19 Asian Actresses on Major U.S. Cable Network Shows
Arden Cho (Korean) as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Korean) as Lily Tucker-Pritchett on Modern Family
Archie Panjabi (Sindhi) as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife
Chloe Bennet (Chinese and Jewish) as Skye on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Grace Park (Korean) as Kono Kalakaua on Hawaii Five-0
Hannah Simone (Indian and German/Italian/Greek) as Cece Parekh on New Girl
Jamie Chung (Korean) as Mulan on Once Upon a Time
Jenna Ushkowitz (Korean) as Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee
Jessica Lu (Chinese and Japanese) as Ming Huang on Awkward.
Maggie Q (Vietnamese and Irish/Polish) as Nikita on Nikita
Michaela Conlin (Chinese and Irish) as Angela Montenegro on Bones
Mindy Kaling (Tamil and Bengali) as Mindy Lahiri on The Mindy Project
Ming-Na Wen (Chinese) as Melinda May on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Parminder Nagra (Indian) as Meera Malik on The Blacklist
Reshma Shetty (Indian) as Divya Katdare on Royal Pains
Sandra Oh (Korean) as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy
Shay Mitchell (Filipina and Scottish/Irish) as Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars
Tania Gunadi (Indonesian) as Private Park on Enlisted
Yunjin Kim (Korean) as Karen Kim on Mistresses
This was made in response to an anon we recently got who asked,
(Image reads - anonymous asked wocinsolidarity: We all know Lucy Liu is an industry favorite but do you know of any other Eastern Asia (or Asia in general) woc actresses?)
So rather then do a laundry list, I thought it would be cool to compile a photoset of someof the Asian actresses currently on television shows that aren’t Lucy Liu (though we do love us some Joan Watson). I asked around, and made this list based on my own TV watching and suggestions from people I know. So A) I don’t actually know if all of these shows are good or not and B) if one of your faves is missing it wasn’t done maliciously.
*Disclaimers: All images used were found on Google. We do not own or claim to own any of these photos. All information about ethnic identity was found from Wikipedia, so let us know if anything is incorrect!
Also: Sorry for how bad the quality of the photoset is.
Edit: also I’m so sorry I clearly can’t count, this is only 19!