Underappreciated Actor of Another Color #25: Garrett Wang
So I'm going to continue with the cute ensign who had me coming back to watch Star Trek: Voyager week after week, even as it steadily - and painfully - declined. Born in 1968, Chinese American actor Garrett Richard Wang is a Cali native who spent some time also growing up in Bermuda. His role on a Star Trek series is unsurprising, considering Garrett's been a science fiction fan since childhood.
Garrett deserves a lot of credit for his work. He represented Asian American men as a good-looking member of a main cast. As Ensign Harry Kim, he braved his mediocre dialogue and occasionally twitch-inducing characterization, and he looked cute all the while. That takes skill, y'all.
And let's not forget, Garrett made Blasian history by reportedly being the first Asian American actor to kiss an African American actress in a television series. It was passionate too. Just go to Netflix and rent ST: Voyager Season 3, Episode 20, entitled "Favorite Son."