There’s More Than Action That Meets the Eye with Chinese Actress Yu Nan

Born in Dalian, Yu Nan studied at the Beijing Film Academy, where she graduated in 1999. The Beijing Film Academy is the Harvard of film schools.  Her feature film debut, in Lunar Eclipse (1999), which earned her the Best Actress of the Deauville Asian Film Festival, started her career working with several of China’s Sixth-Generation film directors. She subsequently starred in three more films with Wang Quan’an: Jingzhe (2003), which earned her the Best Actress Golden Rooster Award and the Best Actress prize of the Paris International Film Festival in 2003; Tuya’s MarriageGolden Bear in 2007 at the Berlin International Film Festival for which she won the Best Actress prize from the Chicago International Film Festival[citation needed]; and Weaving Girl (2009), which won Jury Special Grand prix and the FIPRESCI prize from the 2009 Montreal World Film Festival.  If seems to be a running theme, yes she is a stellar actress.  

Getting to play alongside Hollywood legendary action stars in the bigger and better Expendables 2 (SEE Review) could be a great break for the actress in the American film scene.   Moreover, she is fluent in MandarinFrench, and English.

A World of Knowledge about Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu is an Asian American Actress.  Both of Liu’s parents were immigrants from Taiwan and are of Chinese descent. She has been in the public eye since the 90’s.   She was often a scene stealer in Ally McBeal, featured in Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angel’s  and is set to play in the new Sherlock Holmes TV show as Dr. Watson, talk about not type casting.  Watson goes from a White middle age man to an Asian woman.

British Website Metro  caught up with Liu for an interview.  Here are just a few questions and answers we think MCCN fans/Lucy Liu fans will find intriguing.  Click Here for the Full Interview

What’s your favourite food?

Sushi. I eat it all the time because it’s light and you can just run into some place and buy it pre-packaged. It’s finger food, so it’s easy. I’m not a huge soy sauce person. Asian people don’t actually use soy sauce a lot. White people do. They put it everywhere, they treat it like ketchup. You don’t really see Asian people using soy sauce, just so you know.

What about health tips?

Drink lots of water and do Pilates.

Is it also true that you speak six languages?

Yes, but not well. We only spoke Mandarin growing up. When my older sister went to school, we started learning English. I also speak a little Spanish, I’m taking Italian, and I took Japanese and French. I’d love to take an intensive French course so I can become fluent. When you travel as much as I do, it’s so great to be able to go somewhere and understand people. It opens up your world.

The Rise of Jeremy Lin- American Basketball Star of Chinese/Taiwanese Descent

Jeremy Lin – a name that few have ever heard of as little as a month ago, has become not only a household name sweeping across the basketball world, but a phenomenon whose impact extends far beyond sports. Fans and media outlets alike have become infatuated with the point guard’s sensational play as well as his improbable journey, with nicknames such as “Linsanity” and “Linderella” dominating the headlines for the past few weeks. As a result, advertisers have been lining up to grasp the marketing opportunity. The appeal is obvious; beyond the fact that Lin is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, the classic underdog story in addition to his humble, affable persona make a perfect spokesperson to reach a broad audience. (Read More)

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The Multi Cultural Cheryl Burke

With Dancing with the Stars back in the limelight, MCCN thought it was a good time to 220px-cheryl_burke_2009focus on iconic dancer Cheryl Bautista Burke.    In an interview with, Burke confesses some of her food faves such as an egg white omelet on wheat toast makes her best healthy foods list and simple bread and butter on her not so healthy food list.

Think egg white omelet and lots of exercise upon admiring her fabulous shape.  Burke is trained in standard ballroom and Latin dances.  The celebrity of Filipino descent makes millions of Asians around the world proud as she is still one of few the regular Asian American personalities on primetime TV in the states.  On October 20, 2007, Cheryl won the Role Model Award at the 7th Annual Filipino/American Library Gala. Watch her 2008 acceptance speech of the Asian Excellence Award.  Burke is also part Irish and Russian.