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Question about TV shows with Asian-American leads...

I'm looking for American TV shows with Asian-Americans playing Asian-American crimefighters (police, private detectives, secret agents, superheroes).

I came up with three so far:
"Martial Law" (1998), co-starring Kelly Hu, playing an L.A. cop partnered with Sammo Hung as a Chinese cop sent to work with the LAPD;
"Hawaii Five-0" (2010) which co-stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park;
"Elementary" (2012), which co-stars Lucy Liu.

I'm especially interested in leading roles, if any, or co-starring roles like the ones I listed. This is for a blog post I'm researching.

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The 2010 Nikita reboot on CW, with Maggie Q in the lead role of Nikita Mears.
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After Nikita, Maggie Q had a lead role as Detective Beth Davis in "Stalker" on CBS.
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Sandrine Holt as Patricia Thornton in the rebooted MacGyver. (Thornton is MacGyver's boss).
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Grace Park is technically Canadian

Ming Na Wen on Agents of Shield

Tim Kang on The Mentalist
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Grace Park is technically Canadian
Park was also on season 2 and 3 of The Border, as Agent Liz Carver.
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IIRC, Park's stint on The Border was after the revived Battlestar Galactica was over, but before the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 started.
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If your definition of "Asia" also includes the Indian subcontinent, there's Priyanka Chopra as the lead role of Alex Parrish on Quantico on ABC.
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(Not quite a crimefighter, but in a similar high adrenaline line of work).

There's Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang on the first ten seasons of Grey's Anatomy.
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Brian Tee from Chicago Med is from Japan but was raised in the U.S.

Pat Morita played the starring role in OHara. It even had Brandon Lee play a bad guy in the pilot episode. It lasted one season.
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Brian Tee from Chicago Med is from Japan but was raised in the U.S.
Brian Tee plays a doctor, not a crime fighter. Although his character is a war veteran.
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^^^^^ I forgot the most obvious answer.

There's also Russell Wong in Vanishing Son.
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Pat Morita played Ohara in 1987
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Maggie Q is currently lead FBI agent Hannah Wells on "Designated Survivor" on ABC.
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The Rush hour reboot as well of course
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(If your definition of "Asia" also includes the Indian subcontinent).

Archie Panjabi as investigator Kalinda on "The Good Wife" and currently as Nas Kamal on "Blindspot".
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Rhona Mitra as:

Tara Wilson
- seasons 1 and 2 of Boston Legal
- season 8 of The Practice

- Dr. Rachel Scott on seasons 1 and 2 of The Last Ship
- Major Rachel Dalton on seasons 2 and 3 of Cinemax's "Strike Back"
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Michelle Yeoh in the final season of Cinemax's "Strike Back". (Also previously a Bond girl).
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Keye Luke as the voice of Charlie Chan in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, the 1972 Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Chan had been portrayed by Aisan actors early on, but, to date, this is the only time a Chinese actor played the part.
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Rhona Mitra is asian ? really ?
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Rhona Mitra is asian ? really ?
Allegedly her father's side of the family is from India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/e...ow/1099535.cms
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Do cartoons count? There was the Jackie Chan cartoon.

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