As a follow-up to recent posts about issues of casting and representation regarding Asian and Asian-American characters, thought it might be good to look back on a couple of good-case scenarios that transpired in the past.
Chinese Detective (1981-82)
Short-lived police drama that aired on ABC for two seasons starring Pat Morita at the height of his post-Karate Kid fame. Morita co-created this show about Ohara, an LA-based Japanese American police lieutenant who uses spirituality and martial arts instead of a gun to solve crimes. The show didn't last, but it still remains one of the few to have had an Asian American in the lead.
Vanishing Son (1994-1995)
Hansel & Gretel (1982)