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APA ON TV - 2000
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Tia Carrere
Margaret Cho
Church of Rhythm
James Hong
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Jet Li
Keye Luke
Martial Law
Minoru Miki
Lea Salonga
George Takei
Tamilyn Tomita
Ming-Na Wen
Anna May Wong
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The purpose of this section is to provide highlights and noteworthy appearances of US Asians/APA's on television shows and films. This includes people on both sides of the camera from actors, directors, writers, special effects personnel, camera people and producers.


In April 2000, new developments include new Sci-Fi Channel interview with George Takei, an Old Navy commercial that features Lisa Ling and an "I am Sci-Fi" campaign promo that includes Jet Li!

April 1 features

  • Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High,
  • April 2 brings to the film Double Happiness and Keanu Reeves/Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate!

Between April 3 - 9

  • Double Happiness
  • Ann Curry on the Late Show
  • Dean Cain on Rosie
  • Chris Tashima's Visas & Virture
  • Keye Luke, James Hong, etc. in Beauty & the Beast
  • Christine Toy Johnson (only Asian American
    in a reoccurring role on daytime television) in One Live to Live,
    Sessue Hayakawa in the House of Bamboo and Keanu Reeves in The Matrix!

In the week of April 10 - 16 -

  • Monday highlights include Lucy Liu in Ally McBeal, YoYo Ma
  • Michelle Kwan ice-skating & Jason Scott Lee in the Bruce Lee Story
  • Wednesday - the film "Double Happiness"
  • Thursday, Bryan Chan attempts to "Making the Band"
  • Friday - Kristi Yamaguichi is seen in the "Ice War" on CBS
  • Sunday showing John Lone in "The Shadow."

The week of April 17-23

  • Tia Carriere, Margaret Cho, Amy Hill and others in "Fairy Tales" on Monday
  • Bai Ling can be seen on Tuesday
  • Wednesday: West Wing - features James Hong
  • Michelle Kwan Thursday on the Disney Channel and
  • the film "Johny Tsunami" on Friday features an interracial family!

Between April 24 and 30:

  • MONDAY has Brandon Lee in Rapid Fire, Tia Carrere in Wayne's World and Lucy Liu in Ally McBeal.
  • TUESDAY has Ming Na in "Hong Kong '97," Tia in Wayne's World 2, Jack Ong in Friends and Kanoa Chung in Disney's "Rip Girls."
  • WEDNESDAY has Joan Chen's "Xiu Xiu" & Sunday.
  • THURSDAY has Jason Scott Lee in Murder in Mind & "Born in East L.A." and Rae Dawn Chong in "Commando."
  • FRIDAY features John Lone in the "Last Emperor," Margaret Cho/Dante Basco in "Fakin Da Funk" and Bryan Chung in "Making the Band."
  • SATURDAY has Sandra Oh in Arli$$, John Lone in "The Shadow," and Jet Li in Lethal Weapon 4.
  • SUNDAY features Jason Scott Lee in ABC's Arabian Nights and the great martial arts spoof "Big Trouble in Little China."


Additional information on the shows can be found at ClickTV/ TV Guide Online and TV Quest


Information from listings on the major network television stations (i.e. CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX), cable stations (i.e. HBO, ShowTime, CineMax, Lifetime, Sci-Fi, PAX, A&E, etc.), "Super Stations" (i.e. UPN, WGN, TNT, TBS), PBS shows, etc. from many resources will be listed. Visit the websites listed below for specific information on shows of interest.


Ratings and market share are the "bottom line" that the entertainment companies judge what programs are on and/or off television.

We need to support the new programming that displays accurate imagery that is being produced and support past viable programs - as we are the best judges. If we, as a community, don't support this type of programming - no one else will.


Despite the vacillating number and quality of Christian artists within the APA communities throughout the years, these featured artists have proven their respective music ministries through the test of time. Junko - for those who want the feelgood/traditional Amy Grant-like songs, Church of Rhythm - who brings their techno-dance rhythms to their audiences,

BIG DOG SMALL FENCE - Deci-mal (DJ/Vocals), Greg Kawai (drums), Sammy Wright (Guitar) and Pablo Tovar (Vocals/Bass) started five years as a worship band that wanted to influence the ska community. Through playing clubs and churches in the LA area in reaching out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, their music has evolved to include Jazz to Punk, from Ska to Latin, and a large influence from reggae and hip-hop. Their infectious ska-core grooves, intense hip-hop overtones, and powerful horns have allowed them to play with Buck O Nine, the Supertones and Five Iron Frenzy.

CHURCH OF RHYTHM - is "the united nations of funk" with members from Korea, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. It's ethnic diversity brings an unspoken message of racial harmony and equality to their audiences. Originating through the ministries of Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, COR now has six enthusiastic members dedicated to reaching this generation with a voice of encouragement about making the church a place to be real.

JUNKO - Her latest recording, "Eternal Treasure," sums up what Junko treasures the most in her life-her family, her friends, and, most of all, Jesus Christ. Junko found music was always a source of consolation and joy, a ticket into people's hearts, a way for Junko to fit in and to connect with them. In August of 1999, Junko's popularity as the "local" act made her a top choice to open for Michael W. Smith for two concerts in Honolulu.

CHOICES - Christmas soundtrack c.d. that features various Asian Pacific American / Multi-ethnic artists such as Second Wind, Junko, Steve Moriya, Madisun, Maggie Chen, Ja'a, Maggie Chen and others. Denny's Restaurants, Pacific Bell and The Gas Company are some of the corporate sponsors. This eclectic collection of alternative, swing, r&b, rock and folk ballad tracks are raising funds for Michael Chang's Foundation, Asian Pacific Resource Center of the LA County Public Library and the Asian Youth Center.

THE KATINAS - These five Samoan brothers, who resides in Nashville, are the Asian Pacific American version of The Winans - a great gospel singing group that features phat beats and great singing! They have appeared on Amy Grant's last two Christmas tour, along with Cece Winans and Michael W. Smith and have appeared on other great c.d.'s such as Paul Jackson Jr.! If one is tired of listening to groups that is all smoke and looks that will not be around in a year or so - check out The Katinas!

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