May is Asian American history month and some of television’s major stars and personalities come from the Pacific. Here is a list of characters and television personalities in salute of Asian American history month.
George Takei broke ground in two ways . He was one of the first Asian characters on prime time and later would come out as a gay actor. His Sulu was one of the officers that sat on the bridge of the original Star Trek
Kellye Nakahara played on all eleven seasons of the award winning MASH as Nurse Kelly. She was always there to lend a hand . She later did an episode of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” as an opera singer.
Rosalind Chao played Korean Soon Lee. She came to Klinger for help and ended up falling in love with the lovable company clerk. The two married on “Good Bye Farewell and Amen” , the series finale on Feb 28, 1983.
Chao Li Chao was Angela Channing’s loyal servant on Falcon Crest. He was the perfect household servant who didnt try to be cute or back talk to his employers. Joseph was also considered part of the Channing family.
Lending her support and being the biggest threat to the young Carter, Ming Na as Dr. Jing Mei Chen brought a smart, competitive woman to the ER. She also appeared on the short lived series The Single Guy.
Lauren Tom has done voices for such cartoons as King of the Hill and Futurama, but she was best known for Julie on the show Friends. Julie was one of Ross’s girlfriends. He found her when he went to China and then shortly after found out that Rachel had feelings for him. Here she is having a talk with Rachel.
Harry Shum Jr. ‘s Mike has a dream. He wants to dance . His father had other plans. But his mother supports him because she was also a dancer. Harry’s character on GLEE has great future plans, he will be dancing with the Joffrey in Chicago.
And what would Asian tv personalities be without mentioning this one? He is Mr. Entertainment and Mr. Foodie. Billy Dec is Filipino and he brings his culture to his places. He has also appeared in many movies and tv shows including Friends and Entourage. Currently he can be seen Thursdays on Windy City Live . His segment is called “What’s On Dec?” featuring events in Chicago.