I'm sort of a gypsy at heart and don't like to stay in one place too long.
Growing up as an Asian American in this society, there were a lot of times where you feel isolated or out of place as an Asian. And growing up in White America, that's absolutely my experience. And I think that's why I got into acting because I wanted to be anybody else but Asian.
I love that synergy between being entertainers and having people respond. There's no greater reward.
What I want is the same opportunities as anyone to get a part.
Both my parents are chefs... I grew up in a restaurant and was always surrounded by cooks. I love food.
I hope Hong Kong and Asia wants to hire American Asian actresses as much as Hollywood has been hiring Chinese actors from Asia.
I was a total sci-fi geek. 'Star Wars' was my ultimate favorite.
I've loved all forms of animation.
I'm not one of those actresses that's going to feel like I never achieved my dreams and goals and just get disgruntled and hate everything about the business. I've had so much fun.
Mulan is so important in Chinese folklore - a fearless girl who cared about her family and country so much that she was willing to join the fight and sacrifice herself.
'Mulan' holds a very special place in my heart. It's been 16 years since the film, but hordes of fans still come up and tell me how much she means to them.
That's what was so amazing about 'Mulan.' Here is this story with all Chinese characters, and yet so many people related to her character and loved the story. So I really think as long as you have a good story that relates to a lot of people, it doesn't matter what ethnicity it is.
'Star Wars' is on my bucket list. Even if it's just a small walk on, I don't care.
I'm like Madonna: I'm Ming-Na. Just my first and middle name. That's it. Pure and simple.
I'm trying to show I'm a trained actress - I can transform myself into different characters. I'm not just an ingenue.
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