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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 *imitating Southern accent* '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
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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, refers to American people of South, Southeast, 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, and American Media. Also, see Asian-American Creators for a list of Asian-American performers.


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Anime and Manga

    Anime and Manga 
  • 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.

Comics

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

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Film

    Animation — Short Film and Feature-Length 
  • 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.

    Live-Action — Action/Thriller 

    Live-Action — Comedy/Musical 

    Live-Action — Children/Family 

     Live-Action — Drama/Suspense 
  • Abduction of Eden (Korean-American main character)
  • Asian Schoolgirls (Asian-American main cast)
  • Better Luck Tomorrow (Asian-American cast)
  • Charlie Chan (Chinese-American main character)
  • Daughter of Shanghai (Chinese-American main character)
  • Driveways (Asian-American main character)
  • The Farewell: The main character is a Chinese-American woman and her family as they travel to China to visit the ailing matriarch under the guise of a wedding to hide her real diagnosis.
  • Gran Torino is about the Hmong community in Detroit.
  • Hustlers: One of two of the main characters is an Asian-American woman that works in a high-end strip club working to con Wall Street men.
  • Minari (Korean-American main character and supporting characters)
  • My Name Is Khan (Indian-American cast)
  • The Namesake (Indian-American main character)
  • Pushing Hands (Chinese-American main character)
  • Searching: The film, told through found footage/computer screens is about a Korean-American father working tirelessly to find his missing daughter.
  • Snow Falling on Cedars (Japanese-American main character)
  • Spa Night: The main character is a gay Korean-American young adult balancing family life and expectations with his budding sexuality.
  • White Frog
  • Wild Side (One of the central figures is an Asian-American woman)

    Live-Action — Fantasy/Sci-Fi 

    Live-Action — Historial Fiction/Biopic 

    Live-Action — Romance 

    Live-Action — Sports 

Literature

    Literature 

Live-Action TV

    Live-Action TV 

Music

    Music/Audio Plays 

Podcasts

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

Radio

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

Theater

    Theater 

Video Games

    Video Games 

Visual Novels

    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 Animation 
  • Camp Camp: Indian-American main character.
  • The Hiros: Japanese-American main characters.
  • Mr. Wong: Chinese-American main character.

Webcomics

    Webcomics 

Web Video

    Web Video 

Western Animation

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Asian Americans In Media

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