**(Lucy Alexis Liu) Amy Li, Chinese-American female who interacted with series
title character (Pearl) attending a prestigious East coast university. See also
*(Mia Korf/costar) Asian female ex-con recruited by FBI experimental undercover
unit that employed streetwise felons to bring down criminals.
**(Brian Tochi) Dragon, tough Asian gang leader (Shanghai Shieks Gang) who
teamed with six other street gang leaders (under the supervision of a big city
cop) to form a group of crime fighting youths. Peter Kwong played the role of
Dragon in the 1982 Made-for TV movie that inspired the series.
*(Tia Carrere) Sydney Fox, an unorthodox History Professor of Asian descent
working for Trinity College on the East Coast. Sydney moonlights as an explorer,
crisscrossing the globe in pursuit of fabled lost treasures and rare stolen
artifacts. She is skilled in the martial arts and in high demand by a variety of
employers: secret government agencies, private collectors, museum curators, etc.
Sydney's father was a civil engineer, designing and building bridges, roads and
structures the world over. He met his wife, a beautiful Asian woman, while
working in the Far East, The family stayed in the East for a few years, but
after Sydney’s mother died, she traveled with her father and thus became
familiar with different cultures and languages.
SANFORD AND SON/NBC/1972-77
**(Noriyuki Pat Morita) Ah Chew, Asian-American neighbor of a black Watts junk
dealer, who was introduced during the 1974-74 season.
**(Dustin Nguyen) Chief William Shan, naval officer onboard the submarine
SeaQuest that roamed the oceans of the near future. Shan’s character appeared in
episodes 19-22 during the 1993-94 season.
**(Maggie Han) Cheryl, beautiful Asian female acquaintance of Jewish comedian
Jerry Seinfeld in 1993 episodes No. 55 “The Visa” and No. 64 “The Pilot (2).” On
episode No. 90 "The Chinese Woman" (Oct, 13 1994) Jerry meets a woman named
Donna Chang on the phone because of crossed lines. Thinking she was Chinese,
Jerry asks her out on a date and tells his friend Elaine "My first date ever
with the Pacific Rim. I'm very excited" (he's apparently forgotten about
Cheryl). When Donna Chang (Angela Dohrman) arrives on the date, she is obviously
not Chinese (blond & Jewish) and tells Jerry her real name is Changstein.
Feeling cheated, Jerry complains to Elaine, that Donna was a purveyor of "false
advertising" and that he believed that Donna likes the fact that people mistake
her for Chinese. Ironically, Donna likes Chinese Food, teaches acupuncture, and
occasionally offers unconscious Chinese affectations [she mis-speaks "redicrulus"
for "rediculous"]. About this same time, George Costanza's parents are
contemplating divorce. When George's mother calls her son and gets Donna
instead, they speak on the phone for an hour and Donna talks Estelle out of
getting a divorce. When Estelle meets Donna in person and discovers Donna is not
Chinese she yells "Well! Then, that changes everything! I thought I was getting
advice from a Chinese woman. She's not Chinese. I was duped. I'm not taking
advice from some girl from Long Island." At that, Jerry casually advises Donna,
"You know, you might wanna think about changin' your name." An excerpt from the
script "The Chinese Woman" follows:
||Let me call him
back.. Hello?? Who is this?
Donna Chang? Oh, I'm sorry, I must o' dialed the wrong number.
||[re-dialing] Should 'ave
talked to her; I love Chinese women.
||Isn't that a little
|| If I like their
race, how can that be racist?..Hellooo??...Oh, is this Donna Chang
again?!..Yyy-yes, I am calling George...Oh, the lines are crossed; you're
getting his caaalls. Well, what do you know?!
*(Ernie Reyes, Jr./costar) Ernie, a 12-year-old orphan and martial arts expert
from the fictitious country of Patasan who was adopted by Los Angeles Police
detective Jake Rizzo. Once Ernie's aunt and uncle Mr. & Mrs. Tosh (Clyde Kusatsu,
Eileen Saki) unsuccessfully tried to gain custody of Ernie. Keye Luke appeared
in mental flashbacks as Ernie's grandfather, Sabasan whose wisdom guided Ernie
in solving his problems. Keye Luke was also seen in flashback sequences on the
western adventure KUNG FU. He played the blink Shaolin Monk, Master Po. In real
life, Ernie Reyes, Jr. was a skilled black belt and veteran of the martial
artist. The series was based on THE DISNEY SUNDAY MOVIE presentation The Last
Electric Knight (1986).
THE SINGLE GUY/NBC/1995-97
*(Ming-Na Wen/costar) Trudy Sloane, Asian-American woman who worked for a New
York art gallery and was married to Sam Sloane, a sound recording engineer.
Ming-Na Wen was born in Macau, China and raised in the Pennsylvanian town of
Mount Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
SPACE: ABOVE AND BEYOND/FOX/1995-96
*(Joel de la Fuente/costar) Lt. Paul Wang, an Asian soldier part of a squadron
of United States Marine space warriors sent into space to battle an unknown
enemy attacking the planet Earth in the year 2063 A.D. Joel de la Fuente is
STAR TREK: VOYAGER/UPN/1995-2001
**(Garrett Wang) Ensign Harry Kim, Starfleet communication officer of
Asian-American descent who served aboard Voyager, a starship marooned on the far
side of the galaxy. Garrett Wang (whose last name is pronounced “Wong.”)
graduated high school from Harding Academy in Memphis, TN and studied at UCLA.
**(Vivian Wu) Shadowy Asian woman who doled out doses of a mystery drug that
kept former army scientist (afflicted with a deadly Gulf War syndrome) alive so
he could do her bidding by investigating and exposing criminal abuses of
**(Karen Maruyama) Mrs. Fong, the apartment landlady of Susan Keane, a reporter
for a trendy San Francisco magazine called The Gate. On episode No. 38
"Ready...Aim...Fong!" Susan accidentally wounds Mrs. Fong when a gun bought for
protection against burglars falls on the floor, fires and shoots a bullet
through the floor and into Mrs. Fong‘s arm. Another Asian character on the
program was Mr. Chen (Phil Leeds), a "master healer" who helped Todd, a
Caucasian music critic at The Gate.
**(James Hong) Wang, a Chinese-American restaurant cook employed at the Malcolm
Argos Bouzouki bar in Los Angeles during the 1977-78 season.
**(Maggie Han) Cassie Lee, a sexy Asian-American assistant headmaster of an
exclusive all-white boarding school for boys. One night when she entered the
boy's dorm wearing a provocative outfit, she said "I love the sound of expanding
khaki in the evening."
TERRY AND THE PIRATES/DUM/1952-53
**(Gloria Saunders) Lai Choi San, aka "The Dragon Lady," an evil Eurasian female
who was often at odds with American aviators who had come to the orient in
search of a lost gold mine.
THREE MOONS OVER MILFORD/ABF/2006
**(Samantha Leigh Quan) Claire Ling, an Asian researcher (Matrix Multiplication)
at Syndex Corporation in the town of Milford, Vermont. When an asteroid hits
earth's moon and breaks into three parts, Ling begins to lose her inhibitions
and invites an 18 year-old math wizard to live in her apartment. After all, the
world's about to end and she want to get all the gusto she can before it's gone
TRACY GOES ON/HBO/1996-99
*(Tracy Ullman) Mrs. Noh Nang Ning, Asian donut shop owner, who relates
everything to the donut; and one of many characters created by white British
comedian and impressionist Tracy Ullman.
**(Joan Chen) Jocelyn "Josie" Packard, the widow of Andrew Packard, an American
lumberman who left his sawmill to his newly married Chinese wife. Described as
"one of the most beautiful women in the state," Josie was considered an outsider
by most, but found support and love in the arms of the local sheriff. Joan Chen
was born in Shanghai. Her part was originally written to be an Italian.
**(Aki Aleong) Mr. Chiang, Asian-American who battled a race of invading
reptilian aliens who sought to conquer the planet Earth (and eat its humans).
*(Russell Wong) Jian Wa Chang, a Chinese musician (a violinist) and martial arts
experts who is falsely accused of killing two federal agents. He spends the
majority of the series escaping the clutches of agents from the United States
Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Asian Crime Task Force while
trying to prove his innocence. The show's opening narration intoned "Running
from oppression, yearning for freedom, he came to America. But when he is
falsely accused of murder, he must run again searching for the truth...the
hunter and the hunted." Trivia Note: The series was based on the 1994 syndicated
made-for-TV movie of the same name. Russell Wong was born in Albany New York. He
took up ballet and jazz dance and then went on to Hong Kong to focus on martial
arts. Wong soon landed a movie deal with a Hong Kong studio. He made his
theatrical debut in the United States in the feature film adaptation of James
Clavell’s “Taipan.” In 1994 Wong was honored with the Image Award by the
Organization of Chinese Americans and the Media Action Network for Asian
American’s Media Achievement, as well as The Asian American Arts Foundation
award in 1997 and The Bridge Builder Award for his outstanding community
leadership in serving as a role model for youths.
**(Dustin Nguyen) Johnny Loh, Asian stuntman/actor who escaped from the Hong
Kong mob to America. On occasion, he assists the Los Angeles-based security
professionals at Vallery Irons Protection.
THE WAYANS BROS./WB/1995-99
**(Benny Quan) Benny, Asian short-order cook working at Pop's Joint, a small
diner in Manhattan.
WHAT A COUNTRY!/SYN/1986-87
**(Leila Hee Olsen) Yung Hi, a shy Chinese immigrant female who attended night
school in Los Angeles with a number of other foreigners studying for their
citizenship. Translated, her name meant: "Petal of wild flower blossoming in
sun, then wither and die and gone forever."
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