People often ask why there aren’t more Asian-Americans starring in Hollywood. But the more prudent question might be, why don’t Asian actors get more credit for shaping American cinema? Movie history is filled with show-stealing performances by Japanese, Chinese and Korean actors in Western films, from Pat “Mr. Migayi” Morita in The Karate Kid to Lucy Liu in Kill Bill.
Enjoy a gallery of 25 Asian-American actors receiving worldwide acclaim – and enjoying steady work in Tinseltown.