(Eastern) Asian-Americans in the Entertainment Industry Keeping It Real

It's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Pride, yo.
  1. Arden Cho [on who she'd be for a day and why]: "ScarJo, because she gets to play white female leads AND Asian female leads. And I don't know, I mean it's really hard for us to get anything over here. I mean, throw me a bone. Is that bad?"
    Arden Cho is an American actress, singer, and model, best known for playing Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. She is of Korean descent.
  2. John Cho: "I experienced racism, and in my professional life, I try to take roles that don't fall within the parameters of any Asian stereotype. And so to me, hopefully that's a positive thing I can put into popular culture and so maybe in some bizarrely tiny way that helps people not think of Asians in one particular way."
    John Cho is an American actor and musician. He is best known for playing Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films and Sulu in the Star Trek revamp. He is currently the subject of Twitter movement: #StarringJohnCho. He was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States at the age of 6.
  3. Eric Nam: "Even at the time I entered [his prestigious private school], I was the only Asian. The kids spit on me."
    Eric Nam is an American singer and television host. He currently is based in South Korea, but was discovered off of YouTube in 2012. He is of South Korean descent.
  4. Daniel Dae Kim [to people who pre-suppose a post-racial society]: "Walk a mile in a minority's shoes, and you will see that we do not live in a post-racial society."
    Daniel Dae Kim is an American actor, producer, and director. He is best known for playing Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost and Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0. He is currently starring in The King and I on Broadway. Kim was born in Busan, South Korea and immigrated to the United States at the age of 2.
  5. Constance Wu [on pictures released of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi]: "It was particularly heinous because they ran CGI tests to make her look more Asian. Some people call it 'yellowface' but I say 'the practice of blackface employed on Asians' because that's more evocative."
    Constance Wu is an American actress known for her role as Jessica Huang in Fresh Off the Boat. She is of Taiwanese descent.
  6. Margaret Cho: "Those who say racism doesn't exist anymore are the biggest perpetuators of it #whitewashedOUT."
    Margaret Chi is an American comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her stand up, critiquing social and political problems. She is of Korean descent.
  7. Lucy Liu [on how it feels to represent the whole Asian community]: I never asked for that! I'm just doing my job.
    Lucy Liu is an American actress and artist, She is a prime time Emmy nominee for her role Ling Woo in Ally McBeal. She has been a part of Kill Bill, Charlie's Angels, Kung Fu Panda, and is currently playing Joan Watson in Sherlock Homes drama series Elementary. She is of Chinese descent.
  8. Jamie Chung [on Asian American television arcs]: "I'm so sick of that story. And it's my story too. I think once we phase out of this decade, hopefully it will become more even."
    Jamie Chung is an American actress, blogger, and former reality television personality. She made her debut as a cast member in The Real World: San Diego and currently plays Mulan on Once Upon a Time. She is second generation Korean American.
  9. George Takei: "They had Asian children dressed in tuxedos with briefcases as numbers-counters, which is a stereotype that Adians have today... and then they talked about Asian children making computers and iPhones... I mean for the Academy - the elite of the industry - to be so oblivious and ignorant of the profound damage they can do?"
    George Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. He is of Japanese descent. Most recently, Takei brought to and starred in Allegiance on Broadway, loosely based on his own experiences in Japanese internment camps.
  10. Ken Jeong [on what is so progressive about an Asian American family on tv "acting like a white family]: That's white people talking. No minority would ever say that. And if you went the other direction, those same white people would say, "oh, he does too my much Asian stuff."
    Ken Jeong is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his roles as Ben Chang on Community and Leslie Chow in the Hangover trilogy. He is the lead, creator, writer, and executive producer of Dr. Ken. He is of Korean descent. Jeong has his M.D. from UNC Chapel Hill.
  11. Kelvin Yu: The more diversity that you on screen... I don't think we can quantify what that means to young people."
    Kelvin Yu is an American actor and writer. He currently writes for Bobs Burgers and has a recurring role in Master of None. He is of Taiwanese descent.
  12. Philip Wang: [see Don't just TALK about Whitewashing] https://youtu.be/EG-fF40aZZM
    Phil Wang is one of the creator of Wong Fu Productions, an American filmmaking group. They have been featured at LAAPFF, SDAFF, and Cannes. They have over 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube (2015). Wang is of Chinese descent.
  13. Steven Yeun: "People ask, 'So how are the roles now? You must be getting so many,' and its lien I don't know if you know, but I'm Asian still."
    Steven Yeun is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Glenn Rhee on the Walking Dead. He was born in Seoul, South Korea , but grew up in Michigan.
  14. Ki Hong Lee [on seeing Asian Americans in mass media]: Imagine if you had minorities in those covers and you like at those covers like. 'Yeah he looks just like me! I'm hot!' If you think about it, it does change your psyche and the way you think about yourself and the way you perceive yourself in relation to others and that's very important."
    Ki Hong Lee is an American actor. He is best known for playing Minho in The Maze Runner and Dong Nguyen in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, moved to New Zealand at the age of six and was raised in Los Angeles from the age of 8.
  15. Randall Park [on the changing industry]: " I'm sure social media plays a part in this. Asian-Americans are more vocal. We're tired of the same old crap. And I think the outcry has been heard." Also, "[Asian] stereotypes are still prevalent, but in a much more nuanced way."
    Randall Park is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He is known for playing Kim Jong Un in the Interview, Gov. Danny Chung in Veep and is currently playing Louis Hung in Fresh Off the Boat. He is the son of Korean immigrants.
  16. Justin Chon: [as of March 2016] I was recently asked to audition for a role that I felt was borderline racist. But if I said no to every single borderline role, I would be unemployed."
    Justin Chon is an American actor. He is best known for playing Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga. He is of Korean descent.
  17. Harry Shum, Jr.: "They'll be like, 'you're not nerdy enough,' and I'll be like, 'WTF does that mean?' 'you're not Asian enough' — I'm like 'what?'"
    Harry Shum Jr. is a Costa Rican American actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer. He is best known for playing Mike Chang on Glee and is currently playing Magnus Band in Shadowhunters. He is of Cantonese descent.
  18. Jeremy Lin [as of March 2016]: "Just the other night in Brooklyn, I was trying to leave and one of the ladies was like, 'Hey, I need your credentials for you to pass.' And someone else was like, 'Oh, he's a player.'"
    Jeremy Lin is an American NBA basketball player, currently with the Charlotte Hornets. Lin had been a featured actor in a number of skits with Ryan Higa, KevJumba, and Wong Fu as well as tv series like Fresh Off the Boat. In 2012, Lin generated a global following known as "Linsanity." He is of Chinese and Taiwanese descent.
  19. Eugene Lee Yang [on being Korean American]: "I'm proud to be part of a long tradition of tough motherfuckers."
    Eugene Lee Yang is a video producer, writer, director, and actor for Buzzfeed Video. He is of Korean descent.
  20. Visibility is everything.