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Famous Chinese Americans Entertainment: Acting

  Who What
楊呈偉
Welly Yang
A Taiwanese American actor, playwright, and singer. He has starred in the Broadway shows Miss Saigon and Aladdin. He has also appeared on television shows such as Law and Order.
楊紫瓊
Michelle Yeoh (Michelle Khan)


b. 1962, Malaysia
Yeoh studied dance at England's Royal Academy of dance. She was crowned Miss Malaysia in 1983. She then appeared in a number of Hong Kong movies but her big break came in 1985 with Yes, Madam. Although she hadn't received martial arts training prior to the film, she would star (and perform her own stunts) in a string of successful action films including Royal Warriors, Magnificent Warriors, Supercop, Heroic Trio. In America, she finally became a household word with Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. She also demonstrated her acting skills in The Soong Sisters.
张楠
Nan Zhang


b.1986, Bengbu, Anhui, China
Best known for her role as Kati Farkas on the popular teen show Gossip Girl. Zhang and her family moved from the Anhui province in China to New Orleans, Louisiana. Before acting, Zhang also worked as a model. Zhang is currently enrolled at Brown University.
章子怡
Zhang Ziyi


b. 1979, Beijing
Zhang studied acting at Beijing's Central Drama Academy. She was discovered by director Zhang Yimou, who cast her in her first film role, The Road Home. Zhang then recommended her to director Ang Lee for his blockbuster film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She appeared in her first American film in Rush Hour 2 although she did not speak English. More recently, she appeared in Zhang Yimou's Hero.