To celebrate Chinese New Year I’m going to list some main Asian American or Asian female characters that have been on feminist television series that I have discussed or love. Thankfully Asian Americans are getting more roles in television, but theres still a great disparity between fully formed characters of many different ethnicities and fully formed formed characters of Asian descent:
- Agent Melinda Qiaolian May (Marvel Agents of Shield) the kick ass stoic warrior who is one of the few people who can fly the “bus”.
- Agent Daisy Johnson (Marvel Agents of Shield) the inhuman smart alec hacker who found a family in S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Esgin Hoshi Sato (Star Trek: Enterprise) an expert linguist who can speak forty languages from all over the galaxy who serves as Communications Officer aboard the first Starship Enterprise.
- Sun Bak (Sense8) the Korean educated fighter/business woman sensate.
- Dr Christina Yang (Grey’s Anatomy) the genius attending heart surgeon who at times may have terrible exhibiting interpersonal skills with patients or colleagues, but always saves the day.
- Sierra (Dollhouse) the doll who used to be Priya an Australian painter who was imprisoned in the Dollhouse because she refused to sleep with a rich well connected man.
- Keiko O’Brien (Stark Trek: Next Generation and Deep Space Nine) is a Japanese American botanist and school teacher aboard the Enterprise and the space station Deep Space Nine.
- Sun-Hwa Kwon (Lost) one of the Korean passengers who becomes a caring helpful member of the team attempting to get people of the island after subverting her over-bearing husband Jin. Though at the end Jin sees Sun as his equal partner in life.
- Tina Cohen- Chang (Glee) who goes from a shy goth girl to a outgoing talented stylish woman at the end of her time in Glee club.