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APA ON TV - 2000
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Tia Carrere
Margaret Cho
Church of Rhythm
James Hong
Bruce Lee
Jet Li
Keye Luke
Martial Law
Minoru Miki
Lea Salonga
George Takei
Tamilyn Tomita
Ming-Na Wen
Anna May Wong
Russell 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.


October 2 - 8:

  • Season Premiere Shows
  • Suzy Nakamura on Daddio
  • Stan Kang on District

October 9 - 15:

  • "The Rock" in on
  • Jackie Chan's cartoon
  • Johnny Tsunami

October 16 - 22:

  • Sessue Hayakawa appearance
  • Great Wall is showing
  • Enter the Dragon on tv

October 23 - 29:

  • Dean Devlin's The Visitor
  • Henry Chan's directing
  • Lucy Liu films
  • Kiana Tom movie


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.


Additional information on the shows can be found at the following:


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.


In honor of Cultural Diversity Month being celebrated during October, various unique and creative members of our communities will be featured below for your review. Their artistry will feature what magic can happen when combined our cultures are combined together!

JOANN FAUNG JEAN LEE - Joann Lee , Ph.D., is Director of Journalism, and Associate Professor at Queens College (CUNY).

She is author of Asian American Actors, Virtual Escape and Asian Americans.

Her career in Journalism spans over 25 years. As the first Asian American journalist hired by CNN, as well as its first New York Correspondent, she covered Wall Street, the United Nations, and the courts. She was also the first Asian American tv reporter to be hired for ABC and CBS local affiliate stations in Sacramento, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

She created and is director of the T.W. Wang Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Chinese American Issues, a national journalism award sponsored by the World Journal in 2000.

Her articles and commentaries about Asian Americans and the media have appeared in such major media organizations as Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, Asian Week, Editor and Publisher.

She earned a MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

SANDRA S. KING - is Al Gore's National Director for Asian and Pacific Islander American outreach. This American Samoa native has extensive experience in policy development and outreach to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Interior and for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. She holds a law degree from George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C.

DR. CHANG-LIN TIEN - Tien, 65, became internationally known as a leader in higher education during his tenure as UC Berkeley chancellor from 1990 to 1997. He is currently the NEC Distinguished Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley and is one of 19 faculty members in the nine-campus University of California system to hold the title of University Professor. He is also a leading voice in the Asian American community and co-founder of 80-20.

ALBERTA LEE - has become the impassioned spokeswoman for Asian American civil rights as the result of her father's (Dr. Wen Ho Lee) nine months solitary confinement in irons without being charged or convicted. She said she worked so hard for her father "because the most agonizing thing for me is that I didn't want to look back in 10 years and wonder if I should have done more. His case showed her what can happen when the government does not live up to its constitutional ideals. Click HERE to go to the official website.

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