Colin Sords
AMCULT214
TOP TEN A/PIA
ACTORS
CINEMA & TELEVISION
Why Top Ten A/PIA Actors?
Growing up in a predominantly white area, most of
my exposure to other A/PIAs was through film a...
Criteria
- Compiled a list of actors based on reoccurrence within
various scholarly works.
- Decided if actors were Asian ...
Sessue Hayakawa
Born in Nanawa, Japan in 1890
After his destiny of joining the Navy fell through, he came to
American to b...
Philip Ahn
Philip Ahn was born in Highland Park, CA in 1905. Ahn is
allegedly the first US citizen of Korean heritage born...
Keye Luke
Born in 1904 in Canton, China. Was raised in Seattle,
Washington.
Debuted in The Painted Veil (1934)
Notable rol...
Mako Iwamatsu Born in 1933 in Kobe, became a naturalized
US citizen in 1956.
Moved to New York after the War, but
moved to...
Bruce Lee Born in 1940 (Year of the Dragon) in San Francisco,
California.
He was raised in Hong Kong and gained some roles...
Pat Morita
Born in California in 1932
At a young age Pat and his family were put into a
concentration camp for the duratio...
George Takei
Born in 1937 in California
His family was relocated during WWII
He appeared on T.V. shows such as Hawaii Five...
Lou Diamond Phillips
Born in Zambales, Philippines in 1962.
He is of Filipino, Cherokee, Hawaiian, Scottish-
Irish descent...
Kal Penn
• Born Kalpen Suresh Modi in 1977 in Montclair, New
Jersey
• Took on the stage name Kal Penn because he felt a
mo...
John Cho
• Born in 1972 in Seoul, South Korea. Moved to
Los Angeles in 1978.
• He appeared in many television series but
g...
Sources
• Garcia, Roger. Out of the Shadows: Asians In American Cinema. Milan, Italy:
Edizioni Olivares , 2001.
• Huang, G...
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  • The dragon painter was a film under his own company, his wife played his opposite.
  • Ahn’s Father was an activist who promoted Korean Independence during Japanese occupation, conflicted with his role as Japanese
  • The green hornet was being aired as the kato show in hong kong
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    1. 1. Colin Sords AMCULT214 TOP TEN A/PIA ACTORS CINEMA & TELEVISION
    2. 2. Why Top Ten A/PIA Actors? Growing up in a predominantly white area, most of my exposure to other A/PIAs was through film and cinema. Seeing “people who looked like me” on television was something I got excited about. Now that I know more about the history of Asian Americans, I am able to understand the relationship between A/PIAs and the media in a different way.
    3. 3. Criteria - Compiled a list of actors based on reoccurrence within various scholarly works. - Decided if actors were Asian American - Narrowed down list on the basis of legacy, popularity (# of apearances), awards/nominations, involvement in the Asian American community, and the significance of individual character roles.
    4. 4. Sessue Hayakawa Born in Nanawa, Japan in 1890 After his destiny of joining the Navy fell through, he came to American to become a banker. He graduated from the University of Chicago, but became interested in a theater company in Little Tokyo (L.A.) His silent film career took off with Typhoon (1914). He later appeared in works such as The Cheat (1915) and The Dragon Painter (1919). He made his talking debut in Daughter of the Dragon (with Anna May Wong At the height of his popularity, Hayakawa earned about $7,500 a week. He was nominated for an academy award for his performance in The Bridge on The River Kwai (1957). He had gained the popularity equal to that of Charlie Chaplin, William S. Hart, Douglas Fairbanks. Hayakawa appeared in 80 movies (23 made by his own company). Died in 1973. Hayakawa’s career endured the move from silent films to talkies, as well as through a period of miscegenation and a post WWII U.S. http://www.silentsaregolden.com/photos2/sessuehayakawa.jpg
    5. 5. Philip Ahn Philip Ahn was born in Highland Park, CA in 1905. Ahn is allegedly the first US citizen of Korean heritage born in the United States. He had his debut in Anything Goes (1936). He went on to play many roles in which he portrayed evil Japanese. He left acting and joined the army after a lot of hate mail and death threats because of his convincing acting. Played more than 270 character roles. Ahn is most remembered for his role as Master Kan in Kung Fu . Career highlights also included King of Chinatown and Daughter of Shanghai. He obtained a star on Hollywood Boulevard. November 14 is Philip Ahn day in L.A. Ahn was Honorary Mayor of Panorama City, California. He gave the Korean American community a voice. Philip Ahn passed away in 1978 after surgery complications. Ahn was a talented actor who also was involved in politics and creating visibility for the Korean American community. http://www.amoeba.com/dynamic-images/blog/Eric_B/philip- ahn.jpg
    6. 6. Keye Luke Born in 1904 in Canton, China. Was raised in Seattle, Washington. Debuted in The Painted Veil (1934) Notable roles include “Number One Son” Lee Chan, in the Charlie Chan movies, the first Kato in the Green Hornet series, and as Master Po in the Kung Fu series. His role in Dr. Gillespie was significant because his character was not a villain during a time of “yellow peril.” Featured in over 100 films and over 30 television shows. Luke was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild Won a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists, and was given a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Keye Luke passed away in 1991 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Keye_Luke_ publicity_1.jpg
    7. 7. Mako Iwamatsu Born in 1933 in Kobe, became a naturalized US citizen in 1956. Moved to New York after the War, but moved to L.A. after serving in the Korean War. First major role was as Po-han in The Sand Pebbles (1966). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. In 1965, Mako co-founded the East/West Players, an Asian American theater company. This helped give Asian Americans a chance to play roles that were not the stereotypical characters of Hollywood. Received the Margaret Harford Award, from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association. Black belt in Karate Passed away in 2006 http://www.racebending.com/v3/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Makopicture.jpg
    8. 8. Bruce Lee Born in 1940 (Year of the Dragon) in San Francisco, California. He was raised in Hong Kong and gained some roles as a child actor. He came back to the US when he turned 19 in order to claim his dual citizenship. He made major debut in the U.S. as Kato in The Green Hornet (1966-67) Lee came up with the concept for the show Kung Fu and was set to be the lead. David Carradine played the main protagonists role in place of Lee. His choreography set the standard for martial arts movies. Notable works: Fist of Fury, Enter the Dragon, The Game of Death In Los Angeles, June 8 has been declared Bruce Lee Day TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Century Inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame He has become a cultural icon and has left one of the greatest legacies in history. Passed away in 1973, mysteriously. http://brucelee.com/site/wp-content/uploads/photo_10.jpg
    9. 9. Pat Morita Born in California in 1932 At a young age Pat and his family were put into a concentration camp for the duration of the war. He began as a comedian taking on the stage name the “Hip Nip.” He looked deeper into issues and used them as material for his jokes. During his guest appearance on The Tonight Show, Morita made jokes about how Asian Americans or people of Asian descent are not viewed as truly being Americans. He played roles on popular T.V. shows such as Happy Days, Sanford and Son, Ohara, Kung Fu, Magnum P.I., Amos and M*A*S*H Most well known for his role as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid series. In 1984, Morita was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Star on Walk of Fame, multiple Golden Globe Award nominations, and an Emmy nomination. Pat Morita passed away in 2005 from natural causes. http://www4.images.coolspotters.com/photos/63810/pat- morita-profile.jpg
    10. 10. George Takei Born in 1937 in California His family was relocated during WWII He appeared on T.V. shows such as Hawaii Five-O, Kung Fu, Twilight Zone, and more recently Heroes. His biggest role was as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. The role of Captain Sulu was significant because it portrayed an Asian character in a more positive, non-stereotypical way than the media had portrayed Asians up to this point. Star on Hollywood Boulevard (1986) He has worked to better relations between the U.S. and Japan. Takei is a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign. East/West Players advocate His groundbreaking role as Hikaru Sulu, and his work to promote rights and equality for Gays and Asian Americans has made George Takei an incredibly influential Asian American actor. http://www.infoplease.com/images/George_Takei.jpg
    11. 11. Lou Diamond Phillips Born in Zambales, Philippines in 1962. He is of Filipino, Cherokee, Hawaiian, Scottish- Irish descent. Raised in Arlington, Texas Phillips’ debut was in Trespasses (1983). His career took off with his role as Richie Valens in La Bamba (1987). He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Stand and Deliver (1987). Independent Spirit Award, Tony Award nominee, and more. He has played roles as a Latino, Inuit, and Native American. He as also been involved in getting Filipino WWII Veterans equal benefits. Lou Diamond Phillips represents a largely under represented group of the A/PIA community in Hollywood.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/LouDiamondPhill ipsByPhilKonstantinPublicDomain.jpg
    12. 12. Kal Penn • Born Kalpen Suresh Modi in 1977 in Montclair, New Jersey • Took on the stage name Kal Penn because he felt a more “Americanized” name would land him more roles. He was right. • He had roles in quite a few roles in television series before he gained exposure through his role in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. • He is most well known for playing Kumar in the Harold & Kumar series. • He made appearances in other popular works such as Superman Returns, House, and 24. • In 2009, he worked in the Obama administration as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He left after a year to make another Harold and Kumar movie. • Kal Penn is one of the few Indian Americans to find success in Hollywood and has been involved in helping the Asian American community through his connection to the White House. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons /c/c0/Kal_Penn.jpg
    13. 13. John Cho • Born in 1972 in Seoul, South Korea. Moved to Los Angeles in 1978. • He appeared in many television series but gained his first notable roles in American Pie (1999) and Harold & Kumar go to White Castle (2004). • He played the role of Hikaru Sulu in the 2009 remake of Star Trek. A role that remained equally as significant as its original. • Cho has also appeared in T.V. series such as Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Ugly Betty, and Flash Forward. • John Cho has also been involved with the iconic East/West players. • John Cho has become a well known face in Hollywood and continues to help build a legacy for the younger generation of Asian American actors. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/John_Cho_200 8.jpg/501px-John_Cho_2008.jpg
    14. 14. Sources • Garcia, Roger. Out of the Shadows: Asians In American Cinema. Milan, Italy: Edizioni Olivares , 2001. • Huang, Guiyou. Asian American Autobiographers: a Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001: 351-355. • Miyao, Daisuke. Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema And Transnational Stardom. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. • TCM Turner Classic Movies. Time Warner Company. Web. 23 Nov. 2010. <http://www.tcm.com/index.jsp>.

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