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"...Then there were people who didn't understand the concept of 'Asian-American'...I went on a promotional tour for [All American Girl]...I went to one morning show and the announcer said 'Hey Margaret, we're changing over to an ABC affiliate. So why don't you tell our viewers in your native language we're making that transition.' [Beat] So I look at the camera and said: 'They're changing to an ABC affiliate.'"
Margaret Cho, I'm the Only One I Want

Media about Asian-American people, these works can explore racial identity and culture, though not necessarily a requirement. Asian-American, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, refers to American people of South Asian, Southeast Asian, and East Asian descent. We also ask to list Asian-Americans in central roles (as in the story centers around them in some part); a good rule of thumb is to consider is that whether or not the work is about an Asian-American person or Asian-American people as opposed to playing a part in an ensemble. See also African-American Media, Arab-Americans in Media, Latino-American Media, Native American and First Nations Media, Pacific Islanders in Media, Judaism and Jewish Culture in Media, and American Media. Also, see Asian-American Creators for a list of Asian-American performers.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Black Lagoon: The co-protagonist is a Chinese-American mercenary. It's worth mentioning that the other protagonist is Japanese, though not from the US.
  • Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President: Should be self-explanatory based on the title alone, but the main character is an Asian-American man running for president of the United States.
  • Tiger & Bunny: Set in a fictionalized version of New York City, the main character is of Japanese descent and one of the other top heroes is from China.

    Audio Plays 

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

    Films — Animated 
  • Batman: Soul of the Dragon (Asian American co-leading characters, set in Asian countries and communities)
  • Big Hero 6: The main character Hiro Hamada is half-Japanese and leads a superhero team that has a Korean-American member, in addition his brother who is a supporting character is also half-Japanese.
  • One Small Step (Chinese-American main character)
  • Sanjay's Super Team (Pixar Short) (Indian-American main character)
  • Up: The story is about a elder shut-in going on one last adventure with his floating house, there is a secondary lead character Russel, who is a young Asian-American boy.

    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • Accused (2023): "Jori's Story" is about a Japanese-American man, while his older brother along with Jori's daughters are focused on too.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Two main characters are Chinese-Americans; Melinda May is the daughter of first-generation immigrants, while Daisy "Skye" Johnson is half-Chinese.
  • Alexa & Katie
  • All-American Girl (1994): The sitcom stars the Chinese-American Margaret Cho, who is a young college student living at home with her Chinese-American family.
  • American Born Chinese (2023): A series adaptation of Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel American Born Chinese.
  • Andi Mack: A coming-of-age Tween Drama about Andi, a girl with Chinese-American heritage, navigating life after discovering a family secret, her family is American with Chinese heritage.
  • Awkwafina is Nora from Queens: Protagonist is Chinese-Korean-American.
  • Beef: Main characters are Asian-American.
  • Being Human (US): One of the three co-leads is Indian-American.
  • Black Sash
  • Blockbuster: Protagonist is Asian-American.
  • Blue's Clues & You!: Host Josh Dela Cruz is Filipino-American.
  • Bizaardvark: A Kid Com about two kids working at a digital media company making funny videos, both leads are Asian-American, one being Chinese-American and another being half Filipino-American.
  • The Cleaning Lady: French Cambodian actress Élodie Yung in the lead plays a Cambodian immigrant who's a former doctor and now cleaning lady that helps the mob clean up crime scenes. Her Filipino relatives and in-laws are supporting characters, along with her Cambodian-Filipino son.
  • Community: Two main characters are Asian-Americans; Abed Nadir is half-Palestinian (and half-Polish American), while Ben Chang is Chinese-American.
  • Dash & Lily: The female lead is half Japanese-American, with her brother having the same ancestry, who along with her Japanese-American relatives is a supporting character.
  • Devs: The female lead, Lily Chang and her boyfriend Jamie are Chinese-American.
  • Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.
  • Dr. Ken: The protagonist is Korean-American.
  • Erin & Aaron: Kid Com about a blended family and starring two different step-siblings bonding over music; both Erin and her father Chuck are of Asian descent.
  • Fresh Off the Boat: Sitcom loosely based on the life of Taiwanese-American chef Eddie Huang set in the 1990s, the cast of characters is Chinese-American.
  • The Green Hornet: Asian immigrant main character played by Bruce Lee.
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Into the Badlands: The lead character, in a future where the US has broken up into warlord states, has East Asian ancestry.
  • Iron Fist (2017): Adaptation of the Iron Fist comics set in Chinatown USA; Colleen Wing, the series' co-lead is an Asian-American woman.
  • Jon & Kate Plus Eight: Jon Gosselin is of Korean descent, as are his eight children.
  • Kung Fu (1972): The main character is half-Chinese (yellowface portrayal) and there are several Asian supporting characters.
    • Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: The main characters are of Chinese descent (yellowface portrayal)
    • Kung Fu (2021): A modern-day reboot of the previous Kung Fu series, the lead character is Chinese-American, along with her family, and a majority of the supporting cast is of Asian-American descent.
  • Martial Law
  • Master of None: A mid-30s man finds his way through life and his career in acting, the protagonist is played by Indian-American Aziz Ansari and his Indian immigrant parents are supporting characters.
  • The Mindy Project: The protagonist is played by the Indian-American Mindy Kaling.
  • Modern Love
  • Monarch: Legacy of Monsters: The lead character is Cate Randa, a Japanese-American woman who gets into her father's work hunting monsters with her half-brother Kentaro, whom she meets in Japan. Additionally their father Hiroshi and paternal grandmother Keiko appear often in past scenes, with their work being very important to the story.
  • Mortal Kombat: Conquest
  • Ms. Marvel (2022): The lead character is a Pakistani-American teenage girl, with her family being supporting characters along with other members of the local Jersey City Muslim and Pakistani-American community.
  • The Muppets Mayhem: The main human character is Indian-American.
  • The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo: The protagonist is an Chinese-American girl who is an aspiring detective working solving cases in her hometown while interning at a police station, there is also her grandfather who is Chinese, played by Pat Morita.
  • Never Have I Ever: Protagonist is Indian-American, played by a Tamil-Canadian actress. The main family is Indian-American. Supporting characters include a Chinese-American best friend and a half-Japanese-American love interest.
  • The Night Of: Protagonist is Pakistani-American.
  • Nikita: Protagonist is a half-Vietnamese American.
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Creator and host Hasan Minhaj is Indian-American.
  • PEN15: One of the two protagonists is half-Japanese.
  • Quantico: Protagonist is Indian-American.
  • Quantum Leap (2022): Reboot of the 1980s/1990s sci-fi series, with the Korean-American Raymond Lee being the lead actor.
  • Samurai Girl
  • Selfie: The co-lead is Korean-American.
  • Sullivan & Son: American protagonist is half-Korean.
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty: The protagonist is half Korean-American, along with her brother, on their mom's side. Both her brother and her mother are main characters as well.
  • Supah Ninjas: The lead character is half-Japanese, along with Japanese-American actor George Takei playing a mentor figure.
  • The Terror: Infamy: About a Japanese-American community.
  • True Lies (2023): One of the two lead characters is Helen, a Filipina-American who came from the Philippines as a child. Her two children with her husband (who's white) also have Filipino ancestry through Helen.
  • Twisted (2013): The protagonist is Indian-American.
  • The Twilight Zone (2019): "The Comedian" centers on a Pakistani-American comedian.
  • Two Sentence Horror Stories:
    • "Gentleman": Features a young Asian-American woman protagonist.
    • "Legacy": Features Korean-American main characters.
    • "Little Monsters": Features Vietnamese-American protagonist along with African-American protagonists.
    • "Bag Man": Features an Asian-American main character.
    • "Imposter": Features a Filipino-American protagonist.
    • "Essence": Features two Asian-American protagonists, along with several Asian-American supporting characters.
    • "Plant Life": Features an Asian-American protagonist along with his African-American boyfriend.
    • "Patel Motel Cartel": Features a young Indian-American protagonist and his Indian-American family.
  • United States of Al: One of the two main protagonists is an Afghani immigrant to the US.
  • Warrior (2019): The protagonist is Chinese-American.
  • Welcome to Chippendales: Biopic series of Indian—American entrepreneur Soman “Steve” Banerjee.
  • WMAC Masters: Several of the main characters and performers are Asian-American.
  • Wu Assassins: The main characters are Asian-American.


  • Residents of Proserpina Park (Series creator Angela Yih is Taiwanese-America, and one of the main characters is confirmed to be Japanese-American)

  • The Green Hornet: Japanese immigrant main character, later changed to Filipino as a result of rising anti-Japanese sentiment.


    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Butterfly Soup: Protagonists are Asian-American.
  • Ever After Academy: The player characters are both half-Indonesian.
  • Gangsters in Love: Yoshimitsu's route (Japanese-American love interest) and Ash's route (mixed-Korean-American love interest).
  • Lovestruck Shorts: Homeroom Sweethearts (Chinese-American main character).
  • Sin With Me: Chinese-American main character.
  • Villainous Nights: Andi's route (Korean-American love interest) and Renzei's route (Chinese-American love interest).

    Web Animation 


    Web Video 

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Asian Americans In Media