Asian Woman We Love In Hollywood: Strong, Beautiful And Unfalteringly Themselves
Proving that there’s nothing about our heritage to be ashamed of, but that there might be things to laugh about
There has been a lot of talk about white washing in Hollywood and how there is not enough diversity in movies. But there are women who have solidified their standing in the world of film and television, each of who give us every reason to be proud of our culture. These woman are talented, strong, ambitious and obviously beautiful, by any standards.
Constance Wu is the star of the ABC comedy series Fresh Off The Boat. Her character is hilarious and lightly pokes fun at different Asian stereotypes. She is also going to star in Crazy Rich Asians, a film based on a book of the same name by Kevin Kwan. She announced the same via a proud post on her Facebook account.
Lucy Liu is best known for her role in Charlie’s Angels, where she starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. She also played O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill and voices Master Viper in Kung Fu Panda. Her roles have often been of strong and intelligent women and, when you think about it, why shouldn’t she?
Some people credit Gong Li for bringing Chinese cinema to Hollywood, although she has also starred in several leading roles of Hollywood movies. She played the infamous character of Hatsumomo in Memoirs Of A Geisha.
Another star in the critically acclaimed Memoirs Of A Geisha was Zhang Ziyi. For six years, she ranked within the top five of Forbes China Celebrity 100 list and she even won the Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema award in 2008.
Although she is best known for playing the witty Dr. Christina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, Sandra Oh has actually had her fair share of Hollywood films. She starred in Under The Tuscan Sun, Sideways and Catfight, and even voiced Ting Ting in Mulan II.
Freida Pinto really broke into the acting scene when she starred in the British drama Slumdog Millionare opposite Dev Patel. She has since been internationally recognized for her talent, beauty and fashion sense. But her fans will know her best for being unapologetic about who she is and what she looks like.
Catapulting Priyanka Chopra into international stardom was her win in Miss World 2000. She became the first South Asian to star in an American network series for her role as Alex Parrish on ABC’s thriller series Quantico. We will all be graced with her presence in Baywatch, which is scheduled for release in May 2017.