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The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV  

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We're ranking the greatest Asian characters in film and TV. This list includes a diverse range of actors and actresses - and even a few cartoon characters. While proper Asian representation in Hollywood has been lacking for quite some time, newer shows and movies have started featured more diverse cast members than ever before. Characters from The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and The Office feature pivotal Asian characters. In newer shows like Fresh Off the Boat, the entire main cast is Asian.

Not to be outdone, blockbuster films like Harold and Kumar, Mean Girls, and Crazy Rich Asians feature an eclectic roster full of Asian actors and actresses. Of course, there's also a generous helping of Asian inclusion in animated films and television as well. Which of these characters is your favorite?

Vote up your favorite characters and be sure to add your own if they’re missing from the list.

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1
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Once Upon a Time, Mulan, Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music of Disney's 'Mulan'

Played By: Ming-Na Wen

2
Hiro Hamada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Hiro Hamada Big Hero 6

Voiced By: Ryan Potter

3
O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Kill Bill Volume 2, Kill Bill Volume 1

Played By: Lucy Liu

4
London Tipton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, The Suite Life Movie

Played By: Brenda Song

5
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Walking Dead

Played By: Steven Yeun

6
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Karate Kid, The Next Karate Kid, The Karate Kid

Played By: Pat Morita

7
Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Up, Dug's Special Mission

Voiced By: Jordan Nagai

8
Kelly Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
The Office, The Office: Subtle Sexuality

Played By: Mindy Kaling

9
Louis Huang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Fresh Off the Boat

Played By: Randall Park

10
Dr. Kendrick
Dr. Kendrick "Ken" Park Dr. Ken

Played By: Ken Jeong

11
Nicholas
Nicholas "Nick" Young Crazy Rich Asians

Played By: Henry Golding

12
Rachel Chu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Rachel Chu Crazy Rich Asians

Played By: Constance Wu

13
Eve Polastri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Eve Polastri Killing Eve

Played By: Sandra Oh

14
Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Fresh Off the Boat

Played By: Constance Wu

15
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Samurai Jack

Voiced By: Phil LaMarr

16
David Kim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
David Kim Searching

Played By: John Cho

17
Sun-Hwa Kwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Lost

Played By: Yunjin Kim

18
Hikaru Sulu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek

Played By: George Takei (1966–1996), John Cho (2009–2016)

19
Amy Wong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Futurama, Futurama

Voiced By: Lauren Tom

20
Sasha Tran is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Sasha Tran Always By My Maybe

Played By: Ali Wong

21
Marcus Kim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Marcus Kim Always By My Maybe

Played By: Randall Park

22
Rajesh Koothrapalli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Rajesh Koothrapalli The Big Bang Theory

Played By: Kunal Nayar

23
Señor Ben Chang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Community

Played By: Ken Jeong

24
Eleanor Sung-Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Eleanor Sung-Young Crazy Rich Asians

Played By: Michelle Yeoh

25
Harold Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Characters In Movies & TV
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam

Played By: John Cho