Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

More than Los Angeles.  More than Chicago.  Even more than New York!

Yes, the Houston metropolitan area is the most ethnically diverse in the United States, according to the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.  How cool is that!

In May, we’re celebrating one of the groups counted in that survey with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  And that group in itself is amazingly diverse.  We think of China, Japan, and India, but the group also includes Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, the islands of the Pacific, and so many other countries.

This being a blog about movies and television, I’ve decided to concentrate on the actors and actresses of Asian-Pacific descent who have become part of our favorite TV series and movies, whether current or in the past.  My list was getting quite long, so I focused on those who were born and/or raised in the U.S.


Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls)
Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation; Falling Skies)
Tia Carrere (True Lies; Wayne’s World)
Rosalind Chao (The Joy Luck Club; Star Trek: the Next Generation; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva; Margaret Cho, Beautiful)
Vanessa Anne Hudgens (High School Musical; Beastly)
Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels; Kill Bill, Vol. 1)
Ming-Na (The Joy Luck Club; ER; Stargate: Universe)
Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica; Hawaii Five-O)
Maggie Q (Nikita; Three Kingdoms)
Navi Rawat (Numb3rs)
Sonja Sohn (The Wire; Body of Proof)
Lauren Tom (The Joy Luck Club; Futurama)
Tamlyn Tomita (The Karate Kid II; The Joy Luck Club)


Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation)
Michael Paul Chen (The Closer)
John Cho (Harold & Kumar; Star Trek)
Ken Jeong (Community; Zookeeper)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Walking Tall; The Game Plan)
Tim Kang (The Mentalist)
Daniel Dae Kim (Lost; Hawaii Five-O)
Bruce Lee (Enter the Dragon; Fists of Fury; Game of Death)
Pat Morita (The Karate Kid; Mulan)
Masi Oka (Heroes; Hawaii Five-O)
Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar; House)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes; Covert Affairs)
James Shigeta (Flower Drum Song; Blue Hawaii; Once an Eagle)
Jack Soo (Flower Drum Song; Barney Miller)
George Takei (Star TrekHeroes)
Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager)
B.D. Wong (Oz; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

I hope one of your personal favorites listed.  If not, please let me know who you would include.  And join HCPL in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage.  Check out the events at your local branch.