Ming-Na Wen is the first Asian actress to appear on an American daytime drama as Lien Hughes in As the World Turns. In 1993, she was highly praised for her breakthrough performance as June in the film adaption of The Joy Luck Club. Other notable performances by Ming-Na include her role as Chun-Li in Street Fighter (1994), Trudy in The Single Guy (1995-97), voice actress of the title character in Mulan (1998), and Dr. Chen in ER (1995, 2000-2004). Currently, she stars as Melinda May in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an action drama series by ABC.
Heather Fong is the former chief of police for San Francisco. In 2004, she was promoted to permanent police chief, becoming the first woman in history to head the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the first Asian American woman to lead the police force in any large metropolitan city. Currently, Fong serves as the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement.
Carol Lin served as a news anchor and correspondent for CNN in the network’s worldwide headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia from September 1999 to January 2007. During her tenure at CNN, Lin anchored several news programs, including CNN Early Edition, CNN Live at Daybreak, the weekend editions of CNN Newsroom, and CNN NewsStand and traveled around
the world to report on breaking news stories. Lin is best known for being the first television anchor to report the news of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. In September 2014, Lin co-founded Summer of Love, a community project which funds school children so they could write and send postcards detailing their summer adventures to senior citizens and hospital bound children.
Velma Veloria became the first Filipino American and the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Washington State Legislature on November 3rd, 1992. Prior to her groundbreaking achievement, she had spent 16 years as a labor organizer seeking better pay and working conditions for immigrants. Veloria’s passion and commitment to fighting for improved living conditions for her lower-income constituents has inspired many other Asian Americans to join her in the cause.
Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi is a decorated figure skater who won two World Figure Skating Championships in 1991 and 1992 and a U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1992. In December 2005, Yamaguchi was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Because of Yamaguchi’s accomplishments, she has also landed several TV gigs as a figure skating commentator and, in 2008, as a highly successful contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.