of Harper's Bazaar's "It Girls" in 1996, and was named in the December 1996 edition of Vogue magazine's "The Next Best-Dressed List." "The Big Hit" was the last major picture from the daughter of Michale and Tina Chow with the ethnic heritage of being Chinese-Japanese-German-American-British heritage.
  • DEBORAH CRAIG - Korean (adopted) actress seen in the music video "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" w/ Prince
  • AYESHA DHARKER - she is Queen Jamillia of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  • LEXA DOIG - Actress (whose mom is a Filipina and her father is of Scottish ancestry) plays the title role in Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda in 2004. One of her movie roles include Jason X.
  • AMY HILL - Actress (of Asian and Finnish descent) played played Margaret Cho's 70-year-old Korean grandmother on ABC's "All-American Girl." She also appeared on "Seinfeld," and as a series regular on "The Naked Truth." Her film credits include Next Friday and Rising Sun.
  • SANDRA HOLT - This model-turned actress (whose father is Chinese and mother is French) has appeared in films such as Once a Thief: Family Business (1998), Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother (1998), Once a Thief (1996), Pocahontas: The Legend (1995), Rapa Nui (1994), Legends of the North (1994), and Black Robe.
  • KELLY HU - Beautiful multi-ethnic (of Chinese, Hawaiian and English descent) actress from Hawaii had starred in "Martial Law."
  • DIANA LEE INOSANTO - Actress and Martial Artist (Bruce Lee is her uncle and Dan Inosanto is her father)
  • JAK&RAE - Stacia Diamond and Joe Pham have quickly built a hot-selling women's line in 560 boutiques
  • YUNJIN KIM - featured cast member of ABC's "Lost" - a continuing success with an usually beginning. The first Korean to appear on the cover of TV Guide, one of the U.S.'s most highly-circulated magazines, in the late August edition, she is also featured on the cover of the September-October edition of Golf for Women (U.S.) and the October edition of the English men¡¯s monthly Arena. There, she not only appears on the cover but is also featured in a sexy six-page spread on the inside. Click HERE to read more about her career.
  • KRISTIN KREUK - featured actress on the WB's "Smallville" - she also appeared on the program Earthsea.
  • YOUKI KUDOH - Award-winning actress has appeared in Memoirs of a Geisha, The Wind Carpet, Blood: The Last Vampire, Snow Falling on Cedars (w/Rick Yune), Heaven's Burning (w/Russell Crowe) and Picture Bride.
  • NANCY KWAN - Trail-blazing Actress (whose father is Chinese and mother is English) in films such as The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song. Her latest credits include various films in Hong Kong.
  • KATIE LEUNG - Scots Chinese teenager landed the dream role (over 4,000+ others) as Harry Potter's first girlfriend in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
  • GONG LI - Acclaim Chinese actress who can be seen in the U.S. in "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005)
  • LUCY LIU - Star first came to fame in the tv show "Ally McBeal." Married Zach Helm in 2004. They broke up in 2005. She is also the first (and only) Asian-American woman to host Saturday Night Live. Liu has said about her background, "when you grow up Asian-American it's difficult because you don't know if you're Asian or you're American. You get confused" and that "You need to recognize where your background is from. I think it's important. Just for yourself. It makes you more whole. It does."
  • SANDRA TSING LOH - writer/performer who has appeared on stage, radio and television.
  • JODI LONG - continuing the entertainment industry tradition of her parents who performed at the Forbidden City" Night Club.
  • TRUDIE LONG (AKA KIMIYE TSUNEMITSU - She was the only girl of five children born in Portland, Oregon to Issei Japanese parents. Her father immigrated to the United States in 1900 and her mother was a picture bride who followed 15 years later. After Pearl Harbor was bombed during WWII, while one son was fighting Germans in the European Theater, the Tsunemitsu family was relocated to the Minadoka Internment Camp in Idaho. After a year, Kimiye, with the help of a sponsor, was released from the camp and made her way to NYC. After working as a clerk at the American Bible Society, she got a job as a dancer at The China Doll Nightclub and changed her name to Trudie. It was here that she met Larry Long and embarked on a career as part of the night club act "Larry and Trudie Leung." Once their daughter started school, she retired from show biz and went back to work as an administrator at the American Bible Society.
  • NOBU MCCARTHY - pioneering actress/director
  • MING NA - Beautiful actress from the films Mulan, Joy Luck Club, ER and others.
  • ANISHA NAGARAJAN - she made her Broadway debut as leading actress (Priya) in Bombay Dreams. Stage credits include: Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Jean Louise Finch).
  • MINAE NOJI - Her TV credits include a recurring role on the CBS daytime series The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, etc. In film, she played the sexy singer, "Miss Bangkok," in Be Cool (MGM), the sequel to Get Shorty, starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman and in Memoirs of a Geisha.
  • FRANCIS NUYUN - seen in "South Pacific" and a famous episode in the show "Star Trek."
  • MERLE OBERON - acclaim actress of English/Indian descent who appeared in films such as Wuthering Heights.
  • SANDRA OH - theater-trained actress has starred in films such as Arli$$, Under the Tuscan Sun, Grey's Anatomy, etc.
  • MERLE OBERON - famous Anglo-Indian actress who was born in February 19, 1911 and starred in films such as Wuthering Heights, Dark Angel, Men of Tomorrow and The Private Lives of Henry VIII - among many others
  • GRACE PARK - (Jee Un Park) in 2005, this L.A. born/Vancouver-raised actress is appearing in Battlestar Galactica, after being on Smallville for 4 years
  • NIA PEEPLES - This actress (whose mother is French/German/Filipino/Spanish, and father is White) has been seen on daytime's General Hospital. hit TV series Fame - along with other television shows. She is also a choreographer, producer and director.
  • LINDSEY PRICE - Actress (whose mother is Korean and father is German-Irish) has TV credits that include All My Childern, Bold & the Beautiful, Beverley Hills, 90210. Guest Appearances: Frasier, C-16, Head Over Heels, Life Goes On, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, The Wonder Years, Newhart, Coupling and My Two.
  • AISHWARYA RAI - One of Bollywood's top stars who is making her entry into Hollywood via "Bride and Prejudice"
  • LEA SALONGA - The Original Ms. Saigon
  • BRENDA SONG - Disney star's TV/Film credits include Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, That's So Raven, George Lopez, The Bernie Mac Show, 7th Heaven, Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Judging Amy, Leave It To Beaver and Santa With Muscles with Hulk Hogan.
  • SHANNYN SOSSAMON - Actress (whose mother is Filipino-Hawaiian and father is of Anglo-German descent) appeared in the part of Lady Jocelyn; the love interest in 2001's quasi-medieval hit, A Knight's Tale - along with roles in movies like 40 Days and 40 Nights and The Rules of Attraction.
  • PAT SUZUKI - In 1948, Pat (a non-conformist Nisei) took off for Mills College near San Francisco and worked as a typist, did odd jobs at school, was a receptionist in a Chinese restaurant. She bounced on to Modesto Junior College, then to San Francisco City College and to San José State. She studied voice, biology, philosophy, art, art history, woodworking. During her two years at San José State she sang in a small nightclub on weekends, and she began to develop a style. At Seattle's Colony, an offbeat supper club, she found great success. R&H did not quite write Flower Drum Song for Pat, but at times it seemed close to becoming her show. As Linda Low—hymning "Grant Avenue, San Francisco" with all the fire-cracking verve of Chinatown itself—Pat worked with so much authority that by the time the show opened in Boston, she was practically in command.
  • YUKA TAKARA - upcoming actress received rave reviews when she starred in the touring production of the David Henry Hwang's "Flower Drum Song."
  • JENNIFER TILLY - Actress seen on TV in Boone (1983) and Hill Street Blues. She's been in movies such as No Small Affair, Fabulous Baker Boys, Made in America The Getaway and Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway.
  • MEG TILLY - Tilly was born Margaret Chan in Long Beach, California in 1960, the third of four children of Harry Chan, a Chinese-American businessman and Patricia Tilly, an Irish-Canadian schoolteacher. Following her parents divorce when she was three, she was raised by her mother and stepfather in her mother's native British Columbia, Canada. Tilly attended Esquimalt High School in Victoria, British Columbia. She has two sisters: Rebecca, and actress Jennifer Tilly (born 1958). Successful actress has been seen in movies such as The Big Chill, Psycho II, Agnes in God, Leaving Normal, Body Snatchers and others.
  • KIANA TOM - Success story seen on ESPN
  • TAMLYN TOMITA - Seen in Joy Luck Club, Karate Kid 2, hundred percent and others
  • NOEL TOY - Known as Noel Toy (born Ngun Yee), this outspoken and rebellious person was the nation’s first Chinese American fan dancer and one of the most famous women to practice the art in places such as Charlie Low's "Forbidden City Night Club." She (hailed as the "Chinese Sally Rand") dazzled audiences and raised eyebrows in the 1940’s with her seductive nude fan dances in sell-out performances across the county appearing on stage wearing nothing more than ostrich plumes that broke the stereotypes of the prim, reticent and submissive Asian female stereotype. She appeared in various American pictures till 1954.
  • MIYOSHI UMEKI - As a teenager in her native Japan, Miyoshi Umeki began her show business career as a singer and dancer on radio programs and in nightclubs. In the 1950s, she landed a spot on "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends." In 1957, Umeki was cast as the Japanese woman who falls in love with an American soldier (Red Buttons) despite the US government's policy banning interracial marriage in "Sayonara". Despite winning an Oscar, Umeki was unable to land a suitable follow-up and instead turned to Broadway where she starred in the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song", playing Mei Li, an illegal Chinese immigrant who arrives in the USA searching for a husband. Although she acquitted herself in the 1961 film version of "Flower Drum Song", Umeki still found additional roles scarce. In fact, the actress was to appear in only three additional movies, "Cry for Happy" (1961), "The Horizontal Lieutenant" (1962) and "A Girl Named Tamiko" (1963). She played the wise and dependable housekeeper Mrs. Livingston on the ABC sitcom "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1969-72). After the series ran its course, she operated a dance studio in North Hollywood for close to 20 years. Presently, Umeki has retired to Hawaii. In November 2004 - she moved to a a small town in Missouri to be near her son and family.
  • SUZANNE WHANG - Host, actress and comedian
  • Aside from its stars, what also makes this musical number of special interest is that it was directed by Jorn H. Winther, a five-time Emmy nominee for ABC TVs All My Children, and director of the now legendary, original, David Frost--Richard Nixon TV Interviews, in 1977, and choreographed by Wakefield Poole, who began his career as a dancer on Broadway, became Assistant Director/Choreographer to Tony and Emmy Award-winner Joe Layton [No Strings on Broadway; The Barbara Streisand Specials on TV] and subsequently went on to revolutionized the adult film industry when he produced and directed the landmark male-adult film Boys in the Sand [1970] and its sequels. The song Gotta Dance! by Hugh Martin is from the 1948 Broadway musical Look Ma, I'm Dancin! [book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee]; I Wont Dance has music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Jimmy McHugh, Otto Harbach and Dorothy Fields.
    VIRGINIA WING - She was a well-known actress, singer and (during the 60s) the award-winning face of Guerlains Mitsouko perfume that allowed her to earned a place in The Breck Girls Hall of Fame for her Breck Crème Rinse commercials and print ads, photographed by Richard Avedon, Bert Stern and Mel Sokolsky. She was a favorite guest on the Tonight Show and Today Show in the 60s while accumulating TV credits such as Route 66, That Was The Week That Was, Hawaii Five-O, Emergency!, Love, American Style, Diffrent Strokes, Law & Order, Third Watch, and films Savage Intruder, Charley Varrick, The Billion Dollar Hobo, Good Guys Wear Black, I Oughta Be in Pictures, Falling For Grace, Anamorph starring William Dafoe, and The Guitar directed by Amy Hart Redford, daughter of Robert Redford [2008]. Her theater credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the US includes Mitch Leigh's Chu Chem, directed by Albert Marre, costarring Broadway icons Menasha Skulnick and Mollie Picon, Lady Macbeth in Sleep No More for which she was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Best Actress, Lindo Jong in the Pan Asian Repertory Theatres acclaimed 2007 production of The Joy Luck Club by Susan Kim, directed by Tisa Chang and she produced Back Alley Tales for the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center, written and directed by George C. Wolfe.
  • ANNA MAY WONG - 1st Asian American female star from the 1920's.
  • JADA (ANNA MAY) WONG - star at the "Forbidden City" night club, stand-up comic and actress who associated with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Becall, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.
  • MICHELLE YEOH - Malaysian-born Michelle Yeoh has teamed up with Pierce Brosnan in the latest James Bond movie. At first, the producers thought they were getting just another Bond Girl -- a bimbo in a bikini. But Yeoh quickly proved to be a mighty match for the legendary agent 007
  • FRANCOISE YIP - This Chinese/French-Canadian (father is Chinese and mother is French-Canadian) was educated in North Vancouver British Columbia's Windsor Secondary School. Her skills include stunt/wire work, martial arts, piano, dancing, ice/roller skating and speaks English, French and basic Cantonese. She was considered to play a role in The Matrix (2003). Along with numerous Chinese films, she's played in American programming such as Blood Ties, Men in Trees, Edison, The Deal (2005), Andromeda (2 episodes, 2001-2005), Alone in the Dark, Blade: Trinity (2004), A Beachcombers Christmas, The Dead Zone, Smallville, Jeremiah, Flatland Li (6 episodes, 2002), Mindstorm, Witness to a Kill, Earth: Final Conflict, Millennium and Futuresport.
  • NANCY YOON - Currently hosts "Tribal Media," an international pop culture show covering music, film and politics that affect young Americans and Asian Americans today.
  • VICKI ZHAO (ZHAO WEI) - she's had great success since 1998 in various acclaim Hong Kong movies
  • ZHANG ZIYI - fast-rising Chinese star of Memoirs of a Geisha, House of the Flying Daggers, Hero and many others. Read her Blackbelt Magazine by clicking HERE.

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