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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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