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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
Age 50, Credits: Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2 & Jerry Maguire
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Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 51, Credits: X-Men 2, The Doors & Batman: Under the Red Hood
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Grace Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 44, Credits: Romeo Must Die, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan & L.A. Law: The Movie
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Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Age 55, Credits: Mulan, Prom Night & The Joy Luck Club
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Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 52, Credits: Wayne's World, Lilo & Stitch & True Lies
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Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 40, Credits: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon & Hero
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Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 36, Credits: EuroTrip, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li & Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
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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 Age 56, Credits: 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
Age 39, Credits: Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard & Around the World in 80 Days
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Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 35, Credits: The Hangover Part II, Grown Ups & Sucker Punch
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Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 30, Credits: The Social Network, College Road Trip & Like Mike
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Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 43, Credits: Terminator Salvation, A Lot like Love & Faster
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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Constance Wu Age 30, Credits: Sound of My Voice, Stephanie Daley & The Architect
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Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 60, Credits: Monsters, Inc. & Liar Liar
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Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Age 40, Credits: Jurassic Park III, Infestation & Spectres
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Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 42, Credits: The Transporter, So Close & Love
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Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 59, Credits: Fame, The Big Chill & Psycho II
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Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 30, Credits: Sucker Punch, Thirteen & High School Musical
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Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Age 38, Credits: Iron Man 2, Magic Mike & Date Night
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Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Pete Bohmbach added Age 53, Credits: The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms & The Karate Kid
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Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 39, Credits: Quantum of Solace, Oblivion & Seven Psychopaths
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Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Age 22, Credits: True Grit, Ender's Game & The Homesman
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Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Age 53, Credits: Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice & Raise the Red Lantern