Posted by: Jae-Ha Kim
Tags: "Lost", "Memoirs of a Geisha", "Miss Saigon", "Sideways", Asian actors, Asian American, Bai Ling, Daniel Dae Kim, geisha, Gong Li, Grey's Anatomy, Jet Li, Korean, Korean-American, Sandra Oh, Steven Spielberg, Yunjin Kim, Ziyi Zhang
Once relegated to playing houseboys, prostitutes and extras on “M*A*S*H,” Asian-American actors are now appearing on prime-time television not as exoticized versions of reality, but as real people. Sandra Oh, superb in “Sideways,” is a star in the new medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” which has kicked “Boston Legal” to the curb and taken the prime slot after “Desperate Housewives” on Sunday nights at ABC. Or turn on ABC’s other hit drama, “Lost,” and you’ll notice not one, but two Asian regulars. Korean-American actors Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim (no relation to each other — or me) portray a married Korean couple stranded on the creepy island with a crew of folks including a pregnant woman, an Iraqi hottie, a fat dude, an African-American father and his son, a dog and a hobbit (or at least a guy who played a hobbit in “Lord of the Rings”).