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The Best Asian TV Characters In 2019 

Philip Moder
Updated November 5, 2019 208 votes 53 voters 1.2k views 19 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite Asian characters in 2019

The best Asian characters on TV aren't just a sum of their stereotypes. They're police officers, ranch owners, lawyers, and so much more. Currently, only one percent of lead roles in films go to Asian actors, however, television appears to be casting more shows featuring actors of Asian descent. 

In 2018, Crazy Rich Asians defied box office odds and took in nearly $300 million domestically. Also in 2018, Canadian actress Sandra Oh became the first Asian actor to receive a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Oh is also the first Asian female to win two Golden Globe Awards. What’s even more noteworthy about Oh’s Emmy nod is that she received that nomination for playing a character, the titular security operative Eve in the BBC America drama Killing Eve, who was originally written for a white woman. Oh’s nationality had nothing to do with her casting; it had everything to do with her talent.

Is Eve Polastri currently the best Asian character on TV? Or does that honor go to someone else? Tell us what you think by voting thumbs up or thumbs down on the best Asian TV show characters.

 

Jason Mendoza is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian TV Characters In 2019
Photo:  The Good Place/NBC
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Jason Mendoza

Manny Jacinto

 

Appears In: The Good Place

Played By: Manny Jacinto

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Tahani Al-Jamil
Tahani Al-Jamil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian TV Characters In 2019
Photo:  The Good Place/NBC

Appears In: The Good Place

Played By: Jameela Jamil

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Magnus Bane
Magnus Bane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian TV Characters In 2019
Photo:  Shadownhunters/Freeform

Appears In: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Played By: Harry Shum Jr. 

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Eve Polastri
Eve Polastri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian TV Characters In 2019
Photo:  Killing Eve/BBC America

Appears In: Killing Eve

Played By: Sandra Oh

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