There’s no denying that Hollywood has a representation problem when it comes to Asian actors. According to a 2016 diversity study , Asian actors nabbed only 3.9 percent of speaking roles in film ― a stark contrast from the 73.7 percent white actors received.
It always has, too. From the silent era onward, the film industry has a long history of whitewashing, or, casting white actors in stories about Asians or Asian Americans.
Below, we remember 11 badass old-school Asian actors that you should know about ― if you don’t already.
CORRECTION: This article misstated that Umeki’s character was married to Marlon Brando’s character in “Sayonara.” She married the character played by Red Buttons.