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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.

This list ranks the best Asian actresses in American and English-speaking film history, ranked by your votes. Throughout the history of Hollywood, movies have featured numerous talented actors of Asian descent. These leading East Asian actresses have starred in every genre of film from stark dramas to slapstick comedies to fantastical musicals. Some of these Asian actresses have even won Academy Awards for their work.

Who are some of the greatest Asian actresses? Jennifer Tilly, whose father Harry Chan was Chinese, made our list. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bullets Over BroadwayLucy Liu also appears on this list of the top Asian actresses. Lucy Liu received rave reviews for her work in films like Kill Bill and the Charlie's Angels franchise.

Miyoshi Umeki won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Sayonara. She later appeared in several TV series like The Donna Reed Show and Mister Ed. Spring Breakers actress Vanessa Hudgens, whose mother is of Filipino and Chinese descent, also made this list, as did the striking Wayne's World beauty, Tia Carrere.

Who do you think is the best Asian actress in the history of film? Does the list include all of your favorite East Asian actresses? Vote on this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill
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Grace Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor, Romeo Must Die
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Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, X2
4
Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Mulan, Prom Night, The Joy Luck Club
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Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha
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Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!
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Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority
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Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine
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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days, Deception
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Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
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Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern
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Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet
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Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation
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Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway
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Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres
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Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night
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Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love
18
Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Iron Man 2, Magic Mike, Date Night
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Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups
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Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Pete Bohmbach added The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid
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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice
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Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Sweet Suite Victory
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Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game, True Grit
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Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim
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Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2