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#StarringJohnCho and Other Asian Leading Men

Hollywood seemed to have made a distinct group decision to remove Asian male actors from leading roles after Sessue Hayakawa became a Hollywood star.

Sessue Hayakawa

Hayakawa was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent era of the 1910s and 1920s.He was the first actor of Asian descent to find stardom as a leading man in the United States and Europe. His “broodingly handsome” good looks and typecasting as an exotic villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women during a time of racial discrimination, and he became the first male sex symbol of Hollywood.

It was if Hollywood was afraid that Asian American men would have too much power being seen as sex symbols. Will this Twitter meme help? I hope so!

John Cho

Other Asian American male actors who are swoonworthy:

Russell Wong

Russell Wong

Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos

Apolo Anton Ohno

Apolo Anton Ohno

 Ho-Sung Pak

Ho-Sung Pak

Robin Shou

Robin Shou

Johnny Nguyen

Johnny Nguyen

Jon Foo

Jon Foo

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Arjun Rampal

Arjun Rampal

Daniel Henney

Daniel Henney

James Kyson Lee

James Kyson Lee

Sendhil Ramamurthy

Sendhil Ramamurthy

Ian Anthony Dale

Ian Anthony Dale

Utkarsh Ambudkar

Utkarsh Ambudkar

Rick Yune

Rick Yune

David Lee McInnis

David Lee McInnis

Steven Yeun

Steven Yeun

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Tohoru Masamune

Tohoru Masamune

Telly Leung

Telly Leung

Dennis Oh

Dennis Oh

Adrian Zaw

Adrian Zaw

Justin Chon

Justin Chon

Will Yun Lee

Will Yun Lee

Tom Choi

Tom Choi

Jon Komp Shin

Jon Komp Shin

Kenny Leu

Kenny Leu

godfrey gao

Godfrey Gao

 Shannon Kook

Shannon Kook

Chris Pang

Chris Pang

Ryan Potter

Ryan Potter

Michael Copon

Michael Copon

Booboo_Stewart

Booboo Stewart

Jay Hayden

Jay Hayden

Manish Dayal

Manish Dayal

Christopher Sean

Christopher Sean

Lewis Tan

Lewis Tan

Justin Chon

Justin Chon

 Aaron Yoo

Aaron Yoo

Chen Tang

Chen Tang

Nikesh Patel

Nikesh Patel

Topher Park

Topher Park

Jimmy Wong

Jimmy Wong

Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Lawrence Kao

Lawrence Kao

 Samuel Patrick Chu

Samuel Patrick Chu

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Help Make The Real Mikado (A Feature Film) Real

Joyce Wu, The Real Mikado, Asian American ActressMy name is Joyce Wu and I’m an Asian American writer, actress and filmmaker.  I’m currently an MFA candidate in film production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and I’ve directed several short films that have won awards and screened at festivals around the world.

I’m getting in touch with you today to tell you about my newest feature film. It’s called The Real Mikado and you can check out the campaign here.

The film is about an out of work Asian American actress in New York who runs out of money and moves back in with her parents in the suburbs of Detroit.  The town is facing a budget crisis and wants to shut down the community theater.  She agrees to direct a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera The Mikado to try and save it. It’s a fun but poignant coming-of-age comedy. Right now, I’m working on securing funding via the IndieGoGo platform. I think we can all agree it’s about time for a film featuring an Asian American character who isn’t just an ethnic side kick or massage parlor worker.  The prospects in Hollywood for a film with a female protagonist (much less an Asian American one) are grim and this movie needs the support of the community so it can be produced independently. Any help you can give to this film would be greatly appreciated.  I know how busy you must be, so thank you for taking the time to read this and for checking out the project.

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Asian American Actors in Recurring TV Roles UPDATED3

Margaret Cho All American Girl Asian American Actress Actor Comedian on TV Television JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club

“Not a single lead actor is Asian or Asian American.*

Yes, I am elated that Daniel Dae Kim has found life after Lost, but he’s technically in a supporting role to Alex O’Loughlin.”

from 8 Asians in 2010

I did a little digging to see what regular, recurring roles on television Asian Americans were getting, both today and in years past. I’m happy to say that while there are a lot of techies and doctors not surprisingly played by Asian Americans, there is a widening of “regular joe” roles, particularly for TV geared towards younger audiences. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the roles Asian Americans actors are getting these days. What do you think?

Who did I leave out? Please help.

The Doctors

Sandra Oh Asian Americans AAPI on TV television shows JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubSandra Oh, actually Canadian. Role: Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. 2005-currently.

Ming Na Wen Asian American Actress Actor JadeLuckClub ERMing Na Wen. Role: Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on ER. She was on Season 1, Season 6 through 11. She went on to star in other successful TV shows such as Stargate Universe.

Charlyne Yi House Asian American Actor Actress JadeLuckClubCharlyne Amanda Yi. Role: Dr. Chi Park on House. 2004- currently. She joins House for season 8 in 2011. She had her own show, Inconceivable, in 2005 which lasted 2 episodes. She played Rachel Lu, co-founder of a fertility clinic.

 

With a Martial Arts Slant

Maggie Q Nikita Asian American Model Actor Actress JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubMargaret Denise Quigley or  Maggie Q. Role: Maggie Q in Nikita.  The series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as Division and, after three-year hiding period, is back with schemes to bring down the organization. 2010-present.

Thuy Trang Asian American Actress Actor Martial Arts Action JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubThe late Thuy Trang is probably a familiar face to many children and young adults for her role as Trini Kwan, the original yellow ranger, in the hit youth television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

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