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Shows and Movies with AAPI Representation

Here are some binge-worthy shows and fun movies with Asian and Pacific Islanders as the main cast members.

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Month, making it a great time to focus on AAPI representation in media. As always, I only recommend shows and movies I've seen and do not focus on stereotypes or misfortunes of the minority.


Never Have I Ever

Created by Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever follows Indian American high school student Devi as she grieves her father's death while juggling school, friends, and romance.

Main AAPI Cast:

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi Vishwakumar

Poorna Jagannathan as Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar

Richa Moorjani as Kamala Nandiwadal

Darren Barnet as Paxton Hall-Yoshida

Ramona Young as Eleanor Wong


Created by Lee Sung Jin, Beef follows two people whose lives become intertwined after they obsess over a road rage incident.

Main AAPI Cast:

Steven Yeun as Danny Cho

Ali Wong as Amy Lau

Joseph Lee as George Nakai

Young Mazino as Paul Cho

David Choe as Isaac Cho

Patti Yasutake as Fumi Nakai

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Based on the book by Jenny Han, To All The Boys I've Loved Before is about a high school student whose childhood love letters are delivered without her knowledge, and she must choose who she still has feelings with.

Main AAPI Cast:

Lana Condor as Lara Jean

Janel Parrish as Margot

Anna Cathcart as Kitty

Young Rock

Created by Dwayne Johnson, Young Rock, is set in the future where Dwayne Johnson is running for president and participating in interviews where he recollects his memories as a kid in Hawaii, a teenager in Pennsylvania, and a young adult in Miami

Main AAPI Cast:

Dwayne Johnson as himself

Uli Latukefu as 18- to 26-year-old Dwayne

Stacey Leilua as Ata Johnson

Ana Tuisila as Lia Maivia


Fresh Off The Boat

Based on Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang, the series follows a Taiwanese American family through the late nineties.

Main AAPI Cast:

Randall Park as Louis Huang

Constance Wu as Jessica Huang

Hudson Yang as Edwyn "Eddie" Huang

Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang

Ian Chen as Evan Huang

Andi Mack

Andi Mack follows a seventh grader who learns her sister is her mother, and they struggle to create clear boundaries between mother and daughter.

Main AAPI Cast:

Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Andi Mack

Lilan Bowden as Rebecca "Bex" Mack

Lauren Tom as Celia Mack

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project is about a successful doctor with a chaotic romantic life.

Main AAPI Cast

Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri

Kim's Convenience

Based on the play Kim's Convenience by Ins Choi, the show is about a Korean family who owns a convenience store in Toronto.

Main AAPI Cast:

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Mr. Sang-il Kim ("Appa")

Jean Yoon as Mrs. Yong-mi Kim ("Umma")

Andrea Bang as Janet Kim

Simu Liu as Jung Kim

Andrew Phung as Arnold "Kimchee" Han

Ms. Marvel

Created by Bisha K. Ali, Ms. Marvel is about a Pakistani American teenage fangirl of the Avengers then discovers she, too, has powers.

Main AAPI Cast:

Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel

Yasmeen Fletcher as Nakia Bahadir

Zenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan

Mohan Kapur as Yusuf Khan

Saagar Shaikh as Aamir Khan


Crazy Rich Asians

Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan is about a Chinese-American professor who goes on a trip to meet her boyfriend's family in Singapore and discovers they're rich.

Main AAPI Cast:

Constance Wu as Rachel Chu

Henry Golding as Nicholas "Nick" Young


Moana is a Disney musical about a Polynesian chief's daughter who sets out on a sea adventure with the demi-god, Maui, to find a way to help her dying island.

Main AAPI Cast:

Auliʻi Cravalho as Moana

Dwayne Johnson as Maui

Always Be My Maybe

Always Be My Maybe is a romantic comedy about childhood friends who reunite after years apart and realize they've always loved each other.

Main AAPI Cast:

Ali Wong as Sasha Tran

Randall Park as Marcus Kim

Raya and the Last Dragon

When monsters who turn people to stone have taken over the world, Raya searches for a dragon who can create a gem that will save everyone.

Main AAPI Cast:

Kelly Marie Tran as Raya

Awkwafina as Sisu

Turning Red

Created by Domee Shi, Turning Red follows a Chinese Canadian student who discovers her ancestry allows her to turn into a Red Panda.

Main AAPI Cast:

Rosalie Chiang as Meilin "Mei" Lee

Sandra Oh as Ming Lee

Wai Ching Ho as Wu

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